Sunny Vibes

A local artist’s home reflects her love of color and smiles

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Atabey Sánchez-Haiman is a former scientist and zookeeper turned pop artist and owner of Giraffes and Robots Studio in Hope Artiste Village. She is also the creative mind behind this beautiful, sunny home. The space is decorated with cool and quirky toys and accessories, handed-down pieces, Providence Flea finds, and pretty much anything that comes in shades of yellow, orange, or red – or, as Sánchez-Haiman calls them, “colors that make you smile.” She takes the same approach to her art as she does to her home, focusing on items that make people happy.

One of her favorite pieces in this space is the giant bunny lamp “Miffy,” created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna – a Christmas gift from her brother and sister-in-law. There’s also a bevy of creatures to keep Miffy company, like the “Remoteasaurus” from a fellow Flea dealer, a runaway squirrel on the wall made by a fellow Brown grad, and a selection of stuffed Dino heads by the company Zooguu. Also on display throughout her home and studio space is Sánchez-Haiman’s globe collection. She likes seeing how the world has changed over time. There’s also the rug made of Astroturf – fun and functional.

Sánchez-Haiman likens her style to Marmite. “You either love it or you hate it,” she says. “But I decided to own it. I like what I like.”