Name: Joanna and Josh Billigmeier
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 5½
Spring may not be at its full brilliance yet, but if you step inside Joanna and Josh Billigmeier's town house, you'll find a springlike joy radiating from each room. This is appropriate, as Joanna loves her work as an interior designer for Urban Country in Bethesda, and she's known for bringing her work home.
Joanna and Josh are exuberant creatives — especially when it comes to designing well on a budget. Most of the art was done by Joanna, and the colorful walls were painted by the couple. They also made an effort to mix high and low throughout their home, finding many pieces at antique and vintage stores. Joanna even made her own coffee table out of packing flats because she couldn't find the type of coffee table she was looking for at a reasonable price.
And their inspiration to save? That answer can be found on the second floor, in the pink and brown nursery. The couple is adopting a little girl from China this summer — the nursery's palette of brown and raspberry pink will match their increased joy perfectly.
The best part about their home is that Billigmeirs are as cheerful as their environs, meaning that they have achieved the ultimate designing goal: to make a home a reflection of your personality.
To see how Joanna crafted many of the items in her house — from coffee table, to artwork, to centerpieces — see her blog: blog.billigmeier.org.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My/Our style: Transitional/modern. I like clean, organized spaces, but I like an eclectic mix of color and texture, and old and new.
Inspiration: Pottery Barn meets West Elm. I don't want a house that looks like everyone else's, and I love that we have so many unique pieces.
Favorite Element: The tall ceilings on our third floor. I love the cathedral ceilings in our master bath.
Biggest Challenge: Having time to do all the projects, and things I want to do around the house.
What Friends Say: You made that?! Everyone also comments that our house is perfect for parties, because of the open floor plan.
Biggest Embarrassment: So far, I've been lucky, or maybe I just don't embarrass easily…
Proudest DIY: My coffee table in the living room, which I made out of packing pallets, and the fact that most of our art and most of our accessories, are done by us.
Biggest Indulgence: Our dining room table. Josh's family is huge, and I wanted to have something that became large enough to seat everyone. And I love the distressed look of it.
Best advice: Just jump in. It is daunting and scary to get started on a new project, especially when you don't know exactly how it will turn out, but there is such a feeling of accomplishment when you look at your home's decor, and know that you made that!
Resources of Note:
Behr from Home Depot
• Paint color is Behr's Bonjour Beige
• Shutters, antique store in Pennsylvania.
• Sofa from a friend who was moving.
• Coffee table crafted from packing pallets.
• Art above sofa, World Market
• Latter, Rustic Garden.
• Jute rug, Crate & Barrel
• Furniture, Target and Babies "R" Us
• Pink rug and chair, Target
• Pink crystal doorknob, eBay
• Art — painted by Joanna because she couldn't find cute nursery art to match her daughter's culture.
Thanks, Joanna and Josh!
Images: Lindsey Roberts
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