Name: Hadley Salz (of Home 101)
Location: Berkeley, California
Years lived in: 8 Months
Hadley Salz's walls may be white, but vibrant patterns and pops of color lend a tropical flair to each and every room in her little stucco rowhouse in Berkeley, California. Though there aren't many rooms, four to be exact, the 600-square-foot home offers ample space for Hadley to get creative with cooking, refurbishing cast-away furniture, and decorating with pretty pieces handmade by Mom.
It was in fact Hadley's mother, the Bay Area artist Nancy Salz, who instilled in her a DIY mentality and a passion for collecting. "I grew up going shopping with my mom who took me to flea markets, garage sales, The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, and antique stores my whole life," Hadley said. "Also, she would see things she liked in magazines and figure out how to make them herself, adding her own signature style."
Last fall, Hadley became co-owner of Home 101, a vintage home décor and gift shop just down the street from Hadley's house. If she runs out of space in her own home, which she likes to keep neat, hiding books away in closets, she can act out her creative impulses in the store. "My home reflects parts of the shop's aesthetic: cozy, clean, creative, and quirky," she said.
My style: A mixture of modern clean lines, bright ethnic prints, and rustic vintage elements.
Inspiration: A lot of my inspiration for my apartment comes from our shop Home 101, where we are always getting new things, and re-designing our merchandise layout. I am also inspired by my Mom who is a painter, jewelry artist, and seamstress and knitter, and one of the original upcyclers and DIYers. She creates something new with her hands every day, and she recently inspired me to sign-up for a sewing class at Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics which is a few doors down from Home 101.
Favorite Element: Space and light for succulents and plants. I also love the spacious and bright kitchen, which is a great palette for color.
Biggest Challenge: As with most small apartments, a big challenge is to keep my apartment clutter-free, which is hard when you love collecting objects and art. A bonus of this place is that there are ample closets so I am able to rotate my favorite things to display from time-to-time. Another challenge I've had with the space so far, is the the random placement of some of the electrical outlets, dictating where I put my lamps which I think is common in old buildings.
What Friends Say: "Hadley has an amazing knack for making the eclectic work together. There is nothing boring or safe about her style, but she still manages to make everything come together so comfortably and naturally. Whenever I'm visiting Hadley, I know I can expect beautiful, healthy plants, colorful bowls, and the smell of something amazing cooking in the oven."
Proudest DIY: I was pretty proud of my first sewing project—the curtains in my bedroom. But I'd have to say that my proudest DIY project has been becoming partners in a small-female-owned business with Allison Etchison at Home 101.
Biggest Indulgence: Le Creuset pots and pans. Anthropology cabinet and drawer pulls and shower curtain. Garnet Hill quilt. Weekly fresh cut flowers. Wonderfully fragrant Soap and Paper Factory candles.
Best Advice: The best design advice that I've learned from my business partner Allison is to completely clear off a space and start over. It's important to do this regularly to keep your home or workspace clean and fresh. One new strategy that I've adopted in my current apartment is to keep all of my books stored in my closet and only have my very favorite and current books out. This saves space and reduces the amount of dust collected.
Green Elements/Initiatives: About ninety percent of the furniture in my apartment is recycled; mostly obtained through family hand-me-downs, and by shopping at flea markets, antique fairs, and on Craigslist. I have very few things that have been manufactured or purchased new. I have also painted and upcycled some of the tables and dressers. A new coat of paint and new knobs makes such a difference and saves money and the environment! Why buy new furniture when there are so many great recycled and vintage shops in the Bay Area?! Through buying for my shop I've also realized that there is so much beautiful glassware out there that is used, but much better quality than the new mass-produced variety. So I've started collecting old glassware.
Accessories: Soap and Paper Factory candles; Felted pillows handmade by Nancy Salz.
Rugs and Carpets: Rug in living room: "MadMats" made from recycled plastic, from Rockridge Home in Oakland.
Window Treatments: Handmade
Artwork: Collage Art by Nancy Salz; silkscreen paintings by Sita Rupe; Drawing above TV by Paul Costa, Creative Growth Artist; Painting of three women, East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse.
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(Images: Celeste Sunderland)