Name: Jana Roach
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
I moved to Fort Collins in search of a rental home with vintage character and charm, and found it in this cozy two bedroom, 1,000 square foot minimal traditional ranch style home. My style is a mix of eclectic, vintage, and new, which has morphed from so many different beginnings! I run a large vintage pop-up market in three states, so my inspiration is often gleaned from our vendors. They are always styling, curating, and incorporating the latest trends into the booths at our markets.
It's incredibly inspiring! I love nature, and I try to bring that into our home as much as possible. My husband just built a DIY driftwood and copper drying rack that you can see in the kitchen. We distressed the copper using hard boiled eggs! I'm in love with how comfortable our space feels. It's small, and storage is limited, but that's made me stop and think about the pieces I bring in. Do I love it? Is it an extension of me?
Another favorite item of mine is my hand-lettered chalkboard that is displayed in every kitchen I've lived in since it was done. In 2011, I started an artisan soda company where I made fresh sodas for events like weddings, parties, conferences, etc! I had flavors like lemon fig, plum rosemary, and strawberry rhubarb!
For financial reasons and after the loss of our fourth pregnancy, I put the soda business on hold for a time. This chalkboard is what I would bring with me to events to showcase the soda flavors! It's a reminder that hard work and a passion for creating yields beautiful results. A Salt Lake City designer named Benjamin Poole hand-painted over an old deli chalkboard I got for free in Kalispell, Montana. If you look close enough, you can make out some menu items on the old faded deli menu in the background! I hope to start the soda business again as a syrup-only venture in the next year!
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