Name: Tali Edut & Cory Verellen
Location: Pioneer Square — Seattle, Washington
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 — rented
Tali, an astrologer, author, and owner of Astrostyle, describes her home style as "vintage glam with a sacred twist." We couldn't sum it up more perfectly. With her husband, Cory, who re-engineers and restores vintage Polaroid cameras through his company LandCameras, the pair have a passion for glamorous and forward-thinking functions of vintage pieces and ideas.
With a profession rooted in the spiritual, Tali definitely maintains the "sacred" in the home, and this Astro-Polaroid couple has developed a truly original style. A home that has personal altars in every room and a commitment to vintage objects sounds like it might just be overloaded with stuff. But for Tali (a Sagittarius), Cory (an Aries), and Wendell (a Libra doxie), they manage to fulfill their comforting and personal needs while keeping the loft uncluttered and flowing well. They believe in furniture karma (give away something good, gain something good), multi-use and re-use. These two fire signs share the perfect desires and careers for the openness and possibilities of loft living. I imagine each year will provide great inspiriation that keeps their Astro-Polaroid style shifting.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Vintage Glam with a Sacred Twist (this is where Landcameras and Astrostyle come in...)
Inspiration: We met and married at Burning Man, so we've placed altars in every room with objects from our trips to the playa and other sacred spots around the world
Favorite Element: The brick arches and 20 foot ceilings (and higher) throughout the loft.
Biggest Challenge: Keeping everything neatly tucked away. We had to create storage space as this loft has no real closets. We did so by strategically positioning the large IKEA wardrobes, then, painting the exposed side with chalkboard paint to cover the fake wood.
What Friends Say: A number of people have commented that our living room feels like a sanctuary, which is great because Tali often does astrology readings in that room. They also think we should paint a mural on the cement arch. We're still waiting for the Sistine Chapel inspiration to strike.
Biggest Embarrassment: Vintage Polaroids arrive at our door every day for Cory's business, but with limited storage space, the entryroom (which is also our office area) often looks like hell day at the UPS store.
Proudest DIY: The shower curtain made from a vintage tablecloth and fabric bits, and Cory's blown up Polaroid prints. He surprised Tali while she was on vacation and meticulously hung the individual squares for the photo above the bed.
Biggest Indulgence: The oversized "cuddle puddle" couch: it sucks you in and puts you right to sleep, plus you can pile about 5 people onto it semi-comfortably. Also, our beloved set of classic red Le Creuset cookware. We have excellent furniture karma, as the previous tenant left behind a treasure trove of wardrobe units and movable closets. (Tali DID give away a plush purple couch once, among other pieces, so what goes around, comes around.)
Best Advice: Always measure your doorway before buying a couch. There's nothing worse than having the delivery guys show up and tell you they can't fit it through the entrance.
Dream Sources: Keith McNally's NYC restaurants, especially Pastis and Balthazar; Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic stores, ABC Home and Carpet, the incredible theme camps at Burning Man
Resources of Note:
• Couch: Dania Furniture
• Pillows: Honeymoon trip to Mexico
• Chandelier: Home Depot (seriously!)
• Trunk as coffee table: Goodwill
• Altar Items: Wedding gifts from friends
• Dust on Altar Items: The Playa
• Cameras: eBay and other secret sources
• Dachshund: Heaven
• Wardrobes: IKEA
• White mirror and Iron Bedframe: salvaged from a roadside antique store in upstate New York
• Pillows: from honeymoon trip to Mexico
• Shell Chandelier: Seattle Antique Mall
• Silver Crushed Velvet Curtains: overstock.com
• Red Door: Earthwise Salvage in Seattle
• Apron: Anthropologie
• Yellow Chair: Goodwill in Seattle
• Shower Curtain: made from a tablecloth found at a vintage shop in Seattle and fabric swatches from revivalfabrics.com
• Yellow Window Frame: roadside antique spot in Vermont, painted by Tali
• Wardrobes: IKEA
• Desks: IKEA
• Window Frame Divider's: scoured from the garage of Cory's old house
Thanks, Tali and Cory!
Images: Tali Edut and Cory Verellen
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