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.
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!
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
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
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
Chadhaus for bedroom furniture, Iacoli & McCallister for lighting and
tables, Christopher Speece chairs, Piano Nobile for our dream kitchen
and whole house remodel!
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.
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
Couch: the Canyon sectional is by INFORM's in house line,
. 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
top, so yeah those are corner protectors for the baby (and
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
Dental Drill: Chika's Grandfather's Army issued dental drill from WWII
Credenza: a Steelcase piece that was refurbished by neighbor Dylan when he was a recent college graduate.
- Foam core scythe
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
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
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.
Cabinets and shelves: Ikea
Sewing Machines: Mitzi and Husquvarna Viking
Teak Flatfile Credenza: Dux
Pin up boards under cabinets: compressed paperboard covered in fabric from various sources.