House Call: Heather Frazier

House Call: Heather Frazier

Sep 6, 2007

If only we all had Heather Frazier's great eye for combining colors and graphics. As we drooled over the mobiles and pillows that she handcrafts, we started thinking that this Portland artist's talents probably extend into the interior design of her home as well. The photo of her dining room, shown above, confirmed our suspicions.

Heather launched her studio, Frazier & Wing, just last year. Already, there's been a lot of buzz about her mobiles — which you can see in the corner up there. Take a further peek into Heather's home, and read our Q&A with her, after the jump.

  • How would you describe your decorating style?
    Always evolving — spare mix of modern and vintage things.
  • Favorite spot in your home and why?
    The living and dining rooms because of the huge windows in both rooms that allow us to look out and see people, trees, the sky, birds, and the changing seasons. It is pretty great! The dining table also because that is where my husband and I spend the most time together, reading and eating.
  • What's on your nightstand?
    I do not have one yet! Books and dvd's are always by my bed. I do not have a TV so I watch dvd's on my computer screen in bed.
  • Favorite childhood memento that's in your home?
    This photograph of my mother when she was a girl. And shells because I grew up in Florida.
  • Current inspiration(s) for your work?
    Oh what a long list it is ... I find inspiration everywhere ... in natural forms, color, film, fashion, graphic design ... but mostly other artists inspire me.

    This is the short list:
    My daughter's work — she is an art major in college. She is doing these great detailed drawings. I am thinking about a collaborative project with her. (That's her work above, on the left.)

    I am nuts for the installation work of Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger.

    I have been inspired by Kiki Smith and Yoshitomo Nara for a while now.

    One of my long time favorites is photographer Masao Yamamoto. (See the lined up photos on the mantel, below.)

    I have also been thinking about the work of sculptor Lee Bontecou.

  • Favorite home/design magazines or websites?
    Mags: British Elle Decoration, Domino ... but I read them all.
    Websites: bddw, ochre, astier de villatte, matin.
    Blogs: Dearada (more art than home), Design*Sponge, Remodelista.
  • Best bargain in your home and where did you get it?
    The womb chair and ottoman in our living room. We bought it a few years ago at the Knoll store in San Francisco when they used to have their 40% off sales.
  • Biggest splurge?
    Always the most recent, which was a new sofa from Mitchell Gold for our TV/sitting room. It was actually on sale so it was a good deal, but a splurge because we are always on a budget!
  • What's at the top of your list of things to buy next for your home?
    Well, the list of things I want and need is long ... not sure what will be first but this is what I am looking at:

    Much needed rug, side tables, and lighting for the room above!

    I am dreaming of a print from Japanese artist Ritsuko Ozeki.

    I am thinking about a colorful painted stool from and the new faceted Marcel Wanders stool for Kartell.

    Also wishing for a Madeline Weinrib rug and a plexi coffee table from CB2.

  • Favorite local resources for furniture and accessories?
    Hive, Canoe, DWR, and antique malls and flea markets.
  • Thanks for sharing your home and all of these great resources, Heather!

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