Tuesday, April 18, 2017

House DELIGHT






Today a peek inside the delightful, fresh and fun home of textile maven,  Jenni Li, the owner of Peruvian textiles bazaar Intiearth.




The living area is awash in light and filled with cozy spots to curl up and relax. “The sofa is very comfortable,” Jenni says. “That was a requirement, actually.” To perk up the white space she used soft pinks, including a painting by her friend Meghan Petras and a frazada, or Peruvian rug, from Intiearth, which she draped over the Indian daybed that serves as a coffee table.




A slab of marble previously used for still-life photo shoots was transformed into a rolling kitchen island. Because the house is relatively narrow, Jenni wanted to have the option to move the island rather than install it in a fixed location. “In a small space, it’s really important that you don’t have a lot of things that feel heavy or weighted or cluttered,” she says. “I like a room to feel open and pretty minimalist.”

 


Jenni used colored tape to turn a wall of cabinets into a gallery for her children’s artwork. “It’s always changing,” she says. “We take stuff down and put new stuff up.” A large dreamcatcher from Peru hangs beside a bundle of sage, from Jenni’s farm upstate, which was turned into sage sticks at Son’s birthday party.




“I always try to have an art station for the kids in the central living area,” explains Jenni, who set up a spot for painting and drawing complete with a chalkboard wall. “That is the one kid-friendly aspect that I make sure to integrate in.”




Jenni wanted to keep her home office simple, so she furnished the space with a clean-lined desk and a modern chair. She also installed an inspiration-packed gallery wall filled with photography, paintings, and family snapshots. “I always like big walls of different art,” she says. “Wherever we’ve lived I always try to do a collage of artwork.”



Peruvian frazadas—just a few of Jenni’s colorful wares—are stacked in the office closet and laid on the floor.



One of Jenni’s favorite pieces in the house is the portrait of family and friends that hangs in a hallway above a vintage Chinese chest. “It just kind of captured everybody so perfectly,” she says.



The family’s dog, Noa, relaxes in the master bedroom amid cozy alpaca pillows and throws that Jenni sourced for Intiearth. “I always use white linen for the bed,” Jenni says. “It’s just so clean and soothing. It feels great in winter and summer, and I think it looks even prettier when it’s wrinkly.” She scored the settee for $100 and recovered it in a natural linen.



Twin beds line a wall in Son and Harmony’s room. “That was the best way to fit them in the space,” she says. “I’m not into bunk beds, and I feel that it promotes brotherly bonding.” She also installed shelves above each bed for toys and books. “They do their own curating on their bookshelf.”



Orange fouta towels and a geometric rug add a splash of color to the kids’ bathroom.