Grace Hsiu is a designer for iTunes with a penchant for cooking (Two Dudes, One Pan style), watching the NBA and concocting the perfect Old Fashioned. These days she’s based in Pasadena, California, but her roots are in Virginia Beach, Virginia (the same as our own Grace Bonney!). Her home is dubbed “Husky Ranch” for the two stubborn huskies she wrangles. Grace’s style wasn’t influenced by her parents so much as her childhood friend Amanda, whose parents had two bright yellow Bertoia diamond chairs in their living room where they’d play as kids. This deep love of the chairs, which they coined “lemon peelers,” sticks with Grace to this day. However, it wasn’t just the decor that made Amanda’s family’s home fantastic but also the personality and warmth it carried. Now with a home of her own, Grace’s only decorating rule is that each piece has to serve a purpose or mean something. Many thanks to Laure Joliet for the photos, Morgan Satterfield and Abby Stone for styling, and Margaret for the tip! — Anne
Image above: The big painting in the entryway was a gift from Scott Herskovitz; my mom made the navy and white striped pillow after she saw the painting, thinking they would go well together. The red Bertoia diamond chairs are vintage and an ode to my friend Amanda.
Image above: I was — and still am — a tomboy at heart; and I love old Time Life photos of Steve McQueen. I wanted the guest room to look like a place to crash after a long road trip à la Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The flag above the bed is from Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.
More of Husky Ranch after the jump . . .
Image above: Another Hersk painting in the living room. The end tables were won on eBay from a guy in Glendora; the Tlingit wood box is from a friend in Seattle; the lamp is vintage from Laure.
Image above: The squirrel candleholders on the mantle are from Jonathan Adler, but the real reason I got them was because of a grisly incident that happened in the backyard a few months prior that involved the death of a squirrel by way of husky. I felt so bad about it that when I saw these, I felt compelled to get them.
Image above: “Bears are Violent” is a print that my friend Flo Zavala made; I unearthed it a few years ago when I was closet cleaning. The Thonet chairs were another find on eBay — they came from a public school in Cleveland, Ohio.
Image above: Vintage cloth napkins from my friend and writer Abby Stone
Image above: The art on the walls in the den are: Dreamcatcher from Big Bear, Steven Harrington (local to Pasadena), The Clayton Brothers, Barry McGee (a gift from my friend Benny Gold), a print from Colonial Williamsburg, and my favorite: an original Mark Gonzales piece.
Image above: The master bedroom is a culmination of stuff (and styles?) that I’ve gone through ever since I got my first solo apartment. It’s not cohesive in the least, but everything has a story behind it or was given to me as a gift, so it’s hard for me to part with any of it. The print above my bed is from Todd St. John & Gary Benzel years ago; more Hersk paintings on the far cabinet next to yet another vintage blue Bertoia.
Image above: After four years of dealing with a country-time mustard yellow bathroom, I really wanted a white, modern-ish bathroom. Nick, my contractor, custom built the wood frame around the medicine cabinet. I had ordered the wrong cabinet (thinking it had a metal border — it didn’t) but they had already installed it, so we couldn’t return it.