Name: Natalie Steinebrunner and Krešimir Tokić
Location: Belvedere Square; Baltimore, Maryland
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
Natalie and Krešimir live on a quiet, leafy street in Baltimore with their dogs, Ziggy and Eva (affectionately: "monster mixes"). Tall trees shade the house, and open windows let in a bright, crisp breeze on the first official day of fall.
In addition to being a lovely place to live, the house has been outfitted to fully support the couple's creative pursuits. Natalie is a textile designer and painter, and she keeps an art studio on the second floor. Krešimir, an A/V systems engineer and musician, maintains his own studio in the basement. So perhaps that's why, elsewhere in the house, the decor feels like such a comfortable, honest reflection of their lives. It's as though the music rises up, the paint trickles down, and you end up with a handsome piano and lots of records and guitars here and there, accented with gorgeous paintings and colors and artfully arranged tableaux.
"At first I was terrified to do anything because I thought it would be too permanent or that I might change my mind," Natalie says. So she sought inspiration in their common interests: art, music, nature, and travel. "You've got to go with your gut. Design with things that make you happy."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic/contemporary. We like to mix things up — we have furniture from all different eras. We love the contrast of bright pops of colors with neutrals and old with new.
Inspiration: Anything and everything! Especially travel, fashion, textiles, art, and nature.
Favorite Element: Our woodstove. It's really nice and cozy in the fall and winter. We both had woodstoves in our childhood homes, so it is very special and nostalgic for both of us.
Biggest Challenge: Champagne taste on a beer budget. Making secondhand furniture feel sophisticated.
What Friends Say: “When are you going to have a party?” “Bohemian Modern”
Biggest Embarrassment: Not finishing our bedroom yet. Since we don’t really bring many visitors there, we have put the decor on the back burner. It is way overdue.
Proudest DIY: Our powder room. This was the first project we did together, start to finish. It feels like the most “grown up” room in the house. It was the first time we were able to plan everything.
Biggest Indulgence: Hmm… not much. Most of our furniture is hand-me-down or from a secondhand store. We also are extremely fortunate to have so many talented friends in the art and design world who have done barters or trades with us.
Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to be bold. The first year I was terrified to do anything because I thought it would be too permanent or that I might change my mind. Go with your gut and design with things that make you happy.
Dream Sources: Kelly Wearstler and ABC Carpet & Home
Resources of Note:
- Mirror - Anthropologie
- Jute accent rug - LR Resources
- Shelf - Ikea
- Vintage artwork on shelf - Craigslist score
- Plant - Whole Foods
- Vintage purses and umbrella - Thrift store finds
- Wall organizer - Ikea
- Yellow chairs - Painted and reupholstered thrift store DIY
- Other chairs - Family heirloom
- Flowers - Local Color Flowers
- Table - Ikea
- Window treatments - Target
- Photography over piano - "Theatre" by Vincent Carney
- Small photo - Thrift store find, frame from Crate & Barrel
- Art on dresser - "Rise" by Natalie Steinebrunner, available exclusively through Stephanie Bradshaw Shop
- Chandelier - Antique from our previous house, we loved it so much we brought it with us.
- Coffee cups - Anthropologie
- Dog food mat - Target
- Accent rug - Tamarian Carpets
Thanks, Natalie and Krešimir!
(Images: Natalie Grasso)
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