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sneak peek: crystal ellis of egg collective

by Amy Azzarito

Just two weeks ago, we got a little peek into the New Orleans home of designer Hillary Petrie, and today we’re heading north for a look into another Egg Collective home. lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where she just finished an MFA in sculpture at RISD. During her time at school, her apartment became a bit of a showroom/laboratory for her designs. But she’s getting ready for a big change. At the end of the summer (just a few short weeks away!), she’s heading back to New York City where she’ll concentrate on the upcoming Egg Collective line of furniture. Thanks, Crystal! — Amy A.

Image above: I love the old pine floors in my bedroom. They are pretty beat up, but I like that they show the history of their years. I found the chandelier at a little antique shop in Brooklyn, and it has now graced the ceiling of my bedroom in two apartments. The light that it casts at night is soft and romantic. The Bertoia chair is vintage and an Etsy find.

Image above: My living room is my favorite room in the house. It has original wood floors and big windows. I purchased the couch from a vintage furniture store in New York City when I lived there. The pillows are both made of antique textiles. My sister gave me the two bookcases when she redid her home. They are from DWR. In the background is my dining room. The walnut table was one of the first pieces of furniture I made. Around it are 4 white Bertoia chairs, and on top is an antique pitcher that I often use as a vase. I replaced all of the light fixtures in the apartment when I moved in. My boyfriend and I made the one you can see hanging in my dining room from an assortment of different lighting parts and cloth-covered wire.

The full sneak peek continues after the jump…

Image above: I bought these antlers on eBay for a project I was working on in graduate school. I did the gold leafing as part of that project. In the end, I wasn’t happy with them as part of the piece I was working on, so I brought them home, and they became a way for me to store/display my necklaces.

Image above: In the foreground are two terrariums I made about a year and a half ago. It was the middle of winter and I desperately wanted to have something green to look at, so I went to a local plant store and purchased an assortment of small tropical ferns, mosses and orchids and made two terrariums, which now sit on my coffee table. It is amazing how easy they are to maintain and how much they have grown since I planted them. Beyond that is my work table, which I made about three years ago. It is constructed of solid white oak and finished with an all-natural hand-rubbed wax. The table top is hinged at the back, so the whole top flips up revealing a shallow storage space where I keep large pieces of paper, old drawings, my cutting mat and rulers. The chair is by Blu Dot, the stump light is by Egg Collective and the knit basket on the floor was purchased from Etsy. In the background you can see the back of my dog’s head. He is a Great Dane puppy named Fern.

Image above: I like white bedrooms. Everything in my bedroom is white except for the accessories I’ve collected over the years. White Ikea dressers function as our side tables. Mine is on the left. It has candlesticks I carved from balsa wood during a summer workshop at Pendland and a clock that was given to me as a Christmas present from my sister. Above the bed hangs a painting by Providence-based artist . On the right-hand side of the bed is my boyfriend’s side table with a vintage marble and brass lamp, a buddha piggy bank and a selection of books. The throw at the end of the bed is an old piece of silk fabric I found while shopping with my sister in Chicago.

Image above: My boyfriend and I both love to cook. He is a professional baker, so we spend a lot of time in the kitchen together. Our kitchen is quite small, but it has a window that provides natural light during the day, and I think the addition of plants and white porcelain gives it an airy feel. The cutting board was a gift from my mother, and the rest of the items you see have been collected or gifted over time.

Image above: My toes get cold really easily, so I have to have a good pair of warm slippers on hand during the chillier months.

Image above: My dog’s name is Fern. I got him as a birthday present from my boyfriend. We picked him out of a giant litter of puppies. All of his brothers and sisters were black, and there he was, golden all over with gray freckles on his face and down his back. I’ve never seen another dog with his coloring. He is about 5 months old in this picture. He is a Great Dane, so he’s going to be HUGE, as you can probably tell by the size of his paws. At night he likes to sleep at the end of the bed on our sheepskin rug.

Image above: When looking for places, I saw a lot of bad apartments. It was quite a relief to pull up to the outside of what is now my current apartment. I liked it immediately. It sits on a tree-lined street around the corner from a small park that has a farmers’ market every Thursday evening. Down the block is a community garden where I like to eat breakfast and read the paper on the weekends.

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  • I love the worktable! Standing height, beautiful wood, and so smart to have storage inside. The whole house is lovely too. Can’t wait to see what you all do with your next place ;)

  • I often look at these great apartments and wonder where everything is stored. Where are the books, the mail, the throws, the bar bells, the vacuum and broom, the remote controls, the birthday cards, the car keys, the shoes, the guest towels, the onions? Where is everything hidden away?

  • I agree, Charity. I would love to know how people who live in these beautiful spaces handle clutter. How do these people stay organized, especially those with kids and pets?

  • Your entry is beautiful! Your house feels very serene and calm, it’s lovely. And your dogs are so sweet, love the close up of Oli.

  • Lovely, inspired and inspiring. A perfect space, made so by the play of your own talents mixed with the collection of lovely things made by others. I’m equally enchanted by the tone of your voice, in your descriptions of what drew you to Fern, the desire for green in the dead of winter, the hiding place for your papers, drawings, pens… beneath the top of your fantastic desk. (For those wondering where you’re stuff is hiding… look at all the drawers, lovely book shelves, built in cupboards…) Yours is my favorite sneak peek in a long while.

  • Love the fell of the place and put your product site on my Facebook page for all to seeeeee.
    Congrats Grace!!! on the BOOK!!! Lv YA!

  • She’s so organised. There’s a place for everything, and every little detail is in its right place. I’m dumbfounded my the amount of creativity and hard work she put into her home.

  • I love the pale grey molding! Could you tell me what paint color you used?

    I love everything ab out this place! Also, the house looks very similar to the one I just bought… The living room has the exact same set up and similar floors. I will be copying some of your ideas, thank you!

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