sneak peek: sulu design
last week kelly at hoping for happy accidents emailed me about a gorgeous home belonging to sulu design artist, susan lutjen. i immediately checked her website and was blown away by her bautiful portland, oregon home. not to mention the fact that they only moved in one month ago- wow (it's taken us two years to move in fully). susan was kind enough to share some additional photos of her home with us to create a full-sized sneak peek. as always, you can click here for (several) additional photos and full-sized versions of these images. thanks so much for susan for sharing her beautiful home with us, and to kelly for the great tip!
["My husband Barry and I moved to Portland just over a month ago. Barry is an avid photographer as well as a collector of found photos. Luckily, we share a very similar design sense. With our common eye and my obsessive nature, we had our apartment in Portland, Oregon unpacked and settled right away. We both are very drawn to the clean lines of midcentury design, but also love heavy, worn, industrial pieces and found objects with great patina. We are constantly looking at resale shops, antique malls, thrift stores, and in garbage piles to find pieces that will work in our home. We have pulled a lot of our belongings from the fabulous garbage piles in New York City, where we lived for the past thirteen years. We also have picked up many pieces in our travels - every summer for the past several years, we've gone on lengthy road trips all over America. We find such amazing pieces (and people) in small towns that aren't on the map. We do have a few shops on which we have relied heavily, too."]
["When we lived in Astoria Queens, the Astoria Furniture Market was a spot that we'd check out regularly. We found our sofa and rocking chair there. And the Chelsea Flea Market (several years back, before the lots it sat on were bought up and developed) was a weekly pilgrimage. We picked up our Bertoia chairs and Jonathan Adler pillows there."]
["We owe thanks for many of our pieces to our parents, too, who each have great design sense of their own. Barry's parents live in Richmond, Virginia, and they're always finding fabulous pieces like our dining table, the large blue vase in our bedroom, and the huge print above our record shelf. And my parents gave us our Case Study Bed as a wedding gift years ago. It is one of only a few things in our home that was not pre-owned. My brother, sister, and their spouses, too, are extremely design-minded and are sources of inspiration for us. As I express through the Original Intent project on my blog, inspiration is limitless. It's everywhere."]
["Iron Fish Trading Company in Beacon, NY has been our source for several weighty metal pieces as well as a beautiful midcentury bar cart. Both Beacon and Cold Spring in the Hudson River Valley have great antique shops."]
["Boom Modern in Cleveland, Ohio, my hometown, always has the most wonderful mix of midcentury finds (like the print in our dining area) and clunky metal pieces, like stools that we use all over the apartment. We picked up one of our Ironrite dining chairs there, found another at Suite Lorain, and got the other two on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland, which is lined with antique shops. The big mixer attachment is from a used restaurant supply store in Astoria."]