Friend and travel photographer Sivan Askayo calls Karen Shavit, the Israeli Martha Stewart, meaning that she is both a designer and an entrepreneur in lifestyle and design. Four times a year, Karen curates and produces what she has dubbed “Collage Sales”. It’s an effort to provide a platform for young designers to show and sell their artworks. Karen features everything from jewelry and hats to fashion and decor at these shows. Each event is held at a different location and lasts for three days. In addition to showcasing the work of other artists, Karen produces her own line of colorful scarfs and women’s jellaba. With so much professional activity, it is particularly important that home be a calm, relaxing escape as well as place to nurture creativity. Karen’s house is located in Kibbutz Gvat, in Izrael Valley (Emek Izrael) in the North of Israel. It is built on a hill, overlooking endless cotton fields, sunflowers fields, orchards and olive trees. She, husband, Edan Shavit (a software engineer) and their two daughters, Alma (7) and Noga (4), have lived her for just about a year, but it already feels like home. Thanks, Karen and a big thank you to Israel-based Sivan Askayo ! -Amy
Image above:The family living room: These are furniture pieces that I collected and brought from different places all over the world. The table is from England, the mustard colored chair is from Denmark and the rocking horse- I found in a flea market in Belgium. The flower ornament and the pictures on the wall are from the US. The doors in the back are old doors that were re-painted and re-constructed. I found them in a market in Haifa, Israel.
Image above: Our dining table. The chairs were found in the street and I restored them. On the shelves I have placed my vintage collection. From the kitchen windows, you can see the green fields and nature that surrounds us and the house. The vintage collection varies; ceramic dutch houses miniatures, mugs from Marakech, babushka dolls from Russia and dishes I use for formal dinners.
See more of this family home in Israel after the jump!
Image above: Kitchen: My friend built these shelves for me; They are very basic and simple. I use these shelves to store the dishes we use on a daily basis. I just love the can opener in the shape of a mermaid.
Image above: I wanted to place the mirror on the wall above the kitchen sink. The mirror is like a substitute for a window for me. It also allows me to watch my daughters when I’m preparing their dinner, and they are playing in the living room or next to the kitchen’s table.
Image above: This is our dining table after a Weekend Brunch. My husband is usually in charge of the brunches. I love to have flowers at home and on the dining table. The mugs varies; some are ceramic and the pink one made of plastic and belongs to my younger daughter.
Image above: The view from the window in my kitchen. I found the hand painted vases in a flea market and the flowers are from our backyard garden.
Image above: We decided to ‘mark’ and differentiate the cooking area in the kitchen from the dining area, by using colorful concrete tiles, with eastern ornaments
Image above: Above the dining area, I’ve hung a morano-glass lamp I have found and bought in the flea market in Jaffa, Israel
Image above: My working space: The wall serves as an inspiration board for me. A collection of pictures and vintage lamps that I found and bought in various flea markets in the world. The vintage wallpaper I found on eBay. The long working counter is used by all family members; it is also my husband’s work space and where my daughters are do their homework or their drawings. We bought the counter from an American designer. It was originally an industrial counter in a diamond warehouse.
Image above: A closeup of my working space. Where I spend most of my hours, writing my blog. You can see my laptop alongside my husband’s computer
Image above: The Girls room: The massive wood closet I found and bought in Belgium. The colorful suitcases I bought in a flea market in Jaffa. My girls use these suitcases to store some of their toys and for their play dates. Hanging on the handle is my older daughter’s ballet tutu.. She is proud of it.
Image above: The master bedroom: I love to collect old handkerchiefs and turn them into decorative pillows. The floral quilt add a romantic flair to the bed.
Image above: A peek to my bedroom. The floor is made of real bamboo. The lace curtain I found in a local flea market. It is a hand made French Embroidery that used to be a table cloth. I’m happy to say it cost me only 2 dollars and 50 cents. The door in my bedroom is an old wood door that was repainted and restored and kept its ‘vintage’ look
Image above: The “Make up Desk” in my bedroom. I found and bought the Danish chest of drawers in a local vintage store called ‘Vintagemania’ in Israel. The mirror I found and bought in Ardingly, an antique fair in England. The jewelry boxes were bought in various flea markets, some used to keep cookies fresh.
Image above: A closeup of my vintage ‘make up desk’. This 1950s statue is the Artemis Goddess riding on a horse. The Artemis is my favorite goddess. I found it early in the morning in the flea market in Haifa, Israel. I knew I had to come early before the rest of the crowd start shopping.
Image above: A peek to our Weekend Brunch. The dining table in the center of the kitchen is also the center of the house and the center of our family life. Around this table we eat, the girls do their homework and sometimes, we host friends for lunch and dinners. On one of the walls, I have installed shelves to hold my colorful and diverse vintage collection. It is a huge collection I am very proud of.