One of my favorite things about my job is getting to “peek” inside people’s houses. Not because I’m weird, but because I always love seeing how people take furniture, accessories, art, collections and general stuff and make them their own. How they give all that stuff their personality. Tamar‘s home is one of those houses with personality. Tamar and her family moved from Israel to Vermont a few years ago, and she agreed to let us in:
Rooms and Words: How long have you lived in this house?
Tamar Schechner: We have been living here for 7 years, what started out as a temporary rental while we look for our dream home ended up being permeant when the owners decided to sell 5 months into our lease and we didn’t want to have to move the kids to a new school again…
Did you have a plan or scheme for the decor or did it just come together gradually?
No plan at all and it was all very gradual, the first thing we did was remove yellow wallpaper from the living room and masses of dark curtains that covered all the windows…then we painted everything a shade of linen white including the boys rooms, bedroom and bathrooms except for the big pink wall in the entrance and an orange wall at the end of the bedroom hallway, I now want to paint that back wall black and get some funky wallpaper for the big wall in the entrance.
I absolutely love the mix of white, patterns, old, new etc – do you have any tips for that?
My taste is very eclectic, I love to mix old and new, vintage and modern and throw a touch of ethnic into the mix….I feel that white walls are necessary since we have a lot of art and I love to create art walls and vignettes, the white background gives me a sense of calm.
Can you tell me about one color combo you love that exists in your decor and what you like about it?
The back wall in the kitchen is massive and it’s also the way out into the kitchen garden and back yard, we painted the door a geranium red that has since faded and now I really love it! I have a huge painting that my mother, Nora Frenkel, who was a wonderful artist painted in yellows and I love to mix flowers from the garden and put them in little vases on the ledge in the kitchen and when the door is open in the summer all those colors blend together! I adore that color combination…
How does your home reflect your (and your family’s) personality?
Our home is very laid back most of our furniture is either thrifted and repurposed and painted of found on Craigslist like the white Ikea couches in the living room, every room has many functions, my studio is where all the products I design for Nest Pretty Things (my home based company) are designed and made, it’s in the dining room and occupies the whole back wall, the dining table is the heart of our home and doubles up as a work table for my assistant, the living room is also the family room and my husband’s home office when he is not out filming (he is a cinematographer), it’s also were we hang out as a family and with our friends, the family room downstairs is also the TV room and the kids space, there is always an extra bed made up in the one of the bedrooms since we have tons visitors from Israel and from the USA and the kids come home from college on the weekends and bring friends, it can get a little hectic and messy and crazy sometimes…but we love it!…I would say the house is definitely a reflection of our living style…
Thanks, Tamar, for letting us in! I’m curious, does your house reflect your personality?