Kristin & Adam's Refined Bohemian Abode

Kristin & Adam's Refined Bohemian Abode

Bethany Nauert
Jan 22, 2013

Name: Kristin Lehman, Adam Reid & Sammy Lehman - Reid
Location: Mount Pleasant — Vancouver, BC
Size:1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years — rent

Kristin and Adam, an actress and a filmmaker, share this wonderful cozy apartment with their son Sammy, in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. Together they have a warm and inviting home to return to after long days on film sets where they can enjoy family time and share a tasty meal. Most of their home is curated and collected pieces of artwork and souvenirs from traveling. But what I most enjoy is the truly sincere nature of their home.

My favorite room in this home is their family kitchen. It's so abundant with love and joy and for many families, the kitchen table is where much "quality" time is spent on a daily basis. They have the awesome chevron in the bathroom, the fun tea cup collection and great mix of modern and vintage pieces. The most important thing in Kristin's life and home is her family of course: "It might sound corny or trite but the single most important thing is my family. My husband and son are the reason I strive to create a vibrant and inspiring home. It's really a considered and necessary value of mine to surround us with beauty and a visual literacy that feeds the rest of our endeavors and hopes. I would also say our Tivoli Radio - it's on all day, permanently set to CBC Radio 2, Canada's version of NPR." but if she had to choose an object or thing she admits, "The non - corny answer would be our art collection. We love being surrounded by it." Art is quite abundant in this house and their love of travel and the keepsakes of each adventure is evident.

Kristin says that when she lived in LA, the city encouraged her appreciation for indoor and outdoor space. She says she truly enjoyed being able to utilize this space all year round with such great weather. "Here in Canada where we have four distinct seasons it's not possible, but I think of it often!! Lush foliage, fresh flowers, and the abundance of natural beauty in L.A. really defines it, and I know I've been influenced by it's variety of ideas, people and styles. I met my dearest of dear friends in L.A.; design writer Lisa Light. She works and writes for the New York designer Thomas O'Brien and her keen eye and immersion in the inner workings of the American design world definitely influence me.
Los Angeles has everything - good food, an abundance of creative people, ideas, bravery and accessible good design. It's an infectious and lovely place."

Regardless of their zip code, I love their use of personal charm and how they have created a truly livable space for their family to grow into. Kristin concludes that when it comes to designing a home, it all comes down to the "Flow. Efficient use of space, lots of storage and closets, cleverly concealed or built in and a big kitchen!"

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Refined Bohemian, feminine but modern.

Inspiration: World Cultures, my best friend, design writer Lisa Light, the tension between vintage and modern.

Favorite Element: I love the fact that we have two floors. Our main floor and a great big playroom/music room downstairs (not photographed) that houses all of Sammy's toys and guitars and drums. It's so nice to have a dedicated space for toys so that the main floor can be a space for little people AND adults!

Biggest Challenge: Being a homeowner and adjusting to renting. We still have our lovely renovated row house in Toronto, and once you've had the luxury of renovating to exactly what you want, it's a bit hard to stay tame in a rental!

For example the very stylized Art Deco fireplace in the dining room and the very specific bathroom fixtures the developers chose. Normally I would simply cover the fireplace with something, but it's actually an important heat source in the wintertime, so I can't.

Another challenge is the strange configuration of a staircase that separates the dining room and the living room.

What Friends Say: They say that as beautiful as our home is, it looks lived in. They appreciate the practical use of space mixed with considered and collected beautiful things to look at; there's room for it all to be together. This is really important to me as a mother, that my son is given freedom around art and objet d'art. And they say they really like our color palate.

Biggest Embarrassment: The horrible Art Deco Fireplace in the dining room.

Proudest DIY: The faux "seagrass" wallpaper in my kitchen bookcase. It's actually inexpensive burlap lightly glued to brown postal paper and then taped up! Also our staircase railings were the ugliest cherry wood color so I wrapped them in inexpensive black linen to change the color.

Biggest Indulgence: Our art collection, and frames.

Best Advice: Go with your instinct.

Dream Sources: Designers Guild, 1st Dibs, ABC Carpet & Home, Ochre, Prague Kolektiv (when it was open), European Flea Markets, Bombast Furniture in Vancouver, Klaus by Nienkamper in Toronto . . . the list of dream sources is long!

Resources of Note:


    • Benjamin Moore Decorators White
    • Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
    • Benjamin Moore Mink
    • Jonathan Adler Wallpaper - "Hollywood"


    • Vintage Day Bed - The Fabulous Find, Victoria
    • Turquoise Pillows, Chartreuse Velvet Linen Damask on Teak Chair - Prima Vera Fabrics, Toronto
    • Charcoal Knitted Pouf - CB2
    • Mongolian Wool Pillow, Antique Fruit Drying Rack (shelves) - Heather Ross In House, Vancouver
    • Vintage Champagne & Soda Crates - (mounted shelving) - Step Back, Vancouver
    • Gray Vintage Scoop Arm Chair - Bungalow, Toronto
    • Teak Vintage Arm Chair - Zig Zag, Toronto
    • Lamp - The Cross, Vancouver
    • Natural Vintage Bamboo Pendant Light - Style Lab, Vancouver
    • Bronze Octagon Stool/Side table - West Elm
    • Jute Rug - Pottery Barn
    • Kilm Rug - IKEA
    • Paint - Benjamin Moore Decorators White
    vUpholstery - The Big Stuff, Toronto
    Luxcious Upholstery, Vancouver
    • Plants & Pots - The Urban Gardener, Vancouver
    • Lampshade - Anthropologie


    • Red Vintage School House Fixture - Refind, Vancouver
    • Vintage Teak Dining Table - Refind, Vancouver
    • Replica Eames Dining Chairs - Nood, Vancouver
    • Turquoise Vintage Chair - Ethel, Toronto
    • Fabric - Designer Fabric, Toronto
    • Green Velvet Pillow - West Elm
    • Vintage Cheese Wheel Side Table - Step Back, Vancouver
    • Plant & Pot - The Urban Gardener, Vancouver
    • Kilm Rugs - IKEA KITCHEN
    • Roman Blind Fabric - Designer Fabrics, Toronto
    • Vintage A.V. Cart - JoJo's, Vancouver


    • Vintage Walnut Dresser - Sellutions, Vancouver
    • Suzani Headboard Fabric - Chintz & Co. Vancouver
    • Vintage Teak Bedside Tables - Refind, Vancouver
    • Vintage Teak Bedside Lamp - Style Lab, Vancouver
    • Bed Linens - Dwell Studio, Vintage Hudson's Bay Co.
    • Kilm Rug - Pottery Barn
    • Silver Tray - Step Back, Vancouver
    • Handmade Felt Bowls - Gigi B, Vancouver
    • Paint - Benjamin Moore Charcoal
    • Wallpaper - Jonathon Adler, "Hollywood"


    • Black & White Striped Turkish Towels - Much & Little, Vancouver
    • Wood Knobs - Home Depot
    • Silver Trays & Cacti Sugar Bowls - Step Back, Vancouver
    • Medicine Cabinet - IKEA


    • Woven Hamper - West Elm
    • Bed - IKEA
    • Linens - Vintage & Pottery Barn Kids
    • Orange Rug - IKEA
    • Vintage Teak Bookshelf - The Fabulous Find, Vancouver


    • Turkish "S" Towels - West Elm
    • Turkish Natural Towels - Much & Little, Vancouver
    • Antique Bamboo Shelving - Antique Market, Seattle
    • Wall Hand painted Chevrons in Benjamin Moore Decorators White and Mink
    • Artwork by Sammy
    • Vintage Kootney Lake Photo - Step Back, Vancouver

Thanks, Kristin and Adam!

Images: Adam Reid

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