There are people in the world that come into life to create and inspire others. I find they are the most admirable people on earth. Here in today’ s post I am very happy to a share a person exactly like that, Anahata Katkin who surrounded her life with art, design and creativity. We will visit her home, studio and shop called PAPAYA.
Anahata Katkin is a true gem with her open her heart to different cultures around the world. She is highly influenced by Asian flavors and antiques. She is originally from Alaska and currently based in Oregon. Her her synergy comes from her constant travels around the world where she shops for her lifestyle store PAPAYA. She says as much as she likes to wander she is deeply in love with “home”.
“Interiors are as rewarding and fulfilling for me as painting. It’s not just a place to unwind. I work here, we live here, entertain, we create and we collapse here. I tinker with it and build on it daily. I am constantly searching for the right balance between hoarder and modernist. I can’t decide which I am- though clearly I am no minimalist! It is a place to inspire my work at our PAPAYA! Living boutique and an ever changing test lab of artwork & treasures. I wanted to share my space here because it is one of my great joys…”
It is possible to feel the rich eclectic influence on her beautiful apartment by individual pieces of furniture, kilims, fabrics and materials.
None of them are aimed to be matched rather to put together with love to create a great living interior atmosphere.
Her house is enlightened by beautiful daylight and she makes little surprises using every little corner by her lovely styling of materials. It is not hard to feel the comfort even just looking at the photos.
She feels her home with daily inspirational words and quotes wherever she can find. Her positive spiritual act fills her home with great energy which expresses herself and passion for good life.
She decorates her walls by her mixed media wallpanels and puts her own creative signature to her rooms.
She catches harmony mixing old and new, modern and antique, or in combination of informal and precious artefacts.
The combination of fabrics which are used on her room is a result of her great global taste. I especially loved the rug on the floor and the kilim puff on it.
She travels, shops, collects, paints and shares her passion with world. She also has a blog anahata.typepad where you can see her artwork, inspirations and lifestyle.
Her wallpaper panels are mixed media pieces built on textured wallpapers. They range between 4.5 to 6 foot in height. She applies painting, blending techniques and mixed materials. She sells them at her store PAPAYA.
The colors, patterns, materials, objects, antiques all create a positive visual sense causing a desire to have the style rather than one object from a store. I think that is the success of PAPAYA store. The main idea is about the beauty of visual lifestyles not just merchandises on sale. After all, we all love to dream and admire to create. She communicates with the world that all desires are possible as long as you are ready to expand and transform. What could be more inspiring?
images via Anahata Katkin