Relationships in which both people encourage each other’s passions and dreams just seem to work. When Lori stepped out of the 9-to-5 world to become a full-time artist, her husband Michael couldn’t have been more excited. Finding a home that would give them the studio space and creative vibes they were looking for was challenging, but they have found a home that supports both of them well.
Lori Harrison, artist, designer and entrepreneur, and Michael Clark, an organizational designer, moved into this home three years ago. The building had been a co-op in the 1950s and were transformed into apartments in 2010. “After looking at a dozen other condos, when I saw our home, I instantly knew this was the one,” Lori says. “It was so different than all the others, it had just recently been renovated and was done so beautifully and so me.” From there, Lori and Michael have used their combined creativity to make a space that is minimally designed with lovely, personal accents throughout. “My goal was to create a home that reflected both Michael and my aesthetic and a space that honored our treasured things. The process of making our space a home is one of my favorite things to do. I love nesting.”
Like any form of creating, there is a trial and error process in making a space into a home. “One challenge we had was with art. We have quite a collection and in our old apartment, we created an art wall which worked beautifully to minimize less desirable pieces and highlight others. We thought we would try a similar effect in our new hallway area,” Lori says. “We spent most of the day hanging something like 25 pieces of art, all measured and spaced out perfectly, and when we were finished we looked at it, looked at each other and said, ‘crap, it totally doesn’t work!’ So we spent the next day taking it all down, filling all the holes and painting the entire wall. Sometimes there is just no way to know for sure unless you try it.” Their gorgeous home is beaming with creative energy and seems to be a place they can both live and work to the fullest. – Lauren