one of my favorite things about this sneak peek from erika firm of is the story beyond the images. she lives in rancho santa fe, california (just north of san diego and 5 miles from the beach), but it’s not just her, her husband (who is also her business partner) and their son, but it’s a four generation household, each who brings their own creative juices to the home. her mother is wonderfully creative- paints, designs, makes jewelry, her father is an engineer who loves to make furniture, and is an excellent cook, and her grandmother – for whom the business is named – sews, embroiders, speaks french around the house and is the favorite cook. so today we’re please to share with you the place that embodies them all. and if that’s still not enough, check out lots more images right . [thanks, erika!] –
[above: This is “foyer number one” … the entry way in our house. These 1976 David Rowland Stacking chairs were rescued from my dad’s factory–they were going to throw them out!]
This is “foyer number two” … a completely random, giant “nook” that is immediately after “foyer number one.” We didn’t know what to do with it, so we made it into a sitting area. The yellow-green armoire houses all our table linens.
The reading chair in our bedroom. We’re going to recover it in yellow velvet… if I can ever find any. The print I picked up in San Francisco at a street fair.
Our guest room. The dresser was given to us by my husband’s childhood neighbor. it was sitting in their basement for more than 20 years. John stripped it and left it natural. The bedspread duvet cover is from ikea. The lovely orange and white pillows are from Union Of Art.
Our five-year-old son’s bedroom is due for a makeover. He wants to paint it orange. Or green. He can’t decide. The bed spread is from Pottery Barn Kids (discontinued in green, but still available in red or blue); the bed is from Pottery Barn Kids (discontinued); the embroidery of the mer-man holding a baby is by my grandmother, Delphine. She embroidered our son’s birthday into the design. The surfboard above his bed belonged to his namesake, John’s best friend, who was killed in Iraq during the very first mission of the war in 2003.
I found this neat dresser at The Corner Store, a vintage furniture store in La Jolla, California. The roses are from the garden. The mirror was a gift from my mom–she got it in Mexico. The photo is of my husband, John, on a merry-go-round when he was about 6 years old.
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We love Joy By Mel Lim’s pistachio geese wrapping paper so much that we wallpapered our powder room with it! The vinyl wall decals are by Mel Lim for Blik.
My grandmother, Delphine, embroidered books with designs of fruits and flowers, and stitched the names of each design in French under the illustrations.