Remember when we visited my Nana and Papa (and the fabulous Nana Bag) in Grand Rapids, Michigan? Who knew that next door to my grandparents traditional home--all beige, greige--is artist and industrial designer Joey Ruiter and his family, in a fantastic 1960s number that's much more my style? I kept hearing about this Joey guy from my mother: Joey welded my birdfeeder; Joey and his wife brought Nana the best cookies. Joey, Joey, Joey. "Mom, who is Joey?!" "Oh," said my mom, "Joey was in the running for the ArtPrize. He's a designer. Uncle Bill says his house is really something!"
Wait, what? My grandparents have fashionable neighbors? Well, I invited myself right over while I was home. The place is amazing. (And read what Fast Company had to say about his entry, the Inner City Bike, for the big-money ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.)
I'm traveling today, so I'll post more photos tomorrow. Meanwhile, read about Joey and get to know my new extended and talented family. Mom and I consider them totally in.