Well, it turns out love can pay the bills when you cofound an extremely popular dating site! Within a matter of hours, we were all pouring over the photos of Tinder’s co-creator, Sean Rad, and his wife, Lizzie Grover Rad’s, newly finished home designed by the wildly talented Jane Hallworth (She is also responsible for Kirsten Dunst’s home). While being a fairly neutral-toned home, the amount of out-of-this-world vintage, special details, and bold moments really suck you in. You simply can’t stop looking around, noticing all the treasures.
Naturally, we had A LOT of opinions, observations, and questions. So we thought, “Hey, this should be a blog post!” We immediately began recording our Zoom call as we chatted through each photo and I am here to spill:)
Emily’s initial response to this photo was that it was the prettiest and safest of all the rooms. She didn’t mean that it was in any way boring, but more that it’s soft and easy on the eyes. Jane and the clients took some awesome risks in most all of the other rooms which we will definitely get to but that is why she feels this one is “the safest”. She also pointed out/said how much she loved that wood door casing. It’s just a beautiful touch and in a later photo, you’ll see this really awesome detail on the top piece. Em thinks it’s decorative and I thought it might be a vent.
We all freaked out over that tree and planter. The planter is a 16th-century marble water-well head from Italy. WHAT?
Caitlin also pointed about that given the room’s sheer size, that it’s really impressive how cozy it feels in comparison. I thought it was a smart choice to not add any art about the doorway into the next room. I thought it helped to keep it airy and doesn’t take your eye too far up thus making it potentially feel less cozy.
Mal pointed out the little pendant that looks like it’s hanging from the tree (?). She loved it but some of us weren’t 100% on board. But hey, it adds some playfulness which we are always a fan of.
Lastly, the floor. Well, the actual floor is STUNNING but I want to talk about the rug. I pointed out that it’s in line with the solid rug trend I spotted at the beginning of the year. Em even said she is finding she only wants solid rugs in the farmhouse. Insider info!
The first words out of Ryann’s mouth were, “Oh, that chandelier.” And we seconded. However, it was quickly followed by Mallory asking how often do you actually like those candles, to which Em said it’s really just a piece of art. But also how cool would it look lit up?! So we aren’t sure where the main lighting comes from. There is a console with at least one table lamp but we don’t know. Secret can lights?
The next hot topic was the table and its slender width. Caitlin found it not super practical as it looks only about 24″ deep. But since Em was literally just looking at a farm table about the same size (and her and Brian sat at it), she said that’s actually the average width of a restaurant table and is totally comfortable. Of course, you run into the issue of possibly not having enough space for platters but otherwise not that impractical.
But we do have a question for you though. How do you feel about armchairs for every chair?? Do you love it or is it not your preference?
Lastly, while the look is BEAUTIFUL, we were surprised by the rug choice. A white shag is only for the most responsible adult eaters. O and the scale of the art piece was a slam dunk in all of our books. Emily made the excellent point that with every piece being a high-end vintage piece or one-of-a-kind, this room couldn’t be repeated. It’s all spectacular and supremely special. It’s also why you hire a designer like Jane:)
Here’s another little shot of the dining room. Ok see, one lamp (we loved the shape and scale) but still no sign of overhead lighting. It shall remain a mystery. The planter though is awesome. Em rightly noted that this home had “really great planter game” and pointed out the beautiful moss at the base of the tree. We also loved the screen. It’s art that doesn’t hang on the wall:)
This piano was controversial. Mal and Caitlin LOVED it while it wasn’t the rest of our favorite. But it’s nothing if not unique! Ryann also really dug the piece of art and “chalkboardness” of it. I made a dumb joke that it was the coding for the original Tinder app. We all loved the plant and bench because duh.
Em immediately pointed out how great the positioning of the two off-centered sconces was but that they probably weren’t reading lamps but instead a cool lighting feature for the wall. We then noticed the table lamp on the other side which Caitlin, Mal, and I dug.
We didn’t notice the chrome side table at first but thought it was a fun, modern contrast to all of the other organic elements.
Then I asked how everyone felt about the bed styling. Em thought it looked super cool but not one she would actually want to sleep in. She personally likes it more plush:) Caitlin called it Monastery chic.
Also that tree game, again! Caitlin was worried about it being a little too close to the edge but I loved that choice.
That vanity!!! It’s vintage from the 50s! We all loved it so much and it was Mal and Ryann’s favorite room. The marble is crazy cool but Em said it would be a little much for her if it were her home. But WOW. Also, do you see that etched-out line border on all of the walls??? What a detail! Em was sure that the fabricator must have been stoked:)
Another thing to note is that the floor is actually large cut-out marble diamonds and not a single slab. O and the rest of the vintage is just stupid good.
Ryann: “Give me all the marble.”
Caitlin: “I would die to have a marble room.”
Caitlin: “This makes me want to die I love it so much. This could be my room in the house. They wouldn’t even know I was there”
Ryann: “I know.”
That’s how this room convo started. We all just immediately fell for that lounge. At first, Em was a little confused about how the fabricator curved the marble but then we looked closer and it seems like they cut that slab into tiles, making those curves possible. Em pointed out that this must have taken a lot of figuring out how to execute given that you can’t mess around with marble that expensive and in a bathroom where you need to consider the potential moisture issues. So impressive.
The only other main question we had was about the pendant. It looks vintage so how is it damp-rated?! Is there a way to do that to any light? Em didn’t think so. I want to know!
Mallory immediately swooned over these chairs because they are SO cool. I was a little bit concerned about the white fabric. But if you can do it/don’t mind a possible stain then you should! Would you??
My initial reaction to the whole kitchen, while I thought it was beautiful, I mean look at that marble, was that it felt a little small for how grand the rest of the house feels. Maybe it’s just the photo, IDK. Caitlin wanted to see the storage/pantry. How fun would that have been?! But we all loved that vintage table.
Em: “This room is a showstopper. Look at that marble valance! They really went for it. I also can’t believe that tub was made out of a single piece of stone.”
I couldn’t get over the secret door and Caitlin loved the hardware and noted that this bathroom would likely be pretty easy to clean. Ha. Ryann also pointed out that this home’s stool game was on point. Go look back at all the photos when you finish and you’ll see what she means.
Mal did question the heaviness of the door which is a good point. However, if I had the money I would totally do that regardless.
Em’s actual favorite part of this room was that sick plant. Yikes, it’s so special. Does anyone know what it is?
At first, we thought this was Sean’s office. While that would have totally been fine we all liked it a little more when we found out it was Lizzie’s due to the fun racy art and torso. Not saying that’s the right response but interesting how it could make us have that mental shift.
Em: “This one is by far the most controversial. It has my favorite thing in the whole house and the thing I find most challenging for me.”
Can you guess her favorite thing?? It’s definitely that giant vintage disco ball. It’s so rad. Fun fact! Lizzy hand-distressed it with espresso powder. It gives it just a cool, sexy effect. What Emily wasn’t so sure about were all the sheepskins on the floor. It just wasn’t her thing but said that she loved staring at this photo.
Ryann said she would spend all of her time in this room. She loved the books on the floor, the sofa, and the general more maximalist, eclectic vibe in here and hopes Lizzie just lays on the floor all of the time. I don’t disagree. It’s awesome.
Again, these trees.
We all loved this furniture so much but really want to know if it’s actually weatherproof. Regardless I want it all.
This office was a collective “hell ya!”. The paneling, the mix of medium and dark wood tones, those green chairs (!), and the OG Apple computer.
Em really loved how cozy and warm it felt and especially was loving those wood walls.
Mal pointed out the awesome joinery on the desk. Oof, it’s good. Another space we would love to work in:)
We loved this shot! That chair and desk art pop so perfectly in the space.
So in addition to the disco ball and the plant in the primary bathroom, Emily said she would steal this chair too. It would look awesome in the farmhouse. The patina is perfect, the color is beautiful and warm, and those arms. Hubba, Hubba!
Mal couldn’t get enough of the pendant and how they hung it. They just made a simple choice that made the room so much cooler. Caitlin noted that this could have been a fun design agony solution if someone had angled walls with junction boxes in not normal places.
Em also really liked the color of the room because it’s calm but cozy. O and look at how sweet those short curtains are??
Ryann really wants this sculpture! I mean it’s beautiful!!
I also loved this shot because I felt like it married all the elements that are consistent throughout the house – the wood paneling, plaster walls, very old vintage, and modern vintage with the playful yellow and white scones!
It’s just so pretty.
Here you can see the doorway detail I talked about earlier! What do you think it is?? Decorative, a vent, a speaker??
As for the design of the room, what’s not to love? It’s beautifully curated vintage furniture.
Last but not least, the stairway landing.
Emily obviously loved the fact that the railing poles went directly into the wood.
Ryann was super curious about those pendants. We felt that with the owner’s tech background that they really vibed with that side of him.
Well, that’s all folks! It was so fun going through these photos together and hearing everyone’s thoughts. This home is incredible and needless to say Jane Hallworth is beyond talented and such a thoughtful designer.
But what do you think?! Let’s chat.
Love you, mean it.