sneak peek: birds of ohio

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missi pawlecki and brian caviness met in ohio and migrated to california to start birds of ohio. their collection of vintage print and pattern swatches was created help provide inspiration for designers. and beyond being big fans of their work, we’re also huge fans of their home! the house was built in 1962 by joseph eichler. it is a post-and-beam structure that allows large expanses of glass–walls of glass. they love all the natural light, but joke that the drawback is that you have to wear sunglasses in the morning if you want to watch tv. click here for more images, and, as always, you can find all of our fantastic sneak peeks right HERE. {thanks, brian and missi!} -anne

(photos by Hirofumi Inaba)

[above:  This Danish Mid Century Couch is from a house in the neighborhood. The owner had passed away and his daughter was trying to sell the furniture with the house. The new owners were not interested, so we lucked out. Come to find out our cool next door neighbor, who used to be a screen writer for TV shows Bonanza and Combat back in the day, was a good friend of the original owner of the couch. He recognized them when he stopped by one day. The pillows are part of the recessionary sewing projects my friend Krysta and I have been making. The vintage Formica coffee table is from one of our favorite vintage stores, Out Of Vogue. I guess they supplied the TV show Mad Men with a lot of their furniture and props. We picked up the print on the wall at an estate sale]

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The chairs are vintage Paul Mc Cobb, hand-me-downs from a Great Aunt. The couch is from Crate and Barrel. We were trying to find a simple couch we could afford (not easy these days). Then we found this one, but it was supposedly discontinued. But, lucky for us, they still had frames left and we were able to pick the fabric we wanted. The pillows are from Urban Outfitters, ages ago. The ceiling fan is from The Modern Fan Company.  We picked up the tree print over the dining room table at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

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Our kitchen still had the original cabinets and appliances when we moved in. So we just spruced it up a bit and updated the appliances (when one started shooting sparks.) The previous owners left us the large globe ceiling lamps that came from an old church. The black pot is by Timo Sarpaneva. We have cooked many yummy soups in this pot. The pottery above the cabinets is by Jonathan Adler.

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Our Office also doubles as a 2nd guest room, or for nap time when we have been looking at pixels too long. This is our goofy dog, Max. He has the most enormous ears and we love him for it. The pillows are made from left overs from our vintage swatch collection. The prints above are another estate sale treasure.  [right] If you can’t tell, we kinda like birds, hence the name of our business, Birds of Ohio.  Anyway, this bird print is from the 60’s by David Weidman.  We got it at the Melrose Trading Post Flea Market.  The cute bird cutting board is a gift from our friend, Laurita. She got it at Urban Outfitters.  The pottery above the refrigerator is by local LA Potter Jon Scott.

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This Vintage graphic wall hanging is another excellent score from the Rosebowl Flea market in Pasadena. The pottery is Eva Zeisel. She is 102 years old and still going strong. She just came out with a line of Rugs for The Rug Company.   I guess the key to a long and productive life is to be passionate about something. The cute little iron owl was a Christmas gift from our friends, Krysta and Matt. They found it at Tortoise on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

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We got our bedroom set from Room and Board.  We found the wall lamps at Out of Vogue. We were supposed to be buying Christmas presents for other people, but instead we bought these for ourselves. Oops! The guitar is a Kalamazoo from the 30’s. The wood has aged so perfectly that it sounds like warm butter. The artwork is a series of photographs given to us by our friend Anna Cox. as a wedding gift.

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This is our guest room and library. The bookcase is the Index Four Bookcase from Design Within Reach. The vintage lamp is another great find from Out of Vogue. The hand-screened print from the 70’s was produced by Newsweek to honor the Font Designer William Caslon. Looks like Newsweek sent these off to potential advertisers as a gift.–another great find from the Rose Bowl.

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We picked up this Danish side table down the street in the Orange “Circle”. Being from the Midwest, we sometimes miss the history of things. Everything out in California is relatively new. But, lucky for us, we live about a mile away from the center of  “Old Town Orange,” which is filled with quaint antique shops and turn-of-the-century Victorians and Bungalows. The glass vases are from back in Ohio. Ohio State University had a good glass blowing program, so from time time they would have student sales. The plant life is from branches that fell off our Eucalyptus trees. [right:] The bedrooms in our house are 10’ x 10’, so we maximized space by designing these desk/shelving units from Infinite Storage Solutions.  to fit our space. We splurged last year and got the Eames Management Chairs. Why not? We will have them till we die. If we live as long as Eva Zeisel, we will really get our money’s worth. The Eames shell chair with leather cover is another vintage find. The Mountain Goats poster was designed and hand Screened by our friend Clint Reno. Clint now does gig posters for everyone and their brother. He is quite the talented illustrator.

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The 1st thing you see when you enter our front door is this open air courtyard. We love the fire pit that erupts out of the ground. It is a good place to hang out with friends and roast a marshmallow or two. The print, as you walk into the house, is an original Charley Harper print titled “Ptarmigan.” He was a fellow Ohioan and bird admirer.

  1. LOVING the turquoise and greens!! I’m re-doing our son’s nursery in a very similar palette, thanks for sharing the exact colors for the paint.

  2. mosey says:

    oh. my. god. i am a very jealous person right now. this house is the epitome of all i want in a home. the mid century furniture, the enormous glass windows, the beautiful pillows and a fire pit! i’m just awe struck!

  3. Dana says:

    Great open courtyard.. feel like being there.

  4. Very nice, reminds me of something from palm springs!

  5. suzanne says:

    i love this house! it reminds me of the house in the pixar animated movie, the incredibles. gorgeous!!!!

  6. I love the pale view paint color! Any idea is that was flat or eggshell finish?

  7. Excellent decorations and wonderfully designed. I love the airy living room. Bravo!

  8. Um, wow. This is essentially my dream home! It’s showing me what I didn’t know I wanted!

    Thanks
    Ben

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