House Tour: Dixie's Bluebird Manor

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Name: Dixie

Location: West Mid-town

Size: 1100 sqft co-op

Years lived in: 1.5 years

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Dixie named her apartment Bluebird Manor and then created matchbooks and business cards to commemorate its title. You might recognize the style from Dixie's Smallest Coolest '06 entry but her new home is twice the size and even more incredible....

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Dixie knows what she likes and she isn't afraid to flaunt it. As a result, there are collections upon collections. Dixie says she is paring down at her own pace, however. She recently held her own mini flea market to sell off collections she felt she could live without. Now, she is concentrating on trophies that she has awarded herself, paint-by-numbers, and even branching out with some high-end art. She is not afraid to mix Jonathan Adler, custom-made chandeliers, vintage dolls, and mid-century furniture. And because Dixie is such a force in and of herself, her presence is the element that unifies the space.

While her approach to design may not be for everyone, that is far from the point. Like many people, Dixie enjoys being surrounded by things that make her smile, and that have resonance. Fortunately, for us, the end result is aesthetically invigorating.

AT SURVEY:

Style: Girlie Kitsch Moderne or Beauty & Beasts

Inspiration: Old movies from the 30's and 40's, animals, happiness, my heart, the place where innocence meets sexy

Favorite Element: The pink octopus chandelier

Biggest Challenge: Keeping it relatively nice with all these pets (5 parrots and 2 dogs)

What Friends Say: "It looks like your brain threw up"

Biggest Embarrassment: Dogs' wee-pads, the taxidermied ducklings

Proudest DIY: I made a table out of an old Eddie Cantor board game

Biggest Indulgence: Some of my art was tres cher!

Best Advice: Decorate and lve in a way that what makes YOU feel good, not what other people would have you do

Dream Source: Flea markets, Jonathan Adler

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