Rachel & Alfred's Artfully Cataloged Collections

Rachel & Alfred's Artfully Cataloged Collections

Sarah Rainwater
Sep 7, 2010

Name: Alfred & Rachel Atlas Venditto
Location: College Hill — Providence, Rhode Island
Size: 3 bedrooms + mother-in-law in converted attic
Years lived in: 10 — owned

The home Rachel & Al share with their two children, ages 3 and 5, and their dog in a former church meeting house is cozy and whimsical — filled with unusual and inspiring collections of natural objects and artwork.


Rachel, an artist and assistant curator at RISD's Nature Lab and Al, a graphic designer, have created a calm, harmonious space that manages to be sophisticated even as it unselfconsciously celebrates the sometimes-chaos that is family life. Their collections of specimens from the outdoors are both beautiful and fascinating, and their sense of humor is easily apparent from the maimed toys on display in shadowboxes along the stairwell — victims of the family dog — to a favorite pair of boots turned planters in the garden. Dried leaves artfully arranged above the bed and a light-filled attic art studio reveal a lovely rustic sensibility, while the bright children's rooms are playful and graphic. The house is designed to be livable, charming, and best of all, expresses the unique personality of its inhabitants.


Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic

Inspiration: Nature, humor, irony

Favorite Element: With a fire going, the den (AKA the "cozy room") is the best room in the house during the winter

Biggest Challenge: Staying ahead of the ever-encroaching force of entropy!!

Proudest DIY: Al made an awesome wine "TOTEM" made out of old, wooden drawers discarded by a jewelry findings business near his old studio.


Resources of Note:

    Hardware: Adler's
    Furniture: Second-Hand Shops, Comina, Family Heirlooms
    Rugs and Carpets: IKEA, Fains
    Window Treatments: kreatelier
    Flooring: Original


Thanks, Rachel & Al!

Images: Sarah Rainwater

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