Houzz TV: This Maker‘s Home Makes Everything OK

Houzz TV: This Maker‘s Home Makes Everything OK

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Houzz TV: This Maker‘s Home Makes Everything OK

Woodworker and artist Aleksandra Zee’s current gallery exhibition is titled Everything Will Be OK. And when you step inside her San Francisco, California, home, which she shares with musician-boyfriend Antrom Kury and their dog, Jack, you get that all-is-well feeling. The serene, mostly white space is only subtly interrupted by natural wood accents, faded colors and mementos she has collected on her travels through the Southwest desert landscapes she loves.

The calming space at home inspires Zee’s creativity in her studio in Oakland, across San Francisco Bay. Zee works almost exclusively with reclaimed redwood lath to make her symmetrical geometric art. Both her home and studio, featured in the latest episode of Houzz TV, highlight Zee’s sunny disposition and easy assurance that, indeed, everything will be OK.

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Julie Blesener
Love the light. And those little hats above the dog's bed!
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Liz H
I love this apartment! What a calm, comfortable space! When I saw the photo of the kitchen, I thought to myself, "Is this the BEFORE picture?" I'm so glad it wasn't! Anybody with a ton of money can hire contractors or designers to make a state-of-the-art kitchen. It takes cleverness and a good eye to make the most of what you already have.
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agardnerdesign
What a lovely couple- it is reflected in their home. Cookies to Jack too!
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licd08
Thanks for sharing your home for all of us to see..it's beautifully designed.
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Becky
I love this apartment! Reminds me of my hippie days in San Diego. That macramé is amazing! Any idea where it is from?
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loolabelle
Yes. Intentional and personal design. I especially like the bedroom. Jack's hats- wonderful!
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loolabelle
Ah. Calm. Nice.
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Gini Pritchett
I love this house! It looks so authentic.
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Studio Dearborn

That is one cute dog bed!

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annpossis

It's all wonderfully personal and calming...I especially like the kitchen counters and the banquette...always wanted one. Nicely done! p.s. Jack is adorable. :)

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Lynn G

LOVE that original vintage kitchen...

Was thinking today about the one I obliterated in my prior condo, costing me 10's of 1,000's of dollars - most of which I lost when I sold it. My mind was going around all sorts of ways I could have expanded the limited storage with shelves, drop-down counter extention, etc, and wish I had been more creative to make the original work. The final reno and open floor plan was nice, but in many ways not worth it. I hope to have another opportunity in the future to find a nice vintage kitchen and maximize it rather than obliterate it.


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jpdorleans
Prize for the most unusual use of a Black and Decker Workmate I've seen to date!
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wvspinner
Your home is so calming. I think my blood pressure lowered just looking at the photos. Thank you so much for sharing!
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Elaine Musiwa
Love the textiles!! Goodness.
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tshome

What a cute couple. And she is so right about it being better to have a few things you love than a lot of meaningless things. For me, the problem is that somehow I start accumulating meaningless things again and I have to constantly work at getting rid of stuff.

Maybe if I could get over that shopping bug?

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Colleen Rockwell
How ' bout the boobies on the bed pillows!
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Sue S
Their home tells a story: it's about the people who inhabit the space. While it's completely not my taste, I love it - that's because they took risks, and made their home a definition of them as human beings. Great story!
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peggo

they're as cute as their house

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iowavette

The basket of photos is inspired!

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Pristine Acres

Great article, thanks for sharing!

   
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goodewyfe

What a great apartment. That kitchen is fabulous. For all of the people who don't like a white kitchen and think white = modern, this is what an old fashioned kitchen looks like. It is off white/cream color with the accent being color tile counters. I remember seeing kitchens like that in Los Angeles apartments built in the 1930's.

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victoran

Love the peace and charm of this home, but where do they do their art? It was mentioned they both are artists. The apt . has no room.

   
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Peg
Really love this. Precisely because it's "not my taste" - it's theirs and it's meaningful to them. But I certainly appreciate both the individual design elements and the final results. Really wonderful space! Congrats!
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spuraway

As the saying goes ,,,,, Do what you love and love what you do.

Nice profile.

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Bearcubus

Nice. Right on. Good luck.

   
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deecarlita
Amazing art. I love it when artists hit their stride.

Note to Houzz: Please let's not lose the distinction between antique and vintage.
   
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Celine Hautefaye
I agree with the apartment's philosophy!! thanks to the white walls and the little touch of colors and materials we can really feel peaceful in an apartment like that!! I love the furniture a bit vintage and the wood ones it seem that they come out off a past life!!
   
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Architectural Notice

I have seen Houzz Tours where the homeowners obviously spent a lot of money on designing, building and decorating their ideal home and I have seen Houzz Tours where the owners or renters obviously didn't spend a lot of money. The thing in common, and the reason I enjoy the Houzz Tours so much, is that everyone, regardless of their financial status, made their space an expression and extension of their own individuality and personality.

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Sue S
I usually don't like all white houses, but this one works! They designed an unpretentious space and you can see their personalities through the within the design choices, I really love the vintage kitchen - I get tired of the stainless steel all granite approach.

And thank you Houzz for showing a "normal" home for a change. I find that many times the featured homes are not even close to being affordable to many readers.
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marykal

Such a wonderful young woman who has chosen to follow her dream and it is paying off. Beautiful artwork that speaks to the soul!

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taraleighg

Aleksandra, this is a beautiful expression of you and how you are in touch with your world. Very inspiring! The white of the walls bounces the light around, but it does not feel cold and sterile because you have used live plants, texture,and wood to ground each space. I agree that having less if often having more… because in the quiet times it's where you have the mental space to explore…and be in touch with your most unique and human ideas. I love that you stuck to your passion and your woodwork is beautiful! I love the variation in wood color and how you used opposing patterns, that end up being uniform. Most of all, I love the video and how it shows a cute young couple and their dog really enjoying spending time together doing the things they love.

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Floorworks Flooring America

I want to plan a family vacation and come visit your studio. I really think you would inspire my daughter and I would love a piece of your work in my home! Lovely to connect with you Aleksandra! You are a breathe of fresh air for sure! Keep up the beautiful work!

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marmarmish

Very inspiring story. Love her work!

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Lauren Schreiber

Love your work and your idea of just focusing on a couple important home decor items and building from there. Such an inspiration!

   
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ohsuyque

I love, love, love this apartment. I also live in an apartment and am on a mission to simplify my space and only include items that are meaningful to me. I find it restful. You have done a wonderful job decorating or should I say "undecorating" your space. I love the white walls, and all the light. I admire you for pursuing your dreams and I would love to own a piece of your work for my own walls.

   
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marsia

I like how the colors are like modern Scandinavian design with whites, wood, and a few colors for accent. And it is so nice to see that if the rooms are simple, the forms of objects shine, even if the objects aren't expensive. Nice to see homey, affordable, and creative - I really love when houzz showcases artist's spaces!

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Miguel Romero

Great work! Loved the art work you created and style, and your dog is so cute looks like my dog Buzzby

   
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R.Preston Burrill, craftsman

Keep up the great work; you are an artist and a great craftswoman, one woodworker to another my hats off to you.......

   
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chases27

I was moved to tears...... Your story is inspiring especially for someone of your age. Most twenty somethings that I know are very impatient and want instant gratification. Your patience in producing a piece of artwork and the calm of your private life is a gift...

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David

Love the advice to only hang onto 1 or 2 special pieces of furniture and build your home around those.

   
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manonvc

Love the boobie pillow, the dog, their apartment and her art work is magnificent!! I wish her all the success that she deserves!!

   
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Tanya Hudson
Neat, easy, simple
   
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Jen

After watching her, I feel very calm, so I can imagine herself when she is in her environment how she feels. Sheer talent!

   
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Maya L
Thank you for sharing your home with us. It's comfortable, warm and welcoming. Love the decor!
   
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feddylema
what a wonderful creative piece of art
   
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thepapertattoo

Congratulations to you Aleksandra! Looks like you're living the dream lady:)

I'm envious of your spaces and inspired by what you're doing with them...

Thanks for sharing.

~ Jess

The Paper Tattoo

   
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Mary Bugg

What model of miter saw and nailer do you use? I have been wanting to ask someone who uses tools for "making" - not too little or too much power, also with the power packs. This info would be greatly appreciated - I am inspired to create wooden things but holding back for fear of investing in the wrong tools... Thanks!

   
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jddeneen

Hi Aleksandra, I really appreciate your work. I just want to express my concern for you in your shop; the videos show you using the mitre box and nail gun without ear protection and holding the material in a way that puts your fingers too close to the blade. My husband has been a carpenter for almost 40 years and his hearing has been impacted as a result of not using ear protection faithfully ("it's too hard to put it on and off, I need all my senses when I'm working" etc.); please invest in some really good ear protection (not just ear plugs). Also, please take some time to learn how to place your hands for maximum safety around power equipment; your hands and fingers are way too close to the blades and your hand placement on your pieces when using the nail gun is unsafe and is putting you at risk of injury. You mentioned you have been working independently for a year; if you want this to be a career, please take every precaution to work safely and to protect your body. My congratulations to you for taking the 'risk' to be independent and my best wishes to you for a long and successful career. Sincerely.

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taraleighg

Aleksandra, I am just taking a wild guess, but if I had to guess your astrological sign, I would bet you are a Taurus :D. Easy going, earthy, loves woods and texture...honest to yourself, a lovely calm elegant home and a loyal and calm vibe you share with your boyfriend.


   
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circadesign

Nice work Aleksandra.

   
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neeenbean
Love the space and the pup too! One thing I couldn't help notice was the American flag; the union/blue field should always be hung on the upper left. Thanks for sharing your wonderful space!
   
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imho22

What a wonderful video that shows the artist at her work space and her home space and the continuity between the two. Love the artwork and the vision; all the best to you, Aleksandra, and thank you for sharing your spaces and your philosophy with us!

   
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Alexandra Rae Design

Very cool and inspirational. I love her work and her living space. Just discovered these videos. Great job Houzz

   
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janetwhisler

Love your exhibit title "Everything Will Be Okay". That is comforting and peaceful in itself just like your art work and living space.

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Sustainable Kitchens

Great video! Really gets at the heart of who Aleksandra is. The interiors definitely reflect the eclectic bohemian style. Love it! - Olga

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Linds Boughton
I love the minimalist look with personality signature of the habitants. On her book, I used to say that line that "all will be well" till a Buddhist friend reminded that "all IS well".
   
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jkchandy

Wonderful video and story! Not only is a fascinating piece about their apartment but also inspiring about Aleksandra's Creative passion

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hounoc

Lots to like here. Small details like the fresh, pale blue tile trim on the counter-top in the kitchen, the funny pillow case, the hats on the wall big and small and my favourite, the basket of photos (thanks for this fabulous idea) are all lovely touches. The bench and desk are beautiful too.

   
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mylobrien33
Love this space. Everything does seem ok with no clutter and cherished pieces