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Sydney, 18 months old, rides an inflatable rocking horse in front of a mural Gibb painted. The wooden rocking chair was the same chair Keasler was rocked to sleep in as a baby. His mother saved it all these years and gave it to the couple when Sydney was born.
A collection of framed original drawings and limited-edition stuffed toys complete the room.
This is the couple's favorite room in the house because of the love and consideration put into every last detail. "This is also where we put Sydney to bed every night," says Keasler, "and that is the sweetest thing in the world."
Paper lantern: Midsummer, Tord Boontje; inflatable rocking horse: RodyToy; sofa: Eurway
The couple's art collection is displayed in each room, including this guest room, where original drawings, paintings and photographs decorate every wall. "Beyond just the aesthetic quality, it is incredibly meaningful for us to know that we are supporting artists and the galleries that represent them in our home," Gibb says.
The geometric daybed serves double duty as a guest bed and a comfy spot for afternoon reading. Keasler purchased the hand-carved soapstone chess set on a photo assignment in Kenya.
Photograph: "Portrait of Homeowner," George Krause; colored pencil drawing, Saskia Jorda; watercolor, Jane Almirall; daybed, pillows: West Elm; floor lamps: Ikea
In the dining area, a simple farm table sits below a modern fan. With a baby on the way, the couple says they are trending toward a less-is-more look, which allows their ever-expanding art collection to shine.
A large Labbit Stool brings a bit of humor and pop art to the seating area, and also serves as a booster for little Sydney.
Stool: Labbit Stool with 'Stache, limited edition from kidrobot; table, chairs: Ikea; pilot fan: Home Depot; photographs: Kelli Connell (left wall), Susan Kae Grant (right wall)
The kitchen was the largest renovation project in this 1950s home. Keasler and Gibb completely gutted and replaced everything with budget-friendly Ikea cabinetry and appliances paired with gray Silestone countertops and a dusky blue glass backsplash. The supersize farm sink and the sculptural faucet add whimsy and interest to this sleek and modern space.
Stained glass portrait of Sydney: Maria Sheets
A low platform bed makes the master bedroom seem larger. Keasler was ecstatic when she found the clean-lined bench that fit perfectly into the room's alcove, making the most of an otherwise awkward space.
Gibb replaced the home's original bathroom door with a custom-made frosted glass door, seen at left.
Tree photograph: Misty Keasler; bench: Home Decorator's Collection; rug: The Dump; bedding: West Elm; Baby Makes Three pillow: custom
Gibb created these original toy replicas of himself and Keasler.
"With both of us working in the art world for as long as we have, we have amassed an art collection that has outgrown our wall space, but we have managed to resist the urge to cover every available square inch with artwork," Gibb says. The couple will no doubt continue curating their walls and enjoying living in such a community oriented and culturally diverse city.
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