at home with chessa osburn.
by victoria comment


at home with the co-founder of Twenty One Tonnes, / sfgirlbybay

today we’re dropping in on the chic, minimalist and very cozy home of Chessa Osburn, the co-founder of online shop Twenty One Tonnes, where she lives with her husband Steve and their two young children. their pretty, light-filled home is a post-war bungalow in the Hastings-Sunrise neighborhood of East Vancouver, British Columbia, built in 1945. the couple bought the home in 2014 which features those lovely original oak and fir floors throughout, but the previous owners had installed a gas insert — and since Chessa and Steve were determined to have a wood burning fireplace they had a local master restore the internal brickwork and cast a new concrete surround, creating that beautiful mantel as the showpiece in the living room (I love those framed moroccan slippers!). Chessa’s filled her home with all kinds of handmade items from her shop twenty one tonnes, treasured finds from her travels abroad, as well as the work of several Vancouver-based artists and designers including Omer Arbel, Janaki Larsen, Gailan Ngan, and Lisa Ochowycz. enjoy the petite tour (sources are listed just below), and be sure and visit chessa’s shop and follow along on instagram.

at home with chessa osburn of Twenty One Tonnes. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist home in vancouver. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist kitchenwares on white shelves. / sfgirlbybay

kitchen table style with linen and glassware and ceramics. / sfgirlbybay

details inside the home of Twenty One Tonnes co-founder chessa osburn. / sfgirlbybay

yellow and white art print over matching stools. / sfgirlbybay

moroccan pom pom blankets. / sfgirlbybay

tall woven basket and nude slip-on shoes. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist bedroom decor inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist details at Twenty One Tonnes co-founder's home. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom of chessa osburn, co-founder of Twenty One Tonnes. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Gillian Stevens.


KITCHEN: Glasses on table and shelf from Glasses on table and shelf from twenty one tonnes; Ceramics on table by Janaki Larsen of atelier st. george; Thonet chairs are local antique shop find; Ceramic bowls on shelf by Gailan Ngan: Ceramic planter on shelf by Rami Kim; Wood bowls on kitchen shelf are market finds from Zanzibar and Marrakech.

LIVING room: Lighting fixture by Bocci; Painting by Vancouver artist Lisa Ochowycz; Danish chairs were handed down from Grandpa Osburn; Side table by Hay; Wire basket by Ferm Living; Dress on Chessa by Sunja Link

BEDROOM: Pom Pom blanket on bed from twenty one tonnes; Woven cushion on bed found in Istanbul; Doum stool at bedside from twenty one tonnes; Leather babouches at bedside from twenty one tonnes; Charcoal sketch by artist Zoe Pawlak; Baskets, also from twenty one tonnes.

2 responses to “at home with chessa osburn.”

  1. So happy to see those Bocci lamps in Chessa’s home. We bought similar ones last fall for our home reno and have been a bit anxious about how they’ll look. lighting is finally being installed next week so this post was timely! I love your blog and have just been following it for a few months. I was thinking of emailing you about Le Marche St George- operated by the same woman who has Atelier St George pottery mentioned in Chessa’s home – as a place for your what to wear series. i hadn’t seen anything Vancouver though but now I’m tossing it out! It’s the greatest little neighbourhood market and cafe and Janaki and her family are wild and wonderful. They really make our little East Van hood.

  2. Hello. Love this site. Getting lots of ideas for our new condo. Am drawn to the little carpet and the pillow on the bed. Can you tell me where I might find similar products. I realize you may have bought these out of the country.

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