House Tour: Catherine and Robin’s Earthy Modern Airie
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Names: Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 5
The Victorian cottage that Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic share with their young son Jasper was built over 100 years ago. But the couple, who own Sausalito�s Heath Ceramics, have infused the home overlooking Richardson Bay with a clean, organic sensibility that marries old with new in great style.
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Our style: We like good stuff — and to us that means good design, good construction (or manufacturing), and good quality, whether something is old or new. We try to buy things that we believe are classic enough that we will have them forever. There�s really no style label to attach to that, except maybe �eclectic.� We believe that if you find really wonderful objects, they�ll work together no matter what their style. For instance, we think the Womb chair, vintage fireplace, Jasper Morrison cork stools, and contemporary-patterned window coverings in our family room all work perfectly together.
The inspiration for our home: Much of our home inspires itself. Most things that are attached to the original part of the house have been inspired by the past, like Victorian-era moldings and rosettes, wide plank flooring that matches the original stuff, and reproduction schoolhouse light fixtures. The kitchen is quite modern, though. We were stuck using IKEA cabinets for the bases, but I�ve always been inspired by henrybuilt kitchens.
Favorite element: The setting, the view, and the ability to live indoors and out. Also, the vintage chicken lamp — it�s a really great contrast to the flatscreen TV that it sits under.
Biggest challenge in designing our home: Working with an old, sagging house with a poor foundation and ancient utilities. Most of the money gets used up before you have time to even start thinking about the design.
What friends say about our home: That I was lucky to buy my first home when I was 25 for $85K in Portland, Oregon. (This one in Sausalito is the last — we hope — in a series of fix-ups and trade-ups since then.)
Biggest embarrassment in our home: Our bathroom on the main floor (not pictured), which hasn�t been remodeled since 1960. We don�t let guests use it. Also the front yard, which is just a pile of dead weeds. (We�re saving up for that project next summer.)
Proudest DIY: The tile installations. I installed the fireplace tile and kitchen tile, and Robin and I installed the outdoor tile together — all using products from our company, Heath Ceramics.
Best advice: Acquire fewer things, and only things that you really love. You�ll spend more time enjoying your environment and less time searching for new stuff that ends up in the landfill anyway.
* Saarinen Womb chair and Bertoia Bird chair and ottoman from Hive Modern
* Cork stools from Jasper Morrison
* Vintage fireplace, Knoll credenza, and huge lamp from the Art Deco & Modernism Sale
* Parsons dining table from Room & Board
* Bertoia kitchen stools from Circa50
* Custom outdoor table frame by Ohio Design, tile by Heath Ceramics
* Family room and bathroom floor tile from Heath Ceramics
Tiles and Stone:
* All tile from Heath Ceramics
* Architectural moldings and rosettes from San Francisco Victoriana
* Kitchen cabinets from IKEA
* Concrete kitchen counters by Concreteworks
* Vintage Fisher-Price toys from eBay
* Wood play kitchen from Oompa Toys
* Edward Wohl cutting boards from Heath Ceramics
* Norstal flatware from Heath Ceramics
* Pillow on bentwood chair by Lisa Congdon
* Pillow on leather chair by Heidi McDowell
* Red quilt from Egg, London
Thanks, Catherine and Robin!