At Home With Suna Lock

At Home with Suna LockToday we are welcoming Suna Lock to the blog as she shares her beautiful Santa Cruz home with us!

White chairsKitchen"The house is on the downtown Painted Ladies. I have admired Walnut Avenue since I first started visiting Santa Cruz in the 80's. I never thought I would end up living in a house on this street. We bought her in 2005, the year my daughter, Erica, was born. The minute I walked around the house I knew that I had to sell everything I owned to make it work. Despite the rather ostentatious exterior, the inside of the home is a series of well-proportioned rooms with 12-foot ceilings and enormous double hung windows. Lots of the original features remain intact–the fireplace and chimney for example, which had remarkably withstood two massive earthquakes.

Kitchen ladderLove this space!At Home with via abeautifulmess.comLiving roomSuna Lock"I have a little broken clock on the mantel piece which was a retirement gift from the Bradford Dyers Association in the UK. I found it whilst visiting my father, in the old city of Jerusalem in Israel in an Aladdin’s cave of junk. It appealed to me because I was studying textile design at university at the time, and I was fascinated by the journey this little thing must have taken! The vendor wanted the equivalent of $20, which was a lot back then. So after some deliberation, I left it. Months later a parcel arrived from Dad for Christmas and there it was. He had gone all the way back and found the little clock, bought it and mailed it to me. It is my favorite thing in the world without a pulse. 

Cute sinkBathroom"The house has evolved massively over time. Given what I do for a living, it is impossible to sit still. So it really is an ever-changing landscape. There were some large things like remodeling the kitchen and opening the kitchen and dining rooms up to one another which were slated and saved for. We also stained the floors black from the yellow oak color they were originally which added drama and elegance. My bathroom was a DIY rip out on a tiny budget. The sink and medicine cupboard were salvaged from the city dump. The glass tile was on Craigslist and the floor tile was from a local reclamation yard. I did all the labor myself on weekends and evenings. It's not everybody's cup of tea, but I love it. It reminds me that I am capable, independent and resourceful. 

Bouquet"The house stands on a corner lot, so it has gardens all around it. There are stairs up to a front door which lies beyond a wooden deck. To summarize: I fell in love."

Thanks so much for sharing, Suna! You can find more of Suna here and on Instagram. xo.

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 Credits// Author: Suna Lock. Photography: Tommy Parker.

  • I am in love with that gallery wall. I like how you mixed rustic with contemporary seamlessly!

    Seng, Lifestyle Blogger and Photographer

  • Oh gosh, this has to be my favorite house you’ve featured yet!

    I love how she mixes modern decor while still preserving the past. Those feature walls are AMAZING.

  • I love all the little collections — the kitchen tools on top of the door and all the mirrors in the bathroom. So sweet and beautiful!

  • This home looks like heaven! I love the bathroom and the dining room!
    “… I did all the labor myself on weekends and evenings. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I love it. It reminds me that I am capable, independent and resourceful…” Oh my God! Such an inspiring woman!

    Best Regards,
    Angelina Stroumpouli

  • I think this is the most gorgeous house you’ve featured. She has such a great eye, and has created a fantastic mix of vintage and contemporary. Cute dogs, too. Brava, Suna!

  • This is one of my favorite spaces you’ve featured. I love the mix of old and new and the different textures. I think the bathroom is perfection. Such an eclectic, interesting space! Well done Suna!

  • The “At home with…” series is probably my favourite part of this blog – and this one has to be the most gorgeous home featured yet! Everything is beautiful, I esecially love the kitchen!

  • Suna’s home contains a beautiful mixture of shapes and vintage fixtures. I especially love the wall color in the living room/library space.

    Happy Saturday

  • I’m in love with all the victorian / antique touches. And I need that dining room table. Right meow.

  • This is the first time I’ve seen something so truly inspiring!

  • It’s really nice to see one of these tours that isn’t crazy bright colors everywhere! What a beautiful home.

  • Gorgeous and so warm + airy. I’m about to pin the hell out of this place!

  • I love the rustic old charm of this home, it’s so beautiful.


  • Just curious about the placement of the fridge. I have the same configuration in my house. Right next to the wall and door. Does your freezer door open all the way? And is your fridge smaller than 36inches? Thanks.

  • That butt print in the chair is just the best thing ever. That home is lived in and LOVED! <3 <3

  • thats a lovely home for sure <3 and those pictures seem like there has been put a lot of efford into every tiny spot in it. hoping my home will be as impressive one day, too!

  • This is DARLING! And I love the line “My favorite thing without a pulse”. ha!

  • Love all the little collections displayed throughout the house, they add so much personality!

  • My favorite things are the colorful kitchen utensils hanging above the door, love that !

  • I love the bathroom mirrors! What a lovely idea ~ thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  • Beautiful house! I have never seen a ladder in a kitchen. I guess if the kitchen cabinets are higher than average, you have to be able to reach things. I especially like the dining area. The dark brown rustic table with the modern chairs is a perfect mesh between old and new!

  • Gorgeous!! It looks so effortless chic but you can tell a lot of care was put into each room. I would LOVE to call that my home.

    xx Allison

  • I love her style! The kitchen is a dream, especially with those 12 foot ceilings.

    Monica / Mocha and Moccasins

  • I love the living room and kitchen, but I have never been a fan of so many mirrors! Maybe I’m afraid of what I’ll see in my reflection.. LOL

    Keep up the great work!

  • I for one superbly enjoy the “At Home With…” series, and this one is no exception! Thanks for bringing such amazing inspiration to your readers!

  • I love the old rustic feel to this home.

  • Love this home! It’s so beautiful and has such a perfect mix of old and new!


  • What an interesting mix. It works really well together! I love the bathroom floor.
    – Kaitlyn |

  • I love the modern and traditional decor that blends to make the house uniquely your own. :]

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  • I really like the wall decor in this house especially the geo shaped one.

  • Beautiful house! The perfect combination of modernity and antiquity.

    xo, Deborah

  • Gorgeous!! You can just tell every piece in this home is special and specially chosen. This really is my dream house xoxox


  • i am in love with those black stained floors! can you tell me what type of stain you used? would love to do this in my home!

  • i am in love with those black stained floors! can you tell me what type of stain you used? would love to do this in my home!

  • What a Beautiful home! I honestly don’t enjoy that much the : At home with… but this one was a totally inspiration for me.
    LOVELY 🙂

  • Absolutely beautiful. Such a curated, collected vibe. I love how she mixed the old and the new so seamlessly. #rad

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