amy azzaritointerior designInteriorssneak peeks

sneak peek scarlett of saffron and genevieve

by Amy Azzarito

Scarlett Reed’s cottage in Santa Cruz county used to be part of a chicken ranch. It’s a little bit country, but situated only two miles from the ocean, it’s a little bit beachy, too! It’s an aesthetic that has carried over into her shop, Saffron and Genevieve, which sells antiques, such as rusted iron rods from a garden fence paired with stacks of beach rocks. Scarlett aims to only buy what she loves and frequently rotate items from her home to the shop. She says that if she had a larger home, there might not be quite so much for sale in the shop! Thanks Scarlett! And many thanks to Raya Carlisle for the lovely photos! Amy A.

When I moved in eight years ago, I went from sharing a huge McMansion with friends to 600 square feet with two cats. I just wanted it to feel like home to me, a place to house my favorite things. I ripped out the carpets and painted the concrete floors, removed any new fixtures and cabinets I could and disguised the rest. I tried to make it feel more like a mini-farm house, my favorite style.

Image above: I have a love of vintage landscapes, but they must have a windy path. The antique pine desk is supposed to be my craft area in the bedroom, it holds so much, but admittedly, most crafts are done on the coffee table. Also see another crate full of magazines I can’t part with. The basket holds my many boots. Love that vintage stool! All antiques from Saffron and Genevieve.

Image above: Miss Felina on her throne. All bedding is from my ridiculously large collection of vintage linens. Every room in my house is a different shade of aqua. My bedroom faces north, so this brighter one is pretty in the morning.

Image above: Geraniums are one of my favorite plants, and I love this variety as cut flowers. An old bottle is the perfect vase. I found the vintage Gueridon table at Alameda.

CLICK HERE for more of Scarlett’s Santa Cruz home!

Image above: A vintage industrial cabinet houses books, acts as nightstand and hides another heater. FYI — the second coat in a different color of concrete floor paint never sticks well, hence the uneven look on all of my floors.

Image above: The square over the bed is an old drawer filled with some of my favorite things, including one of many nests that customers bring me, an old oil painting of bluebonnets that someone has cut into the shape of Texas and two watercolors by my friend, Brian Rounds. I made the round shadowbox in a class at Saffron and Genevieve taught by Courtney Cerruti.

Image above: An old hat mold-made-mirror, flash card, flower frog, tintype and magnet make a simple vignette.

Image above: Stack of books with the rock and driftwood on top. Little Women — the first book I read on my own, my mother’s childhood dictionary, Walden, oh and vintage “Author” cards. My family played that game all of the time! This is just one of many stacks of old books; I love them so much.

Image above: Things I stole from my shop and am so happy I did — vintage steel dresser, drum-stand lamp, perfectly paint-spattered stool. A most beautiful antique rock hammer lays on the chest next to a bowl of stones from the beach. The image of Mary as a child I’ve had for years, and I still love to look at it every day.

Image above: I made the screen that hides the heater with old windows and reverse-painted the glass. The lamp is made by a friend of mine out of old farm parts; it throws the best shadows on the table and the ceiling. Table, perfectly rusted/painted Bertoia chair and vintage purse were found at the antique fair in Warrenton, one of my very favorite places, I go at least once a year. The doll’s name is “Jean,” and I know this because it is written in pencil on her tummy. She has old gauze bandages on her owies, I found her like that at the Santa Cruz Flea. Rug is Dash and Albert, available at Saffron and Genevieve.

Image above: Old sepia-tinged Ironstone — normally when something becomes a trend I move on to something else, but I looooove it! On the top shelf is a three-stemmed faux bois vase from Germany; it has the BEST mark on the bottom. I’m a sucker for stamps and marks. Also here are my vintage artichoke plates. If you eat artichokes with aioli, this is the only way to go.

Suggested For You


Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, that comment on people's physical appearance, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.