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An Inspired, Bohemian Home in the California Desert

by Lauren Chorpening

Sometimes I am blown away by stories of homes impacting the people that live in them. I often sit for a few minutes, just taking in this idea – lives changed because of a house and its story. We hear about it happening more frequently when it comes to interior decorating, but when a house’s 100-year-old original design sparks a passion in a new homeowner, that’s an inspiring home. This house at the edge of the Sonoran Desert in Alamorio, CA was built with the original owner’s rug-weaving pastime in mind and has turned a creative desire into a fiber design business for Chy Parker.

Chy, stylist and fiber designer, and Marshal Parker, welder and harvesting manager, found their more than 100-year-old home by word of mouth. When touring the space, the natural light and quirky layout won them over. “One of the rooms in our home is very strangely set-up, with a huge doorway and no hardware for a door, a small closet and a custom built-in shelving unit as well as a little window nook area,” Chy says. “When I asked our landlord about it, he told me his mother was a weaver, that she used to teach at the local community college and would weave beautiful rugs, and this was her craft room. It was then that I got interested in working with fiber, sort of as an homage to the original homeowner. I bought myself a small lap loom and sat for hours figuring it out. After a while I delved into macrame and made myself a few plant hangers and used the leftover for wall hangings. Once I got the hang of it and people began to be interested in purchasing my work, I set up shop.” Chy’s work and love for textiles and fiber pieces are seen throughout the space, mixed with Marshal’s more minimal approach to design.

“Marshal and I definitely have different tastes when it comes to interior decor,” Chy says. “He leans more toward traditional and minimal, while I’m all about clean lines and color! We somehow manage to find an in-between on most things – mixing the original charm of the home with a modern bohemian style, organic and natural – a place to come home to and feel the good vibes instantly.” Their airy home has made their day-to-day more beautiful and, at least for Chy, more inspiring. —Lauren

 

 

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Chy's love of color and Marshal's love for desert exploration combine beautifully in this bohemian California home.
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"We've tried dozens of different layouts but eventually this way stuck! At one point, Marshal would come home each night one week to rooms switched and switched back, etc.," says Chy.
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"It's been a pretty slow process of collecting various pieces of furniture, art and objects. My biggest pet peeve is televisions, but I know we probably couldn't live without one, so I decided to do a gallery wall around the TV to pull the eyes away from it when you first walk into the room," Chy says.
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"When we first saw the home, it had blue paint on the walls and green carpet that had seen better days," says Chy. "Luckily the owner had it painted white and removed the carpet for us. We discovered the wood floors which were in rough shape from years of adhesive and local dances thrown in the 60s. My aunt was generous enough to help clean them up, and they turned out great!"
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The Parker's greenery makes their entire home feel fresh, vibrant and full.
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"We heard about this house by word of mouth and we found the owner's number and asked to look, knowing it was vacant and undergoing some work. He was kind enough to let us in and we immediately fell in love with the natural light," Chy says.
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Chy's styling is personal, lived-in and effortless. Her profession and her home have come together perfectly to create a space that beautifully reflects the Parker family.
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The view from the office area towards the living room. The ladder sits across from the front door as a fitting welcome and taste for what the rest of the home has to offer.
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"Behind that wall is a coat closet across from the front door. It's the perfect spot for a blanket ladder. The two books sitting on the stool are English-Russian dictionaries I picked up from a local thrift shop," says Chy.
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Chy's styling isn't just decorative, those hats are covering electrical outlets and switches that they don't need or use. The entry console doubles as a buffet when guests come over.
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Another example of Chy's intentional decorating, incorporating both Marshal and Chy's interests and personal styles.
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The office is bright white with Chy's textiles and greenery all around for inspiration.
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"A handmade doll from an antique shop sitting pretty atop a workspace," says Chy.
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"We purchased that dining table before we moved here. It's a wee bit cramped but we make do," Chy says. "In the morning it feels like a secret garden with all the foliage and light pouring in through that window."
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"Just through that doorway is the studio room," says Chy. "That massive pothos was inherited from a family member, and it thrives in that spot! The boots belonged to my grandpa."
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The beautiful mix of the natural light, mid-century bench and over-dyed rug in the hall has Kitty Boy's approval.
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