If you are tired of colorful designs and are looking for something peaceful and calm, you’ve come to the right place. The home of artist Caroline Walls and her partner is a study of restraint. The palette is amazingly subdued, but the house doesn’t lack personality: the minimalist setting perfectly reflects the busy and extremely creative couple who live here.
Artwork is a recurring theme throughout the house – including much of Caroline’s own work that addresses issues such as femininity, sexuality, and identity. In addition to these prints, paintings and sketches, there is an impressive collection of ceramics – many from local manufacturers as well as second-hand finds.
One of the biggest challenges for the couple was the lack of space, so the owner’s studio also doubles as a dining room, for example. A shelf that once housed Emma’s (constantly growing) record collection became a “minibar”. The dining table also disguises itself as Caroline’s work table. The French doors open to the small sunny courtyard so that in the warmer months the space really comes into its own and it is a beautiful, airy place.
The couple love to cook and eat so the kitchen takes center stage and overlooks the dining area and courtyard. The bedroom is in front of the house and offers lots of nice afternoon sun. The fine print above the bed by Jan Yoors from the 1970s and to the right is one of Caroline’s first hand-drawn screen prints.
The house is a true highlight of the art, objects and furniture that the couple has collected on our travels over the years, both together and separately. It’s a versatile, personal space that tells a little of their story. He has character, warmth and a sense of depth.