Talk about your style. Oh gosh, it’s hard for me to talk about my style because half of the time I feel like our home is a complete mix of a million things I love with no rhyme or reason to it. But then I also feel as if it’s put together in a cozy studio kind of way. I enjoy anything and everything Mid-Century Modern; if you know me…you know my happy place is Palm Springs. I really enjoy mixing Mid-Century with more rustic pieces, like our hand-me-down coffee table and then tie it all together with patterns and textures in the pillows and accessories.
Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? My favorite room is hands down our dining room + living room space. The open concept makes it great for gatherings at our place, plus, we get the most beautiful sunset shows overlooking the Charles River.
Where does your inspiration come from? A lot of my inspiration comes from traveling. My husband and I are big fans of going on adventures together and being that we are both designers, we appreciate exploring cool spaces and finding inspiration without an agenda. Since our move to Boston, I get inspired from random morning walks through Beacon Hill where I see so many different shapes, patterns & colors in the architecture. There’s so much to explore in this city! Also, there is nothing better than good restaurant design – I feel like these are the spaces you can get super creative with and even better, you get to enjoy food + drinks while getting inspired!
Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. I guess a challenge AND achievement has been hanging things on our concrete walls. It requires some muscles + good anchors. Even though our cords are showing from wall-mounting our tv, I am at least happy it’s off of the console. We are working on covering them! ;)
Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. One – I really love the abstract art that is in our dining room. My mother-in-law gave that to us as a wedding present and I really love the way it ties everything together and almost defines where our dining room is. Two – our coffee table, it was given to my husband a while back and I don’t know if we will ever be able to part with it… even if the scale is a little off in comparison to our small sofa. It’s been our dining room table, our desk and a place to display things we love. Three – our Dining Table – my husband says this is his favorite piece in the house and I agree with him! We recently purchased it from West Elm and I couldn’t be happier with it. This piece was the one that made us feel like adults. ;)
Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Splurge – probably our bed + bedding (if we are including the mattress). We recently upgraded our mattress and spent a pretty penny on it and I am so glad we did. Steal – definitely the coffee table since it was given to us. But if that doesn’t count then I would say the yellow zigzag pouf from Target (I think it was like $29 after mark downs).
What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? West Elm, Craigslist, One Kings Lane + Etsy, Target, Crate & Barrel and a lot of online sourcing + local décor shops.
Do you have any DIY tips to share? I am not the biggest DIY kind of gal. Not because I don’t like doing projects and finding unique ways to create something, it’s more that I want it to get done really quickly so I will skip necessary steps. Enter – my husband. He is OCD when it comes to DIY projects so I will think up the idea with him and he tends to execute it. But I will say, you can pretty much spray paint anything and make it pretty. We spray painted so many wine bottles and beer bottles for our wedding and they look so great with fresh blooms in them.
Any advice? Try not to let the “rules” of interior decorating intimidate you. If you love that crazy side table that you think doesn’t go with your home, you can easily tie it in with accessories or make it the statement piece. If you need a place to start, begin with a focal point and a simple color scheme and everything else will fall into place. Especially if you buy pieces you love.