Carrie Olshan is a former New York City school teacher – and mother of two young boys – who transformed her passion for textiles into a full-time business. She started slowly, using her summer vacations from school to explore the world of textiles, traveling to Mexico and Europe, before finally taking the leap to start Barrington Blue. The company became a way for Carrie to share her ever-growing collection of textiles. She sources textiles from all over the globe and then uses them to create pillows and handcrafted furniture. Then, just three years ago, she relocated to Los Angeles with her composer husband Craig Deleon, two boys and 19 year-old cat, Dallas. The family settled into Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon. One of the biggest challenges was transitioning furniture from a 800-square-foot Brooklyn apartment to a 1600-square-foot house – on a budget. Surprising, they bought very few new pieces and have managed to make it all work. Just last year, they held their first Thanksgiving BBQ here – an event described by some of the attendees as epic. These days, Carrie is still amazed by canyon life. At night she drifts off to sleep to sounds of owls and coyotes but can be at the fanciest West Hollywood restaurant in a matter of minutes. It’s definitely different from life in New York! Thanks, Carrie! -Amy
Photography by Kate Miss
Image above: The kitchen table is the first thing I bought after we closed on our house. I love the dynamic of the rough table with the slick Bellini chairs. The Munch poster came from a flea market in Brooklyn.
Image above: The bookcase is a simple plywood box to which I added a set of mid-century legs. The painting was an amazing thrift store find, and the rug is vintage from Afghanistan.
See more of this Los Angeles home after the jump!
Image above: I change the cushions out on the sofa all the time. This pair is great because the colors have been beautifully muted by the sun.
Image above: This is a Barrington Blue floor pillow crafted from a vintage Bolivian frazada.
Image above: Everyone loves the giant photograph and they’re always shocked to find that it is from French Ikea, #7 of only 1000 made. I scored the canvas on eBay and spent about 7 times the price to get it stretched. That chair was my first purchase in Los Angeles at one of my favorite vintage shops, 453 Modern Vintage Home on Fairfax. My African baskets come from a tiny African drum shop that was around the corner from my old Park Slope apartment.
Image above: I found the beaded bell at fair trade shop Global Exchange in Noe Valley, San Francisco.
Image above: I studied Russian Literature in college. These are some of my collection.
Image above: The top piece is from one of my favorite nonprofit organizations, Creatvity Explored in the Mission District in San Francisco. Creativity Explored provides the means for artists with developmental disabilities to create, exhibit and sell their art all over the world. The bottom two paintings are both from a summerlong trip to Oaxaca, Mexico – the one on the right being an engagement gift from my best friend. We used to drink coffee and talk to the painters in the square every day.
Image above: The cityscape was painted by Craig’s aunt 50 years ago, but to me it looks like some apocalyptic future. We grabbed it when Craig’s parents were moving and love having it in our home. It reminds Craig of his childhood.
Image above: My favorite place in the house is my bedroom. It’s a small, uncluttered and very simply designed. We have beautiful treetop views and doors out to the balcony where we watch the hummingbirds and hawks fly by, and the light in there is incredible.
Image above: These tiny shelves are the perfect place to display things we collect at the beach and on hikes.
Image above: The boys share the bigger of the two bedrooms, which is fine by me. Theirs is filled with art and color. I like to keep our bedroom simple and calm and add warmth with texture.
Image above: One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is how easy it is to be a successful gardener!