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Quirky Interior Design

Oh blog how I have missed you!!! I got sick and I feel like I've been playing catch up for a month. 

People talk a lot about eclectic decor, which is a mix of periods, styles and countries, but I tend to favor quirky decor. I love the picture of this living room because it has this unexpected eyelash pillow. It takes a room that is beautifully designed and makes it accessible. 

When I was looking at wallpaper for my dining room I found something that was beautiful, but the room started feeling over designed. And so I totally got alligator print wallpaper and it is gorgeous, and yet, a little quirky. 

My office has a vintage turtle footstool that my mom picked up for me years ago that I reupholstered with an old burlap coffee bag. It's tres chic, but so ridiculous that I love it. 

Don't be afraid to embrace your quirky side. Your home should reflect you. I'm going to leave you with another favorite of mine- the boob pillow. 

Image via Aleksandrazee

Image via Aleksandrazee

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2017 house plan

Art inspiration via WTF

Art inspiration via WTF

I'm sharing my list of interior design things with you to show you that it takes time and that it can be on a budget. I do have a couple of splurge items on my list that I have not yet decided about. I do know that as I focus on each room that I have a budget and sometimes I have to save up for things that I want. I would rather wait for the thing that I want and love instead of wasting money and energy on buying a place holder. 

I love home decorating shows but the reality is that it takes more then a weekend to get things done. I'll admit if someone gave me a bucket of cash, I could probably move things along a little faster but that's not my reality. So don't get discouraged if your place doesn't feel done. Live in it and collect what you need and love slowly but surely. 

I've been in my apartment for three years now. I love my apartment. It has great flow, gets tons of sunshine and has a compact, yet super functional kitchen. It lets me entertain when I want to, which I admit, I do love to cook and have people over. My bedroom is tucked away in the basement and it is dark and quiet (apparently I'm a vampire!). 

Due to budget constraints it has taken me ten plus years to furnish my apartment. I'd love to spend a bucket of money and have it all done at once, but that just isn't possible. I finally feel like I'm in a place where I have the framework down and now I just need the finishing touches. 

I did finally finish my bedroom. It needed paint, art on the walls and some styling. It feels good to have one room down. Granted, knowing me I will probably want to change it within the next year or so! 

The vibe I'm going for. Image via Margo Hupert

The vibe I'm going for. Image via Margo Hupert

I'm trying to finish up each room before I move on to the next, but we'll see how long that lasts. I definitely tend to have oooh shiny syndrome and bop around from project to project. That's probably why nothing gets done. 

Here is what needs to be done:

  • Dining Room

    • Standing light for by the chair and lamp for workbench.
    • New Curtain Rods (mine actually broke)
    • Sheer Curtains to layer under curtains (I tend to leave the curtains open and it would be nice to have some privacy)
    • Art- I moved most of the art to my office and bedroom 
    • Refinish dining table- I got it on Craigslist and it just needs to be sanded down a bit and re-stained.
    • Style the workbench- It's this huge expanse of empty space. I don't want it to be cluttered, but it definitely needs some fun stuff.
    • Sell and replace dining room chairs-I have a pair of Philippe Starck La Marie chairs in Orange, but want white. I'd like to replace them with something that has a similar low profile to the Bertoia wire chairs I have. 


       
  • Living Room

      • Paint Hallway
      • softer more comfortable chairs
      • New curtain rod
      • hang plants
      • change up the coffee table? (I've had the same coffee table for over ten years and I like it but it may be time for something new...maybe)



         
    • Kitchen

      • Clean and organize 
      • Paint it teal
      • Clean out and put more shelves in the pantry closet (I'm scared to open the door!)
      • Get a new soap dispenser
      • Style the counter tops
      • Hang film on windows (this room gets almost no light and I'd like to top part to be open, but my neighbors can see in when they walk down the back stairs)
      • Small lights for over dining sink
      • Rewire small lamp
         
    • Bathroom

      • Clean and declutter
      • Rug
      • Plant
      • Another piece of art
         
    • Study

      • Make a slipcover for the chaise 
      • sew pillow cover
    I love this USA-OK Chair made right here in Chicago! 

    I love this USA-OK Chair made right here in Chicago! 

    Tables via A+R

    Tables via A+R

    Kitchen Styling via Emily Henderson

    Kitchen Styling via Emily Henderson

    Quite a bit of what needs to be done is cleaning up and decluttering. Good fun! I find sometimes that we live with things that are broken and worn for way too long because we get used to it. That's why paint the hallway is on my list because it is marked up and beige. 

    Styling inspiration with art and pottery. Image via design sponge

    Styling inspiration with art and pottery. Image via design sponge

    I have been on the hunt for art for the dining room, but I can't quite make up my mind! While I do that I will just work on checking things off the to do list. Hopefully I will have a progress report sooner rather than later! 

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    South African Design

    Image via turbulences deco

    I'll admit that I've been struggling lately. There is so much going on in the world today that I've been feeling a bit run down and depressed by the news. Yet, I am an interior designer and I love design. I hope by sharing some of the beauty that can be found in this world that I can lighten your day.

    One of my absolutely favorite trips was to South Africa a few years ago. I was super lucky to get to go see Mud Studio. The owners of Mud Studio aren't only super creative artists they are also fabulous at Interior Design. They have made this beautiful home in an old church on their property. That gorgeous chandelier in the kitchen is made by them out of hand rolled clay balls that are left to bake in the sun. 

     

    Image via turbulences deco

    I like that they've been able to convert a church into a home, yet you can still see the buildings original bones. By mixing in natural woods and materials it makes the all white space feel less cold. 

    Image via turbulences deco
    Image via turbulences deco

    Someday I will own one of these chandeliers! 

    Image via turbulences deco

    My trip to South Africa actually inspired me in a lot of ways. I started incorporating more wood, ceramics and even hides into my home. I also was really inspired by the Airbnb we stayed at to paint my office a super dark color. I absolutely adore spending time in that room. 

    What places have inspired you? 

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    History of Women

    People often ask me why I buy art. It's actually at this point a part of who I am and an important part of my home. I'm drawn to pieces that inspire me or remind me of a certain person or place. This piece was at a frame shop in Wicker Park and I bought it because it reminded me of a picture of my great-great-aunt standing with my great-great-grandmother. 

    I never met my great-great-grandmother but in my imagination she is pretty kick ass. 

    Before Poppy, my grandfather, passed away he told us the story of his grandmother, my great-great-grandmother. She was born a Hansen in Denmark and came to the States in the late 1890s. She then married a man whose last name was Lorenzen. But then she met my great-great-grandfather who worked at the local dairy and she ran off with him and left her husband and kids. I'm sure there must be more to the story, but it has been lost with the passing of time. 

    Yet, I think it must have taken her courage to move on with a different life, especially in a time when that wasn't common. 

    I'm going to draw a pretty extreme parallel her but we all need to have courage in the face of what is happening today. I'm not an activist or a protester, but I sure am going to give 'em hell. I'm going to the Women's March on Washington this weekend because I believe in human rights and I also believe that our voice needs to be heard. 

    I also see in that picture and in my piece of art a hint of the suffragette march on Washington in 1913. 

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    Get Started....Now

    Photo via Pavan Trikutam

    Photo via Pavan Trikutam

    Phew, the holiday rush is over. Thank goodness all of the Christmas cookies are gone. Life can get back to, well, relatively normal.

    I've learned something over the years that makes Christmas easier. I start now. 

    Every year I buy next year's Christmas cards right after Christmas. 

    Whenever I see a little something for someone on my list I buy it and tuck it away. I only had a couple of last minute gifts to buy. 

    I save gift bags and ribbons throughout the year to use at Christmas time. 

    You may have noticed but there weren't any holiday how to's or tutorials on this here blog (there was that one post where I said get some greens, which was about the extent of it). I did say 'hey-take it easy'. There also weren't any holiday gift guides because a) I try to buy local or handmade b) I try to make stuff for people and c) I'm buying my gifts all year. 

    I was catching up on some blog reading and I kept coming across some great holiday tutorials, like hand painting fabric,  making an advent calendar, or making ornaments and I was thinking when was I supposed to find the time to do all these things. Yet, if I were to start doing these things now, then maybe I'd get it done in time. Knowing me I probably won't so I should probably just walk away from the glue gun. Sigh. 

    I deliberately chose peace this holiday season but I had to let go of some stuff in order to make it happen. I let go of hand making all of the gifts. I didn't make cookies. I hosted no holiday parties. And I was happier because of it. 

    It's almost a year away, but I would argue that if you set your holiday intentions now for peace and harmony, then plan for it and make it so. 

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