I’ve been a huge fan of Troy Litten ever since discovering his Wanderlust series published by Chronicle Books back in 2002 that capture the visual culture of travel and mundane experiences around the world so I am extra excited to share this sneak peek today. Troy was born and raised in Ohio and had stints in London, Hong Kong, and New York before settling in San Francisco in 1995. He moved into this house in the Diamond Heights neighborhood of San Francisco in 2009. The area was originally developed in the early 1960s featuring about 100 Joseph Eichler built homes of varying designs. Troy’s is one of the single-story constructions on a flat lot on the top of the hill, and not much has changed since it was built in 1962. Troy never really considered how to “decorate” the house, instead surrounding himself with the things he loves and crafty throwbacks to his childhood. A collector at heart, Troy will admit at times he’s a borderline hoarder, but even the simple act of collecting travel ephemera has become his signature style. Troy is currently working on a series of travel-themed prints, posters, exhibitions, and publishing opportunities, but for now don’t miss his new Etsy shop. Many thanks to Troy for opening – and photographing – his home for us! –Anne
Image above: The furniture and artwork in the dining room have been collected over the years at flea markets, thrift stores, antique stores, eBay, and Craigslist. I made the side table with a set of vintage hairpin legs. The two Mao statues traveled home with me from a trip to China. In the entrance way hang two 1972 Vignelli New York City subway maps.
Image above: I’ve been collecting old ties at thrift stores for years and recently devised a way to display them on the wall of my master bedroom above some vintage furniture and a rug scored on eBay. The pillows are cowhide printed with exotic animal print patterns. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore Shale.
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Image above: The living room artwork and furniture are also vintage finds with the exception of the new Nelson Cigar Lamp. I traded one of my photo prints for a friend’s 70’s lounge chair – it needed a good home!
Image above: The kitchen was remodeled in 1966 with mahogany cabinetry and a pass-through from the dining room. My collection of black metal state map trays create a backsplash behind the kitchen counters.
Image above: Hidden within the cabinetry in the dining room is a floor-to-ceiling liquor cabinet. It was the 60s, after all, and I expect the previous owners threw a good party. The cabinet now mostly holds my collection of vintage glassware and barware.
Image above: I created the artwork in the guest bedroom from my collection of photos of travel graphics and signage and collected ephemera such as tickets and currency.
Image above: The guest bathroom is original to the house and features a collage print of tickets I’ve collected throughout my travels.
Image above: The headboard in the master bedroom is a folding screen found at an antiques mall and the side tables, lamps, and rug are all eBay purchases. The bedspread is from Urban Outfitters’ Alexander Girard Collection and the horse head pillows were made by my grandmother. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore Shale.
Image above: The master bathroom was reconfigured in the mid 60s to accommodate the previous owner’s wheelchair. I replaced the medicine cabinet and light over the sink with a mid-century mirror, the yellow acrylic swag lamp is an eBay find, and the shower curtain is from Urban Outfitters’ Alexander Girard Collection. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore Ashley Gray.
Image above: One of my photography collages, “64 Window Seats,” and a thrift store abstract painting behind a table I constructed with a set of vintage hairpin legs and some floor tiles. The 8 porcelain glove molds wave to another set, and to the Mao statues, across the dining room. Walls are painted Benjamin Moore Ivory White.
Image above: My “Transit Graphics” print and a warning road sign from the local salvage yard just inside the dining room from the door to the front courtyard.
Image above: Old wooden flat files from the Union Pacific Railroad office, a postcard rack rescued from a going-out-of-business shop in Soho NYC, a lamp bequeathed by a neighbor, and a vintage rug and curtains in my studio.
Image above: Evening light in the living room from the interior courtyard. Chair with orange cushion is a flea market find. I removed the original floor tiles, damaged beyond repair in many places, exposing the concrete slab foundation which was then sanded and sealed to create a continuous floor surface throughout the house.
P.S. Use the code DESIGNSPONGE2013 in Troy’s Etsy shop for 25% off. Offer expires Sunday December 15th.