My Curated Home

I was lucky enough to build my home from the ground up 25 years ago, and as an interior designer and general contractor, it was a dream come true. There were a few mistakes along the way, but I think that I definitely nailed it a few times too. I've learned a lot over the years, and at this point, I can honestly say, that I love my home, it suits me, makes me, inspires me and is truly a place of comfort and relaxation.

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In my “curated home,” instead of everything being “matchy-matchy” and within one specific style, the space look less planned and more natural, every item has been thoughtfully acquired, and collected slowly over time. Each piece has a story, and all of the elements flow and complement each other.  As much as I LOVE furniture stores, including Pottery Barn, Crate&Barrel, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Room and Board, Design Within Reach, plus many others, I didn’t want my house to look like a retail showroom. I want the look of my home to be warm, sophisticated, lived in, loved in, interesting, unique and all about the people who live here. 

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It had been 10 years since my last major update, and over the last year, I have been working on an update of my family room, nook and kitchen.  It took literally a year, to plan out, shop for, line up the subs and execute. I did love my old look, which I painstakingly took to create all those years ago, but now it was time for a fresher look, new colors and a change up of styles, and basically “something different”.  Something less Craftsman style and more Mid Century Modern (but not too much.) I’ve incorporated hand-crafted art, an Asian Flair plus a little bit of sass!  

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No new furniture was purchased, which was surprising, since I started out thinking I wanted a new sofa and dining table.  But in the end, what I actually did was to repaint, moved around existing furniture from different parts of the house, added a new light fixture, changed out the kitchen faucet, swapped out existing art and accessories, then purchased a new area rug and new set of dishes.  It seemed daunting at the beginning, but really the solutions were so simple, and I truly LOVE the new look! 

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NOOK BEFORE

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FAUCET BEFORE

FAUCET AFTER

FAUCET AFTER

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- Suggestions to achieve The Curated Home for yourself - 

  • Choose a unifying color palette, typically one or two neutral tones, an accent color, and a “pop” color 

  • Mix old and new pieces of furniture 

  • Combine styles – but keeping consistent themes of color, shape and texture 

  • Change out existing lighting fixtures  

  • Change out your door hardware and hinges 

  • Change out your plumbing fixtures 

  • Decorate your walls, as often as possible, with real art.   

  • Shop thrift stores - they are great sources for wonderful and unusual items 

  • Think out-of-the-box and let your creativity guide you 

  • Use plants as living décor 

  • Choose things you really LOVE!   

- My Home Sources -

Quirky, Cats, Kimonos and Torri Gates | Japanese Wood Block Print | Framer - Lissa - Hangin' Custom Framing

Quirky, Cats, Kimonos and Torri Gates | Japanese Wood Block Print | Framer - Lissa - Hangin' Custom Framing

Alfred | Japanese Wood Block Print from Azuma Gallery in Seattle | Framer - Lissa - Hangin' Custom Framing

Alfred | Japanese Wood Block Print from Azuma Gallery in Seattle | Framer - Lissa - Hangin' Custom Framing

Ray Morimura, artist | Japanese Wood Block Print from Azuma Gallery in Seattle | Framer - Lissa - Hangin' Custom Framing

Ray Morimura, artist | Japanese Wood Block Print from Azuma Gallery in Seattle | Framer - Lissa - Hangin' Custom Framing

Just for fun, here are the list of resources for my home that I used.  As you can see there’s a wide variety of places, styles and price points: 

This is our sweet Dosha - she loves snuggling next to the fireplace on our area rug.

This is our sweet Dosha - she loves snuggling next to the fireplace on our area rug.