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this is another curiosity space that i took the photos for  a while ago. this time, i am sharing my brother, joe, and his wife, addie’s, house. they have two little one’s ryland and violet. they live in the olympia, washington. one of my favorite towns in the US!  i have always loved their dwellings, i suppose because of all the curious things. my brother and addie have been together since i was like 15 or 16! i remember the first time i met addie, waiting in my living room in alabama for my parents to bring them home from the airport. addie and i have a friendship, one that i cherish. she is a brilliant artist and crafter, as kind as can be, has a great sense of humor, and is smart as a whip! she doesn’t sweat the small stuff, and gives my brother way to many back scratches!  no wonder my brother loves her so much. i would say addie has always been an inspiration, and she taught me to look for gifts in nature. she never treats me like the little sister either, so i kind of love that too. addie has found some great pieces over the years, all from the great outdoors. i love the way their styles meld together. my brother with all his nature books and addie’s treasures to adorn them.

my brother, as i have talked about before, is an ecologist. he is also a photographer, from a preservation point of view. you can see his work here. joe, is ten years older than me. when i hit my twenties, he and i started to form a friendship. we finally had things to relate on and found out we have a lot in common. i look up to joe a lot. he is super smart and i look to him for info on politics, nature, and photography! as a kid, i use to go into his room when he was gone and go through this small little chest full of knick knacks. i suppose he was some sort of mystery to me. he use to collect fossils and after college and while getting a masters, became somewhat of a hippy! he lived in many places from the everglades, taos, salt lake city, seattle, colorado, and back to washington. my parents and i would go visit, he just added to my inspiration for wanderlust! while he and addie were living just the next town over here in colorado (wish they still did!!) they had their first child ryland. i use to come visit from LA and help them out. joe would have to go into the field for work (the field meaning the wilderness) and addie was commuting to denver. i formed a special little bond with ryland during all that time. and now they have violet, i need to go visit that little girl! i love her so!

i love all the bird nests, the feathers, the old family photographs. i love the photo of my mother that sits on their mantle. i love all the family heirlooms from addie’s side. her dad is quite crafty himself. i love asking where each piece came from. i love how addie thinks she needs help decorating, clearly she doesn’t!

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i took these photos for this curiosity space edition all the way back in august, here in good old denver. i don’t know what took me so long to upload this post because, as i was going through the photos this morning i was totally re-inspired by laura and burke’s genius work! i also realized this morning that the spaces i choose to share on this portion of my blog, are all the home’s of artists.  every artist is unique in their interpretation, therefore it is inevitable that so is their home. for me, often inspiring to be just yourself. a few days ago, i was longing for nice furniture, less objects, over all more expensive things. yet, i am drawn to the likes of those who are also curious and different in their own right. after going through these photos, i was once again, okay with my own space vs. longing for something different.  i may not have furniture from CB2 and my rugs are fake persian ones. as it should be, i suppose. anyone can do anything with loads of money and an interior designer. i appreciate and am curious about those whom take money out of the equation and make their home about them and their work vs. a copy of a tear sheet from a magazine spread. (not to say i don’t enjoy the visual aspect of a tear sheet.)

i have posted about laura before…her art here…and laura and burke’s wedding. so, if you remember those posts, you can recall my love for the two of these people. they have been together for as long as i can remember (from the alabama days) and are both so incredibly talented, it’s slightly insane. laura, obivously, an artist and burke a graphic designer. every encounter i have with them is inspiring and loving. i have known laura since high school when we were hostesses at mozzarella’s cafe in birmingham, alabama…along with two other of our favorite friends. i love that we share this history, and i am now, once again, in the same place as her! i feel like every time we get together we are dreaming up ideas and i leave spilling with inspiration.

laura and burke had just moved into this space when i came to stay with them over the summer. it was once an old grocery store turned into two apartments. i am bummed, i didn’t get a photo of the front of the place, because it is pretty awesome. the space has high ceilings and these little lofty nooks. it is open and charming filled with the curious objects of laura’s and burke’s work as well as their friends.

i didn’t interview these guys for this, i never interview the artists. i guess it is more about my own interoperation i get from these homes, and yours too. how does their home and art inspire us?

i love burke’s intellectual and genuine thought to most anything and laura’s provocation through her art. i admire how most people would walk away with judgement… honestly, that might be favorite part. i like the weird, the obsolete, the un-obivous. i think making people feel just a little uncomfortable because to them something isn’t ordinary or “normal” is only a good thing. we should all be a little more open minded and remember we as human’s are all “weird”. laura’s work, i can only say, is more than this to her and i can’t really speak for that, but this is what i take from it and why i love what she does. the amount of time she puts into every piece she makes is astonishing, not to mention the artful thought process to get there. the fact that what is behind her photos is also the work of her own two hands, not just a photograph. she sources fabric and objects from a thrift store to downtown LA’s garment district. the colors and  the “characters” resonate. sometimes, i feel like i am in the middle of a dark version of the sequel to labyrinth. originality is an understatement.

burke, brings in this knowledge of antiquated objects in a modern world. not to mention his amazing taste is music, or the fact that he is just one of the nicest, most interesting guys i know. a while back the three of us went thrifting by my house. burke found an old book of  science images ( the body, the solar system, etc). he pointed out the beauty of these hand drawn detailed images. today, those images would be computer generated. yes, burke is a graphic designer, a modern illustrator. yet, the fact that he pulls inspiration from what was, only makes what to be, that much better. also, something to preserve. i learned to appreciate something new that day.

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IMG_9404the photos below are from laura’s closet. the girl has a wonderland of vintage pieces. i think this is one of my favorite parts of their house. i love how it is all displayed like art work. each piece is unique and has a story to tell.immediately, it makes me want to do a photo shoot.

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the photos below are from laura’s old studio at CU Boulder where she was receiving her master’s degree, teaching, and working.

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you can check out burke’s work here and laura’s here.

thanks guys, for letting me post the inside of your world.

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is it narcissistic to do a curiosity space on my own house? perhaps, but i do find my own house curious. i find it curious how quickly it can become a mess, how fast dishes pile up, how cleaning is so hard for me to start to do. maybe thats why i moved away, so i didn’t have to clean for guests, because i rarely have any. just kidding. i did however think how, really, i am kind of creating my own art residency. i don’t consider myself an “artist”, but maybe one day i would like to. really, i just want to work on the things that make me happy. i felt distracted in LA, and besides my kitty being terribly sick the past week, the distractions are on a much smaller scale here. i have a work room where i can actually set everything out, leave it out to come back to, and just somewhere that feels like i am doing something right.  i think besides my work room, the living room is my favorite. i love the fireplace, although from time to time i feel ultra guilty using so much gas. i love the saddle blanket i found at an antique store down the street (have i mentioned the plethora of antique and thrift stores around here? amazing!) that sits by the fireplace, i love looking out the window and seeing the horses across the street. i did  buy a few new pieces when i got here since i lost all those built-in’s in LA.

the kitchen, has taken some getting use to for me, coming from the one i had in LA which i am pretty sure that one will be hard to beat out for a long time. i don’t have as much storage and i have not been as inspired to cook yet, but i think that will just take some time. i do however, have a lovely window that brings so much light in. i have a few herb plants basking in the sun there ( i need more!!! i do miss my year round garden terribly). i also now have a kitchen table. something i didn’t have at my last place in LA. it doubles as a work space for cooking and general dumping grounds when i walk into the front door.

the bedroom has also become my office. my long desk sits in front of windows that overlook the river. in a way it is kind of nice, not just because of the windows, but because the computer is like having a tv in the bedroom. except, i can’t stream anything because my satellite internet sucks big time, not because it won’t stream, but because it uses too many gb. let me say it again, satellite internet sucks big time! moving on, luckily, all my clothes fit in the closet. however, a pile still generally accumulates on the floor. the bathroom is tiny, but has a claw foot tub. my first home to have one!  the house also comes equipped with a laundry/mud room that leads into the side yard that is fenced in. i have the tiniest little washer and dryer and a place to store all those odds and ends. i haven’t set up the back porch or side yard yet. it’s not that it hasn’t been warm enough, but i think once spring comes around and i can start planting things again, it will be fun to spruce up these areas! so, that will be a post to come a few months from now. i miss having a california yard, not gonna lie. i miss my garden, but i am excited for the prospects of one down the road. i am excited about the seasons,and the changes they bring.

on a  lola update, since many of my friends know about my life through my blog, wink wink, she has a really horrible deep ulcer. it is not cancer, thank god, but we just need to get her to eat. the girl is slowly coming back to herself. it has been such a stressful time for me. lola and wylie are my babies, and its so hard to see her suffer. she seems to be doing well in general though and wylie has been a pretty good boy too, leaving her be and letting me give her attention, for the most part anyway.

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my friends seem to have become such an important part of my blog over the last few months! stacy and allan were kind enough to let me come into their humble abode and photograph it for the second edition of curiosity spaces.

stacy is an artist and a writer, while allan is a comedian, actor, and writer…they live in Hollywood, CA.i spent the afternoon sipping on coffee and taking photos, wylie and steven played, and stacy shared stories behind all the different art, knick knacks, and even the rituals she has before starting a piece. i remember before i ever even met stacy, my friend kate brought me to her house to feed her cat. i was in awe of her art and i felt i wanted to know this person. really, i was kind of jealous of how talented she was. in a good way.  the first time we did meet… we bonded with creativity, sensitivity, and our similar experiences of moving to alabama in our adolescence.  i love her genuine nature, empathy, intelligence, and talent. we always have these deep hearted conversations about life, art, family, and love and always leave each other with a little bit of a kick in our step!

i have been to their house lots, but i have never REALLY looked at the little things floating around in stacy’s studio.  i love how organized her inspiration wall is, the paint chips she has selvaged in a tin lid, how beautiful paint can be in a smuckers jar.  she has many things inspired by her late father and his work as a scientist or his stamp collection or the photo of him with his mentor.  it made me feel like he was always with her in that room. i have no doubt he is.  i love the hair in jars and the homemade cat bed made from cardboard– and her drawing from the artist don nace, poem from friend britta kallevang, postcard from gordon lish, paintings by her dear friends amanda faulkner-barrett and kate purdy, and how proud and inspired they all make her.  i love the huge homemade pillow on their bed and the random 1980’s magazine photo of a family.   i couldn’t narrow the photos down. i never can.  a few months ago, their bedroom ceiling caved in so they had to move their bed into the dining room. the bed ended up staying and they each took a bedroom for a studio. allan has a few photos in the post as well.

there were so many unique and interesting pieces and if i asked, each one had a story behind it. curiosity. not just to me, but to stacy. i like it when people are proud of the things in their house because of the story. maybe someone gave it to you,maybe someone made it for you. maybe the story behind how you acquired it brings back memories, makes you smile, or maybe it even makes you sad. maybe it just makes you feel something. a home is a personal and intimate experience.  it is the place you feel the most comfortable to be yourself…it is safe, at least it should be. photographing stacy’s home and especially studio, felt as though it was her safe place. a place for herself to cherish, inspire, and create.  the process inspired me and provoked my own thoughts realizing that home is where i am the most uninhibited in my own abilities. it allows me to even write this post, afraid of no judgement.

stacy has recently started her blog, revisinglonliness. she looks for art everyday and documents beautiful words that sink right down to your soul.  i highly suggest you follow it! she has also done a lovely post about her experience of having someone photograph her house.  they kind of go hand in hand now!

Stacy Elaine Dacheux spent half her childhood outside Boston, getting beat on by tough girls. The other half was spent outside Birmingham, getting beat on by Southern Baptists. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she gets beat on by life. As a visual artist, she translates handwritten letters into abstract paintings, a collection of which will be traveling to Massachusetts in September. She was a finalist for the Italo Calvino Prize in fiction and an article she co-wrote was noted in The New Yorker‘s “Book Bench.” Past publications include: BUST Magazine, Flavorpill Productions, and Artillery: Killer Text on Art.

i love walking into someone’s house and my curiosity begins to soar.

i love walking into someone’s house when it evokes a feeling.

i left skip’s house last week and was back within 5 days, photographing his world. really, he was my inspiration for this new series.  skip was kind enough to just let me go for it, while his guitar playing accompanied the photo session.  sitting on skip’s porch evokes such a peaceful high, especially at sunset. one of the better spots i have been in los angeles.  his studio is situated above a single family home in the hills near hermon, monterey hills, and garvanza, which are considered subdistricts of highland park. this is one of the things i love about skip… as we were driving to get some food (the oinkster and fusion burger! yum and yum! and two different days mind you), in his “skip” fashion, explains to me these historic regions. being intrigued i did some research (as i am completely fascinated by the history of LA). garvanza was named for garbanzo beans that once flourished there. it was also generally considered the birthplace of the arts and crafts movement of southern california, along with pasadena and south pasadena.

 i think you can tell a lot by a person and the things in their house… what their aspirations are.their passions.the things that they are curious about.  books tell a lot, art, the way things may or may not be strategically placed. i like design, i like tidy spaces, but what i like the most is when the placement of each item is art in itself, yet more than likely…unintentional. that’s what i felt photographing skip’s studio. his passions, knowledge, and creativity have always been intriguing. if you know skip, you love skip.  he is truly, a one of a kind soul…

thanks a bunch skipper!! i will be taking you up on that offer to hang anytime on that porch of yours!

Skip Haswell b.1976, on the Beaver River, PA
son of a cop and nurse
two older sisters
many nieces and nephews
lives in LA
climbs mts
works hard on other peoples movies
artist
musician