How clean and beautiful sheets are a love language for this family
Brooke Fairgray quit her job a year ago to pursue her creativity. She found it at The Facialist and the poster design brand The Memphis Poster Club which she created with friend and collaborator, Artje. She recently finished creating bright and colorful bedrooms for her children, as well as a calming space for herself and her partner, David Scott.
BROOKE FAIRGRAY: I come from a long line of housewives, and especially litters.
Mom and Nana have always had no less than 12 cushions on the bed, soft duvets. When I was a child, I remember sheets always smelling of the sun. When we got sick, part of their love language was to make sure we had clean laundry to improve ourselves.
Although their taste for the house is very different from mine, very neutral, they both managed to create houses from scratch, and so their love languages were transmitted to me very much.
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My children’s beds, and therefore their bedrooms, have always been important.
Styling the kids’ beds, when I try to match the exact blue gingham to the exact blue stripe, it doesn’t work, but when you put things together that you like, the rest falls in line.
I love color and I’m always drawn to print. I like to face colors and push the limits.
We bought this house two years ago – it was a private sale – we had to live with my parents for seven months. It was pretty scary, because we thought we were going to be out of the market.
But then we got it, and we just feel like we struck gold. We have a view of the sea, we are at the top of the hill, and it really feels like being in a sanctuary.
My partner, David, is a minimalist, he doesn’t like color or patterns like me.
I wanted to make sure the house had spaces for him too. Our room is very quiet. I try to stay fairly neutral.
The collection of furniture has been done slowly over time. The barnacle jar I borrowed for a photoshoot for Saben and just couldn’t return it. I was like, “I’m sorry, you have to send me an invoice, I have to keep this.” It’s from Boheme Home.
I have been looking for a mirror for over two years. I’m six feet tall [1.83m] tall, so many mirrors don’t allow my height. This was done by a local guy, DF Reflections. He used to make them by hand during his construction apprenticeship, but had to quit his apprenticeship to make mirrors full time because he had just taken off.
The chair is a second off Kindred Road. They were $400, I marked it for $80. Let’s face it, it holds my clothes more than my butt, but it’s nice in the corner because the curves juxtapose the lines of the window and the wall, and it looks good with the arched mirror.
The small colorful stools are called Arnold Circus stools. I’ve just collected them over time because they’re so much fun. Children use them in the kitchen to cook or in the bathroom to wash their hands, brush their teeth. We just move them around the house.
The yellow squab is owned by a New Zealand company called Ziggurat. I got tired of my kids using my sheets and duvets to make forts. Children make forts, like a crash pad, it can make a sofa, it can make a mattress. We love this piece.
I was looking for artwork to fill the kids’ walls that would complement the bright colors and be loud, but I couldn’t find anything. I ordered a piece from Artje, and we got along very well.
We thought if I liked it, other parents might like it too, so we made it into a very small business called the Memphis Poster Club. You choose your letter, choose your color and background, and we print to order.
I look at my wardrobe and it’s 50% black, and lots of textures and layers, and then the other 50% is color, orange stripes, green stripes, bright florals, hot pink.
My decorative style is the same. I wouldn’t say that I fit into one mold, I like everything. I guess that’s what’s fun about the house: downstairs I can play with shiny and fun things. And upstairs, I can do things that are more neutral and natural.