Happy Monday! Isn't great to start off the week with a little bit of artistic inspiration? The uber-creative home of artist Hilary Pfeifer is certainly a great place to start! Owner of the Portland-based store Bunny With a Tool Belt, her remarkably inventive uses of recycled and found materials lend such personality in her work and in her home! Knowing we're all voyeurs at heart she has generously agreed to walk Design^Sprout readers through her home. Watch the Superbowl Online.
"I use a ton of found objects in my work (above) and alter them until you don't recognize the original form as easily. They come from thrift stores and some of Portland's great reused art supply and building materials stores, which I scour on a regular basis."
"I saved covers from the New Yorker Magazine for a few years to get enough to
paper a wall in my foyer. It was inspired by my grandmother's farmhouse, where
covers from the Saturday Evening Post were decoupaged onto a cabinet in the
bathroom. I put a few layers of varathane on top and then hooks so I can hang
wet raincoats and my cloth shopping bags near the door and out of the living room."
"This is the stained glass window I designed and had made for my front door.
I chose various pieces of glass from the scrap bin at a local glass shop, all
with white, and a simple helvetica-esque font for the lettering."
"An ikea bookshelf lets me alternate square cubbies of books with some of my
favorite art objects."
"A sitting area off the kitchen. We are planning on finding a great breakfast
table for this space, but right now I love having this couch here because the
light is fantastic!"
"One of many lights I own by artist/friend Daniel Sadler. A year or so before his
death, he started this series of houses where he took photographs of actual
buildings and transfered them to paper lamps. He told me that this one was taken
of various walls of a children's music school in New Orleans. He loved this building
so much that he returned the next day to take more pictures and the building was
"There are a billion cupboards in this room, so I decided to paint the walls a
pale greenish yellow, and then randomly choose others to paint brown, kind of
like a Mondrian painting. The fridge is covered with a series of cards I
made last year when I turned 40 and decided to list 40 things I'd
always wanted to do in the hopes that I'd tick down the list before I
"Here's the only shot of the dining room I'll release right now! It's a quilt I made
years ago from my family's huge record collection. I don't have a turntable and
was in the middle of a transitional year, so I decided to use the Log Cabin
pattern to show a series of labels that trace my musical influences,
from my grandfather's 78's through my mother's albums like Bob Dylan
and Carole King, to my 45s like Rick James' Funkytown and Elvis
"The downstairs bathroom is quite small and so I decided to paint it electric
colors and keep my collection of glow-in-the-dark things there. It's fun at night,
when the blacklight does its magic!"
"This box holds a lot of smaller objects, waiting for their second life! Here's one of the pieces I have already completed for the September show--a shiva-like plant with unusual blossoms at the tips."