Today, we are peeking into the home of real estate agent and mother of two Rebekah Baker.
I knew very little about Rebekah when I entered her home for the first time but i immediately thought she had skillfully achieved what many of us wish to master: Color!
Each room tells a compelling story. She chose soft, powder hues in the relaxing rooms and energizing colors in the areas of living.
The house, like many in the area, belonged long ago to a Sea Captain and it had this wonderful and comforting feel of nostalgia. Navigating through her home felt somehow like a little voyage back in time.
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Tell us where you live, since when and where you are from originally
I live in Amagansett, NY. I've lived here since i was pregnant with my son about 9 years ago. Before that I split my time between Amagansett and New York City. I have lived in many places including Chicago, Montreal, Ottawa, and Ireland. I am originally from Philadelphia.
What are the 3 fundamental elements in your life philosophy?
Mistakes will happen, look for the lessons.
Search for the gold in a person.
Life is full of ups and downs, have a strong center.
Tell us how you began working in the field you are now
I was considering going back to school to study Architecture and while trying to figure out the logistics I realized I couldn’t move my family out of town and hours away to attend an architecture school. Meanwhile, my sister said why don’t you get a real estate license and help me find a house? My husband and I had been involved with buying houses and fixing them up and I continued forward with getting my real estate license with trepidation. Once I started working it all became very natural as I enjoyed the hunt for something special and the importance in finding a home that someone could love.
What was the best piece of advice you have received in the process?
Treat success and failure equally.
How would you describe your home?
Living and breathing – constantly changing and evolving. Full of color. Quirky.
What is your favorite occupation at home?
Cooking for friends and family, sitting on the floor with my kids to play, and at the end of day when kids are asleep, taking a bath!
Your most cherished object ?
Defintely without question the art I own – namely a Jill Musnicki painting of a jelly fish that hangs over my mantle piece in my living room. Whatever house I live in it will feel like home if I just have that one painting with me…
What detail do you recall most about the home you grew up in?
It was how the light filtered into my bedroom. I had a large window with a ledge that I could sit on comfortably and spent most of time playing with dolls, reading, making things… A lot about a house is how the light enters and is retained within its walls. I grew up with a father who is a master of modern architecture. From an early age he taught me how to see elements of space differently. Just by standing next to my dad you get a sense of something magical happening, in just the way he observes the world around him.
What is your present state of mind?
Trying to find comfort in uncertainty.
Finish the quote: "i would never compromise..."
In general I don’t believe in "nevers". Life is “a great game of compromise – it is a dance between effort and surrender”.