sneak peek: max & linda of wallter


wallter makes some of my favorite bedding – and i’m all about local, so i have to say that i love that they manufacture their products just a few miles from their studio. one of my favorite things about their san francisco bay area home is the children’s bedroom. my parents also used the closet space for beds in my childhood bedroom – shared with two sisters. so it was fantastic to see the space max built for the boys – every kid wants his own little nook! {thanks to max, linda, adam & arby!} -amy a.

[We were lucky enough to buy our house in 1999, shortly after we were married and before the housing bubble began. It was a perfect little fixer upper – before our business began, before dog, and before kids. Since the condition that we bought it in was less than desirable, we’ve redone every room in the house. Now we have 2 sons; Adam age 8, and Owen almost 3, and our little Boston Terrier named Arby, all living in 1100 square foot, 2 bedroom one bath home. Our home truly reflects who we are as designers and how we like to see our products. We like being our own product testers and live with everything we make.

photo above: This is one of the rare occasions that our bed is made. Ironic that we started our business making bedding, however we hardly ever make our own bed. The headboard is a $10 thrift store find. All we did was clean it up a bit and paint it white. The bedside lights are from Design Within Reach. The small Saarinen table is another roadside find. It was in pretty bad shape so Max re-painted the base and veneered the top in walnut . On the ceiling we created a rosette with our circles. I love our bedroom, especially when the bed is made. It gets a lot of light all day long and always feels calming.]


[photo above: Living room. The sofa and chair are from Walter Knoll – perfectly fitting. The prints on the wall, are from a Bay Area graphic artist, David Lance Goines. The lamps are from our good friends at Alex Marshall Studios. As soon as we met Alex and her husband Andrew we knew we wanted to collect their ceramics.]


[photo above: Original fireplace that doesn’t work. Great place to store floor cushions.]


[photo above: Since I am originally from Cheyenne,WY, this poster is particularly meaningful. Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, is a Wyoming institution. Again, Alex Marshall ceramics above and on the table. The Ripple lamp is very special to us because it is the first prototype they made, and we were the product testers for them. We’re not giving it back. The Saarinen table was found by the side of the road in LA and given to Max by a friend. We had just moved into our house and he knew we needed a table. And our favorite indestructible aluminum chairs by Emeco – standard issue with 2 kids.]


[photo above: We tried to salvage as much of the original kitchen as possible when we decided to update it. Much of the house, built in ’39, was left original until the ’70s and ’80s when there were some “upgrades”.  We pulled out all the “upgrades” and worked with what was left to try and save some of the original flavor of the kitchen. The counter tops are stained maple plywood.  They were supposed to be temporary and used as a template for something more elegant and durable. Fortunately, they have been great and have lasted 10 years. The canister collection was from Max’s grandmother. My favorite is the one labeled “grease”. And of course we love our chocolate brown fridge from Mueller. When we ordered it, people questioned the color choice, but we’ve never grown tired of the brown.]

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[photo above: This side of the kitchen is all new. Max built the cabinet above the stove to hold our daily use dishes. Its also the perfect place to display our mix of vintage enamel and newer pieces by our friends at Kiln Enamel. The white mushroom bowl in the center, was my mom’s and was the catalyst for  the collection.]


[photo above: We used our circles (cut in half) to display my collection of Kiln Enamel necklaces. The owls are vintage and were originally designed as covers for hair spray cans. Now they cover candles and perfume. There’s Arby the dog sitting on his chair.]


[photo above: Everything in the bathroom is new. It was in particularly bad condition when we moved in. We tried to live with it for as long as possible because we wanted to address more important issues with the house. We felt like we had no choice once the mushrooms started to grow around the tub. We chose walnut for the walls, and the floors are cork. Not the most practical choices, but they look as new as when they were installed 5 years ago. It’s a great warm place to get away from all the boys in the morning.]


[photo above: When our second son was born, we had to come up with a way to create personal space for our older son. I thought Max was a genius when he built a loft bed into the existing closet space. It was an odd shaped closet, which made it hard to put anything away without it getting lost forever. Our older son Adam loves having his own area, and now that Owen has grown out of his crib, he wanted to move into the closet too. It’s perfect because the rest of the room became their play space. We only need one large dresser for their clothes. Since they are boys, they always wear the same 5 shirts anyways. No need for a closet. ]


[photo above: The bar was a really cool find. Push down the top to hide everything and turn the key raise it to start drinking again. The table is vintage Herman Miller and the chairs are Scandinavian handed down from Max’s step mom. Max cleaned them up and reupholstered with Maharam fabric.]

  1. Steph says:

    I have what looks like the exact same mushroom bowl. It was my Mum’s and I love it. It has lost the enamel in some places but still looks good on a shelf. Says Finel, Made in Finland on the base. I think it would have been bought in Yorkshire, England.
    Love the boys’ bedroom!

  2. Natalie says:

    The boys’ room is brilliant! As a map lover, I’m wondering, where did the world map rug come from???

  3. Melanie says:

    I really like the mobiles!

  4. Carla says:

    Wait a minute, you “found” two different Saarinen tables?Unbelievable!!

  5. Amanda says:

    Where can you buy a mueller fridge in the us? Specifically California?

  6. AbbySt says:

    Your house looks great.

    I can’t believe you found 2 Saarinen tables either. And that awesome headboard for $10? I look for stuff like that all the time. I must be living in the wrong town.

  7. kimmi siren says:

    What a fun, livable , working home for this family. Love it :)

  8. katie says:

    i just have to know — where did you find that map rug in the boys’ room?!?

  9. Mandy says:

    Another plea for map rug info from a traveling family in the midst of playroom design! Lovely home…such a delightful energy in your design!

  10. Diana says:

    Where did you purchase your fridge? I can’t find anything similar in the US. LOVE IT!

  11. Diana says:

    LOVE THE FRIDGE! Where did you purchase it — can’t find anything in the US similar to this.

  12. Heather says:

    Hi! Love your house! Would you mind telling me where you purchased the ladder for the boys’ closet conversion? Or was it home-made?
    Thanks!

  13. Sarah says:

    Still for the source of that lovely map rug! Also, I love the closet turned bunk beds – what a fantastic idea! Thank you.

  14. Amber says:

    Where did you find your beautiful round map rug?

  15. tiffany says:

    Yes – where did you get that map rug?

  16. Turning the closet into the sleeping nook and the bedroom into the playroom = very clever. I featured it over at my site in a roundup of 5 creative ways to create “playrooms” when you don’t have a room for an actual playroom:)

    http://hintmama.com/2014/09/23/todays-hint-5-ways-to-create-a-play-space-when-you-dont-have-a-playroom/

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