Man dens can be quite dingy and disorganized. Since I spend two weekends a month at Ryder’s, I decided that was enough time to warrant an intervention. The house is fashioned of slump stone with concrete floors. Overall it has a very 70’s vibe. However, there are a few saving graces like the awesome sun room where I have my office, and the retro Heath tile counters in the kitchen. After spending a year frequenting this place the house finally spoke to me. It had to be fresh green, it called for graphic nature and bright white.
The little side table was a Calderon cast-off in sort of a dark cheapo mahogany. I painted it white (all ID Grads cover your ears) and in the same stoke distressed the paint with a sander. It holds the room together nicely. It adds that feminine touch that all caves really want but are too proud to come out and ask for. The bed got a complete makeover. I even made the trek to IKEA for the right pillows at the right price. After letting them off-gas I clothed them in Herb by Jessica Jones. I found an abandoned white sheet set in a closet, and quickly got those laundered. There is a dark dusty fireplace here too, so I found the fire screen outside, I cleaned it thoroughly and whipped up a little mosaic to cover it…ta-da instant dinge-be-gone. The fabric is mainly Green Pressed Leaves By Erin McMorris. I thought this pattern best reflected the spirit of the house, but I had to turn it on the bias anyway. The best surprise of all was all the little ceramic plates that appeared here and there as I sorted through the detritus. The artist is Pat Oyama. Her work is has a light earthy quality. Now that they are all hung together on their own wall we can properly admire each piece, it’s own little visual poem.