A California Home That Makes a Case for Turquoise Furniture
07.23.18

As with clothes, the way you decorate a room expresses your personality. In its most ideal form, it signals to guests how you interpret yourself. In this round of Real Cool People, Real Cool Apartments, we check out the Sausalito, CA home of Man Repeller community member Emily Reaman. Our intentions behind the creeping: to learn what she’s all about.

What do you like about the neighborhood? 

We love Sausalito! Lush hillsides with beautiful flowering trees, breathtaking Bay views and an eclectic community of artists make this little gem of a town a very special place. There is a storied and salty old soul to Sausalito that we hope never changes.

Who do you live with?

My husband Skye.

What did you think about when decorating? 

We enjoy surrounding ourselves with things that we love – antiques passed down to us, meaningful finds from our travels, pieces of art we’ve either collected or Skye has made. Over the years, the decor has evolved organically with lots of color and a mix of styles that we appreciate. We are both creative people and approach our home like a working canvas. We are constantly adding and editing, but the environment always needs to inspire us and feel comfortable.

What do you do for work?

I work in PR and Skye is a designer and artist.

If we were a fly on the wall of your home for a weekend, what would we typically see?

Art projects! Perhaps Skye taking over every square inch of the kitchen with his Sumi ink block printing or painting pots in the garden, or me rearranging our art wall.

What do you think your home says about you? And how do you want visitors to feel when they walk into it?

I think our home says that we share many of the same passions and interests – it really feels like a reflection of who we are. We always want visitors to feel inspired and curious, and we love sharing the stories behind certain pieces.

Where is your favorite place in your home and why?

I love the loft bedroom area because the morning light is so calming. From our bed, we can also watch the thick fog descend over the hills and it’s magical.

What are your favorite home “scores”? 

Our dining table belonged to my parents when they first got married. They loved hosting dinner parties so the table has seen its share of laughs and spills. My (now) teal bedroom dresser has not only been a rainbow of hues, but it also moved with me from New York to California, and holds a lot of memories. Our art easel was made by Skye’s grandmother who used it while studying under the artist Clyfford Still. The large art wall is composed of pieces that Skye has made (even a few he drew as a kid), as well sentimental photos, vintage prints and keepsakes, like our wedding invitation.

What’s something about your home you want to change?

I wish we could completely overhaul the kitchen and bathrooms. These spaces are not our style, but they are functional and we are renters, so for now we make the best of it.

What’s something you’ve been looking for forever but still have yet to find?

I would love to find an interesting woven pendant lamp to put over the dining table. Right now we have a fixture that Skye made out of driftwood pieces we gathered together at the beach.

Where do you look for decorating inspiration?

I always appreciated the way my parents decorated combining their collections of modern art and antiques, although I would say that Skye and I inject a lot more color!. We draw a lot of ideas from our travels, but I don’t think there is any single standout source. We both enjoy scouring design books and magazines, and of course social media provides limitless eye candy. We like to try new approaches with our decor, and if something doesn’t work, we play around with another idea. We try to have fun.

What’s the best piece of decorating wisdom you’ve ever heard?

Appreciate what you have. We certainly don’t have the most perfectly designed apartment, but everything we own and the way we “live” with it is meaningful to us.

Photos by Esteban Cortez.

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