Name: Ana and Mansour (and Molly)
Location: NoDa — Charlotte, North Carolina
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 5 years
Ana and Mansour have a home filled with pieces that each tell a story. Ana is a talented writer, originally from Dominican Republic, and travels often. Mansour is a Harvard graduate from Washington DC who enjoys biking in his free time. They are both intelligent and hilarious…and the corner garden in their living room is a dream.
Their space is cozy and will inspire anyone to embark on their own travels. Molly (also a well-educated dog model) adds even more character to the space. Personal touches go a long way in making visitors feel like they really know Ana and Mansour, simply by spending time in their home. Whether from their parents' basements, an estate sale, or even just Craigslist, their individual and personal style paints a warm picture of a well-learned, and well-traveled couple.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mansour's style is that he would prefer not to have furniture at all (minimalism). Ana secretly agrees, but thinks people won't want to come over if they have to sit on the floor. We do not have a particular style, per se, but like the things we own to have a good story.
Inspiration: Apartment Therapy, of course, is a huge inspiration, along with several DIY blogs. We also take a lot of inspiration from friends' houses.
Favorite Element: Our plants and books.
Biggest Challenge: Picking a color for our main living area and then painting the apartment. It took us forever, and one of us had to do some very precarious balancing on a ladder to get to the wall behind the stairs.
What Friends Say: They like the plants.
Get the look! → Plant Lover's Warm Organic Modern Home
Biggest Embarrassment: How unfinished everything is a whole year into living together in this space. Window treatments, lighting, and bathrooms are next on the to-do list.
Proudest DIY: Our side table.
Biggest Indulgence: Probably our Elfa shelves and all the plants. Or the little gym we're putting together downstairs.
Best Advice: Because we both have long days at work and pretty intensive hobbies, we ended up taking the painting of the apartment (still technically in progress) very slowly. Although it's a bit tedious, if you're short on DIY time I think tackling your project in short blocks can open up a lot of possibilities in terms of doing stuff yourself vs. outsourcing.
Dream Sources: Thos. Moser, School House Electric, AllModern, yard sales