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A Golden Modern Playhouse in Sacramento, CA

by Annie Werbler

On a flag lot in the middle of the block — their own secret compound — artist and surface designer Sarah Golden lives with husband Jacob Golden, a singer-songwriter, and their brood in Sacramento, CA. Their two-year-old twin girls Sadie and August, Boston Terrier Captain, and four chickens (Gilly, Biscuit, Peppercorn and Ramen) enjoy the modern playhouse vibe defined in large part by the addition of thrift store finds and handmade items into the home. The main living area, which is the living room, playroom, and kitchen, are child-friendly open spaces that still showcase the family’s style.

They have been in this home in the Oak Park neighborhood for five years. They’ve done a lot of work in that time, but it’s an ongoing process. When they first moved in, the entire house (outside and inside) was painted beige. They painted the interiors white to brighten up the small spaces, and knocked down a wall to open up the main living area. “The start to that project was a surprise,” Sarah recalls. “One afternoon I heard a loud banging, came in and my husband had knocked a big hole into the wall, poked his head through and said he thought we should take it down.” That renovation led them to discover hardwood floors beneath the carpeting, which led to working on refinishing and replacing the floors throughout themselves.

With so much of the home dedicated to the children’s needs, Sarah and Jacob converted the attached one-car garage into a shared studio. “I can contribute almost all the good things that have happened for me this past year to having a dedicated space I can work in,” Sarah claims. “As a working/stay-at-home mom, I’m able to harness the small pockets of time I can find throughout the day.” Sarah and Jacob continue to balance children, time, and work in a small-but-lovely home, working hard to grow their family as well as their creative ventures. —Annie

Photography by Sarah Golden

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Natural light illuminates the living room gallery wall, which includes lots of Sarah's own work. She also made the improv quilt using her block print tests and scrap fabric.
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August, Jacob, Captain, Sarah and Sadie Golden. "Photos with kids and dogs are always an adventure," Sarah quips.
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Sarah painted the pantry door using painter's tape to put down a pattern, then spraypainted it. It’s lasted five years and adds a pop of color and personality to the kitchen. The wooden beam was exposed when knocking down a wall enclosing the living room, and now adds a modern industrial feel to the space.
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The girls' play area is full of things that make them happy, including the large prints by Sarah, name banners on the wall, and homemade dresses for their first birthday party.
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Captain loves the floor cushions so much that Sarah moves them around the house to chase sun spots throughout the day.
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In the home's only bathroom, remodeled last summer, good natural light and dark grout make the small space feel larger than its size. Sarah thrifted the Andy Warhol piece trivet, and likes to imagine where it came from.
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The block print hand towel is one of Sarah's designs, made as a sample, and the vintage towel belonged to her grandmother. She can remember using it as little girl. Wall vases provide a foolproof way to maintain house plants.
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In the master bedroom, a smart frame provides storage, while Sarah's own textile collages add some color above.
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Sarah painted the apple and lemon wall art for the girls' first birthday, now hanging in their shared bedroom. The wall is covered in hardwood flooring left over from Sarah's mother's renovation (installed by the flooring pros).
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In the kitchen, some decorative textiles and pendant lights add personality to a simple space.
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Up until a year ago, the studio was a single-car garage used for storage. Now, it’s a shared studio. Sarah's side is for creative work at home, but separated from the rest of the house. "I don’t have to worry about child proofing or my supplies taking over the house," she explains.
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"What I love most about my home is my studio. Having a dedicated creative space has been a total game-changer for me." -Sarah Golden
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Sarah uses a bar-height table for printing and for cutting. She made the mini quilt and dress out of her block printed fabric.
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On Jacob's side of the studio, he put up floor-to-ceiling shelves to keep his gear, merch, and supplies organized and visible.
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Sarah loves the good energy provided by having a piano in the studio. Jacob bought this one on Craigslist for $100. The poster is from a festival he played in France.
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The layout of the 1,185-square-foot 1952 ranch-style home.

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