About this time last year, we peeked into the Brooklyn home that prop stylist, set designer and painter Heather Chontos shared with her two daughters. Since then, Heather has packed everyone up and moved to Missoula, Montana, to join boyfriend Herb Thornby. The drive from Brooklyn to Montana took three days and lots of ice cream and movies for the kids. In the six months since moving into this small farmhouse, she made the kitchen more functional by hiring local woodworkers to build an island and countertops, stained the floors gray and painted half of the walls in the house with chalkboard paint — a perfect spot for the girls’ to practice their alphabet. (See more of Heather’s home in the sneak peek extras on Facebook!) Thanks Heather, Herb, Kodie & Zana. — Amy A.
Image above: My bed, which has one of the bigger paintings as a headboard, and my favorite pink Jonathan Adler pillow. I wish I spent more time here — maybe one day!
Image above: This is my dining table/work table where most things happen, especially my daughter Zana’s practice of the ABCs on the chalkboard wall in the kitchen.
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Image above: This kitchen is one of my favorite parts of the house. We put in these new countertops and the kitchen island. When we ripped the backsplash off, we discovered multicolored old plaster and wallpaper underneath it, so I put a finish on it to keep it safe from the water and kept it raw. I love it. And on the counter are my famous pumpkin walnut-chocolate muffins. Yummy . . .
Image above: Another view of my table with one of my favorite light fixtures above it. The light here in this spot is just beautiful at all hours of the day.
Image above: Here is a partial view of my enormous cabinet. It is 6.5′ high and 6′ wide. It has a desk inside it and I just love it. I found it at Housing Works in New York, and I paid nothing for it. I repainted it and had it shipped to Montana. I am glad I did; I almost left it behind.
Image above: This little table and huge painting are in my bedroom. I love that in my room I have my bed, a chair and one dresser and huge artwork. This is my attempt at being a minimalist. (My boyfriend would laugh quite hard at that comment!)
Image above: This antique dresser has gone through the mill. I completely overhauled it by painting it and finishing it with these gorgeous white milk-glass knobs. When it was shipped, it was so scratched up I had to refinish it again, but I love the way it looks with the gray slate floors underneath it.
Image above: This is my bedroom window where I have my two fluorescent love-bird sculptures that I bought in Australia. This window has a lovely view of our new greenhouse, where we hope to start a small sustainable place to grow our herbs and veggies.
Image above: This is my bedroom corner where I keep a small collection of textiles and some new work. I found this white wooden letter U at an antique shop in a town called Butte. It is an old mining town on the way to Yellowstone. They have amazing antique shops.
Image above: This is my collection of glass and white porcelain. I found the brushes in San Francisco — they are old pinstriping brushes. I bought them in this great bundle tied in brown string.
Image above: This is the living room. I love the black and white in this room with the touch of my favorite yellow! I have done some great art trades with some amazing artists, and I have a lot of them together here on this wall. I hand-painted black stripes on the curtains in here; I think it looks pretty funky. I like how this room has an old farmhouse feeling, but it feels a little modern, too. And the gray floors were a labor of great love.
Image above: At some point, we’ll need to build an extension on the house, but for now the girls share a room. This is their mix-matched jungle room. My older daughter, Kodie, asked me to paint her a mural on her wall of a bird, and she was quite pleased with the way it came out. The room is very long and narrow, but it works for now.
Image above: This is their own chalkboard, which changes daily. Both of my girls are very creative in different ways, but they love to write and draw, so the chalkboard is a great part of their room.
Image above: Here are those painted curtains again and this yellow chair that I found in a parking garage in NYC. The little metal table was an excellent gift from my mother; it fits in perfectly in this house.
Image above: This my umbrella jar and the pink boot corner. If you notice, there is a lovely blue drawing on the wall by Zana that I think we will keep.
Image above: And here is our house at the base of the mountain, with the giant willow tree in the back and tons of land to grow things on and the kids can run free. It is a lovely place to have a home.