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Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

August 3, 2009

Hello everyone. Today begins a two week series on decor8, A Few Of My Favorite Things, where you will find several guests who will share with you things in their home that they love along with other miscellaneous loves — from the best advice they’ve been given to favorite movies and music. Along with this series, I’ll be popping my head in from time to time to say hello as I travel. So without further ado, here’s my first guest — Jason from Rag & Bone….

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Rag & Bone Bindery

Auf Wiedersehen Holly and Hello fabulous Decor8 readers! Holly is preparing to go on her way to new digs and a new life in Germany and we wish her luck and look forward to all the discoveries from her new home.

My name is Jason Thompson. I’m the father of two, founder of the bookbinding studio Rag & Bone Bindery and author of “Making Journals by Hand” and the forthcoming “Playing With Books: Upcycling, Recycling and Re-Imaginging the Book“. Here are a few photos of favorite things from my home in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Our loft is located above Rag & Bone Bindery, making our morning commute a quick one. The two story brick building was constructed in 1900 and renovated for the bindery and living space in 2004. My wife Ilira and I live with our spirited three year old son Ian, and our endlessly creative eight year old daughter Faye. When Holly asked me to photograph favorite things in our home, I picked up the camera and started photographing. But I soon realized however that I don’t really have too many favorite “things” as in “stuff”. But I do have an appreciation for the abundance of light in the loft, the open space, the room to create and run around. I don’t think I can take a picture of “creativity”, but here are a few photos of the place we call home where we like to create, design, live and play.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Overall view. I like this view because it shows the open floor plan of the loft. We can watch the kids while we put dinner together or share a drink with friends. Pictured is a twelve foot farmhouse style dining table designed by a local woodworker using workbenches salvaged during renovation. Also an oak pew purchased from a church prior to demolition and lots of room to run around in.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

This is the view looking in from the roof deck. We keep these barn doors open 24/7 in the spring and summer, except when it rains. The indoor-outdoor feel gives us a little bit of nature in our otherwise industrial wasteland neighborhood.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Our kitchen sits on a three foot platform giving us a view of the loft where we can watch the kids play.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

One thing we couldn’t live without is art. Most of the pieces were created by ourselves or by friends. Art by Teesha Moore, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Anahata Katkin, Sonny Rolle, Brett Cortesi, Kristen Sollenberger, my wife Ilira, myself and others.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Light! It’s one thing you can’t pay for, beautiful sunlight spring, summer, winter and fall. I think natural light inspires our kids to want to create more – paint, draw and build. It also makes us happy. Especially on cold winter days.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

BEFORE AND AFTER…Friends & Family. If there’s one thing we love about our comfortable home, it’s sharing it with friends & family. We’re inspired by art and design, a lot of which we come across perusing the internet. Art, personal and decorating blogs are where we get our ideas, not jsut for decorating – we don’t think of our house as ‘decorated’ – but also for art & projects which become a part of our home. We unplugged our TV a few years ago (we still watch once and a while, we’re not luddites) which gives us more time to create together with our kids. We’re inspired by food. A friend told us recently that her favorite kind of food was “growing food”, and we agree! We signed up for a community garden plot nearby and grew lots of vegetables for the first time this year. Now that our kids are a little older, they can help in the kitchen too. We didn’t know how much our daughter would love grating carrots until we asked her one day. No TV also gives us time to listen to music, as does the convenience of wireless iTunes.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Oh yeah, one last thing that inspires us: Toys! You’re never too old to play with toys.

Good luck Thorsten & Holly! – Jason Thompson

(images: jason thompson)

Guest Bloggers

Welcome Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise!

January 18, 2008

I’m happy to announce that Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise will be dropping as our West Coast Correspondent contributing a post or two each week! Vanessa was blogging for our friends over at AT-LA for the last two years but with her being such a busy lady between client work, her new retail store (she moved!), and maintaining her own blog, she decided to reduce her online time so that she can continue to grow and expand her design practice and store in Los Angeles. Since Apartment Therapy is looking for daily bloggers, she decided to come over to decor8 and hang out with us for awhile on a very part-time basis. You can look out for 1-2 posts authored by her that will appear weekly on Fridays in addition to my own. Welcome, Vanessa!

Welcome Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise! Here’s an ad campaign that she appeared in for retail giant IKEA last year.

Welcome Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise!A few beautiful rooms that Vanessa designed (above).

To read an interview that I had with Vanessa in 2006 click here.

What would you like to see? Below I’ve listed some topics that Vanessa suggested covering. Your input will help us to ensure that what she writes you will both enjoy and benefit from. What would you like to see/not see?

* Tours of new stores and showrooms in LA
* Highlight store openings and events in LA
* Interview the design tastemakers of Los Angeles
* Showcase her firms interior design projects that will include “where to find it” detailed information.

What interests you?

(images from vanessa de vargas)

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