What is your greatest inspiration? Beautiful designs from nature that work so perfectly as art like peacock feathers, driftwood, coral and pussy willows.
Favorite Element: The openness.
Biggest Challenge: Mark: The layout. The front portion was built in 1850 and it runs in "train car" fashion from the front to back. We like this because you can see all the way through our home, but where can we occasionally hide from each other? Corissa: I agree with Mark, but my biggest challenge is that we don't own it. If we did, I would remodel it completely to overcome those challenges.
What Friend's Say:"Wow!" "Neat." "It's so cute!" "Beautiful!" "How much rent do you pay?" Most friends and family members think it's beautiful and cool, but you can tell the ones that aren't into the open concept idea.
Biggest Embarrassment: Mark: Our foul-mouthed ghost. Oh, and the kitchen lacks the slick and modern appliances that have become so sought-after. Nothing like steel to sharpen a kitchen's look, non? Corissa: The gross linoleum in the bathroom. Not dirty gross, but ugly gross.
Proudest DIY: Mark: I painted the cabinets a very glossy white in an effort to "modernize" them. Mission accomplished. Corissa: I think it would be Mark's decal applications. Those little branches and things can get tricky and he did an expert job without completely flipping out!
Biggest Indulgence: Mark: The couch. Since we lack a guest bedroom and harbor an innate hatred of pullout couches, we needed something friends could sleep on that would also function as a couch 99% of the time. West Elm to the rescue! Corissa: We've both moved a lot and love to travel, so we've kept things pretty minimal. A few things we love have stayed, we've bought some things we love that were relatively affordable, and we save the indulgences on travel. If and when we buy a house, we may start indulging a bit more in decorating the nest, but for now, we like being free as a bird.
Best Advice: Mark: If people are going to enter into your living room and walk through your bedroom to get to the kitchen — make them take off their shoes. Corissa: Surround yourself with things you love and have meaning to you.
Dream Source: I don't have one dream source. I like the simplicity and functionality of IKEA and the fun of finding things randomly at all sorts of shops, while traveling, and outside in nature.
Other Inspiration: Corissa: I was an Environmental Analysis & Design major, so I love space planning and am inspired by the art and philosophy of Feng Shui and Vastu. The energy and feel of a place is what it's all about to me. I'm also a sucker for decorating, design and DIY shows and I could watch them for hours!
Resources: Furniture: IKEA, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Abode, thrift/second hand
Rugs and Carpets: Home Goods
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