This Boulder couple have mastered the art of turning a house into a home.
For Wendy and Joshua Talmon, it’s not an easy feat to define their interior style.
It’s definitely part mid-century modern — they were careful to keep the integrity and the feel of their 1969-built home — but it’s also eclectic. You’ll find pieces from flea markets, from Wendy’s grandparents home, and from CB2 — but it’s also minimalist — clean lines and bright white dominate the space’s interior.
“As far as our design, it’s hard to find good words to describe us,” Wendy says.
But it might just be the couple’s unwillingness to stick to one “style” just for the sake of decorating that makes this house feel like a home the second you walk in. Instead of focusing on their style, these two artistic Boulderites focused on their gut feelings: their likes and dislikes, pieces with sentimental value, and the pieces that made sense for a family home with young kids running around.
Those pieces with sentimental value are running throughout the house. In the main living area are two chartreuse chairs from Wendy’s grandparent’s house (yes, with the original fabric) that their 12-year-old puggle Darla can often be found perched on, surveying nine-year-old Maddoc as he plays, and Wendy and Joshua can name where every piece of furniture came from — yes, every piece.
“Wendy and I are always looking for something that is meaningful. We don’t just go down the road and by something; we wait and find the exact right thing,” Joshua says. “We like that there are meanings behind all the things we have.”
When walking around the bright, airy space, it’s hard not to feel at ease. Wendy and Joshua were initially drawn to the house for it’s unusual and striking angles, and it’s light (the deck has picturesque views of the foothills). Such angularity could easily become a designing burden, but Wendy and Joshua took the challenge in stride. A perfect example is the kitchen island, that has a slab of walnut on the end that is at a 100-degree angle — matching the wall at the back of the kitchen. It makes for a unique but subtle addition to the room.
Perhaps the thing that really makes this house a home is how easily the family lives in the space, and that’s no accident.
“When we first moved in we knew we wanted to do the reno, but we wanted to live here first,” Wendy explains. “We wanted to see how we used the space. Living here helped us realize what we would use and what we needed to change.”
Wendy Talmon is a Boulder-based fiber artist and stylist. Check out her work on WanderTree.com, @wandertreeco.