Audrey & Mark's Newton Original with Artist Studio

Audrey & Mark's Newton Original with Artist Studio

Kyle Freeman
Jun 28, 2011

Name: Audrey Goldstein and Mark Diamond
Location: Newton, Massachusetts
Size: 1250 square feet (plus 400 square foot studio)
Years lived in: 10 — rented for 4, owned for 6

It was a dark and rainy June day when I was scheduled to photograph Audrey Goldstein and Mark Diamond's Newton home. But when I drove up to their house and was greeted by their playful orange front door, flanked by orange railings, I knew, despite poor photographic lighting conditions, that spending time in their home would be a bright delight. And it sure was.

I love that there is NOTHING cookie-cutter about this place. From the custom-colored painted walls to the handmade fireplace surround to the wall-fabric / pillar combination in the front hall, Audrey and Mark's home feels like the product of two artists who don't care a whole lot about fitting a particular design mold. The result is really refreshing.

Audrey, the Fine Arts Program Director at Suffolk University's Department of Art and Design and Mark, Chair of Visual Media at Bunker Hill Community College, have infused their single family home with their art and their individuality, without expensive signature pieces or extensive renovations. This is one of those rare gems of a home where you feel like every single object and visual vignette comes straight from the hearts and inspiration of those who dwell here. It's the kind of place where I craved to come back again and again, knowing that each time I'd see something a little differently, and in the process I'd learn something new about the inhabitants. THIS is a home with narrative, and that's one of my highest praises.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

("I" refers to Audrey)

Our Style: Victorian Modernist

Inspiration: Artists' homes. DIY- history of art & design. Parents were antique dealers. I grew up going to barns and country auctions, poking about dusty boxes. They bought boxes of odd cast-offs, bits & pieces, usually Victorian & Edwardian. My dad fashioned lamps and furniture from the best of the lots. He repaired and upholstered damaged furniture, repaired antique clocks, jewelry and porcelains as a sideline. My grandfather was a trash- picker in Queens NY. I've inherited some of his finds.

Favorite Element: I like creating interesting views- sculptural & landscaped- within the house.

Biggest Challenge: Time, money & luck. I usually don't have much of the first two, but I'm patient with the third.

What Friends Say: I usually hear that it's interesting...

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen; it's barely functional. Things are always falling apart

Proudest DIY: Pretty much all of it-I guess the proudest thing is that I've been doing things myself since forever. It's a love of good design, well made objects and no expendable cash, combined with being a committed maker.

Biggest Indulgence: Fabric, for sure.

Best Advice: Figure it out, and have no fear.

Dream Sources: If I'm dreaming, then it has to be flea markets in Paris, London, Moscow, and Shanghai, for starters.


Everything in the house is either found in the trash, yard sales, flea markets & thrift stores, inherited from parents & grandparents, from Ikea or Anthropologie, or I made it. Almost all the fabric is new from Freddie Ferkel's (discount fabric warehouse in Watertown) or from Mood Fabrics in NYC. The artwork is either traded, a gift or purchased through 150 x 150 (Laconia Gallery annual benefit). (Artists' names are listed in Gallery with the corresponding photos of their work.)


    • All the wall colors were mixed in the studio with artist's acrylics

Thanks, Audrey and Mark!

Images: Kyle Freeman

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