Andie's 1940s Bookish Queen Anne Condo

Andie's 1940s Bookish Queen Anne Condo

Mar 31, 2011

Name: Andie, co-owner of Assemble Gallery & Studio
Location: Queen Anne — Seattle, Washington

My business as well as my home is an eclectic mix of old-world craft and modern design: a mixture of vintage pieces and modern, colorful accents. My grandmother was an abstract painter and my mother is a rusty antique enthusiast, and this space embodies both concepts.

I live in a 1940s condo on the South Slope of Queen Anne and love creating a living space that plays on modern, bright colors with a schoolteacher edge. Mixing classroom ephemera, chalkboard paint, a vintage Smith-Corona typewriter and wooden clipboards blend a sharp contrast with a mix of design and craft books, bright red chairs and a pink, leather couch (not pictured).

My bookshelf is filled with color-organized books and games. I prefer the organization of color-coding because it is aesthetically deliberate. Also, I admire the beauty in vintage machinery and own several old telephones, sewing machines, Bakelite fishing reels, typewriters, Polaroid cameras, wooden chess sets and even an old Nintendo. The brocade pattern on a modernized chair creates balance, and compares nicely to the fiber art piece over the desk in the first image, which was a mixture of screen-printing, embroidery and quilting.

My father is an avid outdoorsman, and these mounted antlers are from a deer that he hunted. Next door to the mount are deer portraits by Portland-based artist, Ryan Berkley, some Audobon pictorals and an original art piece embroidered by Cindy Steiler entitled "You Reap What You Sew." Also, vintage records and a glockenspiel, an homage to high school band class.

The 1960s vintage globe and reference books round out a modern schoolhouse design when placed on an aluminum locker, lacquered with Italian paper.


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Images: Andie Wurster

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