Nikki & John's Friendly Nest

Nikki & John's Friendly Nest

Tanya Lacourse
Nov 17, 2009

Name: John & Nikki Scaplen Family
Location: North Manchester, New Hampshire
Size: 2,200 square feet: 9 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
Years lived in: 3, Owned
Who else lives there: Jack, Michael & Christopher, 3 dogs

Nikki, owner of Bark! and John, owner of Spruce Floral, bought this fixer-upper three years ago and have enthusiastically updated one room at a time. Their relaxed, warm style caters perfectly to their family, which includes three active boys and three even more active dogs — two Boston Terriers (Frank & Stan) and Henry, a Great Dane.

Their home is a collection of their life histories — personal artwork, photographs, found objects from previous homes, hand made quilts from mom and run-ins with artists they meet on their travels. Although they struggle with the size of their kitchen, you'd be unlikely to visit them on an evening when they aren't preparing something wonderful. In their kitchen you can find fresh herbs from the garden, and an assortment of oils, rubs, tapenades, wines, and seasonings. Their dining room accommodates a modest table that expands for family dinner, along with a beautiful armoire that they've turned into a wine rack and liquor cabinet.

This home is part rustic (food), part modern (flowers), and all love (family).

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our style: Eclectic. Modern meets antique meets artistic chaos.

Inspiration: Color, shape, form, texture, unique attributes of any particular item that we see — we're inspired by how things inspire us.

Favorite Element: Stained glass windows and three fireplaces (one in a bedroom) and an office desk made out of old wood by John which we found in the ceiling of our shed.

Biggest Challenge: Kitchen space.

What Friends Say: "very comfortable" "fun"

Biggest Embarrassment: Bathrooms. Hands down. Both of them. One has a toilet that is sinking into the subfloor with tile coming from a leak in the vintage '70's tub. The other has a blue stand-up shower (no tub) complete with seat in case you get tired while washing your hair.

Proudest DIY: Converting a 1920's men's wardrobe armoire into a wine cabinet for the dining room.

Biggest Indulgence: Artwork. Everything is original and all pieces have a story.

Best advice: Don't buy a sofa, love seat and chairs that all match.

Dream source: We have no one dream source although we could probably name many …


Furniture: Mostly Craigslist, some HomeGoods, some

Accessories: Some found, some purchased at HomeGoods, some made, some from artists

Lighting: Nikki is either given, buys, or finds antique lamps that she reinvents to give a modern twist by changing or making shades or by buying new artistic finials.

Rugs and Carpets: Company C, Building 19, HomeGoods,

Window Treatments: IKEA

Artwork: Originals by artists and friends we've met across the country and worldwide

Paint: Sherwin Williams

Flooring: Stick tiles — Home Depot

Thanks, Nikki & John!

Images: Violet Marsh Photography

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