Tuesday, January 17, 2017

House Tour

What better reason to interrupt a long blogging hiatus than to talk about how my house became more famous than I am?

It all started at my housewarming party in 2015.  I got a ton of compliments on how I'd put the house together, and one guy suggested submitting it to be featured on the Apartment Therapy website.  I sat on that idea for a while and finally this year, during the week between Christmas and New Years, I got around to taking some photos and sending them in.

And they liked it!  The feature ran last Friday, and I thought it turned out really nice.  You can check it out here.

Since they only showed five photos, I thought you might be interested in seeing a few more photos of the rest of the house.

Chez moi - Apartment Therapy Submission
Raleigh sofa, Noguchi coffee table, Eames lounge custom-upholstered in navy leather.
I found the side-table at the Chelsea Flea Market in NY and refinished it myself.
The vases are from Spin Ceramics in Shanghai. The pillows are carpet remnants from Istanbul.
The rug is Afghan.  Wall color:  Vancouver Day by C2.

Chez moi - Apartment Therapy Submission
Mapp table in walnut and marble. Eames plastic molded chairs in Sparrow.
The runner is an indigo print from Beijing.  The dish over the stove is from Fez, Morocco.
Wall color: Vault by C2.
Chez moi - Kitchen
We missed our ferry from Tangiers to Gibraltar
because the customs guy insisted on inspecting
this plate.

Chez moi - Kitchen
I negotiated the price for this runner with the old woman in the market
 by writing my bids on her hand with a ballpoint pen

Chez moi - Kitchen
The view out the back is very "Pacific Northwest"
Hummingbirds play in the little fountain.
Chez moi - backyard
The backyard in summer.

Chez moi - Apartment Therapy Submission
Bookshelves from Boconcept
Artwork from Belgium and France
Wedding blanket from Morocco
Wall color: Vancouver Day by C2
Chez moi - Second Living Room
I found the Cashmiri rug in New Delhi.
The side table is a garage sale find that I refinished.
Artwork of Angkor Wat from a local photographer in Siem Reap.
Chez moi - Second Living Room
The bookcase is from a Seattle antique store, probably originally
English with Art Nouveau detailing.
The blue ceramics are from Morocco and Vietnam,
except for the rabbit, which was a gift from a little old lady who
wanted me to save for my mission when I was in Kindergarten.

Chez moi - Guest Bedroom
Custom bed from a shop in Seattle.  The rug is from Morocco.
Artwork from Japan.  Wall color is Portland by C2.
Chez moi - Guest Bedroom
I created the sconces by mixing a wooden base from West Elm, the cords from
The Color Cord Company, and garlands by Tord Boontje.
The drawings are from Belgium.  I got the side-tables to the right height by
cutting off their legs with a hacksaw.
Chez moi - Guest Bedroom
The dresser is vintage from a Seattle antique store.  I designed and made the wooden music
stand in my 8th grade wood shop class.  The brass figurines are from my childhood:
a squirrel from Uncle Brad, a camel from Dad's trip to Niger, Aunt Sheri's fox.

Chez moi - Landings
The sideboard is from a Seattle antique shop.
The photo is by a local photographer in Portland.

Chez moi - Apartment Therapy Submission
Bertoia diamond chair. Blanket and pillows from Morocco. Rug from Turkey.
The photographs are mine (hard to see, but it's the Alhambra on the left,
and the view from the summit of Mt Fuji on the right).
Wall color is Espionage by C2 paints.
Chez moi - Master Bedroom
No fear of the Evil Eye with all the sequins!
Chez moi - Master Bedroom
I took the photograph at the Alhambra in Spain.
The plant is from a cutting I got during my summer
working at the Screen Actors Guild during law school.
The lamp is from Schoolhouse Electric and is made of
school science lab equipment.
Chez moi - Master Bedroom
The masks are from Guatemala
The drawing was a gift from Amanda upon graduation from law school -- it depicts the
(probably apocryphal) tale of the man who introduced starlings to North America by releasing
them in Central Park so that Americans could have all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's

Chez moi - Master Bath
Yes, that's a wall of frosted glass window.  It's lovely.
Rug is from Morocco.  Wall color is Seraph by C2.
Chez moi - Master Bath

Chez moi - Master Bath
Artwork from Turkey

Chez moi - Landings
The Oregon Trail sign was left-over from my
Eagle Scout project.  The cactus was purchased from
hipsters in Portland.  The orchids are from cuttings
from a friend and have never bloomed...

Chez moi - Roof
Japanese maple with water garden
Chez moi - Roof
Little Gem Magnolia with lavender and rosemary
Chez moi - Roof
The view of downtown and Mount Rainier.


Lady said...

As beautiful as I remembered!

Lady said...

You got some wonderful comments to the actual article!