A Homebody Claims Decorating’s Hobby, but Her Home Is Professionally Beautiful

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Name: Katie Varela, husband and three kids
Location: Lake Forest, California
Size: 1,700 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

My husband, Jon, and I live in this three-bedroom home with our three kids, ages 13, 11, and 9.

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We moved here a year and a half ago from a neighboring city and a house that was under 1,000 square feet, so this 1,700-square-foot home feels like a mansion to us!

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I’m a work-from-home copy editor and am also an introvert and homebody, so my favorite hobbies involve our house—decorating, thrifting, and Craigslisting.

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Vintage, traditional, collected, eclectic.

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I thrift new treasures each week, and the last thing I found was a vintage butterfly mounted under round glass. The last new thing I bought was this pink pot from Anthropologie. The thing currently in my online shopping cart is a stair runner from Annie Selke!—I’m planning on getting this one.

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Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t worry about style labels! If you like something, go for it, even if it isn’t the same style you are “supposed” to use.

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What is your favorite room and why? The living room is my favorite room because of the fireplace, the built-ins that hold all our family treasures, the painted wall above the mantel (a labor of love I completed a few months ago), and the fact that it usually stays clean!

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Thanks, Katie Varela!

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