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sneak peek: sarah foelske and james milward

by anne

Sarah Foelske is an associate creative director at Bruce Mau Design, and James Milward owns a digital agency called Secret Location. After dating long distance for a year, Sarah packed up and moved from New York to Toronto, Canada. She moved into James’ place, and with some trepidation about mixing James’ clean and modern tastes with Sarah’s more textural and handmade style, they decorated together, and can’t wait to do it again (and the process has Sarah interested in dimensional and interior design). Their biggest issue was that they had to stop adding typographic elements — omnipresent in Sarah’s work — to the house because it got to be too much. Thanks to Sarah, Alexis and Jen Arron for the great photos! — Anne

Image above: We decided to decorate our spare bedroom like a cabin up north. We call it “The Cottage” and sleep in it on weekends. The items on the wall are a combination of things we’ve found at flea markets in Canada.


Image above: Our friend built this wood wall for us, and I made the neon for James. The couches are from Dwell.


Image above: This is a neon sign I had made for James, from my handwriting. I love having neon made; I’d love to make more signs.


Image above: These binders contain all the tear sheets I’ve saved through my career of things that inspire me; any time I get stuck on a project, I go through these books. I find walking away from the computer can be the best way to move through a project.

Sarah and James’ full home tour continues after the jump . . .


Image above: I made the pillows from blankets we found at flea markets. The wallpaper was custom designed by friends.


Image above: We found this vintage locker at an antique store in Toronto. It’s awesome for coat and shoe storage. Everyone who comes over asks where we bought it. Someone should remake it.


Image above: This clothing rack in our spare bedroom (“the cottage”) is very special to me because my dad and I made it together. It was pretty simple to make and really inexpensive, built with plumbing pipes and wood from Home Depot.


Image above: The table and chairs moved with me from New York. They came from the flea market on 26th street.


Image above: Spray-painted vintage trophies from Value Village (thrift store). I am obsessed with spray painting things in one color high-gloss. The card is from Barcelona.


Image above: One of the best things about my move to Toronto is the space to have stuff like a dressing table; space is the biggest luxury to me after living in a Manhattan shoebox.


Image above: Our dining room is possibly the most motivational place to have dinner in Toronto.


Image above: The deer bookends and wolf mask are from San Miguel De Allende Mexico, where some of James’ family lives.


Image above: My laundry hamper is one of my favorite items in the house. I found it in an antique store in Toronto. Of all the items in our house, this one is the most “me.”


Image above: My sister painted the silhouette of our dog, Pearl. It’s one of my favorite possessions.


Image above: The print behind us is by one of my favorite graphic designers, Mike Mills.


Image above: The drawing on the right is by my friend Paul O’Donnell.

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