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June 28, 2014 7:29 AM   Subscribe

Melissa Leo's fabulous house, built with Constant van Hoeven.
posted by xowie (11 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
The first 2 links are NYT.
posted by Daddy-O at 7:38 AM on June 28, 2014

just when I thought I couldn't love her any more...
posted by valdesm at 7:58 AM on June 28, 2014

posted by stray at 8:01 AM on June 28, 2014

I thought I couldn't love her more and then I saw her stick collection.
posted by rtha at 8:15 AM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Well this is amazing. We did a full renovation of our condo last year and had to push our designer to do some interesting things and got something that has maybe 1% of this spark (which is to say, we're thrilled). And if we could do mosaics, well!

I'd like to curl up with a book and a cat in this house and never ever leave.
posted by heatherann at 8:20 AM on June 28, 2014 [3 favorites]

I love idiosyncratic outsider architecture like this. It's fun and unique, if not always wildly practical or long-lasting. I'm glad she was able to get the structure past the permit review process; the cosmetic stuff is fun but arguing about plans and designs with the regulators isn't.
posted by Dip Flash at 8:54 AM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is nothing short of amazing.
posted by ColdChef at 9:12 AM on June 28, 2014

Wow. Yes. I'm sort of house hunting now and am looking for a place where the spark has already come to light, and I can build on it. Not easy (esp. as I have no skills, but even the first bit is hard.)

And also, it's gratifying to find someone who has an even bigger thing for bagging groceries than I do!
posted by allthinky at 10:45 AM on June 28, 2014

This is a fabulous, cozy, friendly house. Wonderful.
posted by maxwelton at 12:13 PM on June 28, 2014

Not mentioned in the NYT story: Frozen River, possibly Leo's best work.
posted by CCBC at 4:24 PM on June 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

Those doors. I want them.
posted by Ella Fynoe at 11:58 AM on June 30, 2014

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