Talk about your style. I really love mid century design – beautiful, clean lines, etc. But, I’m also a bit of a hoarder when it comes to art, knick-knacks, etc… so my home is a mix of mid century and a little bit of vintage. I love white walls, with pops of color – my current favorites being shades of corals & pinks, mint and gold.
Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I love spending time in our living room, as our large windows with dark wood trim are probably my favorite thing about our house. I really enjoy just sitting on the couch with some chai tea and watching light stream through the windows.
Where does your inspiration come from? The surrounding San Diego landscape! I love cactus, succulents, bougainvillea, etc.
Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Designing on a budget has definitely been a challenge. There are times when I’ve probably stretched my budget a bit too thin, because I simply loved certain pieces… but I’m definitely happy with how we’ve filled our house and created a home (an achievement!!). The internet (while a delightful inspiration), can be cruel. It’s filled with flawless (styled) photos of interiors, and there are times when it can be a challenge to be content with what I have. At times I have to remind myself that I love our home and don’t need a new couch to continue loving it. ;)
Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. One – hairpin leg end tables – they were a gift from our dad, purchased at the Renegade craft fair. I love that they fit seamlessly into our style and were made by a gentleman who is passionate about his craft. Two – my desk – it’s where I do most of my design work, and the wall behind it has lots of inspiring tidbits (photos, prints, etc.). It’s another one of my favorite spots! Three – our dining room table – I built it myself! It may not be perfect, but I love the hairpin legs and the fact that it’s fairly big.
Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Biggest splurge – the mid century bench in our little nook area (bought it on ebay!) Biggest steal – our parent’s couch, which they’d had for ~30 years. And we got it fo’ free!
What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? West Elm, Ebay, Craigslist, Ikea, local mid-century shops, & the Rose Bowl flea market.
Do you have any DIY tips to share? I built our hairpin leg dining table, and it was a pretty good experience! However, it is a little wobbly, ha. With that said, I think DIY can be great!! But I’d enlist the help of someone who knows what they’re doing (if you don’t already).