“Compromise!” she says. “People ask me all the time how I have a white couch, for example, but it helps that our couch covers are slipcovers so as they get dirty, we wash them. Sometimes I have to throw them out and get new ones, but it’s not as expensive as buying a new couch.”
We spoke to the blogger to learn more about how she created such a stylish space without sacrificing practicality.
I’ve always been attracted to design in general, but different seasons of life brought about different things. I was at a salon for eight years, where design is interpreted more [through] beauty. But once I had kids and decided to stay home, I still had that need to be creative, and it translated into designing spaces.
When I was young, my mom was very into design, choosing styles that I didn’t think were necessarily the coolest as a kid; we had a lot of rattan, and none of my friends had rattan! It’s so trendy now, but as a kid I was like, ‘how come no one else has it in their home?’ [She] also had a lot of plants that me and my siblings hated, but as an adult I think it’s influenced me a lot. They create a very casual, welcoming home—they bring life in.
Probably when we were creating a wall for the fireplace. It was a traditional brick fireplace and we wanted to make it more modern, so we basically hid the brick and pulled it out so we could fit the TV. [Then] I had to figure out a way to make the TV not the focal point; by creating the built-in bookshelves on either side, I felt like it helped mask the big old television.
I definitely am influenced a lot by a few designers in particular; currently, I look a lot to
Things are green, everywhere you look. Even in the months when it’s dry, I still love how it looks outside. This is weird, but I love when the hills have dead grass. I love the colors and the contrast between the sky and the dry neutral hills.
I don’t personally like to do a lot of color, so I rely on textures—I love using wall treatments. Our house is very simple, with lots of clean lines, so how we incorporate interest is [through texture]. I don’t have a farmhouse obviously, but I love using shiplap. Even wallpapering; that adds interest and texture.
And of course, pillows; your couch can be a piece of art. Just switch out your pillows.
An easy way to make anything interesting is via the light fixtures you choose. For me, I definitely wanted my house to feel casual and inviting, which is why I chose brass. It adds that warmth. You can make it interesting with the shape and the size of what you choose. My house isn’t mid-century, but we have mid-century pieces from
It’s all about multifunctional spaces. We used to have an office in the back [of the house], but we opened the living room wall so that’s now our office but also our playroom and game room.
Probably the entrance. I feel it’s very inviting, and you can see a lot of our home from there.
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