The Duplex, Left Side: Jared & Chika's Colorful Nest

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Name: Chika Eustace & Jared Randall + 8 month old Lisle Randall
Location:
Ballard, Seattle, Washington
Size: 850 square feet (living) + 500 square feet (basement studio) 
Years lived in: 5 years; owned (co-owned)

On the left side of a cozy little duplex in Ballard (the tour of the other half is coming up next week), Chika Eustace and her husband Jared Randall live with their son Lisle in a colorful and creative space. The duplex (sweetly referred to as "The Dupe") is co-owned by Chika and Jared, along with Chika's business partner Jean and her fiance, Dylan. Chika and Jean own R&L Goods, a textiles and accessories company, and the two couples have found a serene and productive way to combine work and life.

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They are busy little bees at The Dupe, with their basement doubling as a work space and sewing studio for R&L Designs' goods. When she's not working downstairs, Chika co-owns the local independent clothing boutique, Velouria, which fosters an appreciation for creative design, independent fashion and local artisans.

The space itself is, in Chika's words, a house of "colorful and mundane clutter." It doesn't seem to me that there is anything mundane about boldly beautiful walls and quirky fixtures — check out the vintage dental drill on the desk! The house is cozy, with sweet little baby accouterments here and there. "We like to joke about putting Baby in the corner," Chika says, referring to the playpen slipped into the corner of the room, barely noticeable, but filled with happy toys and plushy friends.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to take my camera over to their home to explore. Warning: adorable baby alert!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Colorful and mundane clutter — for this place.

Inspiration: We like things, and we like looking at things. I think we were both heavily influenced by an adult friend of ours in college who had ALL of these little objects of interest displayed on the eye height wainscoting of his massive apartment. It was just so fun to look at all the stuff! Our color inspiration is definitely Jared's Grandma Alice.

Favorite Element: I feel very grateful for the project space in the basement workshop and studio. It's so nice to have a space to make a mess, and really nice to have doors and stairs separating me from my work space. Also, knowing and liking our duplex neighbors is so great!

Biggest Challenge: I wish we had more room for comfortably hosting larger parties. Especially parties with kids. And I wish we had higher ceilings for cooler lighting.

What Friends Say: Oh — cute!

Biggest Embarrassment: We bought our Arcade Fire poster by Shawn Wolfe because we liked the pretty colors, not because we went to the concert or knew who The Arcade Fire were at the time.

Proudest DIY: I like what we did to our kitchen cabinets. They were really gross when we moved in, so we decided to make a big and quick statement to make them tolerable until we got around to a "tasteful" renovation of the kitchen. I'm proud of us for not being overly precious with the decisions, though I was definitely overly precious about the paint job on the cabinets.

Biggest Indulgence: This is a boring homeowner answer, but probably the front windows. They're beautiful and are a huge improvement to the face of the building, but I think we were all optimistic about how much maintenance a wood south facing window requires when we made the call to get them. No regrets, though!

Best Advice: If you can, leave dry walling to the pros. Mudding and sanding is just awful. Also, if you order custom trim, and it costs more to have it primed, and it seems like a lot — PAY IT. We spent SO many weekends and week nights priming and painting our trim — and our place is relatively small!

Dream Sources:
  Chadhaus for bedroom furniture, Iacoli & McCallister for lighting and tables, Christopher Speece chairs, Piano Nobile for our dream kitchen and whole house remodel!

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Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

  • Living Room: Behr Leapfrog in the living room, which transitions into the long hallway which I think was a 50/50 mix of Leapfrog and Sun Shower.
  • Kitchen: Behr Emerald Coast with cabinets and trim in Vermont Cream 
  • Bedroom: Behr Wheat Bread with Vermont Cream trim. 
  • Baby bedroom: Behr Wheat Bread with Vermont Cream trim. 

LIVING ROOM

  • Hutch: The Hans Wegner hutch is a loaner from a very good friend with a smaller apartment. We will miss it terribly when it comes time to return it!
  • Couch: the Canyon sectional is by INFORM's in house line, Bensen. It was our first major purchase about 7 years ago, and has served us very well. Coffee Table: a custom piece by Chadhaus - and it weighs a TON. We asked for a steel framed table with a storage shelf and a PaperStone top, so yeah those are corner protectors for the baby (and for us). 
  • Curtains: Home made from custom printed Piano Nobile fabric 
  • Prints: mostly from talented friends, craft shows, and family
  • Pin up board/shelf: Home made from pressed paper board, linen, and hacked Ikea shelves.
  • Bulletin Board: St. Vincent De Paul
  • Pillows: Zanna Textiles, Nell & Mary
  • Dental Drill: Chika's Grandfather's Army issued dental drill from WWII
  • Lamps: Ikea with home made Liberty of London fabric shades
  • Credenza: a Steelcase piece that was refurbished by neighbor Dylan when he was a recent college graduate.
  • End table: Iacoli & McCallister (a lucky deal from an auction)
  • Foam core scythe

BABY BEDROOM

  • Bear paintings: Maia LeDoux
  • Cranes and Poles Print: by Jennifer Zwick (purchased at an auction, and also the reason Chika is not allowed to attend auctions anymore)
  • Animal prints: Matthew Porter
  • Treehouse Print: Slow Loris
  • Furniture: Ikea, plus a $10 dresser from Goodwill
  • Windows: window frames by Jared, curtains are homemade with Kokka fabric and Ikea track system

KITCHEN

  • Dishwasher: Miele found by neighbor Dylan on Craigslist for a DEAL
  • Oven: $80 add on for another Craigslist find
  • Dishes/Cookware: Hornsea, Heath, Le Creuset, All Clad, plus some handmade mugs by Jared and other friends
  • Kettle: Sori Yanagi
  • Coffee Maker: Aeropress - worth noting because it's ugly, but awesome and we use it every day.
  • Tiny Microwave that looks like a TV: Whirlpool
  • Chairs: Fake Eames hand me downs from a friend

BEDROOM

  • Bed: West Elm (with an unsecured piece of scrap wood for the headboard)
  • Clothing storage: a lightly hacked Stolmen drawer system by Ikea. 
  • Wall Shelves: shelf supports by Rakks, and Jared built the wooden shelves. 
  • Windows: window frames by Jared, curtains are homemade with Ikea fabric and track system
  • Yellow Leather Wicker chair: gift from a good friend who got it as a floor sample from a store in NYC.

SEWING STUDIO

  • Cabinets and shelves: Ikea
  • Sewing Machines: Mitzi and Husquvarna Viking
  • Teak Flatfile Credenza: Dux 
  • Lasercutter: Epilog
  • Pin up boards under cabinets: compressed paperboard covered in fabric from various sources.

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Thanks, Jared & Chika!

(Images: Andie Powers)

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