This Home Has Everything… Hand-Painted Wallpaper, a Cat Named Dolly Parton, Disco Balls and More
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It all starts with a hot pink name plate that stands out among the red and green awnings on The Hill, a traditional Italian American neighborhood in St. Louis. This lively pop of color on her front door marks the home and studio of embroidery artist Abbey Eilermann, whose brand Daily Disco has garnered tens of thousands of Instagram followers from around the world. On The Hill, though, she’s better known as the woman who will pose outside her apartment in a pale pink jumpsuit with hundreds of balloons, or adorn the building with crepe paper streamers—all clues as to just how wild and wonderful her indoor decor might get.
And it most definitely does. Abbey’s home is bursting at the seams with threads and textiles in all forms, from yarn pom-poms and woven wall hangings, to shaggy rugs and, of course, her own chainstitch embroidery. Abbey splits her apartment in two, saving one side for all things embroidery, sharing her studio with two Daily Disco team members, including Claire Boxdorfer (pictured). They spend their time here doing custom, freehand embroidered designs on denim jackets, designing quirky lapel pins and patches—think bottles of rosé, flamingo floaties, rainbows, and crystal balls—and having spontaneous dance parties.
The other side? That’s where Abbey chills out with her fluffy white cat, Dolly Parton, surrounded by items and inspiration gleaned from her trips to places like Palm Springs and Paris. Most evenings, her apartment is filled with the smell of freshly baked bread from the family-run Italian bakery below. “It is just as charming as it sounds!”
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Mexico meets disco. Bright colors, rich textiles, and splashes of fun.
Inspiration: Palm Springs, Mexico, and so many places I visit inspire me. I am also inspired by seeing how other artists and creatives live. I love Instagram for that reason and follow so many people whose work and spaces inspire me.
Favorite Element: My studio. It’s my happy place.
I also have a lot of furniture from my great-grandparents. My great-grandpa built the coffee table in my living room in the ’60s. All of my bedroom furniture is from them, and also the flamingo mirror in my living room. I love having pieces from family, and they always make me smile.
Biggest Challenge: There is a weird flow to the rooms in this space because it was an industrial space before I moved in. I feel like I have just finally figured out how best utilize the space!
What Friends Say: The comment I get most often is, “This seems like the happiest place to work!”
Biggest Embarrassment: There is a back room that is our storage room and a graveyard for Amazon boxes.
Proudest DIY: The kitchen! I painted the counters to look like marble to replace the peeling black laminate. It brightened up the space so much. The dishwasher was just plain black and I found a silver magnet for it that helped the overall look of it so much.
I also am proud of the lip wall. The lips are hand-painted.
Biggest Indulgence: My pink Anthro couch in my living room.
Best Advice: Take your time, and live in the space before making big design decisions!
PAINT & COLORS
The light, barely pink throughout: Behr, Pink Mirage
The bright pink wall in studio: Behr, Candy Coated
Willoughby Sofa, Petal Pink Linen — Anthropologie
Besta TV Console — IKEA, added knobs and took off door to make cat nook
Lack Shelves — IKEA
Coffee Table — Handmade by my great-grandpa
Record Player Console — Crosley
Rainbow Art Print — Daily Disco
Bondi Beach Landscape Photo — Gray Malin
Bar Cart — Similar here on Amazon
Endless Summer Poster — Vanessa Lilak
Shag Rug — Nu Loom
Clear Acrylic Trunk Side Tables — At Home
Curtains — Target
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