Name: Katie and Toby
Size: 1200 sq. ft.
Years lived in: Together for 4 years. Toby 6 years total.
Inspiration: We’re inspired by all sorts of periods, movements and styles, which is why we can’t or don’t want to stick to one particular style. We love Art Deco, Bauhaus, Minimalism, Mid-Century Modern, Danish Modern, etc. etc. Overall we’re inspired by anything with clean lines.
My/Our style: Vintage-modern with a touch of funk and a whole lotta love! Blending two lives, tastes and styles together seems to result in this sort of mix-match look. We are still in the process of combining our similar but slightly differing tastes into a cohesive look. Favorite room: We both love to cook, so the kitchen is our favorite room. It’s a cheery room with fun tile work and it gets the best light.
Most talked about element:
Our artwork. Katie’s paintings and Toby’s ceramics.
Most embarrassing element: Cat hair tumbleweeds when we don’t get around to sweeping as much as we should.
Proudest DIY: Our annual summertime herb garden
Dream source: Herman Miller. Design Within Reach. Original Bauhaus pieces. Angela Adams rugs. Luminaire.
Reality source: IKEA, antique stores, hand-me downs, architectural salvage stores, Crate and Barrel, CB2. Craigslist is a goldmine for us! We’ve gotten some great finds and good deals. An art deco dresser and Wassily chairs were two somewhat recent finds.
Best advice: Don’t buy just to buy. In the long run it will be a big waste of money and you will be unhappy. Save up for pieces that you really love.
Found treasure: Geroge Clinton dreadlock
Had forever: Katie’s Strawberry Shortcake trashcan (A 24 year old Christmas gift from Santa.)
Just got: Chocolate brown 600 thread count comforter. It’s so soft and fluffy and just heavenly to sleep under.
We knew we'd love Katie's home from reading her blog K-Fresh Designs, one of our favorite everyday clicks! Now she and Jessica are up to even more design mischief with Design Boner...
Thanks Katie and Toby!
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