Goodrich began building her Swans Island home in the early 1980s. She was just 19 years old, and she had just lived through the recession of the ’70s. ‘t was a time when things were made cheaply, cars were made poorly. It was the era of Formica and linoleum,’ she says. ‘It seemed like everything was devolving, that people were forgetting that you could live as a craftsperson.’”

Written by Katy Kelleher


Donna McNeil’s Portland living room. “Sometimes people will say to me, 'Your house is highly curated.' But I don't look at it that way. I mean, maybe? But it's just considered in a certain way. I don't want to look at stuff that's ugly.”


Artist Julia von Eichel in her Brooklyn townhouse. “There's no border between work and play. My studio is in the parlour floor, so if the kids pop in to chat, they might find themselves tangled up or recruited to help me thread some string.”


The “living hall” in Kragsyde. Swans Island, Maine.


Artist Katie Stout in her Bedstuy loft studio. “‘My education gave me the tools to know which rules to break. It’s like what John Waters said, ‘In order to have bad taste you must first have very good taste.’”



Designer and editor Susan Grisanti’s 1865 townhouse remodel. “Most mornings I drink my coffee on the couch in the living room and will just sit quietly looking at this old, original staircase. I’ve spent many, many hours looking in that direction, enjoying that view and mentally preparing for the day ahead.”



Artists and gallery owners, Cair and Ned’s York Victorian era house with a beautiful antique clawfoot tub. When asked about how art, style, and interior design is all connected, Cait answers, “They are all 100% connected and influenced by each other. I am constantly refining systems that make our lives more comfortable and make time and space for the things we love to do and share.”