sneak peek: tad & jessica carpenter

Prior to getting married, this home in Rivermarket — Kansas City, Missouri’s historic district — had been illustrator Tad Carpenter’s bachelor pad for several years. Before designer Jessica moved in, the couple renovated the apartment, which is located in an 1905 building that was originally occupied by the Helping Hands Association, a program that provided shelter and education for those in need. The couple loves the juxtaposition of modern and vintage and has paired their modern furniture, lighting and artwork with vintage collections ranging from old film posters or paintings to hand-painted trade signs and toys. Thanks, Tad and Jessica! And thanks to Eric Linebarger for the lovely photographs! — Amy A.

Image above: A collection of prints, journals, toys, books and goodies I have designed, as well as things from my office.

CLICK HERE for more of Tad & Jessica’s Kansas City home!

Image above: We love hand-generated typography. We have a really fun collection of hand painted trade signs including the two seen above our TV in our living room. We love these two because of the support illustration with the type. The top sign is for a drug store and the bottom is for a shoe shop. We also have several other pieces that are special to us on the book shelves. One of my favorite is the Krazy Kat toy shown in orange on the top right shelf. Really love George Herriman’s comic, so [I] love this piece from the early 1940s.

Image above: Thomas Paul pillows are a favorite of ours.

Image above: Our entry way can sometimes be a dumping zone. We collect so much stuff and like to change them out. You can see here old advertising tin signs, vintage posters and prints. The two resting on the floor are a signed print from illustrator Ralph Steadman and a painting I did when I was 19.

Image above: Love the Face Vase from Jonathan Adler.

Image above: Love children’s books and vintage toys. A collection of J. Otto Siebold books sits with a fun vintage pull toy used to promote one of the releases of a Rin Tin Tin movie in the 1920s.

Image above: Really love collecting vintage globes and I have so many of different shapes and colors. It’s fun to keep an eye out for them.

Image above: More Jonathan Adler goodies with the whale pitcher and fish salt and pepper shakers. One of our favorite overall features is the raw concrete floor throughout our home.

Image above: Color silk screen print by my friends at Aesthetic Apparatus.

Image above: Me in my office at my drawing table. Again, more found typography hangs on the wall as well as a circus poster from the early 1960s that my father attended as a child.

  1. Rocky says:

    I love your work Area and that awesome flat file with Charlie Harper’s book on it!

  2. soisses says:

    what can i say? your home is just amazing and i don`t find the right words… i just can say, that i felt in love with!


  3. So many nice comments. Jessica and I appreciate it so much.
    Several people and I mean several wanted the quote above about our home as a print for their home. If you did I now have a white and brown version for you to choose from. Pick one up here:
    Thanks again everyone!


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