How would you describe your personal decorating style?
I guess I would describe my style as midcentury whimsical. I love the lines and scale of furniture from the 1950s and '60s and have been pleased that it fits surprisingly well in a house built in the 1920s. I also say whimsical because I love a house filled with colorful objects that are little on the silly side, like Legos, unicorns, and cartoonish art.
You share your home with your husband and two shelties. How did you combine your personal aesthetics and tastes to create a space you and your husband both love? Did your two pups influence any of your design decisions?
Well, I have to credit my husband, Colin, for reining in my otherwise-unchecked feminine aesthetic. Without his input, every room would probably be dripping in pink and gold. Also, since we don't have children yet, we have the luxury of each having individual home offices that we can decorate in our own way. We both had veto power over furniture, textiles, and art in the rest of the house, and I think we ended up with a space that suits us both very well — balanced and modern.
Although the dogs didn't get a say in the design process, we made a few stylistic decisions with them in mind. First, there are a few strategically placed (hopefully camouflaged) bins with dog toys and other puppy accessories throughout the house. Second, because I could not seem find affordable, attractive dog beds ANYWHERE, I made them myself. Using a Design Sponge tutorial, I made a nautical striped dog bed for the bedroom and another for my office with pink ikat fabric and white piping. I'm really happy with how they turned out.
You and your husband have spent a lot of your free time remodeling your home together. Tell us about this process! How did you prioritize your list of projects?
As with most things, our projects were prioritized by time and expense. We started with the quick fixes. Because paint is such an easy and inexpensive way to transform a room, we repainted every room in the house a bright, light color before we even moved in. We also replaced all of the light fixtures, which were oversize and did not fit the character of the house. After that, with my father’s help (aren't dads the best?), we remodeled the kitchen by adding a new butcher-block countertop, tiling the backsplash, and repainting the cabinets. Now that the big projects are done, I try to plan little projects to tackle on the weekends like hanging shelves or planting flowers in the yard.