A Creative Couple Embraces the Slow Life in Michigan

A Creative Couple Embraces the Slow Life in Michigan

Diana Paulson
Mar 24, 2017

Name: Debbie and Devin
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Size: Approximately 1600 square feet (including the studio space in the attic)
Years lived in: 3.5 years, renting

Debbie and Devin met on the East Coast before moving to Chicago, where we toured their apartment and first saw this creative couple's home style. From photography, to jewelry making to music, their Chicago home displayed their handiwork, and so does their current home in Michigan.

Debbie has a great eye, as evidenced by her photography, and it's fun to see her translate her creativity into a three-dimensional space. They both always seem to find a way to make their home feel open and fresh.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We like mixing textures. We tend towards a mostly modern aesthetic, punctuated with other styles and objects from our travels. We love decorating with books, plants, art and using natural materials as much as we can.

Inspiration: We are very inspired by the Japanese slow life / LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability)/ Zakka aesthetic.

Favorite Element: Covered porch

Biggest Challenge: Trying to find a place for all of our books!

What Friends Say: That our home is cozy.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our rental kitchen cabinets and surfaces are not very pretty. We could be better about dusting things, and patching up old holes in the walls.

Proudest DIY: The large print file in the studio.

Biggest Indulgence: Books & records

Best Advice: Decorate your house slowly & intentionally over time with things you truly love.

Dream Sources: Waka Waka, Mjolk, Hedge House Furniture, Analogue Life


Couch - Lilberg (Ikea)
Pillow - Custom BFGF
Side Table - Lack (Ikea)
Coffee Table - DIY
Chair & Cushions - Ikea
Bookcase - DIY
Vintage Fox Doorstop - Etsy
Wood ornament by bastisRIKE
Ceramic/Brass Chime by Ladies & Gentleman Studio
Weaving from Love, Betti
Navajo Rug - Indian Summers
Rag Rug - Unison Home

Bookcase - Kallax (Ikea)
Reading Nook seating - Ikea
Ladder - Found in Alley
Entryway Hooks - Muji
Planter stand - April's Antiques
Shelving - Ikea
Dining Table - Lisabo (Ikea)
Pendant Light - Yard sale
Table cloth - Minna Goods
Rug - Ikea
CD player - Muji
Basket - World Market
Art - Guitar Player by Nathaniel Russell, Two large photographs by T. Harrison Hillman, Shapes print by Michelle Ishikawa

Sofa - CB2
Coffee Table - DIY
Shelving - Algot (Ikea)
Little bookcase, floor lamp & side table lamp - Ikea
Blue Zigzag magazine holder - Ouli
Midcentury Buffet - Jubilee Furniture
Blanket- Hillery Sproatt
Art: Rose photograph by Debbie Carlos, Lion portrait by Nathaniel Russell, Vintage ship watercolors from FOUND, Cashmere & Brass wall hanging by Attalie Dexter, Small green shapes risograph print by Dante Carlos & Kyle Schlie, Vintage female sculpture print from John K King Books.

Wooden Trays - Muji
Rails & hooks - Ikea
White enamel teapot by Kaico
Round wooden stand - Ikea
Metal tea containers - Xiao Qi (小器)
Round ceramic salt & sugar containers - Shino Takeda
Brooms - Viet Hoa Plaza (left) and The Philippines (right)
Woven macrame trivet - Tokyu Hands
Cotton Rope trivet - Doug Johnston
Dustpan - World Market
Wooden Step Ladder - Home Goods
Photograph by Monica Figuera Domenech for Publication for Pleasure.

Art — Yuzu photo by Debbie Carlos, Vintage photograph of Devin's family, Original painting by William Edmonds, Portrait of Devin by Debbie Carlos.

Dressers & Bed frame - Malm (Ikea)
Diffuser - Muji
Laundry Basket - Home Goods
Woven Blanket - BFGF
Rug - Brave Hand Textiles
Art — Large Photograph by Devin Higgins, Joie de Livre from Book/Shop, Mountain print by Brittanee Lindemann, Weaving by Allyson Rousseau, Fish print by Jacinta Moore, Soccer Match print by Elizabeth Mayville, Columns print by Alicia Nauta, Chinese bird painting by Angela Carlos (My mom).

Side Table & wood tray — Home Goods
Light — Ikea
Metal tray — Muji

Desk - Ikea
Lamp with wood base - Yardsale
Metal Rack - Bed Bath & Beyond
Reading Nook - DIY
Chair - (Ekerö) Ikea
Ottoman - (Strandmon) Ikea
Bookcase - (Kallax) Ikea
Desk Chair - Jubilee Furniture
Art - Tree Photograph by Debbie Carlos, Large Mt Everest Mural from allposters.com, Toothbrush print by OTTO, Vintage female sculpture print from John K King.

Work Tables - DIY hollow core doors on sawhorses.
Print file - DIY
Storage Drawers, files and bookcase - IKEA
Small wooden rack - Bed Bath & Beyond
Art — Postcards collected from travel, Seashell/Orange print by Maryanne Casasanta, Cactus Print by Kate Miss, Net Print by bastisRIKE, Flowers risograph print & Trump print from Issue Press, Circle Dust Print by Adam James Boone, Blanket Photo by Debbie Carlos.

Thanks, Debbie and Devin!

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