My Handmade Home: A Modern Take on Craft

My Handmade Home: A Modern Take on Craft

Lauren Zerbey
Sep 22, 2011

Admittedly, my home is not the kind that is filled with interesting knickknacks, vintage furniture or craft fair finds. Over the last five years, my husband and I have poured a lot of sweat and energy into a series of remodel projects, leaving little time or resources to fill it with the types of handmade goods I drool over in other's homes. But we're getting there - see some of my favorites after the jump!

For me, a handmade home is warm and inviting without feeling cluttered - a place where people can relax and be inspired at the same time. We'll be adding to our home for years to come, but for now we're focusing on a combination of handmade goods that we've made ourselves and purchased.

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1 Inspired by this post from Ohdeedoh, I collected toilet paper rolls to create this tongue-in-cheek piece of custom wall art for our bathroom. After cutting the tubes in different widths, I painted a few of the insides then sprayed everything with an acrylic finish to protect against any moisture-related issues. Next, I arranged the pieces to form a design that I liked, glued them together and hung the assembly on the wall with a handful of straight pins. Inexpensive and easy to do, this shows that handmade art doesn't have to be a big undertaking.

2 These bud vases from Heath Ceramics were a gift from my husband and have since inspired a blue and yellow color palette throughout our home. I love that they can be displayed together or separately and can work in any room in the home. I've shied away from ceramics in the past, but the timeless design and locally-focused business model of the company are a win-win for me. These were part of last year's summer collection, but similar products can be found on their website. Bud vases and tray, $110.

3 As part of the slow and steady remodel of our 1910 home, we carved out a small sleeping loft in what used to be attic space. We looked all over for a modern and inexpensive ladder, but were floored with the costs. So handmade it was! My husband took a welding class and this was his first project - the frame is steel with wood treads and handrails that were added at the end. I love that it's a functional piece but also a sculptural element that has a story attached to it (I just hope we don't have to move it anytime soon!).

4 A simple metal ledge in our dining room provides an easy way to rotate artwork depending on our moods or the season. A photograph from a friend, an old family photo and a contemporary print represent the type of modern craft that we're aiming for. I bought the Home Sweet Home print for my husband's birthday last year as a sort of promissory note for a real Eames plywood chair and to thank him for all of the work he's put into our own "home sweet home". Jenn Ski "Home Sweet Home" print, $29.

5 Despite my modernist leanings, I love a home that always has a soft blanket within arm's reach. A recent gift from my mom, this homemade quilt not only adds a much-needed punch of color to our living room - it's also a tactile reminder of my family 2,000 miles away.

(Images: Lauren Zerbey)

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