Who Lives Here: Miki and her husband
Location: Sunnyvale, California
Tell Us About Your Home: "It all started from lack of cash flow! My husband and I were young parents, and fresh homeowners with a substantial mortgage. We couldn't afford new furniture, but we were never afraid to remodel whatever junk we could lay our hand on and turn it into treasure. The years went by. We are not so young anymore and our mortgage is nearly paid, but now this junk chic is a motto of ours. We just feel it is insane to spend so much money on furniture when we can repurpose what we have or find, preserve the environment in the process, and get that sense of achievement when a piece of furniture that was lying on the street becomes a focal point that guests adore when they visit. We recently moved to the USA and live in a rented place, but instead of compromising for a dark dreary space for the time we spend here, our home is warm, colorful, bright and inviting, and it didn't cost us much!"