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A curator of eclectic details. A collector of purposeful things. My father's mother.

Meet Joyce. 

 

A mid-century modernist at heart, Joyce paints with a palette of neutrals. She turns, for the most part, to brass, wood, black, and cream. But her true guiding rules are purpose and taste, not rubric or brand, so she never shies away from a pop of color where it fits.

 

Joyce appreciates the imperfections of hammered brass and speckled ceramics. A mirror should be tarnished by time; a basket, woven by hand. Imperfections add character, and Joyce’s home is a story—meant to be filled with originality, singularity, and spark.


 
 
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Every object is a chance to be unique.


 
 
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“I like to have space to spread my mind out in”

—Virginia Woolf

 
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Joyce fills her home with tiny details (a brass bird here, a pressed flower there) because in those details, there is life.


 

Neutrals naturally declutter, freeing Joyce to fill her home with the common-yet-uncommon items she loves to collect. Joyce gravitates towards these simple objects because she sees beauty in the mundane. She listens to the story an object has to tell—Who owned it? Who sold it? Who made it?—and assembles these fragments of life into her own unique mosaic.


 
 
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Joyce is a traveller. She lived in Saudi Arabia for ten years and spent much of her life adventuring throughout Asia. Like a true romantic, she subsumed its aesthetic into her soul. Arabesque patterns and small souvenirs wind their way through Joyce’s home. From Moroccan baskets to Japanese brass spoons, Joyce’s present space brims with stories from her past.


 
 
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Joyce collects with intention, methodically gathering objects that tell uncommon stories and curating them with sophisticated ease. Joyce owns a bar of soap from every hotel she's visited and a broom from every country she's traveled to. She has a wall of rugs and a coffee table made of pottery shards. Joyce looks at the world differently and it influences her space. Where others might see mundanity, Joyce sees an opportunity for art.


 
 
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Joyce is a ceramicist and gardener. Her home is full of artwork and living things. Unique vases and bursts of green brighten every shelf, and even the tools she uses appear curated. Joyce has always been drawn to hobbies that require patience and attention because she strives to live intentionally, with purpose and serene delight.


 
 
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“The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) of which we have no inkling.”

—Marcel Proust

 
 

This is what I want.
Here is who I am.


 
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Joyce knows exactly who she is—and she isn’t afraid to make her personality or preferences known. She is blunt and straightforward in life, and she expresses her thoughts in both conversation and art. The rooms of her house hum, from every corner, “This is me. This is my story.”

 
 
 

 

Balanced and clean. Scandinavian blood. My mother's mother. 

Meet Lucille.

 

Lucille is daring and independent. She grew up in a country town and married young, but her husband passed away far too early on. Rather than date again after her loss, Lucille chose to break from her small life and travel the world. Now, pins marking the places she’s been cover the map on her wall.

 

A daring and independent woman deserves a daring and independent style—and at first glance, Lucille has this down. Her style is sharp, minimalist, and modern: black and white on the whole, with touches of rosier neutrals. But while Lucille appreciates this bold palette for its clean simplicity, she herself is not so easy to pin down.


 
 
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“I felt in need of a great pilgrimage, so I sat still for three days.”

—Hafiz

 
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Her style, likewise, is a fantastic blend. The product of both comfort and adventure, Lucille’s true aesthetic balances coziness with nerve. For every monotone pattern, there is an element of surprise. And for every simple comfort, there is a smiling, challenging twist.


 
 
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At University, Lucille wrote many love letters. When she eventually singled out her husband-to-be from among the correspondents, it was as much for the ease of his pen as the sincerity of his heart.

 

Letter-writing has always been important to Lucille. It was a way to stay connected with family during her travels, and the starkness of black words on white paper appeals to her on a purely visual level. Its balance of warmth and distance suits her Swedish life philosophy of lagom.


Lagom är bäst  The right amount is best


 
 
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“I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”

—Mark Twain

 
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Lucille is a balance of contradictions. She is mild yet feisty—a warm-hearted farm girl with a traveler’s Cosmopolitan reserve. She appreciates basic shirts with surprising ruffles and the edgy simplicity of clean black lines.


 
 
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Though Lucille keeps her space minimalist and monochromatic, a balance of textures brings a casual coziness to the starkness of modern Scandinavian design. Lacy details and tarnished antiques relax too-perfect spaces with old-fashioned charm. Modest luxuries like sheepskin soften stiffer silhouettes, and homey basics like linen and knits keep the mood familiar and light. Simple, well-designed glassware adds a feeling of clean elegance, and rough ceramics and classic woodcuts help bring that elegance down to earth.

 

The result of balancing all these contradictions is a warm and welcoming home. Open spaces invite visitors in, and calm neutral tones press them to unwind and breathe deep. Unexpected details pop out from every pattern, and the occasional flush of dusty rose winks of something playful in the air.


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Breaking a pattern—


 
 
 
 
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Lucille delights in blending the comfort of the familiar with the cheerful charm of the unexpected. She sweeps up measured precision in soft spontaneity so that, like the paradox of Japanese brushstroke art, her world is a strange dance of geometric structure and organic flow.  


 
 
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In Lucille’s view, the best design is clean and basic yet somehow new. She loves hints of metallic in unforeseen spots, and prefers a shape that is simple yet somehow just off. There is, eternally, a glimmer of laughter behind her calm eyes, which wait for you to notice her subtle aesthetic rebellion.

 
 

“In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth.”

—Patti Smith

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