Joel Henriques is an artist and toy designer who lives with his wife and their four-year-old twins in Portland, Oregon. Author of the blog Made by Joel, Joel just finished writing a modern toy/craft book, Made to Play, due out fall 2011. This 1950s house has been home to Joel and his family for three years. They’re lucky to have a beautiful park up the street and great neighbors. Overall, this family likes to keep things simple, functional and minimal. Thanks, Joel! — Anne
Image above: Upstairs, down the hall from my art studio. A painting I did based on my wooden elephant puzzle design, and a work-in-progress wire sculpture commission hangs from the ceiling. [Joel is also a painter, and you can see his work here].
Image above: Our kids loved eating at this small table so much that for almost a year, my wife and I sat here on the floor for family meals. The kids are now big enough to sit on the benches at the dining room table, but I still eat breakfast with them here every morning. We like looking out the window at the bird feeder and the people walking by.
Image above: In my art studio. Homemade paint rack and brush holder, a couple of my paintings. Also, my favorite Alexander Girard doll (holding twins) that my sister gave to me for creating the artwork for her Lullaby Piano album.
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Image above: Upstairs, just outside my art studio. Red vintage chair found by my wife at one of the many fantastic Portland thrift stores. Vintage abstract painting by my Grandma. And a bicycle painting that I just finished for a show in Portland that will be up through the month of March.
Image above: Kid’s bedroom. Playing with some yo-yo balls that I made. Also, the “Twin Birds” painting that I made for their room just before they were born. And the dress my daughter is wearing is from the fantastic Etsy shop, mette.
Image above: Here is the backyard playhouse that I made for the kids two years ago. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and get out of the house when it’s raining outside. The kids love it. I painted one wall with chalkboard paint, so we end up doing a lot of drawing (and practicing letters lately) in there.