RA at Home x Heather Day

Posted by: Nellie Laskow

Last year Heather stopped by our studio in Brooklyn and we've seen been huge fans of her and her art ever since. She is also one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram because she has a beautiful mix of art and nature. When Heather was looking to cozy up her work and home space in San Francisco we jumped on the opportunity! Hear from Heather about her unique and dreamy studio/home and see some photo below. All photos by Jen Woo.

Rebecca Atwood Designs: Tell us about yourself.
Heather Day: I’m an abstract painter based in San Francisco, CA. I live and work in the city, but I spend a lot of time traveling, gathering inspiration and painting on the road. Meeting new people and spending time in nature inspires my work. Each of my paintings are narratives of lived moments traveling and interacting with people. The more I experience, the more I realize how fluid the concept of “studio” is—it can exist anywhere, a national park, an airplane or my actual live/work space. This fluidity is something I’m continuously exploring.

RAD: What does 'home' mean to you?
HD: Because I travel frequently, I especially value time at home. I think the concept and the warmth of a home takes time to build; but, for me, it’s a combination of being with the people I choose to surround myself with and having a space I can count on when I need a respite. The studio in my loft is often “home.” It’s where I feel most comfortable.

RAD: What motivates you?
HD: Curiosity motivates me. Interacting with other people, especially artists and entrepreneurs, fascinates me. There’s just so much to learn! I also love documentaries and interviews because I’m curious to see how people live and work around the world—and how they create happiness. It’s an interesting balance.

I think travel feeds my curiosity for new colors and textures and moments. Travel allows me the chance to meet new people and gain perspective. Last fall, I visited Alberta, Canada just to see the blues of Lake Louise. That was really something. Being in the mountains and near such striking natural features gave me time to reflect on my life in the city and helped me create a new body of work.

RAD: How do you like to spend your weekends and free time?
HD: This month has been busy! I’ve spent most weekends working—and I’m ok with that for now. I’m working on dream projects, and my career has a momentum that I don’t want to interrupt. That being said, I take time for breaks. Tomorrow I’m going climbing with a friend and then having a picnic in the park to celebrate another friend's birthday. I like to spend my down time with friends, especially outside.

RAD: What's your philosophy when it comes to personalizing your space?
HD: Less is more would be a simplified answer to this question, but to expand on that idea—for me, personalization means leaving room for a thoughtful space. When my home is clean, I can think freely and begin new projects. My loft has industrial lines and looks best minimal, but I need coziness, so I like to embellish the space with textures and layers—blankets, pillows, rugs and plants. I gravitate towards Rebecca’s organic patterns. They’re comforting, not distracting.

RAD: How do you tell your story with your decor?
HD: I work and live in a loft in the city, so my story is very much about flexibility. The shelving storage has wheels; my guest room has a murphy bed and also functions as painting storage; my dining table has removable legs, and I’m constantly rolling up the rugs for more room to paint. Having the freedom to be mobile constantly reminds me of how you feel when you pack up a space to move and just take in the empty floors and walls. There’s something about wide-open spaces that leaves room for creativity. That’s why I value minimalism. For everything I bring into the space, I think about what can be removed or simplified. 

RAD: What is your favorite thing about your home?
HD: The windows are my absolute favorite element of the space. The light changes throughout the day, which throws a variety of colors onto the walls and floor. If it’s bright enough, I mix pigment or get outside and take a break. If it’s raining, I’m content listening to the sound and staying inside for a cozy productive day.


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