Directly across from the staircase is another cool feature; the clutter wall (pictured above). The shelves are filled with lots of items that are intrinsic to the fabric of my family's life: namely vintage books, family photographs, and abstract objects that I've picked up from various auction houses and Parisian flea markets. It's all very accidentally artsy; none of the items have anything in common, but I can stare at it for hours—it makes me smile all the time.
8:00 A.M. My sons join me and we spend a few precious moments together in the two-step kitchen—my favorite space. I designed it so that everything fully exists between two islands; from the refrigerator to the dishwasher to the espresso machine to the cabinets cleverly hidden behind corrugated wooden walls, everything is literally less than two steps away. Not only does it make tidying up so much more efficient, I love how it floats like a bar in between two rooms. (Killer conversation starter at parties.)