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Fortney's home showcases original artwork from friends and family, and some she created herself, such as the artwork above the dining table. "The photographs are a triptych of my girlfriend, Anna, who volunteered to be my model," she explains. "I was going for a vintage '70s Vogue [style]."
Rug: Vegetable-dyed Afghan rug from the Alameda flea market; table: Ikea; white leather chairs: imported from Finland
The buttery cream paint color was Fortney's way of infusing the space with a bit of a New England feel. "I don't mind throwing in a New England reference into a modern, loftlike interior," she says. "My focus was to maintain a spacious feel, a place where both furnishings and art can breathe."
The master bedroom is still incomplete, with a slipcover headboard and a George Nelson pendant on order. But "this article has resulted in a purchase of a big, beautiful new painting in our bedroom," says Fortney. The abstract is also by Angela Tirrell. "I asked her to bring something over for the photo shoot," Fortney recalls, "and then decided that I couldn't live without it!" The prayer bench against the wall was acquired from one of Fortney's trips to Nepal.
The top shelf in Fortney's home office, from where she maintains her blog, displays a portrait in oil that artist Caitlynn Booth did of her; it was part of a larger exhibit of portraits. "The fan is circa 1940s, and the lamp is very now, from Target," says Fortney. The top-down, bottom-up shade is made of the same natural woven fabric as the living room shades.
Bamboo shades: Woven Woods Plus
Fortney, seen here with her husband, loves to entertain and says that their favorite place to hang out at home is without a doubt their built-in bar. "I'm always throwing a party," she says. "The last one was a Mad Men cocktail party. The open floor plan we created is the perfect arena for small or large groups of people."
The couple had a steel frame made with a long leg section that was bolted into the wall. "One of my 200-pound workers stood on the bar — that's how strong it is," she says. Fortney's stepdad, who used to design race cars for Lotus, came up with the bar design; lacquer car paint was used for the bar finish.
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