At Julianna Bright's house creativity and imagination are a family affair. She plays with her partner Seth in the Golden Bears, and they are raising their six year old daughter in a Portland home with a basement studio, a well-loved garden, and a rescue dog named Fern Fairy Flower Mystic Sparkle. Recently Julianna released an excellent children's album and app as Cat Doorman. At the risk of sounding a little Drew Barrymore-ish, it sounds like a totally magical place to grow up. We reached out to the family and they gave us a glimpse inside. 1. The curtain fabric choice was inspired by the dogwood outside of the window and its vivid pink blooms. The furniture is a mix of IKEA standards and vintage pieces.
2. Painting by Treasure Frey, print by Brian Chippendale.
3. The kid art wall is constantly evolving.
4. Here's a closer look at the current installation.
5. A hand-stained "wizard scroll" made by mother and daughter, part of their "olde" series.
6. Julianna found the Mexican baby rattles on Olvera Street in LA and drilled some holes into the board to display them. The doll was hers as a child.
7. Family portrait in spools.
8. This is the cover art that Julianna made for the first Golden Bears record, Wall to Wall. She recorded it while pregnant and it was dedicated to baby, so she got the painting in her room.
9. Mother and daughter have been assembling this weird and witchy tableau. The ongoing collaboration is made of found objects, including feathers, acorns, and mossy sticks gathered on neighborhood walks and a skull picked out of some owl barf.
10. This is the hallway just outside of the bedroom, loaded with family photos.
Thanks to Julianna, Seth and their daughter for letting us in! Learn more about the Cat Doorman Songbook and Little Red Wagon app at CatDoorman.com
(Images: Julianna Bright)