House Tour: Beth's Photogenic Home

Name: Beth Jansen Location: Oklahoma City, OK Size: 3500 sq. ft. Years lived in: 1

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It's unusual when someone completes their house tour survey and lists the same response for both their favorite element AND biggest challenge, but that is exactly what Beth did. Her answer to both? Color. Which is fearlessly great - she loves it and rather than being intimidated by just how big of a challenge it can be, she goes for it and achieves wonderful results...
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The home that Beth shares with her family is big, and like the old saying, it's also bold and beautiful. She got in touch with us through our House Tour submission form and we are so happy that she did - this glossy, lush, patterned and textured home is some serious candy for our mid-winter color-starved eyes.

As a professional photographer, Beth can capture the spaces she has created in a personal way, picking up on all the design details that makes these rooms special, from the natural elements of the stone mantle and bath to the pop explosion of the shiny pink walls and collaged wallpaper. There are lots of great ideas and vignettes throughout the slideshow - take your time and enjoy the tour!

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AT Survey:

My style: Modern/Eclectic

Inspiration: I shoot on location and I've been in hundreds of homes, I love a modern edge but I want every room to feel comfortable and inviting. I grew up more of a country/shabby chic setting so I'm fond of warm woods and organic elements. I am inspired by color; I love Jonathan Adler, and am never intimidated by color or pattern. I want to enjoy moments so my concern is not for timelessness.

Favorite Element: COLOR

Biggest Challenge: COLOR, since I use so much of it, I try to avoid the 'circus' feel.

What Friends Say: That I'm daring

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Biggest Embarrassment: When I picked the colors for the master bedroom and walked in while all the furniture was thrown towards the middle of the room I gasped, it looked like a cheap candy store and my husband was PISSED. I took it on as a challenge and now my bdrm is one of my favorite spaces in the house!

Proudest DIY: My photography is pretty much art in every room.

Biggest Indulgence: Custom made pieces by my handy carpenter; He built my mantle, knocks out walls, even makes custom picture frames.. Currently he's building a look alike hive modern bicycle wheel coffee table!

Best advice: When drinking your coffee and looking around a room, make sure that room makes you FEEL, whatever that intended feeling is, feel it!! I KNOW my house is not for everyone but it's for my family and me and it makes us feel like we don't live in an incredibly conservative city!

Dream source: All the boutique hotels popping up all over the country. The décor is always chic and daring – amazing use of color and light. I want friends to feel like they are on vacation when they come over – unlike anything else in Oklahoma City :)

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Resources:

For cool Tile: Interceramic.com has some cool tile, (kitchen backsplash, master bath) Denim, Glow, and Grid series are awesome! And www.modwalls.com has some great stuff as well..

Furniture & Decor: More than half is from thrift stores and antique/vintage modern shops.
Love El Paso Import Company and Anthropology, CB2 and Hive Modern

Wallpaper: who cares where you locate it! The wallpaper in my family room is clearance high end wrapping paper, stuck up with wallpaper paste!

Art: From all over, all photography is mine, but anyone can take a picture of bamboo and hang it above a bed! Adds a nice punch of color!

I LOVE Etsy.com – pretty much the most time-sucking, money hemorrhaging website. Many of the paintings in my home were found on etsy and all under $300!

Love Domino, Elle Décor, Dwell, and even Country Living! I'm a total blog stalker and am constantly inspired by other's art, photography and otherwise. I'll design a room around a single piece or an outfit someone wore!

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Thanks, Beth!

Photos: Beth Jansen

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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