Name: Sasha Barr & Meagan Claire Hall
Location: Seattle, Washington
Size: 1,250 square feet
Years lived in: Just one!
In all of our house tour history on Apartment Therapy, I don't think we've ever had the honor of featuring a home that has so much creative energy under one roof. Not because the home is full of crazy, cool items (which it is) or because there's things up that you don't see anywhere else (which there are), but because tenants Sasha Barr and Meagan Hall hold the ability to make just about anything between the two of them. They're the first renters after the original tenants in their 1950's home and there's all sorts of found items that came with the place that are displayed right along side their own goods!
Sasha and Meagan together make up Wonder Thunder (which you've seen featured on ReNest in the past) and create all sorts of handmade housewares. Everything from pillows to reusable veggie sacks and more! Meagan also works for a local jewelry designer and studies herbal science.
Separately, Sasha Barr leads his own life in the art world creating gig posters and doing freelance illustration and design work, as well as finding time to work with record label, Sub Pop. You can check out his work on his website, This is the New Year. Their home is functional for their intense art needs and although the top floor of their home is quite vintage and homey, the basement is their art lair and studio. The separation between the two sections of their home is something many artists don't get the chance to have and usually end up living amidst the screen printing gear and projects that cover their kitchen table for months at a time.
The previous home owners left behind an antique store worth of treasures and vintage finds, many of which they've incorporated into their space, paying tribute to what was and using the feel to influence the work that they produce. Look for personal touches throughout the space (like family photos in the cat's corner) and a beautiful mix of eclectic items that make this space feel lived in, used, loved and best of all — fun!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our style: Goodwill retro with a country flair. Our tastes are a weird mix of handmade objects, Goodwill bargains, free stuff on the side of the road, and the occasional contemporary piece of furniture to remind us that it's 2010.
Inspiration: Old cookbooks, natural history museums, vintage fabric, and our Tennessee roots.
Favorite Element: It's a toss up between the Frigidaire Flair stove, the vaulted ceilings, the corner fireplace, and the leftover possessions of the elderly woman who used to own the house. Basically, all of the vintage finds that were already in the house when we moved in.
Biggest Challenge: Trying to decorate around those aforementioned built in vintage aspects of the house. We want to feel at home, not like we're in a Mary Tyler Moore time capsule.
What Friends Say: "What's with these creepy old boxes of antique underwear and matching pajamas in the basement?" or "You should buy this place."
Biggest Embarrassment: The mysterious hornet infestation of last summer. We can't get rid of them in these summer months. Hard to entertain with stinging insects flying around...
Proudest DIY: When we moved in the entire basement was just a neglected mess. There was a strange little bar room/speak easy and a cluttered workshop filled with every handyman object you can imagine. We threw out what needed to go, repainted it green from the dingy brown, hung some pictures, and made it into our Wonder Thunder workspace. Even though it's a basement, it's comfortable and cozy, so we don't mind the hours we have to spend down there.
Biggest Indulgence: We probably spent too much money on the couch. Coincidentally, we're looking to find it a new home. If anyone in Seattle would like it, make us an offer!
Best advice: We're big proponents of buying second hand. New furniture costs too much, and there's plenty of old and interesting furniture and objects that will make your place one of a kind. Plants are nice, too.
Dream source: "The House Book" by Terrence Conran or oddity museum collections.
Seattle Goodwills, Space Oddity,The House, The Re-Store, Earthwise Salvage, Second Use, The Palm Room, Craigslist, Etsy, free stuff on the side of the road, and all of our friends and family that make art.
(Thanks, Sasha & Meagan!)
Images: Sasha Barr