AU­THEN­TIC VIN­TAGE PIECES as well as items that HONOR MOD­ERN AES­THET­ICS.

Chris and Chris­tine wanted their home to be filled with

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OPEN LIV­ING

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.

MOD FUR­NISH­INGS

“[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.

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