Name: Alicia Paulson Location: Portland Size: Almost 2,000 square feet Years lived in: Almost 7 If you're one of the many fans of Posie: Rosy Little Things, Alicia's shop, you've already had glimpses of her home on her blog. If you're an AT reader, you've had a quick peek at her studio -- she was a contestant (and honorable mention!) in the Fall Colors Contest. Now she's showing us much more of the lovely 1927 house she shares with her husband, dog, and two cats. firstname.lastname@example.org my/our Style: A little prissy, a little thrift, a little “grandma,” a little knock-off Pottery Barn.
the Inspiration for my home: I’m inspired by a lot of the homes in my old neighborhood in River Forest, Illinois. They had a very old-fashioned sort of English-manor quality that I always loved. Favorite element: The newly gravel-covered backyard, if I had to pick one. But actually I love it all, I must confess. Biggest Challenge in designing my home: Trying not to spend any money or remodel anything because we are hopeless. Rewiring a light fixture requires prayers, crossed fingers, and wincing. Our improvements are all completely cosmetic, laid over what was here when we bought the place. What friends Say about my home: “Too bad your dog assaults me every time I come over” and “It seems bigger/nicer/cleaner in the photos” and “Cute – how does your husband let you get away with all that pink?” biggest Embarrassment in my home: The downstairs bathtub which has black caulking and a disgusting plastic shower-surround. Which I barely notice since I’m blind as a bat and normally not wearing my glasses when I’m in said tub. I try not to wear my glasses in the bathroom, actually (mirrors there, too).
Proudest DIY: The newly gravel-covered backyard. biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: Very, very good sheets, always. And a monstrous TV with Tivo. Best Advice given or received: Given: Just pick a color and paint it, baby. Received: Bring something with you to Goodwill every time to go out to get something new. Dream Source for stuff: Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma. Resources: Appliances: Came with house Hardware: Came with house Furniture: Mostly secondhand Accessories: Lots of thrift and handmade Anthropologie Target Marshalls Crate and Barrel/CB2 Lighting: Dining room light from West Elm Stripey living room light from Anthropologie Kitchen lantern from Urban Outfitters Paint: All from Home Depot or Miller Paint (Portland) Flooring: Came with house Rugs and Carpets: Dining room from Meier and Frank (Portland) A few Dash and Albert Living room sisal rug from Kmart Window Treatments: All café curtains from Kmart Others handmade Beds: Secondhand Artwork: Eli Halpin (Baltimore, MD) Other stuff just stuff I’ve made Thanks, Alicia!
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