Yinka Ilori + Best of the Web

Yinka Ilori + Best of the Web

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Earlier this week we, and many others, got over two feet of snow in one day. The rest of the week was filled with fits and spurts of snow shoveling and creating runs for the dogs to make their way through the yard (which is now filled with solid snow drifts taller than they are). The monotonous sea of snow-on-snow is getting to me, so I find myself craving COLOR and pattern in a major way. Enter: the incredible design work of British-Nigerian designer, Yinka Ilori.

Inspired by the unnecessary waste he saw in European and West African consumer cultures, Yinka decided to create something beautiful with furniture and found objects that had been discarded. Upcycling and finding ways to reuse and re-celebrate things that have been tossed aside is near and dear to our hearts at D*S, so these pieces are just the jolt of excitement that the winter blues are calling for. Click here to check out more of his work online or here to check out more on Instagram. xo, grace

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Quick Bread from The Baker’s Appendix

Quick Bread from The Baker’s Appendix

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You know that feeling you get when you meet someone and you just know you like them immediately? That’s how I felt when I met Jessica Reed. She was selling copies of her (then) zine-like Baker’s Appendix guide at a craft fair in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and while Julia was instantly smitten with her incredibly helpful baking guide, I was taken with her business cards (below).

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Jessica’s openminded and open-heart-ed cards (and her friendly personality) embodied the sort of “anything is possible” mentality that I was trying to fully embrace about being a business owner and I immediately followed up with her to see if I could do a radio show inspired by her cards. From there on we stayed in touch and Julia and I have so enjoyed watching her Baker’s Appendix go from zine to book pitch to, as of this week, a beautifully printed book that is in stores everywhere.

I’m not a huge (or frequent) baker because of my Type 1, but Jessica’s book makes me feel in control and excited to get back in the kitchen to create my own simple breads, cakes and muffins. The subtitle of her book is: “The Essential Kitchen Companion, with Deliciously Dependable, Infinitely Adaptable Recipes” and it is just that. This sweet cloth-covered guide includes every baking measurement and conversion you’ll ever need, along with simple but delicious recipes that can be adjusted and tweaked to fit your needs or cooking mood. I love when a book sets out to do something simply and do it well, and Jessica has created a guide that I can see generations of bakers handing down to friends, family and children. I sure wish I’d had this growing up but I’m really glad I do now. Read on to get Jessica’s recipe for no-knead Quick Bread and click here to order a copy online and here to find a copy near you (and here for Jessica’s baking feed on Instagram). xo, grace

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In the Kitchen With: Donal Skehan’s Quinoa, Pea and Zucchini Cakes

In the Kitchen With: Donal Skehan’s Quinoa, Pea and Zucchini Cakes

Mini Quinoa Pea and Zucchini Cakes with Salsa Verde

Today, on St. Patrick’s Day, I have chosen to share a recipe from one of my favorite YouTube foodies, Donal Skehan. Donal is an Irish food writer, television host, and photographer who has recently moved to LA from Dublin with his wife, Sofie, and his rescue dog, Max, for their next food adventure. His first American cookbook, Fresh, was just released, and to keep with the freshness theme, I’ve chosen the Mini Quinoa, Pea and Zucchini Cakes with Salsa Verde. Since spring is just around the corner, feel free to use fresh peas instead of frozen, and soak and cook your own chickpeas from dried instead of canned. Because this recipe freezes well, and is accompanied by a recipe for salsa verde, it’s really a two-for-one! Make an extra-large batch of both so you have some for later in the week, and you can use the salsa verde to dress your favorite spring vegetables, sandwiches, or salads. —Kristina

Why Donal loves this recipe: When it comes to eating lighter, healthier and more balanced meals, I like the idea of fritters just like these that can be jam-packed with good ingredients. This recipe makes quite a few quinoa cakes which can be kept and served reheated for brunch with smoked salmon, a poached egg and asparagus.

 

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Food Photography by Donal Skehan | Portrait by Sofie Larsson Skehan

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Life & Business: Agatha Achindu of Yummy Spoonfuls

Life & Business: Agatha Achindu of Yummy Spoonfuls

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One of the greatest joys in life is being able to connect different parts of your world and bring them together in a meaningful way. My work here at Design*Sponge means so much to me, but there is a large part of my life that I don’t always discuss here that revolves around volunteering and activism. When Julia and I moved upstate, one of the first things we did was get involved in local food and family-related charities, like our local food pantry, a delivery meal food service and Family of Ellenville. Being of service to people in need is an important part of our lives and we’re always trying to pay close attention to see if there are gaps in service that need to be filled.

One thing I noticed across the board in our area was how difficult it was to provide healthy (or any) food to young children and their families. Most of the food that food pantries receive is past or just-about-past due, and it’s illegal for most charities to give out expired baby and toddler food. So a lot of pantries don’t stock it for that reason. Because of that, I decided to do some research to see if there were any companies creating healthy baby and toddler food that could be frozen, so it would be able to last longer on pantry shelves and help families in need. That’s when Agatha Achindu, mom, chef and the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls Organic Baby Food, came into my life.

I emailed Agatha to ask if they would consider donating a box or two of their frozen food to our local pantry and she responded with an open heart and an offer that blew me away. Not only was Agatha open to donating food, she donated an entire pallet (see us below, when it arrived!) of food that will last our entire county (not just our local food pantry) for at least three months. I was blown away by her generosity and wanted to get to know more of her story and how her company — and her mission to support moms in need (she’s donated over half a million dollars worth of food across the country so far!) — came to be. So please read on below to learn more about Agatha, Yummy Spoonfuls, and her mission in life and work. xo, grace

 

 

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Little King Bar

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Little King Bar

We’ve all been there. You’ve just traded in your work clothes for a pair of sweatpants, and *bam* hunger strikes. “Great. I guess it’s time to cook, ‘cuz I’m clearly not going anywhere,” you think to yourself. Or maybe you still can. If you’re a Brooklynite, I know you have a Pinterest board on how to dress up those sweatpants, so pair them with a bomber jacket and get yourself to Williamsburg’s trendy new spot Little King. The team behind it has put together a gorgeous – yet approachable – space that beckons all types, from those in their “Sunday sweats [to their] Sunday best.”

Working within a shoestring budget, the space’s designer Christina Salway had to adopt this same “anything goes” attitude while putting together the look of the restaurant. You name it, garage sales, auctions, Craigslist — no source was below Little King. In fact, these secondhand options ended up offering items with the perfect patina and character she was looking for at a fraction of big-box-store prices. To squeeze every last drop out of the budget, Christina even went so far as to hand stencil Little King’s harlequin floor herself! As you’ll see, it flows up to a lustrous bar she and the team refurbished, and the entire scene is lit by orb lights that prove one man’s trash can be another man’s treasure (the entire set was only $250). Click through to take a look at the entire space. It’s sure to not only get your eyes popping, but your stomach growling. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Jane Beiles

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Before & After: A Hands-On Renovation to Welcome Twins in Tacoma, WA

"We made those mobiles and my baby Hazel spends a good amount of time being perfectly content and mesmerized under its movement. It's my secret weapon when I need to get something done really quick," Lindy says.

Before & After: A Hands-On Renovation to Welcome Twins in Tacoma, WA

One of my favorite Sneak Peeks of 2015 was Lindy and Travis Dodge’s home in Tacoma, WA. Their home is classic, comfortable and uncluttered. As my husband and I are on the search for a craftsman home for sale needing a little love, I think about the amazing house Lindy found with coffered ceilings, thick trim and tons of natural light — and I’m encouraged to hold out for something amazing to show up on the market. The Dodges make the process of restoring a home with good bones doable. Everything is DIY and paid for with sweat equity and a confined budget. “I didn’t even know we were in the market to buy a home, and neither did my husband. But sometimes I like to browse Zillow, find old houses and dream of all the things I could do to them. In the first 5 minutes of one of these browsing sessions, I found it. [The house] was a complete disaster, (animal-peed carpet, fake dropped ceilings, plaster holes, dark dungeony kitchen etc.) but I couldn’t look past the coffered ceilings, staircase and molding,” Lindy says. “This house was made for us. With his skills and my ability to make things look pretty, this was the one.”

Things have changed for Lindy, a maker and designer, and Travis, an engineer and founder of start up Tackoma, since their first Design*Sponge feature. While the work on the main level was done, things upstairs were in a bit of a standstill. “We worked so hard and so fast in the beginning that we got a little burnt out, to be honest. [We became] busy with other things and we needed an opportunity to recoup financially for the second phase of renovations upstairs,” Lindy shares. “In March of last year we found out we were pregnant! And in April we were completely shocked to find that there were two babies in there! That gave us the kick in the pants to get back at it and finish up the upstairs.” The rush of adrenaline helped them finish their goal. “We worked and worked up until the day my water broke. I have some really funny photos of me heavily pregnant with twins, a ventilator mask and a paintbrush (no VOC paint of course). Somehow we pulled it off; it was ready for them to come home to.” When Lindy reached out to us that the upstairs was finished, we jumped at the chance to see before and afters of this transformation.

The house is almost unrecognizable apart from the charming features that originally drew them to this home. “We love a good clean, modern design but sometimes for me that feels too cold,” Lindy shares. “I love to throw in classic and traditional styles with the modern to create the essence of home. I think we’ve finally nailed it. It feels really good to be home, and that’s saying something. Up until this point, (and maybe because the entire upstairs was untouched and needed renovations badly) something didn’t feel quite right. I was able to really design our family living space to suit our needs in those renovations upstairs, and clarify my design style. I’ve finally found my personal aesthetic and what feels right and like home for our family. And now with that done, I started redesigning the downstairs, making small changes like reupholstering the sofa, purchasing a new rug and finding the sweetest Danish dining chairs on Craigslist to complement the newly finished upstairs living space.” Travis and Lindy have given new life to their home with their own hands and sweat and can feel like it is finally done, at least for this life stage. Their hard work has created a space that can handle their growing family for years and years. –Lauren

Photography by Lindy Dodge

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3 Kid-Friendly DIYs for your Snow Day Craft Arsenal

3 Kid-Friendly DIYs for your Snow Day Craft Arsenal

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When I was a youngster, snow days were filled with wet snowsuits and layers of socks. The digital age has changed this to some degree. Now, some kids forego frosty, outdoor fun and retreat to their screens when school is cancelled. These three DIYs might just lure them out of their rooms and inspire some creativity indoors, especially if you resort to turning the Internet off, like I have. After a few growls and dramatic sighs, I managed to coax my 10-year-old daughter to the dining room table for a craft challenge with these DIYs fit for display. Best of all, you probably have all of the supplies necessary on hand! I’ve added some substitution tips just in case. –Caitlin

CLICK THROUGH for the instructions for this Modernist Tissue Paper Art DIY, plus two more that are perfect for keeping the kids busy and creative any time. 

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13 Moments of Sparkle and Shine

13 Moments of Sparkle and Shine

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We’ve got another winter storm headed our way, so I’ve been soaking up all the moments of shiny, sparkly things that you all have been sharing in our #DSSparkle hashtag. These tiny bits of fabric detailing are my absolute favorite. They remind me of when I would go hunting for vintage clothes in high school — I always gravitated toward pieces that had tiny (and shiny) beading and embroidery. From sparkly purple crystals to intricate glass beads on antique dresses, this collection is sure to provide some inspiration to get your day started on the right foot. xo, grace

Image above by @familleribeaucourt

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Image above by @able_ground

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A Stained Glass Artist Creates A Mini Refuge

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A Stained Glass Artist Creates A Mini Refuge

Three years ago, stained glass artist and jewelry maker Neile Cooper was realizing that her success in jewelry making was leaving her missing the depth of work that her first love of stained glass commissions had brought her. Missing her original trade of creating beautifully detailed stained glass panels — combined with a passion for cabins and small living — Neile and her partner, Robert Giaquinta (a private tutor), decided to add a stained glass cabin to the one-and-a-half acre property that they’ve lived on for 16 years. Robert and Neile share their home with their two cats: their beloved 16-year-old Clarence and their one-year-old “terror,” Utah, who, they admit, do not live in peace together.

Neile shares, “Lake Mohawk, NJ is a sort of magical place, a storybook Tudor style lakeside town, the headwaters of the Wallkill River, awesome for swimming.” Despite the majesty of their surroundings, both Neile and Robert grew up in Northwest New Jersey and have debated moving out west, or up to Vermont. Building their glass cabin was a way to renew their inspiration and love for where they’re calling home, at least for now. Neile had been researching shed construction for a while, and in order to chase off a depression, she realized that just jumping in was the best course of action. Admittedly, Neile quickly found herself in over her head, but luckily had a handy father-in-law she could enlist to assist. They quickly built the frame and installed the reclaimed windows (everything in the cabin was repurposed from Craigslist, garage sales, Habitat For Humanity Re-Store, and hand-me-downs). You wouldn’t know looking at it now, but Neile says that three years later, she still has more she’s dreaming of doing to her magical 99-square-foot glass cabin. Her process is that she removes each window, repairs the frames, removes the old glass, and installs her new designs in their place. While the building of the glass cabin was somewhat simple, it’s obvious that Neile’s creations are anything but. The intricate designs in her stained glass creations are the same concepts she applies to her jewelry designs as well, going so far as to encase butterfly wings (ethically sourced!) in glass.

The roof was one of the most difficult parts of the process, but Neile knew she had to stay true to her vision of an all-glass cabin. It took a few tries, but eventually with some protective and water-tight sheets of lexan, the old tarp could be removed and you could once again see out to the beautiful wooded surroundings. The French doors are also set to be replaced, but as they were free from a friend, they’ll do for now. Neile wants to continue to finish the interior and create the multi-functional space she envisioned for guests, yoga, or a romantic dinner, and we’re so glad that she promises that if they do ever move, she’ll bring the glass cabin with them!

In addition to the glass cabin being an inspiring and motivating project for Neile, her goal also was, “for the glass designs to create a fantasy, an oversized dream forest. All of my favorite things are represented. I want to make work that I am proud of.” We certainly feel that this is something to be deeply proud of! To see more of Neile’s inspiring work and constantly evlolving glass cabin — and what inspired her design — flip through her awe-inspiring images. –Rebekah

Photography by Neile Cooper

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Get Your Garden On (Despite the Snow)

Get Your Garden On (Despite the Snow)

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On the eve of winter storm Stella, I’m completely looking forward to doing some more garden planning by the wood stove while the snow comes down. I have to keep my motivation high lest I sneak under the covers until it’s actually green outside, so today I’m sharing some of the things in my garden-to-be scrapbook. It’s my first spring at my first home so yes, I’m excited!

I am reading as much as I can to make sure I don’t go over budget with things I don’t actually need the first time around. We’re planning a small 10′ x 10′ vegetable plot with fencing, and a small flower cutting garden, which is taking up most of my research time. If you have any tips for either endeavors, please share them with me in the comments. Please. I’m in West Virginia in USDA Garden Zone 6A and yes, we have deer. In the meantime, enjoy these decidedly spring treats and the books I’m reading during the big snow. –Caitlin

Image above, clockwise from top left: Floret Farms Cut Flower Book $30, Straw Hat $55, Cow Pots  $8, Tool Set $25, Tray $21, Hose $59 , Twine $10, Knee Pad $40, Dahlia Bulbs $12

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Image above, clockwise from top left: The Humane Gardner $25, Herbs & Flowers $13, My Garden (5 Year Journal) $20 , Virginia Woolf’s Garden $28 , The Secret Garden $8, The Produce Companion $40

Click through for eight more picks and some serious garden inspiration!

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Let’s Talk About Pom Poms

Let’s Talk About Pom Poms

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Growing up, pom poms were something I ran away from at all costs. I associated them with little kids and I wanted to seem as grown up as possible. So while all my friends were having fun attaching them to their backpacks and shoes, I was trying to convince myself that what I really wanted was all-black everything and no fuzzy detailing. But now that I’m 35 and (mostly) know better than to worry about how old or young I seem, I feel ready to give them another shake. And thankfully, they’re everywhere right now. From fluffy shoe toppers and bag decorations to cushy blankets and pillows, pom poms are popping up everywhere in the design world and I’m ready to say YES. So today I’m celebrating 12 of my favorite pom pom designs to bring a little color and fun into these grey winter months. xo, grace

Image above, clockwise from top left: Pom Pom Basket $98, Moroccan Cote d’Azur Pillow Sham $275, Orange Pom Pom Earrings $198, Pom Pom Sneakers $100, Pom Pom Bag Charm $35, Pom Pom Storage Bins $58+, Pom Pom Earrings $58, Pom Pom Clutch $250, Pom Pom Blanket $495

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Images above: Left, Sian Keegan’s “Pom Pom” fabric pattern $10.50 per yard at Spoonflower, Right, Pom Pom Curtains $78+ at Anthropologie

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Image above: Pom Pom Pillow $20

The Colorful New Chapter of a Charming Victorian

The Colorful New Chapter of a Charming Victorian | Design*Sponge

The Colorful New Chapter of a Charming Victorian

When Natalie and Alan Papier began looking for a new home for their family, the diverse and welcoming Oak Park neighborhood just outside of Chicago, IL stole their hearts. The area boasts a wonderful mix of architecture, from numerous Frank Lloyd Wright houses to 19th-century Victorian homes. With an active arts community, easy access to the city and a charming downtown area, the couple couldn’t think of a better place to settle down. It was eventually a charming Victorian in the Pleasant historic district that would become home.

Natalie, a home stylist, and Alan, an investment analyst, met 12 years ago back when Alan was the singer in a band, and happened to be playing in their hometown one night. The couple’s love for music and arts has prevailed throughout their years together, and has filtered down to their kids Kellen and Maddie, as well as their home. Their old Victorian is truly an extension of all things creative, decorated with unique pieces that create a cozy and inviting vibe. “There are no decorating rules here. It just has to feel good,” Natalie explains.

Built in 1883, their three-floor house has all the quirks that you would expect of a 19th-century home. “It’s a drafty old house but full of charm and all the things we love,” Natalie shares. “Things are always falling apart and needing updating a little at a time. We envision a full kitchen reno and mudroom addition in the next couple of years,” she adds. The biggest project that Natalie and Alan have taken on so far has been the attic conversion, which they completed in the fall of last year. The raw and unfinished space was turned into a family room, complete with a kitchenette. The project turned out to be well worth it, as the attic is now an ideal entertaining space for the kids and the perfect spot for family movie nights.

The family’s home naturally reflects Natalie’s fun and unique style and her love for decorating. From the bold poppy print wallpaper in the entry, to the emerald colored velvet sofa in the lounge, it’s clear that Natalie isn’t afraid of big statements. The common thread throughout the home is her creative use of color, pattern and texture in a way that feels cohesive and most of all, happy. Since moving in five years ago, making the house a home has become an ongoing process that will probably never end — as time goes by, the family can evolve and change with the house, becoming part of its story, just as much as it becomes part of theirs. Sofia

Photography by Marcela Rafea | Kitchen and dining table shots by Natalie Papier

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The President’s Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller

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Even the busiest people in the world need to eat, and knowing how a good meal can serve as brain power, there’s no denying that food can energize, sustain, and certainly comfort those who need it. Today we’re focusing on a fascinating new project by Adrian Miller, his newly released book The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas. Adrian, a food author and soul food scholar, combed through the stories of more than 150 black men and women who cooked in the White House kitchen throughout history — from George Washington’s “onions done in the Brazilian way” to a controversial beanless chili prepared for Lyndon Johnson — to shine light on how food played an important role in major events.

Including 20 recipes from black chefs who cooked in the presidential food service over the years, Adrian’s book celebrates those who nurtured the nation’s presidents while examining how the pivotal role of food-related work changed and developed for African Americans from before Emancipation to present day.

Today we’re thrilled to have Adrian tell us more about his book, the special stories he uncovered, and food’s meaningful influence on past presidencies. He’s also sharing a Jerk Chicken Pizza Recipe — beloved by Bill Clinton! — and it’s easy enough for anyone to make (White House chef or home cook novice). Check out my Q&A with Adrian and the recipe after the jump, and you can order a copy of his book here. —Kelli

All photography courtesy of Adrian Miller

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Window Shopping: Budget-Friendly Bohemian

Window Shopping: Budget-Friendly Bohemian

Window Shopping on Design*SpongeJoey and Mark’s dreamy Victorian is bursting with color, texture and a variety of pattern styles. Each room is designed around an inspiring statement piece that sets the tone of the space and contributes to the eclectic feeling of the home. The couple owns Ball & Claw Vintage and carries their love of vintage home by mixing colorful textiles, large artwork, and plant life that makes guests feel as if they are walking through a museum every time they visit. Their thoughtful approach to color is visible in every room and blends seamlessly with their collection of vintage pieces and unique compositions. Joey and Mark know how to find great décor and have spent countless weekends tracking down the pieces that fill their beautifully curated home.

So where are the places we can go to find stylish and affordable décor? I often find myself on Etsy, Craigslist or scouring thrift stores and estate sales to discover discarded items that I can love. Joey and Mark’s space proves that repurposing vintage items is a great way to create a home with a reduced price tag. We all have different levels of affordability and a difference of opinion on what we feel is a valuable investment based on our own means. Some value a well-made coffee table or original artwork, while others would rather splurge on fresh bed linens. Some would gawk at spending over $20 on a pillow, and someone else could consider a striking textile worth a little extra cash. A personal goal of mine is to build the type of home that considers each item with a high level of questioning before making a purchase. I like to ask myself; where is this going to live and what is its purpose, and is this something I will find beautiful in five to ten years? The lists below are intended to provide examples of products that can help achieve a look similar to Joey and Mark’s space, with fewer dollars. —Bethany

Window Shopping on Design*Sponge
Palette 1 – Bedroom
A. Malted (Behr), Pantone 4755 C; B. Raphael (Benjamin Moore), Pantone 7616 C; C. Caramel Toffee (Valspar), Pantone 729 C; D. Peach Medley (Glidden), Pantone 1555 C; E. Construction Zone (Behr), Pantone 1575 C

Roundup 1 – Bedroom
1. Devanagri Orange Cushion, $12; 2. Pattern Throw $84.40; 3. Tejn Rug $14.99; 4. Swedish Woven Tapestry $35; 5. Mid Century Modern End Table $94.99; 6. Mexico Travel Poster $10.90; 7. Fjellse Bed Frame $89.99; 8. Chandelier Pendant $108.98; 9. Terracotta Planter $35; 10. Gold Task Lamp $23.99

See two more rooms from Joey and Mark’s home — and ideas to pull off a similar look — after the jump!

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A Melbourne, Australia Home for Creative Collectors

A Melbourne, Australia Home for Creative Collectors, on Design*Sponge

A Melbourne, Australia Home for Creative Collectors

After Australian artist Silvia Rotundo and husband Frank lived in their Yarraville, Melbourne home for nearly 15 years, the couple decided it was time to give their adorable 1941 clinker brick abode a much-needed expansion. When they first found it, they had both wanted a home in which to enjoy the things they love  music, cooking, and all types of creativity. They sought out old-world character and charm, as well as old bones that they could eventually extend and renovate to their liking. A few years ago, it was clear the time had come to carry out their original intentions. Silvia was then working as an interior decorator and painting as a hobby in a garage that needed major repairs. The couple decided to design a new extension that included a home studio for Silvia. Having this new creative space recently inspired her to make art a full-time career, taking the plunge to pursue a lifelong passion. “I am so happy I did,” she reflects. The modular extension is clad in black shiplap timber that can’t be seen from the front of the property. “It’s a little surprise for when people enter the home,” Silvia adds. “We like that it’s not obvious.”

Along with delighting their guests through design, homemade baked goods, or a hot cup of tea, Silvia and Frank adore their seven-year-old toy poodle Sofia  often taking leisurely walks with her along a nearby beach. “I’ve heard that a house is not a home without a dog, and now I truly believe this is true.” Rather than moving to accommodate their needs, the family wanted to stay put in their location close to the city and near the water. “It’s a very creative neighborhood with lots of musicians and artists,” Silvia reflects. “The local village is filled with wonderful shops, cafes, and its own little old-world cinema.” Since living there, Silvia has felt like she’s found her community. As for Frank, he grew up in Yarraville and just knew Silvia belonged there. “He is a quiet man with a beautiful heart… his knowledge of the music world is so vast. He’s an inspiration in so many ways,” Silvia gushes about her husband.

In regards to decorating, the couple wanted a functional space filled with memories, treasures, and art. They designed the home so that everything has its place. They were thorough in creating clear zones for work, relaxation, dining, and cooking, and were sure to create a warm environment where friends would feel instantly relaxed. They find their own peace in surrounding themselves with keepsakes from childhoods, and collecting furniture pieces and artwork that tell a story. Silvia designed a butler’s pantry with open shelving to house crockery and glassware that was passed down to her and Frank from their mothers. “We build on these memories with things we find along the way, and with gifts our friends give us,” she shares. “Everything is considered and nothing is mass-produced.” Perhaps not surprisingly, Silvia and Frank often source items from flea markets and artisans to support makers and develop a home that facilitates meaningful conversation. Though she claims to lead a simple life, Silvia’s riches seem to be as bountiful as her spirit. —Annie

Photography by Silvia Rotundo

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