Who lives here: Kursteen Salter Price, an immunologist; her husband, an endocrinologist; and her two kids, ages 4 and 7
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 2,400 square feet (222 square meters); 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
The loft’s original design consisted of carpeted floors, drywall and MDF finish work. Price tore all that out. The building is a former factory, so there were no load-bearing walls to leave in place.
“Once you tore the walls down,” she says, “the old concrete was great.” She exposed concrete and brick walls, a concrete floor and wooden ceiling beams. She spent days scrubbing paint off the floor, then sealed it with polyurethane. Unhappy with the result, she took the polyurethane off and replaced it with a wax finish. That’s how she’s progressed, one DIY project at a time, learning as she went.
Transparent panels: Varia EcoResin, 3-Form
The key tenets of wabi-sabi include the suggestion of a natural process (seeing the hand of the craftsperson), an appreciation of irregularity (as nature comes to us), and finding beauty in the earthy and imperfect (accepting the cosmic order).
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As for the bed, the whole concept began with some vintage wheels that Price found. She wanted to design an elevated bed with them, so when a friend told her about an abandoned mill selling old, wide-plank sugar pine, an idea struck. She bought some of the wood and designed a bed to incorporate the distinct wheels and wood, and her friend did the woodworking and welding to complete the design.
Transparent panels: Varia EcoResin 3-Form
Paint: milk paint
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