Talk about your style. I have such mad love for that romantic vintage aesthetic. It’s the tufted chairs, the chandeliers, and the handmade quilts that get me. And my South African roots have undoubtedly influenced my love of bright color. I adore rich kilim rugs and pillows and love to hang colorful art on the walls. I really do see each space in my home as a canvas, and though I enjoy playing with color, I like to keep it all on a airy, white background. I’m a fan of that effortless modern – vintage mix but my take on this style includes a great big dose of “family friendly”.
Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? My favorite room is currently the living area as it’s the largest and sunniest room in our home and it’s where we spend most of our time hanging out with the kids. I’m constantly rearranging furniture and playing with decor as inspiration hits me but really, any space that can squeeze in all 6 of us comfortably gets a thumbs up from me. Most of my favorite memories are made here and those giant windows serve as the backdrop to many of photo shoot.
Where does your inspiration come from? I’m inspired by the beautiful and unique homes of families who live in other countries and the way their spaces reflect where they live. And I’m incredibly inspired by creative women, particularly moms, on the internet (blogs, Instagram, you name it!) who have created comfortable, unique and stunning homes without over-spending. I love seeing breath-taking spaces that feel realistic and achievable. They stir up all the creative juices!
Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. It might seem a little silly to say but for me, our biggest achievements and challenges are one and the same. Keeping the house clean and welcoming, with white couches and walls remaining white and all precious nicknacks (which I lovingly refer to as “curiosities”) staying whole and undisturbed, well, that’s a great achievement in my home and also a constant challenge. (Besides that, we’ve been fortunate enough to not have to accomplish any awesome DIY jobs in our home. Just lots of painting.)
Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. One – the rugs, I am a rug person and they bring in that world market influence that tugs at my heartstrings. Two – our dining table, it’s a large rustic farm table with a fantastic bench seat that seats all the littles in our big family for the hundreds of meals shared together. Three – our green velvet sofa, it’s ancient and quirky and has a funny story but I love it and can’t live without it. At least for now. :)
Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our dining set was probably our biggest splurge. And I think those Ikea shelves in our living room were a steal at $14 each. I have them throughout my home as they’re the perfect floating ledge for all kinds of pretties.
What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? I’m a thrift junkie and love finding treasures for our home for next to nothing. So when I’m hunting for something I’ll head to one of our thrift stores first and then spruce it up. But I’m also a fan of Target and Ikea and if I really want to splurge, I’ll head to a local home store called August Haven to find the most beautiful pieces you can imagine. I love Etsy for artwork and all those special handmade pieces that add so much character.
Do you have any DIY tips to share? One of my favorite ways to create art for the walls is to purchase old floral prints, often under $1, and to paint over them sort of like a paint by number project. My favorite medium is oil and I simply paint directly onto the print (as long as it has a board backing) and liven up the colors, adding texture to bring it back to life. The results are usually really eye catching and a little gallery wall of “vintage” floral artwork looks so pretty.
Any advice? Throws, afghans and sheepskin rugs are my home’s best friends. They freshen up tired couches and add oodles of charm to bedrooms. We don’t have anything in our home that we’d consider precious and that’s okay. Sometimes you just have to make the hand me downs look impossibly chic with a little bit of creative arranging and skillful placement. And a few clay pots of greenery and succulents can give a space a complete facelift. So inexpensive and easy to achieve!