Location: Rockford, IL
Size: 600 sq. ft.
Years lived in: A year and a half
My inspiration for my home is kind of a casual elegance. It's not really very upscale, I have some decent pieces, a pretty nice couch from Room & Board, some pretty accessories, but it's very livable.
I would say my style is sort of a warm modern paired with traditional pieces.
My favorite room is the living room. I have a painting my boyfriend did for me, mixed with some photos he took of a sculpture installation I did, and several knick knacks.
The most talked about element in my house would probably be my painting at the moment.
My most embarrasing element in my house is the flowery linoleum in the bathroom. I didn't put it in, and I rent, so I can't be too embarrassed, but still, it's not great.
My proudest DIY moment was when I found a pedestal table for $25 and repainted it and fixed it.
I don't have a dream source when it comes to decorating/home furnishings. There are so many I like, but it would probably be something like Tucker Robbins, or something similar.
My reality source is Room & Board. Eventually, I think we'll buy our bed from there and probably some more chairs and a table.
The best advice I've gotten from reading and from others is to take your time when furnishing and decorating your home. This certainly isn't the only place I'm going to live and I want everything I own to truly work for me, not just for this place.
My found treasure is a set of three handmade ceramic jars in white that I found at a student art sale. They are so simple but so elegant and pretty to display.
I've had my TV table forever. It's an old school desk that I used as a child. I remember I started designing at that desk, making books of flowers for my mother. Now my TV and my TiVo sit on top of it.
My most recent purchase is a new basket/tray for my wall of baskets in my kitchen and an outdoor table for my porch.
I haven't done any remodeling , so I don't have any bathroom or kitchen sources. I do love Kohler's fixtures and sinks/bathtubs though. Just gorgeous.