sneak peek: alex marshall

growing up just outside new york city in new jersey with frequent trips to soho galleries,  alex marshall always knew she would be an artist. after studying painting and ceramics for both her undergraduate degree and mfa, alex opened her first ceramics studio in sausalito, ca.  today she lives with her artistic partner and husband andrew barry and their daughter akiva in northern california’s central valley. the couple live on a five acre stretch of land with 600 olive trees plus a few pomegranate, lemon, tangerine, plum, peach and granny smith apple trees. their five acre lot is the smallest division of land allowable in the county so they’re surrounded by much larger orchards and farms. alex’s surroundings are an evident inspiration in her work and it’s fascinating to see how that translates to her home. {thanks alex, andy and akiva!}amy a

[The main room of our house is one big open space. The mobile in the corner is a Calder my grandmother bought in the late 1960s and gave to me before she died. She had a great eye and is the primary reason I’m a designer today. The 2 paintings I did as an undergraduate at Skidmore College in New York State and are made of roofing tar, dried pigments, paper, wax, paint and are on wood. The green couch is from Design Within Reach and converts for sleeping. It’s the perfect size for our 20 month old daughter to play on. The orange pillow is from our friends Max and Linda Geiser from Wallter. We met them at our first trade show in 2003 and not only consider them great friends but are also great admirers of their work. The wooden bench is from a local furniture maker which we use as a table, the vase is one of our sphere vases in brown stripe, the stools I made in college, the flooring is Flor’s house pet tiles since we have a dog, cat and toddler and the rocking dog is our daughter’s favorite toy. She loves to make it bark!]

Our dining table is an old wooden farm table that friends gave me years ago when they bought a new table (thanks, Ricka and Jeff!!!!!) and separates our living room from our kitchen. The dinnerware on the table is our slim dinnerware in white, the bowl is our 17″ bowl in chocolate and the sphere vases are in periwinkle and blue gray. We designed the pitcher a few years ago and I think it’s one of our best pieces but since it doesn’t have a handle it’s a tough sell! The photographs are wax casts of my feet I did in graduate school.

Our master bedroom, like the rest of our house, is minimal. The headboard is an antique teak door from Indonesia, the bedding is also from Wallter, the lamp is our rectangle lamp in matte brown, the dresser is a wooden trunk we bought at a flea market in Mill Valley, CA and the paintings I did in 2001 as part of a series of 8 on paper. The rest of the series sold and when we bought our house in 2004 found the perfect spot for these last 2!

CLICK HERE for the rest of Alex’s sneak peek after the jump!

Our house is situated on 5 acres of primarily olive trees and this is our back patio which has a 15 foot picnic table beneath a steel trellis covered in grape vines. My husband and I knew we were going to move here as soon as we saw this!

Our daughter’s room has a great Ikea dresser, NurseryWorks changing table and Oeuf crib. The wall art is the butterfly paintable wall decor from Wallter which she absolutely loves and the sphere lamp is our new butterfly character lamp. Our daughter served as the inspiration for our personalized baby and kids ceramics!

  1. Margarita says:

    Simply gorgeous, the natural wood, with the greens and the reds, very nice paintings and ceramics collections. I could live in this house, and the outdoors area to die for…I just wish we had the weather in London…

  2. I love the large paintings. They really make a statement in the rooms. The outdoor setting looks like a great place for a family gathering!

  3. Green Key says:

    Just lovely! What a delightful space. I especially like your paintings.

  4. visualingual says:

    Wow, I really love Alex Marchall’s work, and seeing this home, with some of the things she has created as well as a lovely selection of other finds, really makes me appreciate her own body of work more. I love getting a sense of someone’s creative vision permeating their work and home. This is beautiful!

  5. CrowNology says:

    I love this home. The colours and the wood. Perfect.

  6. Lovely table and headboard. I adore the simplicity here.

  7. Mouse says:

    I’m sorry, but 5 acres of olive trees?! Yearn yearn yearn!

    I love: the bedspread, the pitcher, the old-looking chairs, the table, the succulents.

  8. Kate says:

    Wow I love Alex’s work and her paintings are out of this world. Ohhh to have that outdoor space, we can only dream. Gorgeous.

  9. mariah says:

    absolutely solid gold! the most artistic expression has been exemplified in the use of art and ceramics.

  10. claudia says:

    unbelievable – the house inside and outside is magnificent – heaven on earth – the Art work and ceramics are truly amazing !!

  11. liz coleman-link says:

    the paintings above the sofa are brilliant, do you have any more images of your painting?
    i would love to see more….

  12. What a wonderful, inviting space…. love the artwork and wood.

  13. Carrie says:

    You have an impeccable eye! the colors play so beautifully off of one another– what a gorgeous space. thank you for sharing…

  14. Wendy says:

    So earthy and warm with just the right amount of color. Love the paintings, the yard…everything!

  15. Pam says:

    I really enjoy seeing this Alex and Andrew and hope you are both well! What an incredible outdoor space you have in addition – dreamy!

  16. Valerie says:

    I’ve loved your work for years, so I was thrilled to see you featured today! Seeing your sublime and organic home, it’s so inspiring. Thanks for opening your doors and letting us take a peek into your exquisite home!



  18. Anna lloyd says:

    Ok, it’s settled. I’m moving in!!

  19. efia says:

    the perfect mix of beauty and restraint. I love it.

  20. mariko says:

    i know this was a while back but any chance someone knows who made the coffee table/bench?


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