warm earth tones introduce color into the space yet blend nicely
with the industrial details. "I needed to close off my
office from the main living area. I did not want it to look
normal," says homeowner Mary Ann Matter. "So we
thought if we had to have a door we might as well make it a
piece of art," adds interior designer Theresa Vaughan. Sean
P. Wiler of Scathaian Collective came up with the idea.
Mary Ann Matterís Elm Grove condo is a little like walking into a
homey Iron Horse Hotel. "I absolutely love the hotel," says
Matter. "When we came here we wanted to capture that vibe."
To fulfill her dream, Matter hired Theresa Vaughan of Forte Design,
John McWilliam, owner of Scathain Collective, and Jennifer Espenscheid
of Soma Gallery.
The team started
the project in 2008 and it took nearly two years to complete. "It
was a white box, so everything in here, Jennifer, John, Theresa and
myself created," explains Matter.
of traditional shelves for the hallway nook, Vaughan opted for a
set of three forged metal sculptures by Global Views.
Itís all in
the details and perfection takes time. After consulting with Matter
regarding her vision, Vaughan found Scathain and the rest is history.
"I kept him busy for a whole year, all he did was this
project," says Matter. Scathainís touches are everywhere
including the steel moulding around the windows, the majority of the
case goods, antique mirrors, light fixtures and details added to the
furniture. Some of the furniture pieces were also designed and
constructed by Scathain craftsmen.
designerís dream when you not only have a client, but an artisan
that can create exactly what you want," says Vaughan.
the country out of these baskets," was the instruction
Matter gave McWilliam when she handed him the baskets that she
wanted to hang adjacent to her kitchen. Chris Leslie of Scathain
Collective designed the iron rods which the baskets hang on.
space she now calls home is a definitive step in Matterís personal
expression, but she also incorporates vintage finds in every room.
"I love that mix of old and new. I love anything vintage,"
says Matter. She already had an array of antique cameras and a
typewriter, but they rounded out her collection with a trip to
Antiques on Second. She adds that the personal items remind her of her
grandparentís bungalow on 60th Street.
The result is a
palate of unique design, warm muted tones and the perfect place for
Matter and her English Bulldog Tula to live.
Espenscheid of Soma Gallery created five original pieces for the
condo including the painting in the dining room. Flux Design
made the frames for the painting. "Every piece tells a
story," says Matter. The flooring throughout the main
living area is Anderson Virginia Vintage Stout Red Oak flooring
from Georgia that was hand scraped by inmates at a prison.
"They get paid and part of the money goes to the victim of
the crime they committed and the other part goes into a bank
account for when they are released from prison. They get to
learn a skill and earn some money," says Matter.
half wall in the kitchen was removed to make way for a large
island with seating. Most people think of adding storage space
to a kitchen, but Matter chose to redesign the space by removing
the pantry and adding a cupboard on the side. Juparana Persia
granite and mushroom-colored cabinets blend nicely with the
stainless steel appliances and 9.5-inch brushed stainless pulls.
McWilliam applied antique silvering to the mirror above the
sink. The fixture is from Restoration Hardware.
settee was custom built by McWilliam and Vaughan had it
upholstered to achieve the vintage look they were going for.
"We pulled the colors from the antique rug," Vaughan
says. "We designed the coffee table so it would have a
shelf. I wanted it sleek and modern," says Vaughan. The
underlying shelf is completely open so paperwork and magazines
can be tucked away.
Collective constructed a wall display for Matterís antiques.
Steve Sheer built custom frames for the vintage photos he found
to match the wood piece. "I love lines and architectural
detail. This vignette captures all of that in a beautifully
vintage way," Matter says.