Name:John the Botanist Location: Tiverton, Rhode Island Size: 160 square feet: 10' wide x 16' long x 8' high Years lived in: Property owned for 17 years; treehouse built this summer
John the Botanist, a landscape designer who also does tree removal for a living, is a man with a knack for building and growing beautiful things. Take a walk through his property and nearly everywhere you look, you can see his handiwork.
Name: Ryder Peltier Location: San Gabriel, California Room Size: 13’ x 13’-2”
Amy Peltier has designed a delightful nursery for her son, one that he will grow into easily for years to come. She has blended modern pieces and fun colors that keep the room young and playful with larger pieces like the dresser and chair, which will be perfect with a grown up bed and accessories. Welcome to Ryder's bedroom!
Name: Emma, Mike, and baby River Fusco-Straub Location: Prospect Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn, New York Size: Three-story limestone house Years lived in: 4 years; owned
Emma Straub and Mike Fusco are quite a dynamic duo. Emma is an acclaimed novelist, and Mike creates stunning graphic design. Emma, Mike, and their Brooklyn home are creative, warm, and down to earth. The couple just had their first baby, River, who is equally pleasant at only seven weeks old, and their adorable cat Killer (who is anything but) will greet and welcome you right as you walk in.
Name: Ross Resnick, owner of FleaPop, and his wife Evelyn Location: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned
Oh Craigslist! For a buyer, it can be a goldmine, but for a seller? Not so much. There are the buyers who make arrangements and then never show up, or who offer you $50 for the rug you've already deeply discounted at $150, or who show up with large bills and expect you to break them. These are some of the problems that Ross and Evelyn Resnick experienced when they were selling their furniture in preparation for their move from San Francisco to Los Angeles last year.
Name: Karen Baumann of Intrinsic Design Location: Corte Madera, California Size: 460 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned
When I arrived at Karen Baumman’s apartment in Marin County, just 15 miles north of San Francisco, I was greeted with a glass of delicious lemonade, squeezed from the Meyer lemons growing outside. It was a gorgeous day and the apartment was flooded with sunlight — a nice feature for a 460-square-foot space. Karen, owner of Intrinsic Design, converted the garage of her duplex into this luxe little pad she calls her own while renting the other two apartments. Complete with did-it-herself electrical, flooring, and a mosaic kitchen table, the space is very personal and filled with only the things Karen loves. Her beautiful paintings accent the neutral walls and add dramatic color to each room, including a decent-size office.
Name: Martin Scott, Forever Interiors Location: The Junction, Toronto Size: Workshop 2,500 square feet, Store 2,000 square feet Years Occupied: 8 years
Dividing his time between his workshop and the Forever Interiors storefront, prolific furniture designer Martin Scott has his work cut out for him. With clients ranging from Starbucks Coffee Co. (who commissioned a 36 ft. salvaged church pew to install at one location) to design-loving couples in nesting mode, the demand for his handmade, repurposed creations has never been higher.
Name: Brian and Molly Blonn, Associate Planner, Soirée Weddings & Events Location: Wicker Park; Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,500 square feet, including porch Years lived in: 2 years; Rented
It's always fun to be able to visit the home of a couple in transition. Molly and Brian moved into this classic Chicago apartment when they were first married, and have spent the past few years enjoying their neighborhood and entertaining friends. Now that they're expecting their first child, they're getting ready to move, and I was happy to capture their newlywed home before they head to their first family home!
I first saw Shira Gill's home through an Airbnb link that my friend forwarded to me, and I was instantly smitten. Shira, the owner of a professional organizing business called Simply Sorted, keeps her home exactly how I would (and sorta do). Her decor is minimal and clutter-free without being boring, an impressive feat with two little girls.
Name: Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane Location: Solana Beach, California Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented
Last year, Jonathan Lo circled back around to his fondest childhood memories and rented a place in Solana Beach for long summer weekend escapes. Of course, since it was only going to be used in summer and because the space was temporary, cost was a primary consideration.
Name: Langer's House, Gaston, Viviana, Teo & Emma Location: Silverlake; Los Angeles Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 12 years; owned
Last summer, my boyfriend and I drove down to LA from San Francisco to visit his good friends, Vivi and Gaston and their two children, Emma and Teo. We stayed in their guest studio (hello, dream home must) behind the house, which was great for privacy. It was dark when we arrived so I didn’t see the house until the next day but was pleasantly surprised by their modern aesthetic—minimal with splashes of color mostly from textiles found on their travels.