AUTHENTIC VINTAGE PIECES as well as items that HONOR MODERN AESTHETICS.
Chris and Christine wanted their home to be filled with
A challenge that comes along with such an open floor plan is how to arrange and balance furnishings. “We wanted to create a continuous space while maintaining distinctive rooms and make it feel as open as possible,” Chris says. With open floor plans, you have to learn to use alternate means to transition a room. “A room is made up of eight points that form corners,” he says. “If you have fewer, you don’t have a room, so you have to imply those corners through furniture, openings or a change in ceiling plane.” Chris used his thrift store red couch to create the corners between the living and dining rooms, forming a subtle separation of the two.
Color also plays an important role in delineating as well as connecting spaces. Chris and Christine unified the paint scheme throughout the entire house, painting the rooms white and the door frames a deep charcoal gray to emphasize a change in threshold—another trick to imply separation.
“[In the living room,] one of our walls is a fireplace and the other is all windows, so it was a challenge to find where to put things,” Chris says. The couple installed a 12-foot long credenza in the living room as a modern storage unit to hide everyday items they didn’t want on display.
Most of the couple’s furniture and décor items were sourced through local thrift stores, estate sales or through Craigslist. Chris and Christine wanted their home to be filled with authentic vintage pieces as well as items that honor modern aesthetics.
“If you can surround yourself with welldesigned objects, they’ll inform you and make you a better designer,” Chris says. He recommends patience and determination when seeking out items for your home, especially when looking for popular pieces at a lower price. Chris and Christine credit their impressive collection of furnishings to persistence and patience.
EVEN CHRIS AND CHRISTINE’S SON’S ROOM FEATURES MODERN ELEMENTS—WITH A YELLOW EAMES ROCKING CHAIR NEXT TO THE BED AND A MODERN FOOTSTOOL ALLOWING HIM EASY ACCESS TO TOYS STORED ON THE VINTAGE WALL UNIT.
BY A OF BOUROULLEC SCULPTURALRONANVETRA MODERN& ERWAN HANGSPIECE ART ON THE DRESSERS.WALL ABOVETHE STORAGETHE SYSTEM IS ACTUALLY “THREE SEPARATE DRESSERS WITH A VANITY BETWEEN TWO,” CHRIS SAYS. HIS WIFE USES THE VANITY TABLE AS A DESK. “MY WIFE GETS THE BROWN DRESSERS, AND MINE IS THE SMALLER WHITE ONE,” HE SAYS. THE HANGING LAMP IS A 1950s VINTAGE LIGHT FROM AN ESTATE SALE MADE FROM GOLD ANODIZED ALUMINUM.