After we saw Xing's home in the '06 Fall Colors Contest, he offered to show us more of his fascinating, eclectic house. Xing clearly knows not only how to mix and match pieces and styles, but how to spot deals -- many of his finds are from Craigslist, eBay, and his travels. Take a look. (And don't miss Xing's current Seattle apartment, where he's moved since this tour.)
My style: As cliched as it is, eclectic, but hopefully not cluttered (most of the time, when I get around to cleaning it.)
The inspiration for my home: Elle Decor, Travel
Favorite element: The remodeled master bathroom. It feels nice to shower in the morning while light is pouring in from the eastern facing window, and not have to shower in a tiny 30x30 shower stall any longer.
Biggest challenge in designing my home: Since it is an older house, the ceiling is the old standard height of 8 feet, so I tried my best to make ceiling feel higher using recessed lighting, floor to ceiling curtains and lower furniture.
What friends say about my home: It feels urban even though it is in the suburbs, or "it is comfortable."
Biggest embarrassment in my home: The yard.
Proudest DIY: The kitchen cabinet replacement.
Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: All windows are replaced.
Best advice given or received: Used or antique furniture often is much cheaper than new furniture of the same quality, and has more character. Except that reupholstering old furniture is much more expensive than buying new ones. So other than upholstered furniture, I usually want to buy used.
Dream source for stuff: High end furniture stores.
• I found some old hardware when I was on a biz trip in Beijing
• Restoration Hardware
• B&H Photo & Video
• Ralph Lauren
• Original floors
Rugs and Carpets:
Tile and Stone:
• Home Depot
• Craigslist to find someone to custom make something
• Friend to help sew
• Oil painting I painted myself
• Photographs taken during travels
• Michaels (art and crafts)
(Edited from a post originally published 08.07.07)