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Jan 19

A Charming Old Portland House Is Now a Natural History-Infused Tattoo Parlor — House Tour

Name: Alice Kendall
Location: Wonderland Tattoo, SE Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 5 months, renting

Alice Kendall is one of the most sought-after tattoo artists in Portland. She opened her shop Wonderland in 2013, and quickly established her ranking as a top artist in one of the nation’s most inked cities. Praise from the New York Times boosted her already successful career to the next level; clients travel from around the world for a few hours of her highly coveted time. Five years and thousands of tattoos later, Alice has amassed a team of artists and has opened a brand new Wonderland… in a vintage house next door to her first shop in Southeast Portland. She tapped artist Trish Grantham to completely rework the interior of the home, with the goal of creating a space that is luxe and feminine, and very intentionally “not the typical dude tattoo shop.” The new Wonderland has an upstairs nautical-themed apartment for the rotating artist-in-residence, Grantham’s signature hand-painted wallpaper is featured throughout the home, and Kendall’s original paintings adorn the walls.

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Nov 18

A Textile Designer's Modern Colonial Is Incredibly Cheery — House Tour

Name: Erin Flett and family
Location: Gorham, Maine
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

We found an open lot in the middle of an established neighborhood in Gorham, Maine, and instantly fell in love. It was almost four acres, half-wooded, and half-open and flat. We decided to build a traditional colonial while keeping the details extremely modest, simple, and understated with a ton of white space with clean line finishes from the baseboards to the doors, kitchen cabinets and shelves. I love the simplicity of white on white and using found galvanized vintage industrial lighting, as well as vintage milk glass as much as possible and bringing in pops of color from found vintage art, small pieces of furniture, and my own hand-drawn, hand-silk screened textiles to help bring it together. My favorite two areas in and around our home is my giant yellow barn door I found on Craigslist that we incorporated for my home studio and my recycled granite curbing walls for my perennial garden with recycled Portland, Maine, cobble stone.

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28
Nov 18

This Artist Has Mastered the Art of Bohemian Lounge Spaces — House Tour

Name: Dawn Sweitzer of Notre Monde
Location: High Point, North Carolina
Years working in: 5 years, owned

Dawn Sweitzer is the artist behind Notre Monde, a brand known for textiles, furniture, and accessories like trays, art, mirrors, and more. Her designs are distinct, as well as modern, minimal, and a little bohemian, too. The large industrial warehouse that she does her varied design work in—located in the furniture hub of High Point, North Carolina—is a beautiful canvas of past creative successes and alluring works in progress. It’s not a living space, but it is a space full of life… and the perfect place for Dawn to create in.

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12
Sep 18

14 Designers Share Their Best Productivity Tips

What is it about the beginning of fall that always brings out the back-to-school spirit in us?

It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you graduated school, there’s something about September that makes us want to turn over a new leaf and be more productive. So, we get organized, set bigger goals for ourselves, and buy some super chic office supplies.

Of course, it’s important to make sure our new, hyper-organized, super-productive lifestyle lasts, which is where the design community comes in. From scheming up new collections to scaling their businesses, they’re pros at bolstering creativity, increasing productivity, and getting stuff done year-round.

Below, 14 design experts share their best tips for starting this fall on the right professional foot:

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29
Aug 18

A Ceramicist Turned Her Living Room into a Coworking Studio — House Tour

Name: Marianne Tolosa and my husband, Jamie, and our two cats, Pickles and Suki.
Location: Falls Church, Virginia
Size: 1,600 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years owned, but we just created the co-working space 3 months ago

When looking to buy our home one of our most important criteria was finding a house with a cozy entertaining space. As a full-time artist who once worked as a barista I think that fostering community and creativity while gathering with your friends over delicious coffee can be good for the soul! My husband and I frequently talk about opening a gallery-coffee shop combination someday, but until that happens we’ve tried hard to make our home into a creative oasis.

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10
Jun 18

This Ceramic Studio in a Red Hook Warehouse is a Maker's Dream Space — Workspace Tour


Editor’s note: We’re re-running this tour because Helen Levi is launching a new dinnerware line on June 14th and we’re excited! Her work is beautiful, earthy and a favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2018. — Adrienne Breaux, House Tour Editor


Helen—whose simple, craft-filled home we toured—also has a beautiful studio in Red Hook where she creates her beautiful ceramic pieces. And, Billy—the shop dog—came along, too. She recently made some beautiful dinner plates for a dinner given by the wildly talented Orin Swift, of Orin Swift Wines.

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02
Jun 18

Check Out This Co-Working Village Made of Shipping Containers

Believe it or not, working from the local coffee shop isn’t always as cool as it sounds. Given the advent of the increasingly popular co-working space, it’s apparent that quite a few coffee-chugging remote employees would agree. Dutch architect Julius Taminiau has expounded upon this concept of creating special places to get stuff done with Startup Village, an inventive co-working space in Amsterdam Science Park in the Netherlands that’s made entirely of colorful shipping containers. (Creativity and upcycling, FTW.)

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28
May 18

What Working From a Tiny 90-Square-Foot Spare Room Is Really Like

Philadelphia-based designer and illustrator Alisa Wismer has discovered the perfect living and working setup for where’s she’s at in her career. “I actually live at home (you’re thinking, ‘Typical millennial,’ right?), but it makes sense for where I’m at right now,” she says. “My parents have been super supportive in my decision to work for myself while I try to build my own business up.” She creates her illustration and stationery work—as well as graphic design, branding and web design for clients—from a teeny but bright 90-square-foot spare room. It’s the perfect example of how a small home office can be a motivating and inspiring space.

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Apr 18

A Nature-Loving Artist's 390-Square-Foot Studio Apartment — House Tour

Name: Lisa Vanin
Location: Toronto, Canada
Size: 390 square feet
Years lived in: 7.5 years, renting

A few years ago Apartment Therapy took a tour of illustrator/fine artist Lisa Vanin’s Pint-Size Storybook Nook in Toronto. With the current challenges and sky rocketing rents in the city, rather than move somewhere new when she started to feel restless, Lisa decided to stay put and change the decor to give the space a new and fresh feeling. Check out the updates that she’s made to her “old fashioned” space. —

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14
Apr 18

The Wing's New D.C. Location Is Stunning, Historical, and More Important Than Ever

Popular women’s co-working space, The Wing, has officially begun its (highly anticipated) seven-city expansion. The first stop? The historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

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