in 2004 peggy wong moved to los angeles, started freelancing and launched studio/pw, an award-winning boutique design studio, specializing in branding, retail packaging, and art direction in photography. it has now morphed into bluepoolroad, peggy’s own stationery line which she describes as a blend of clean and modern typography with classic but unexpected colorways. in a way, that sounds like the best way to describe her home – featured in our latest sneak peek today – where i’m kind of amazed by how much she is able to accomplish with the color white. you can find more from peggy’s home here, and follow her inspiration on her blog. [thanks, peggy!] -anne
[above: Our bedroom is about 110 s/f, so what you see is what you get! A queen size bed + side table. It took us a while to find the perfect "non-bed frame" because we wanted something very simple that will visually disappear into the room. So we ended up with the Quadrello frame from Design Within Reach. The Datcha table lamp is also from DWR. Side table with hairpin legs I found outside our apartment building. The painting is something that I did for a charity art auction earlier on the year. And thanks to my husband, he was the highest bidder that night (I told him I really wanted it for our bedroom!)]
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My husband and I moved into our 800 s/f duplex apartment in downtown Los Angeles about five years ago. Coming from New York City, I used to live in a studio and I literally had makeovers every three months. And I think that habit has stuck with me. We have swapped the bedroom and home office once, moved the couch three times, dining table twice… My husband would make fun of me when he sees me sitting on the couch and my eyes would start to wander around the room – that’s when he knows it’s time to switch things up again! One thing I love about our place is that we get amazing natural light in every room, so that really helps to open up the space. And I have to admit, one color that I cannot live without is white, and I tend to collect many of my pottery or accent pieces in white. We do try to keep things down to a minimal. Although I have a cabinet that I call my “prop library” (really it’s just a nicer namer for storage), lol. For me, changing things up every so often is the key to living in a small space, it just makes it that much more interesting to look at and to live in.
It was pure luck when we found this old farm table at a local warehouse sale. The vendors there used it for refreshments and covered it with a table cloth. But when I saw the chunky legs showing through from the bottom, I thought to myself, hmmm… I need to look at this. So we took it home after I convinced them that I REALLY did not mind all the water rings + imperfections! The table has somehow become a little playground for me – I’m constantly bringing in new pieces or revisiting old ones. But one thing that stays every time is the Noguchi table lamp (model 1N). Right now the table is filled with: Sara Paloma pottery (bottle + vase), wooden candlestick from a Yosemite gift shop, and a white Danish oval bowl from Hodgsons Antiques in South Pasadena. My favorite part about the dining room is the vintage pendant lamp – an excellent hand-me-down from my dad!
When we first found these vintage orange crates at the Melrose Trading Post we didn’t really know what to do with them. But couldn’t possibly pass them up because the original labels were still on them! The one you see here is a Cal-Crest label from the 50s. And thank you Target! – those grey collapsible cubes fit perfectly and we keep them handy right by the entrance for shoes, etc. The white ironstone footed bowl is by Anthony Shaw. I did a little research on the pottery mark and it actually dates back to 1860s! A total score. The other white bowl is by Eva Zeisel. Both from the Rose Bowl Flea market.
We spend most of our time hanging out on the couch so we like to keep it pretty simple. The pillows I tend to change quite often, just to freshen up the look a bit. Sometimes it’s all about patterns or textures, and now it’s just about classic solid colors. The Hatch Show Print poster was given to me by a friend many years ago, that was when I first fell in love with letterpress.
I love this vintage British bus rollsign from Three Potato Four. I used a simple wooden hanger for it ’cause I like to flip it to the other side once in a while. The back has this beautiful light grey tone with reverse white type, which is quite amazing to look at as well.
One of the very first things we bought for apartment was the Nelson pendant lamp. The staircase was just screaming for one! The wall is meant to be a family scrapbook – lots of old + new family photos, baby pics of my husband and I, artwork from my niece Zola… It’s an on-going project, I’m constantly on the lookout for white frames.
This is another view of our dining room. The “See America” poster is a serigraph, it’s an original design from WPA’s Federal Art Project (printed for the United States Travel Bureau). The blues are so gorgeously intense. I honestly don’t think we’ve ever sat on the Taburet M stacking stool… I just love looking at the shape. The vintage crystal candle sconce is a recent find, from Rubbish in Silver Lake.
I think we started off with three rows of shelves in the beginning, and now we have completely maxed them out – all the way up to the ceiling. The Nava black + white perpetual calendar is from Fitzsu Society. The Eva Zeisel’s gravy bowl and vintage white table lamp are more Rose Bowl Flea market finds. The only empty wall left in the room is where the windows are, so I just lean my frames against it. This pretty much became a rotating gallery for me. What’s on display now: vintage Martini + Rossi poster, photo I took of a barn, vintage French soap label, and a map of Manhattan. The antique brass stencil is quite possibly my favorite find of all time. It was used for marking shipping crates (c 1870) and has a really nice patina on the brass, you can still see the tar and ink left on the stencil. This was from Poor Richard’s Antiques in Glens Falls, upstate New York.