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sneak peek: nerissa and peter of the new domestic

by anne


Nerissa and Peter live in a little seaside village outside of Vancouver, Canada, surrounded by trees, and the beach is just a couple blocks away. In the wintery months, it’s as if they live in the North Pole, while in the summer, chirping birds fill the beach air. Nerissa is a graphic designer who works from this gorgeous home and keeps a blog called The New Domestic. This year they launched an online shop of the same name with a homewares line of products to beautify your space (their new Bon Journey bags were such a hit that they sold out, but a new shipment is arriving in January). Their own space is a an eclectic mix of things they love that represent who they are through memories and stories. They decorate by intuition, but overall, their style is a mix of Scandinavian modern with Canadian and Asian motifs and bold graphics layered in. Thanks, Nerissa and Peter! — Anne

Image above: I love this wall in our studio room. It’s our fun inspirational wall where we hang pieces we’ve collected throughout the years. Some of the paintings are thrift-store finds; one of the framed posters was taken home from a Jeff Koons show at the Palace of Versailles, and the tree poster was a wallpaper we designed for a friend.


Image above: This is my own little area in the studio. It’s my multipurpose table where I do my sewing, crafts and freelance work, and lately, it’s been used as a painting table for our newly launched Bon Journey bags.



See more of Nerissa and Peter’s home after the jump!


Image above: A chair found at Home Sense that perfectly matched our wallpaper. We initially bought the chair to use as a garden chair, but when we brought it home, we noticed it looked perfect beside the wallpaper. It’s like they were meant to be together.


Image above: This is where we gather with friends and family. We’ve been able to fit 14 people at that table, which has become a great gathering space. The bunting flags are handmade by me for Luna’s first birthday party, but we love the festive look of it and decided to keep it up there year round. The framed photograph on the wall was a photo I took from a trip to the Italian Riviera. The white framed illustrations are vintage prints of garden herbs found on eBay. Luna’s Ikea highchair was bought from Craigslist, and I painted it red to give it a nice splash of color.


Image above: This is the cosiest room in the house where we gather together as a family to watch tv, chat and simply hang out. It’s a small room with French doors separating it from the formal living room. The skylight keeps the room bright practically all day. The large art piece on the wall is a Marimekko fabric that we had stretched onto canvas, making for a large art piece.


Image above: We love going treasure hunting at various thrift stores in the city, and these are some of our vintage finds. Peter found that awesome Chop Suey game years ago when he was still in college. We’ve kept it ever since, and we consider it our best vintage find.


Image above: Our master bedroom. We wanted to have some type of art piece above our bed but couldn’t decide what it would be. So instead of having to find that one perfect art piece to hang on the wall, we thought it would be a great idea to put up a ledge where we can display random pieces and switch things around whenever we want. Right now, we have paintings displayed that we found at thrift stores and a couple of our favorite album covers. The anthropomorphic trays are from ibride, which we ordered online from Amsterdam.


Image above: As our family grows, our space has to grow and adapt, as well. Our studio room has also become our family activity room, and we’ve had to make room for Luna to play. Luna has her own section to store and display her toys and a little table for craft time. We spend a lot of time in here, and it’s funny to see the three of us doing our own little projects. The illuminated light box photograph hanging on the wall was a gift from our very talented photographer friend, Kris Grunert. The cardboard moose head is from veer.com.


Image above: This is Luna’s room. We wanted to create a playful and creative space and surround it with pieces Peter & I have collected throughout the years. The framed illustrations on the wall are from Charley Harper. It’s an alphabet card game, and we just picked out letters from her name, L-U-N-A, and framed them individually. The large canvas you see on the wall is a Marimekko fabric remnant we purchased in Seattle years ago before Luna was born. We stretched it onto a canvas to create a large piece of art. The paper blue and white balls were bought in Chinatown, and we decided to hang them above her crib, acting as a baby mobile. Something nice for her to look at when she woke up in the morning. The little chairs are replicas of an Eames baby rocker and Verner Panton chair.


Image above: We want Luna to be proud of all her art work, so we hang her art pieces using a wire mobile that hangs from the ceiling. The wire mobile was given to us by friends years ago, and was used in the past to hang a selection of patterned message cards that were written by guests at our wedding. Now, it’s the perfect device to display Luna’s creations.


Image above: Our newly remodeled kitchen. I always dreamt of having a white kitchen, and I finally got it!


Image above: The stools are from Home Decorators Collection. They are awesome, as they swivel up and down, which works great for kids who need to sit up higher. For the countertop, I’ve always wanted a white marble countertop in the kitchen but couldn’t handle the idea of it staining or cracking. So we went for a Quartz Lapland for it’s beautiful aesthetic and durability. Then we went for a statuary white marble 2″ x 4″ tile backslash instead for that marble look.


Image above: For a little special personalized detail in the kitchen, Peter surprised me with a laser-etched engraving on the marble backsplash. “Collect the moments, one by one. I guess that’s how the future’s done.” — Feist.

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