Location: Rural Ontario, Canada
Square Footage: 1700
Years Lived in: 1 1/2
Rent or own: Own
Describe your style: Modest Minimalist
What's your favorite free/found item?
One day I was driving by a restaurant that was being renovated and there was a huge pile of about 25 large red metal letters.
A B & C are now hanging in our office and I sold the rest.
What's your favorite purchased item?
Not only is it pretty but it's one of the most functional items in my house - a Le Creuset dutch oven I found about 10 years ago for $2.
What has been your biggest obstacle in decorating/design?
The fact that I care about interior decor and design at all sometimes feels like an obstacle.
For example, I would love one of those new, overstuffed and super comfortable couches you find at horrible furniture stores but I could never
have one because I would get daily twitches from the ugliness. Or, rather than having to paint the exterior of my wood sided home every few years
I could just cover it with vinyl siding and never lift a finger for it again, but...I could never do that because I have an eye for aesthetics that
I can never change. Sometimes I feel like it's a curse but I love it anyway.
Is your design style organic or planned?
I would say it's a bit of both. I do plan certain ideas ahead of time like paint and fixtures but when most of your furnishings come from a thrift store,
you tend to do a lot of decorating around the latest find.
What is your favorite spot in the house?
I love the dining room the most. It is very simple, white and super bright on a sunny day. The room used to be an open porch way back and still
feels a bit like one. We see a lot of great birds in the bushes from the windows in there.
How has your style changed in the past 5 years?
I have always been a huge fan of bright colors and mid century furniture. To an extent, I still am. Since moving into this heritage home my taste has
simplified itself quite a bit though. 5 years ago, I had a coral pink bedroom with neon curtains and a weird looking homemade wooden bed. I had a lot of mid
century and kitsch in my place and I have phased out about 75% of it. I still like splashes of bold color and will always have a soft spot for
weird and kitschy finds but I think I have learned how to edit my finds & tastes a lot better. I've become a lot more practical about what I bring
into the house now.
What is your favorite resource or store?
Any flea market, yard sale, thrift store or rummage sale. I also love Etsy, eBay, Craigslist and Kijiji.
What is your biggest decorating/design pet peeve?
I don't really like to see decor that is focused entirely on one era or style. I find it too contrived and formulaic,
almost like it's a movie set with no soul.
What has been your favorite design trend?
I can't say I'm a huge fan of trends, they stress me out, but there are a few that seem pretty timeless to me:
maps, nautical and rustic/primitive items are always a sure bet.
What is the biggest influence on your design/decorating style?
Not sure how I'd pinpoint my biggest influence, as it's ever-changing. Decor items seem to find me, rather than me seeking out specific ideas.
Somehow, it all just comes together.
What in your home dictates how you design/decorate?
Layout certainly has a big say in what I can and can't do, especially in my livingroom.
What is the simplest thing you have done that has made the biggest impact?
Painted everything inside white. Well, almost everything.
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