PRAIRIE PRETTY

NEST­ING IN­STINCTS

Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY El­yse Ma­jor. PHO­TOGRAPHED BY Lu Tapp. STYLED BY Sun­day Hen­drick­son.

It’s min­i­mal­ist- prairie for an an­tiques dealer who prefers to keep things sim­ple in her Cal­i­for­nia home.

“” I’M VERY DRAWN TO WHITES, STONES AND GRAYS,

color AND FROM THERE, I ADD A LIT­TLE WITH ART, PIL­LOWS AND SMALL FUR­NISH­INGS.

San­dra Lin­der­man loves noth­ing more than to find old fur­ni­ture and re­store it to its orig­i­nal glory. The prob­lem is de­cid­ing what to keep for

her­self, what to swap with friends and what to sell as a dealer.

Be­cause San­dra fa­vors a sparse look, she is hap­pily faced with

th­ese de­ci­sions on a regular ba­sis. In the lovely Thou­sand

Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia, home she shares with her hus­band, Jeff,

and their grown chil­dren, Jeff, Sara Beth and Emily, cher­ished

items that have made the cut are ex­hib­ited in a most thought­ful

and un­clut­tered fash­ion.

In keep­ing with San­dra’s or­derly and open aes­thetic,

cre­at­ing more space was key when Jeff, a builder, took on the

task of re­mod­el­ing much of the house that the cou­ple has lived

in for nearly 30 years. Up­dates to the 1966-built home in­cluded

ex­pand­ing the mas­ter bed­room and garage and mak­ing the

“I only buy things that I love and would want in my home,” San­dra says. Fa­vorite sources for new and old things in­clude The Mart Col­lec­tive in Santa

Mon­ica (where she shares a booth), an­tiques shops and flea mar­kets, An­thro­polo­gie,

and of course, the homes of her ever-trad­ing friends.

kitchen and dining room into one spa­cious area—per­fect for

cooking to­gether, en­ter­tain­ing and even im­promptu dance

par­ties. White walls, strate­gi­cally placed mir­rors and un­dressed

win­dows keep large rooms sunny and filled with dap­pled

views of the out­doors.

In room af­ter room, San­dra’s trade­mark style of pale

neu­trals and in­ter­est­ing tex­tures abounds, al­ways punc­tu­ated

with ac­cents in dusty hues. Not quite able to de­fine her style,

San­dra of­fers terms like “eclec­tic,” “Amer­i­cana,” “French” and

“Swedish.” “I like to begin with a light, sim­ple back­ground,”

she says. “From there, I can al­ways add color with pil­lows,

rugs, plants and our art­work.”

Art has long played an im­por­tant role in San­dra’s life. “My

mother was al­ways drawing and paint­ing,” she ex­plains.

“When I was young, we would be go­ing some­where, and my

mom would say,

‘Stop the car! I have to sketch that barn!’

And a month later, that line drawing would be­come a paint­ing

hang­ing in our living room.”

To­day, that in­her­ited rev­er­ence for beauty is ev­i­dent at ev­ery

turn. Like her mother, San­dra has a sense of ur­gency when she

sees some­thing she ad­mires. “Only buy things that re­ally speak

to you and make you happy… and part with the rest!”

OP­PO­SITE: A sim­ple pitcher of fresh blooms her­alds San­dra Lin­der­man’s pure style. THIS

PAGE: Ob­jects of vary­ing heights, in­clud­ing the tall Swedish Mora clock, keep the lofty living room in­ter­est­ing. The bench adds time­worn char­ac­ter; San­dra had al­ways re­gret­ted sell­ing it and was de­lighted when she spied it years later at an an­tiques show.

A prized an­tique

Louis Philippe mir­ror acts as a win­dow, drawing light and move­ment above the fire­place

that San­dra’s hus­band, Jeff, built.

OP­PO­SITE: “Some­times it’s hard to de­cide what to keep and what to sell,” San­dra says. “But I do part with a lot of things that I would like to keep be­cause I pre­fer a sim­ple look.” THIS PAGE, LEFT: Items sure to catch San­dra’s eye in­clude pieces made of old raw wood, worn paint and linen. BE­LOW: Sto­ried pos­ses­sions such as art­work, old books and horse fig­ures are an on­go­ing pas­sion, as are plants, flow­ers and can­dles.

The Lin­der­mans re­mod­eled the kitchen and ex­panded it to 680 square feet to ac­com­mo­date their en­joy­ment of cooking to­gether. With am­ple stor­age and a large is­land, the cou­ple can now work side by side. Decor in­spi­ra­tion stemmed from the movie

Some­thing’s Gotta Give, but San­dra’s downto-earth imprint makes it more Homestead than Hamp­tons. Ef­fec­tive touches such as mis­matched seat­ing, gal­va­nized buck­ets, painted firkins and vin­tage ware­house light­ing serve up util­i­tar­ian style. A wellplaced peg rack over a small bench keeps denim jack­ets and handy sacks at the ready.

ABOVE AND RIGHT: Eye-catch­ing vin­tage sig­nage vis­ually con­nects the large kitchen and dining ar­eas while lend­ing a culi­nary feel with a fresh graphic punch. A stately blue hutch—a traded piece— cur­rently pro­vides a pro­tected show­case for some of San­dra’s cov­eted linens and whim­si­cal keep­sakes. “My mother was an artist, and she loved scour­ing an­tique stores look­ing for hid­den trea­sures. Some of the things I col­lect to­day are things my mother had in our house when I was young,” San­dra says. Tall top­i­aries, stacks of old books, soft pil­lows, and a cas­cad­ing throw con­vey warmth. BE­LOW: A sim­ple meal of crusty bread, straw­ber­ries and pre­serves is even tastier when plated atop a French grain-sack run­ner.

Top­i­aries flank the large win­dows in the sun-filled dining area; vin­tage linens are used and en­joyed daily.

Upon en­ter­ing the Lin­der­mans’ home, guests are treated to sunny views of the fam­ily-style kitchen just ahead and up a few steps. An­tique col­lectibles like a Steiff pull-toy cat, chalk­ware dove and horse statue im­bue light­hearted per­son­al­ity into San­dra’s decor mix. “Al­most ev­ery­thing in our home is vin­tage,” she says. A gen­tly worn cabi­net spot­ted by a friend at Round Top in Texas pro­vides plenty of stor­age and is a pretty perch for jugs of just-picked posies. A corn­flower-blue ban­danna adds ru­ral ap­peal. Most walls are painted white or Stone by Ralph Lau­ren.

The blue-and-gold Fed­eral-style mir­ror perched on the well­worn cabi­net brings light and move­ment to the long en­try­way. Large jugs add ex­tra shim­mer.

“My daugh­ter Emily and I paint to­gether of­ten in our stu­dio,” San­dra says. “It’s our sa­cred space.” Two sawhorses and a plank of wood are uni­fied by a white­wash of paint to form a no-frill work sur­face.

TOP ROW: A col­lec­tion of draw­ings and paint­ings by San­dra’s mom are lov­ingly on dis­play. “I have all of my mother’s old paint­brushes,” says San­dra, who also col­lects vin­tage paint palettes. Sky-blue cub­bies hold tubes of pig­ment and other essen­tials. Bou­quets of brushes fill ves­sels through­out the stu­dio. BOT­TOM ROW: An over­size frame makes a strik­ing in­spi­ra­tion board. Vin­tage linens add sub­tle de­sign, while the chan­de­lier pro­vides nec­es­sary light­ing as well as ro­man­tic al­lure. The light­house and boat paint­ings were done by San­dra.

“” Old linen

DRIVES ME CRAZY! I WANT TO BUY SOME WHEN­EVER I SEE IT

flea mar­ket. AT A SHOW OR I PRETTY

MUCH COVER EV­ERY­THING WITH IT!

ABOVE: The mas­ter bed­room is a per­fect ex­am­ple of San­dra’s stream­lined take on prairie style, where com­fort, sim­plic­ity and re­straint rule the day. Like one of her blank can­vases, the room is a study in oys­ter whites and stone grays, with gen­tle strokes of her fa­vored chalky blues adding in­ter­est and al­lure. As with much of the home, wall decor is limited to bold ar­chi­tec­tural pieces and the beauty of the hard­wood floor is per­mit­ted to take cen­ter stage. No-non­sense fur­nish­ings in the bed­room are mis­matched but united by their clean lines, worn fin­ishes and abun­dance of stor­age. “I love worn, chipped pieces; old cast-iron urns; lots of plants; coral; seashells; and books— lots of books— stacked ev­ery­where!” San­dra says. Old grain sacks and linens out­fit the bed and tufted bench in a clever mix of mod­est meets so­phis­ti­ca­tion. As San­dra knows, if a piece of fur­ni­ture has good bones but the up­hol­stery is worn, hav­ing it re- cov­ered will do the trick. An as­sem­blage of soft pil­lows in a va­ri­ety of cases serves as head­board. A hand­carved piece dis­played high over the bed works as a fo­cal point and echoes the curves of the nearby top­i­ary, can­dle­stick and lamp. TOP RIGHT: Bed­side vignettes are stud­ies in fin­ishes and tex­tures, with items like the sil­ver

lov­ing cup filled with pale pink tulips and a bust that once be­longed to San­dra’s mother perched on a short stack of books. BOT­TOM

RIGHT: An apothe­cary of­fers am­ple stor­age as well as dis­play space. “I love pieces with lots of draw­ers,” San­dra says. Blinds are the per­fect com­pro­mise for keep­ing win­dows ac­ces­si­ble yet pri­vate. A French cham­pagne bas­ket once used for pick­ing grapes keeps ex­tra blan­kets within reach.

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