At Home with Lisa Wagner

At Home with Lisa Wagner / home tour

Talk about your style. Industrial Vintage Modern with a touch of Rustic. Ha! Not quite sure how to describe my current style. I’ve always appreciated that vintage flair, whether it’s a part of an outfit, the décor in a home, or the car driving down the street. It brings personality and a little history into the everyday norm. So it makes sense that I enjoy incorporating those touches in my own home. I’m a sucker for unique chairs, that “one-of-a-kind” kitchen plate, old books that have been read countless times because they’re just that good. And maps. Just maps. Enough said. I’m also a big fan of clean lines and earthy tones broken up with something natural, like an untreated piece of wood or a cool branch that we found on one of our hikes with the kids. And then there’s the industrial appreciation. If it could be pictured hanging from the walls of an old factory or found in some sort of workshop, then I’ll take it!

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I think I have favorite spaces in each room of the house. Just depends on the time of day, I guess. However the white couch in the family room is currently one of my favorite places to sit. There’s a beam of sunlight that hits it perfectly for a good long while during the early afternoon. Usually the house is quiet during those hours and if I play my cards right, you will often find me basking in the sunlight there with a good book in hand.

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Where does your inspiration come from? A lot of things inspire me. Nature, different cultures, artwork, music, other people, industry. I’m a sucker for thrift stores, antique malls, hole-in-the-wall sorts of places. I could get lost in those for hours…days…weekends. Other people’s junk can definitely inspire me. A pretty pink cabinet that now sits in my daughter’s room was once a dirty dark green object on the side of the road with a missing hinge and a door hanging off. Nothing that a little TLC and a coat of paint can’t take care of! I’ve always been a “collector.” I’ve had many odd collections throughout my life (my mom could give you some interesting examples…but we’ll leave it at that). So “treasure hunting” is something that I truly enjoy. This home has treasures that came from the rafters of an old barn, junkyards and from the middle of the woods. And I do realize I’m passing this trait onto my kids…which is a blessing and a curse. I find piles of rocks, acorns, and even jawbones from dead carcasses in corners of their room with strict instructions not to touch them. (I secretly love it and hope it never stops.)

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. I wouldn’t call it an achievement just yet, as I have eons of things to learn and work on, but I believe homeschooling would fall into this category. This is our first year at it, and it is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done…and also one of the coolest. Every day there is something so rewarding that takes place…and yet I’ve never slept harder at night then I have this year. Some days there are tears…but those can be both happy and sad. What a gift to have my kids home with me all day long. Truly this is such a blessing and it’s a dream come true. Thank you, God. But my kids are with me all. day. long. (insert “deer in headlights” eyes.) This year, more than ever before, I’ve learned how much I have to work on. I’m still [very much] being molded and refined and I’m thankful for this journey in so many countless ways…even if it means the house is usually in disarray and there are flow charts hanging on my walls. :)

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Wood – my dad is quite a talented wood worker. He has created so many beautiful carvings and different pieces out of wood (among many other things). The smell of woodchips will forever remind me of my dad and his workshop. That’s why I think wood…especially in it’s natural state…makes my heart very happy. Chairs – I love me some unique chairs. They’re usually just the right size to bring a little character to a corner of a room. Books – in my humble, and admittedly nerdy opinion, a room is made so much cooler when there are piles of stacked books.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our counter tops and stools were a splurge. But well worth it, I think. And all the wood in our kitchen/dinning room was a steal. Literally these were collected for a small fee from barns that were being taken down. Those beautiful Wisconsin farms keep on giving. :)

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? As mentioned earlier, a lot of things in our home come gently used. Craigslist has been a great resource, among rummage sales and thrift stores. There’s so much you can do to give those used things a fresh new look. West Elem, Urban Outfitters, Ikea and Etsy have also been great places to get unique things for a fair price.

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? I love to use nature. We’ve collected pinecones and strung them from twine to adorn a window. We’ve spray painted them with glitter paint to add some sparkle to a bookshelf. We’ve collected a handful of cool sticks and feathers and painted the tips silver. We’ve gathered armloads of driftwood to make one-of-a-kind birdhouses. It can be that easy. And plants are such a great way to bring colorful life into your home. They’re easy and effortless.

Any advice? When we moved into this house (about 2 years ago) I tried hard to not put anything on my walls or shelves that didn’t mean something to me. I think sometimes we think we need to fill each and every space in our home. That’s simply not true. An entire wall in my living room was blank for over a year because I didn’t have anything that could fill it well…that meant something to me…that wasn’t just filling an empty space. Sometimes it’s worth waiting for that perfect piece that you happen to find when you aren’t even looking for it!

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Sienna Moon: Summer Collection

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A few weeks ago I shared a sneak peek into what I’ve been working on the past few months and I am so excited to finally share that the day is here! First let’s back track to March, the freelancing waters had settled a bit and I was itching for a new project, so I started contacting a few up + coming businesses and Etsy shops wondering if they’d be interested in collaborating in some way. It was at that time, that I stumbled upon the Jamie’s lovely, boho-inspired shop. Sienna Moon. It caught my eye right off the bat because it was right up my alley and a client I could only dream of working with some day.

After a exchanging a few emails, Jamie and I began the process of designing tee’s and tanks for her upcoming summer collection. Little did I know how huge of a project this was turning out to be, but I enjoyed every minute of the ride. Seriously. I’ve learned so much in these past three months about developing + designing a clothing line and has really opened my eyes even more to the realm of fashion. It has truly been an amazing experience and has given me a good sample of what it’s like to own and run a clothing company.

Currently we are in the process of promoting the new collection with social media, line sheets, and lookbooks. I promise I will share more as everything starts to unfold, but until then, feel free to check out the new summer collection for yourself! This collection was a wonderful team effort and I want to give a shout out to the other designers who had a hand in creating various parts of the collection and to all of the incredible photographers across the U.S. who made the garments come to life so beautifully!

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I was too excited to wait a few more days, so I thought I would share a little bit of where I’ve been and why things have been a little more quiet around here than usual. As you may already know, I have been working on a huge project that has been hush hush for the past few months and in just a few short days, all will be revealed!

I’ve been working with the LA-based clothing company, Sienna Moon; designing tee’s for their upcoming summer collection and assisting the shop’s owner various day-to-day happenings. The shop inspired by bohemian vibes and the calm, cool, and collected California style. Jamie Michelle, Sienna Moon’s owner, strives to keep all things eco-friendly + ethically made, which I am excited to say that almost all of the tee’s in the new collection will be organic or hemp!

I am sure Jamie will be sharing more over on Sienna Moon’s instagram over the weekend, in case you’d like to follow along! And this post wouldn’t be complete without giving props to the wonderfully talented photographer behind a few of these images. Jessie Alexise has shot for Sienna Moon five previous times and she envelops the brand oh so well! It’s honestly been a true dream to be a part of this whole experience and just so happens to fit my niche perfectly!

Freelance Insights: Jamie Starcevich

Freelance Insights: Jamie Starcevich

For today’s Freelance Insights we have my friend, Jamie, of Spruce Rd. She is wildly talented and her blog is chalk full of helpful tips + tricks for designers. A few months ago, after I made my way through blog (I read it all from start to finish, yes – really) I decided to send her a little tweet and the rest is history. I asked Jamie to share some of her insights on freelancing. Below she talks about the value of following your vision and waiting for the types of clients that will help mold your business into what you want it to be. The right types of clients can really help set the tone for your creative journey as a freelancer, which is advice that I am learning to take myself…

“I recently opened up my design studio, Spruce Rd., full-time just a couple short months ago. While I have truly enjoyed work (probably for the first time in my career!), it doesn’t come without its struggles. For anyone who is just starting their design studio, I would say the biggest lesson I have learned is to be patient.

Patient in the types of clients + projects you take on. I have had to say “no” to a few potential clients, as I knew they weren’t in line the vision behind my studio. This was not an easy decision… especially when I JUST started my business! I think it is important to have a clear vision + intention behind your business, so you can dictate the direction you go, rather than allow others to passively influence you. If you want to attract creative entrepreneurs, don’t design a logo for your dad’s friend who owns a landscaping business. You will most likely be frustrated throughout the project, as it is not the type of project you enjoy working on!

I definitely don’t have it all figured out, especially after just a couple of months, but patience has been the biggest lesson I have learned so far! It has paid off so far as I have started attracting my ideal clients + projects, which I am absolutely thrilled about!”

At Home with Malia Chang

At Home with Malia Chang / home tour

Talk about your style: I am so grateful to have someone who completely trusts my judgment and gives me free-range to decorate and adorn our apartment. We love a mid-century vibe with pops of bohemian touches scattered about. Pairing pieces with clean lines and edges like you’d find in a mid-century style with delicate, flowing bohemian characteristics gives a nice contrast between bold and gentle. It kind of reflects our personalities!

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I love our living room. It has a little corner fireplace with a nook that I can’t seem to stop fussing over. I find myself placing pieces we adore like favorite geodes, the Crosley, salt lamp, and etc., this way and that, arraigning and re-arranging. It’s therapeutic. So many times I will sit on our couch and just stare at what we’ve created.

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Where does your inspiration come from? Antique shops, dreams of Paris, the colors and florals of the seasons, Pinterest, books, the sky, nature, cosmos, a bold glass of red wine, you name it.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. For our very first place, I think we’ve done well with creating something uniquely us. We do have a guest room that stands mostly for storage, but we been meaning to go through all of the boxes soon. We are getting married in July and wedding planning is always high on the to-do list!

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Our gallery wall, the triangle natural dream catcher I handmade, and our string of old photos of our families.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our biggest splurge would have to be our mid-century dining table set. We found it on Craigslist and fell in love. It is perfect for our little apartment, but came with three extension pieces that will be put to use when we have a house and a growing family! Biggest steal is the framed art piece in the dining room — it is actually wrapping paper of the monuments in Paris in an Ikea frame! Art on a budget!

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Urban Outfitters for unique statement pieces and we are also firm Ikea believers. And there’s not much I love more than thrifting and antiquing. When I can, I love to make things with my hands.

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? Perfect timing for this question! It always feels so good to admire a piece and know you put it together with your own hands. I just love our triangle dream catcher and knowing I tied it together, I dyed the cotton string, I adorned it with pretty things from nature, makes my heart swell with pride. It’s timeless. It’ll be one of those forever pieces we’ll weave through our family for generations.

Any advice? When you move in to your first place, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want things perfect and just-so. Next thing you’ll know, everything is changing and so is your style. So think of your home as an art piece you’re constantly changing…and adding and removing and enjoy it at every stage.

Freelance Insights: Ciera Holzenthal

Freelance Insights: Ciera Holzenthal

I first stumbled upon Ciera’s blog way back when I just started pinning on Pinterest and right away I was drawn in to her blog which showcased everything from design, business tips, fonts + freebies, and diy’s amongst other things. Right before I launched this column, I came up with a list of inspiring creatives I wanted to be apart and I knew Ciera was one of the ladies I wanted to feature! If you are new to my blog, Freelance Insights offers up advice, short stories, tips and tricks from fellow designers and bloggers. Today, Ciera Holtenthal of Ciera Design Studio talks about working from home and the value of making plans outside “the office”.

“I’m getting really honest with y’all today. When freelancing and working from home (especially when it’s cold out) it’s so easy for me to get wrapped up in work, social media, blogging, emails, laundry and dishes and before I know it, the day has passed, I haven’t exercised or even left the house, and sometimes I’m still in my pajamas. Does this happen to anyone else? I hope so, or this is really embarrassing! I have to actively make myself get out of the house sometimes. Here is what works for me: schedule in-person meetings, rather than phone calls, work from a coffee shop, schedule lunch dates, join a gym or class (if I’m paying for something, I feel more obligated to go), attend (or in my case host) meet ups and/or conferences. What do you do to get out of the house?”

Wishlist 19: Earthy Tones

wishlist 19: earthy tones

As we officially dive into spring and embracing the warmer temperatures, earthy warm tones have been really drawing me in as of late. Recently I picked out a few fun statement items above that I thought fit well together. Lately I have been in a constant battle with deciding on a color palette for our living space. Right now we have a lot of black, grey, and cream with a few pops of mustard + teal tones here and there, so these soft, muted elements might be just the right thing to balance everything out.

Mixtape 17: Little Bison

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Hey guys, I was looking back at some of my most recent posts and realized that it has been a long time since I last shared some music with you. Well, this playlist has been a long time coming + I have been secretly adding to it for month and months. This is my most listened to playlist on spotify and is a good, hearty collection of everything that I love. It’s great for long car rides, when I am deep in work mode, or just hanging around. I am not exactly sure when I’ll be sharing another mixtape, but this one keeps on growing (217 songs + counting)! Feel free to give it a listen via the link below, and if you have any musical artists that you think I’d enjoy, please share some of your faves in the comments. Enjoy!

Shop Stories: Pigment

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Shop Name, Location, Type of Goods Sold: Pigment / San Diego, CA / Lifestyle Store

Tell us a little bit about how Pigment came to be. Pigment began as a gallery for artwork. Initially, there was a studio in back and gallery space in the front. Over time our art installations were complimented by a sofa, a side table and, eventually, fully developed vignettes. Design savvy gifts followed shortly after and an affinity for merchandising fully emerged.

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Talk about your style. Style-wise, both merchandising and buying for Pigment is about graphic contrast and thoughtful color combos. It’s funny; my fashion sense is quite plain–jeans and a wife beater. The uniform, as I like to call it. With the shop, however, I’m all about color and pattern. I love planes of simple negative space balanced by small areas of vibrant spot color. Add pattern and I’m in heaven.

Simple Southern California architecture from San Diego architects, such as Irving Gill, helped shape my design sensibilities. As part of an architecture class in college I studied his work. One home in particular had large stucco walls with simple arches. At the right time of day, shadows from wind swept palm fronds divided the negative space. The temperature of the cool blue shadows against the warm wall was so beautiful to me. The magic of such simple choices and the interaction of the static building with the shifting organic shapes really left an impression on me. It influenced my artwork (I’m a painter too) and it definitely influences the shop.

On a less sophisticated note, I’m a product of the 70’s and 80’s and I’m still in love with old OP graphics. All that ombre shifting is right in my wheelhouse. I teach Color Theory at the local colleges and my color fixation plays a big role in the look of Pigment. With color, inspiration is all around at all times. I’m drawn to the subtleties of one color, the breadth of one color between temperature extremes, but also the contrast between two opposing hues as well. Color moments that whisper and draw you in and others that yell at you and grab your attention from afar, both stop me in my tracks on a regular basis. I can definitely say I’m color obsessed.

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Do you have a favorite part of your shop + why? With merchandising, I geek out on every section of the store, so narrowing down one fav’ is really hard. I don’t have a favorite spot, but I have a favorite time to work.   The magic of merchandising happens while the store is closed. I love the early morning hours before the shop opens. The anticipation of customers and the challenge to impress really keeps me going.

The Plant Lab is a crowd pleaser for sure. Inspired by the terrarium craze we created a spot in store where you can build your own. It’s a go-to for gifting and a place for adults and kiddos alike. Colored sands, mosses and rocks line the walls in a rainbow of color.  We were literally thinking about a candy shop when looking for bins to hold all the sands and such. Just like Charlie in the Chocolate Factory, we want it to feel like a wonderland. Customers can DIY or order up from one of our associates.

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Where does your inspiration come from? Inspiration comes in many forms. As I mentioned above, color is number one. From nature to the city streets and the pages of a magazine, it’s everywhere at all times and little moments of color inspiration are constant. I also love vintage picking–buying, collecting, foraging. My vintage compulsion is one part treasure hunter and one part genealogist. I always feel a connection to the items I buy, like an object found from my own past. The preoccupation isn’t a rational one. I’ve even been moved to tears over old photos at the swap meet. I guess it’s easy to appreciate how fleeting life is when you see someone’s everything in boxes at a garage sale.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Business-wise, opening and running the store, doubling our size and moving locations over seven years was the undertaking of our lives and, between my husband and I, is also our biggest business achievement. Every year that we stay in business puts us one year further from the statistical failure of a five-year window. Which leads, of course, to the biggest challenge: keeping it going. Keeping the quality strong in the shop and morale high among our staff takes constant effort. There’s no relaxing and basking, it’s constant work. There’s just more pressure now.

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. I’ve been looking at this question for a week now. I’m trying to put my finger on why it’s such a hard one for me. People are constantly trying to understand what we do, what we are, what we sell. On the one hand, I’m eager to answer the question and help to establish our identity. On the other hand, I don’t want to limit what we are and put the shop in a proverbial box either. This may not be what you were looking for, but here’s my best attempt to answer.

Paint Brushes: Pigment’s focus was initially on local artisan vendors and the sale of their work, including my own (I’m a painter). Art is the backbone of the business. While we’ve grown well beyond a gallery, sales of art is Pigment’s foundation and our relationship to handmade wares and the artists & artisans who make them continues to guide our aesthetic as a whole.

Our towering Fig Tree: Aesthetically speaking, at Pigment plants in general soften an otherwise more industrial space. The matriarch of our collection, a huge fig tree that reaches up in to the rafters, dwarfs teeny tiny succulent counterparts. Like people, they each have a personality and temperament. You can cruise through and checkout the different specimen for inspiration or role your sleeves up and get your hands dirty at the Plant Lab, our in-store terrarium bar. The green element and our Plant Lab in particular set us apart from other stores.

A Stroller: We are family owned and operated and the growth of our store has paralleled our growing family. We have a pup, named Cash, and two daughters too. The shop and all of our events are family & pet friendly. I want Pigment to be a magical place for adults and kids alike and often draw on my own nostalgia for the items that we feature.

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Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Splurge: Once a year we have a Tillandsia Trunk Show. It’s a time when we feature unusual specimen. They can be pricey, but oh are they beautiful! Be forewarned, there’s a certain pressure that comes with the purchase though. You become a steward of that specimen and the pressure to care for it properly is huge! Steal: Succulents, succulents, succulents! The largest growers in the nation are in our backyard, which means our prices are amazing. Even among our So-Cal counterparts, our prices are the best. Plugs start at a $1 each.

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your space? When it comes to buying, I feel comfortable walking in to a fancy showroom and pouring over every item in the space. I can also turn around and sift through every dusty box at an estate sale. I go into it with a vision and a goal–no forum is too high or too low for me.

My buying style, I learned early on, is pretty unconventional too. I break every rule and order primarily based on what I like and would buy myself. I am often saying no to things that I could sell. I want to love every item and the space as a whole.

At Home with Karisa Grimstad

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Talk about your style. I love Scandinavian minimal design with a side of industrial.

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? The living room probably takes the cake for my favorite room. It’s completely redone from how it looked when we moved in. It went from beige paint+ carpet to white walls + hardwood floors, with the touch of an MCM couch and our DIY floating sideboard & picture ledge. It’s my Friday nightspot.

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Where does your inspiration come from? I’m a constant admirer of the simplicity from My Scandinavian Home + the daring/fun DIY from Vintage Revivals.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Our kitchen remodel has to be our crowning achievement so far. We took out a whole wall, cabinets and the built in stove hood to make an open kitchen with our DIY concrete island boldly standing in the middle.

Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Our concrete island, the floating sideboard, and my office. It’s a little serious business mixed with an easy going + swanky flare.

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Biggest splurge and biggest steal: That’s a hard one. There are the dull $$ spent on putting new floors in and the general – wood for remodeling/projects adds up like crazy – but let’s go with the fun facts: Our mid century modern couch was a Craiglist find that felt like a bit of a stretch, but was EXACTLY what I was looking for; while the Eames chair (from Amazon) was almost completely paid for with all the Amazon points we saved up over 2.5 years!

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Ikea + Lowes have helped us make or build much of the home we love. Though I’m known to find fantastic knick-knacks at Target + Marshalls!

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? My DIY tip is to look at what you have, big or small, and see if you can repaint it to fit your needs before demoing or throwing it out. Our bathroom did NOT look like that before. But I didn’t have to do any demolition or heavy spending to get it to the bright and cheery state it is currently in!

Any advice? Create a home you feel rested in + enjoy. No style is impossible to achieve if you declutter your space and try your hand at some inexpensive DIY!