Oh, my dears, I am so very excited!
Today's home tour is one that I love, and I am so honored to be able to share it with you. We're peeking into the home of Samantha Martin-Evans and her seven-year-old son, Julian. Sam's a photographer, and her skilled eye for all that is lovely shows in every nook and cranny of her home...It's eclectic, it's colorful, it draws you in, and above all, it tells the sweet, sweet story of the lucky people who live here.
Do come in!
"I don't think that being a photographer has necessarily influenced my decorating style...I think my penchant for grouping particular objects and color combinations resides in the same part of my imagination that my photography style comes from. In other words, my home is an extension of my train of thought, as are my photos."
Don't you love that?! The idea of your home being an extension of your train of thought--your creative train of thought--is such a wonderful one to me. That's what home should be, I think--the life you are creating, piece by piece, at it's most intimate, and Sam and Julian's home is a perfect expression of that.
Each item adds to the whole, in an indispensable way. It's as though each little piece were a word in a story, a story that would not be complete without it.
The house itself is a former carriage house, built about a hundred years ago in the San Francisco area. Sam has lived here 12 years, and says that the home has "evolved to this saturated state, with art creeping up the walls, like ivy."
The kitchen is truly bohemian-chic, with a twist of whimsy and lots of color and drama. I love it, and I would imagine that Julian does, too.
His table is right beside the big one, for eating, crafting, and all manner of childish goodness.
Around the corner, the stairs lead you up to the loft area, where the home's origins as a carriage house can clearly be seen...
And into Julian's room, which is suitably awesome...
It's filled with all the little items that tell his particular story, the one that's all his own.
J for Julian
Julian's room, detail
Sam's room (below)? Positively swoon-worthy, in a totally unexpected way:
The whole room has a simple charm that is calming and full of life, all at the same time. I love it.
I also asked Sam about whether she felt having a child influenced her design choices. She says that "truthfully, my "style" has always had a youthful, over-the-top quality to it. (I've always been drawn to bright colors and contrasting patterns.) In terms of my approach to decorating (believe me, there hasn't been much of a strategy), I basically acquire things that I love without worrying how they will fit in...I always find a place!"
And that's why it makes sense. It's all her, and her boy, and what could be more beautiful than that, really?
Nothing, friends. Nothing at all...
Back later, sweet friends.