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Length of time in home: 1.5 years, minus about four months of travel
I share my home with: my cat Putin and his vestWhat are the three things you love most about your space?
1. The light! I live on the third floor, in a the front corner of the building so I get light all day long. My sweet little office has huge windows on two walls.
2. The neighborhood! It’s like the America in movies. Big, old Victorian houses and sprawling lawns. Friendly neighbors walking cute dogs. Pubs + boutiques + cafes. And everything’s within walking distance!
3. My three closets. Honestly, I don’t really have tons of stuff, but
having a closet devoted solely to coats and umbrellas makes me feel like
such a grown up.
What’s the least awesome, must-work-around aspect of your space?
Ummm, does my arch-nemesis neighbor ‘Cocaine Face’ count? He and his 3am viewings of ‘King of The Hill’ require a certain amount of work-around (re: ear plugs.)
I kid, I kid! No, I don’t. My kitchen is teeny tiny. I try to make the most of the space by using Ikea’s Lamplig cutting board. It fits perfectly on top of my tiny stove and almost doubles my counter space!
Tell us the story behind one of your favorite pieces in your space!
Nearly everything I own has a story! I’m really attached to the ‘Takk For Maten’ plaque hanging in my pantry. It was in my grandparents’ house for years. It means “Thanks for dinner” in Norwegian – my Scandinavian heritage is really important to me.
What are some of the DIYs you’ve tried here?
These days I’m not particularly crafty! I recovered the seats on my dining room chairs and re-papered the shelves in my closet.
What’s the strangest place you’ve found stuff for your home?
It might be more effective to ask “where is a normal place that you’ve found stuff.” Items in my home have come from:
* A friend’s garage
* A million thrift stores
* My grandpa’s clothing store
* A weird second hand display store under the highway
* A mountain village in Vietnam, a floating market in Brazil, many many other corners of the globe
* The side of the road. Obviously.
What are your top five sources for design inspiration?
1. The Anthropologie stores. I don’t care how twee and predictable that sounds. It’s true.
2. Any museum gift shop
3. Ummm, that’s about it? Mostly I just decorate using things I love!
If you were to name your home ala ‘Tara’ in ‘Gone With The Wind,’ what would you name it?
Every space I ever live in will be called ‘The House of Yes.’
Thanks for visiting, friends!