Name: Lauren Wilson
Location: Farmington Hills, Michigan
Size: 1,850 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned
Interior designer — and mom to three kids — Lauren Wilson says it's hard to believe that she's been in her family home for five years. When she moved in, she envisioned an open space that she and her husband could create and build on their own. However, the space was anything but the open-concept she dreamed about. "We knew that we had a long road ahead, but went through with it anyways," she says. She knew that they would have to bust through three rooms to create the big open space they desired. For Lauren, it was necessary for the growing family.
Lauren says she and her husband tackled the project with the help of a family friend to guide them through the remodeling process. "Both our sweat and blood went into the whole remodel of our home and we wouldn't change a thing," she says. "We have a huge extended family and needed a big kitchen for entertaining.
Lauren defines the home's style as very eclectic, taking inspiration from vintage, modern, farmhouse, and boho decor. "I can't pick just one!" she says. She also has an eye for mixing different patterns, colors, and pieces. Because of that, her home is forever evolving. "I love having an eclectic style because I feel you can forever add and make changes to each space — anything goes!"
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: It is definately a mix of styles. If I had to choose, I would say I am a modern, rustic, eclectic kind of girl! Okay, that was not just one...
Inspiration: Inspiration comes from all over: Pinterest, magazines, nature, designers, mixing textures, and flea markets and thrift stores (for one-of-a-kind vintage pieces). Lighting is also a huge inspiration. It can literally change the vibe in your home with just a simple upgrade, whether it's over head lighting or changing out new lamps.
Biggest Challenge: Balancing my needs and wants. Less is sometimes more.
What Friends Say: They tell me my home is always so beautiful and inspiring to them. When my friends walk into my home, they immediately take a look around and notice things are different. I love changing things and moving things around!
Biggest Embarrassment: The terrible layout and how small the master bathroom is.
Proudest DIY: Taking three rooms — the small kitchen, dining room, and living room — and converting them into one open-concept kitchen space. We designed the layout ourselves...that was sure our proudest moment!
Biggest Indulgence: Flowers, candles and pillows. To me, there is nothing better then walking into a good smelling inviting home with nature and texture around you.
Best Advice: Your home should inspire you everyday, so love everything in it. If you don't love it, purge and start fresh. Take your time to hunt for what you want. I find myself at flea markets and thrift stores every week looking for treasures. Even if it costs more then what you want to spend, get it because you will not stop thinking about it until you do.
Paint — Benjamin Moore Dune White
Linen chairs — Broyhill
Pillows — HomeGoods and other home stores
Lamp — IKEA
Rug — HomeGoods
Curtains — IKEA
Buffet — Hooker Furniture (painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black)
Lamps — HomeGoods
Branches and stems — Hobby Lobby
Vase — HomeGoods
World map picture — Target
Wooden frames on shelves — Target
Gold abstract figure — Target
Paint — Benjamin Moore White Dove
Wooden beam — Stained with Minwax special walnut
Cabinets — Cabinets Express
Pendant lighting — IKEA
Counter top color — Giallo Ornamental granite
Hood vent — DIY
Black paint color — Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black
Persian rug — eBay
Bar stools — Joss & Main
Antique ceiling tiles — Found at flea market
Table — DIY
White chairs — Jet
Black chairs — Found at flea market
Chandelier — Lowe's
Couch — Room & Board
Rug — Pottery Barn
Pillows — Pottery Barn
Curtains — IKEA
Stair railing — Painted black with Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black
Beds — Joss & Main
Angel wing cabinet — HomeGoods
Chair — Target
Pouf — Target
Sideways tree branch — DIY
Art and letters — Hobby Lobby
Bedding — HomeGoods
Gold pillow — Target