It’s hard to put into words just how happy I am about this post and the reason we’re writing it today. I’m happy for two main reasons. First, Amy has written a tremendous book, made a beautiful home and has lived an inspiring & courageous life. Second, she had stood by and supported me through more than I can describe and it is with great pleasure that I get a chance to celebrate and support her in such an exciting stage of her life. Amy’s first book, Past & Present, launched last month and we’ve been anxiously awaiting a big story that officially hits stands today: her New York Times debut! If you pick up a copy of today’s paper you’ll see her smiling face (and beautiful living room) looking back at you from the Home & Garden section. In a story entitled “Some Assembly Required”, writer Penelope Green shares Amy’s story, from her close-knit family beginnings in Arkansas to her dedicated pursuit of multiple graduate degrees to her inspiring home, filled with a mix of objects that all have incredible stories. It’s been an honor, and continues to be, to work with Amy and to see my friend and co-worker celebrated in such a big way truly makes my heart- and everyone’s here at D*S- fill with joy.
Amy’s full (19 slides!) home tour and story are in the NY Times today, which you can view online or in print. We aren’t allowed to reprint photos from the Times so instead we turned to our wonderful in-house photographer, Max, to document Amy’s home so we could share it here today, as a companion to the big story. I’ve watched Amy’s home really turn into something special this year, with a lot of hard work, antique hunting and craftiness. From the hauling of an epic Roman wall medallion home from Brimfield to the careful curation of a beautiful grouping of antique seascapes, Amy’s apartment is not only full of inspiring objects and furniture, but it’s also full of love. We’re all so proud of her and hope you’ll check out her article online or in print. And a big thank you to Amy and Max for making today’s special Thursday sneak peek possible. xo, grace
All Photographs by Maxwell Tielman
Image above: Can you see that divot in the right side of the sofa? This is where I sit to work when I’m not at the Design*Sponge office. The rug is from West Elm, the coffee table from BluDot, and the sconce is from Schoolhouse Electric. My mom made the floral needlepoint pillow when she was younger. It was pretty tough so her aunt helped her finish. The seascapes are vintage.
Image above: I turned my ugly brown Billy bookcases into beautiful looking built-ins following instructions from Little Green Notebook. (Note: Painting Ikea furniture is not fun. It took many, many coats to turn those brown bookcases white!) A huge part of my design library is at the Design*Sponge offices. I kept my favorites at home to reference when I was working on Past & Present. I also have a large collection of children’s literature.
Image above: My parents gifted me this vintage library table when I graduated from Library Science school. The photograph is by Leigh Merrill. (She was a photographer working as a pool cleaner in New Mexico. Before cleaning the pools, she would photograph them. The series is here.)
Amy’s full home tour continues after the jump!
Image above: My kitchen had a serious ’70s vibe before I took a leap and painted my kitchen cabinets white. I made the the leather pulls with leather that Matt Pierce of Wood & Faulk graciously sent from Portland. I attached the pulls with roofing nails. It made such a huge difference in making the space feel brighter and lighter.
Image above: I replaced my ugly closet door pulls with these lovely Nagkonya goddess handles found on eBay.
Image above: Vintage pull-down map. Some of my favorite design books atop a vintage farm table from Moon River Chattel. The benches were made by Wüd Furniture. I bought the obelisk on etsy to remind me of working on Past & Present.
Image above: One of my two kitties – Freya likes to ham it up for the camera.
Image above: Two Brimfield finds from different years. The machinist cart was a find a few years ago. The wall medallion I found last year. I can’t wait to go this May!
Image above: The cameo bracelet was another Brimfield find. I love the color of this le pen. I’m a huge list maker so I almost always have a notebook on hand.
Image above: My giant bathtub. The rug is from West Elm.