Aileen Cheng & Kevin Will Chen live in Sunnyvale, California where Aileen is a freelance graphic designer and art director with a studio specializing in branding, while Kevin started his career in retail design at Nike and is currently an art director at Apple. They moved to the Bay Area from LA a year ago and chose this place because of the amazing amount of natural light coming in from all the windows in every room, in a way that makes the space feel open and welcoming and just makes you happy. When it came to decorating they didn’t have a particular style in mind, but the space resulted from their love of clean, bright, airy environments and mid-century modern furniture. Thanks so much, Aileen, and Kevin for the photos! –Anne
Image above: When debating on what artwork to put up in our bedroom, we decided to frame photos we’ve snapped ourselves during our travels because it brings back happy memories. The two on the sides are taken by Kevin in San Diego and Hawaii and the middle one I took in LA. We love waking up to the sun in this room. All walls are painted with Kelly Moore Acoustic White.
Image above: Our dining room wall is decorated with letterpress artwork we made together. The gold stars on the table are a gift from our friend Sarah. I love our fabric coasters, which we found on a trip to Taipei in a random little bookstore filled with handmade things. The rug is from West Elm.
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Image above: The photo on our nightstand is one of my favorites from our wedding, taken by Sarah Yates of Birds of a Feather. This is my girly corner where I keep my jewelry.
Image above: The living room is our favorite place to hang out together. We love curling up on the couch on the weekends, with the light streaming in from the windows. Kevin spends a good chunk of his free time on the cozy chaise lounge side of this sofa. Much of the furniture here are mid-century modern pieces found on Craigslist. The grey and white safari rug is one of my favorite pieces from West Elm.
Image above: This bookshelf in our office houses our book collection along with little keepsakes from our life. We both got our degrees at Art Center College of Design but our paths didn’t cross until a mutual friend’s graduation show brought us back to campus a few years after we had been working. The robot is one of Kevin’s toys he’s hung on to since his days as a retail designer at Nike.
Image above: Our kitchen used to have dingy maple colored cabinets with a seaweed-colored countertop and backsplash. I wanted to create a light, airy space for myself to cook in, so we refinished the cabinets to white. Kevin installed new, more modern-looking handles from Ikea. We chose a grey quartz countertop and white subway tiles for the backsplash. We also installed a new sink and faucet. The Emeco navy barstools were on Kevin’s wishlist for the longest time. My mom surprised us with those as a housewarming gift.
Image above: The Jonathan Adler salt shaker pig is a gift from our friends. It’s standing on a stack of colorful patterned coasters I found in a boutique. We both love sweets, so we have mason jars filled with m&m’s around the kitchen.
Image above: This poster by Josef Albers for the 1972 Munich Olympics is one of my favorites. I love how graphic and minimal it is. I saw it with a friend at the Dwell show one year and he surprised me with it as a Christmas present.
Image above: This is where I spend my days designing. The fluorescent yellow ampersand Kevin and I made together. The wood block letters are a flea market find and gift from my sister. I love using color in my work, but I tend to surround myself in white, black, greys and neutrals with the occasional pop of color. I guess it clears my head and is kind of like having a blank canvas.