Maya & Patrick's Picture-Perfect, Lived-In Home

Maya & Patrick's Picture-Perfect, Lived-In Home

Jason Loper
Jan 31, 2011

Name: Maya & Patrick Laurent
Location: Westfield, Indiana (just north of Indianapolis)
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 7 — owned

Maya and Patrick's home in suburban Indianapolis is a wonderful example of how an ordinary house can become extraordinary with the right furniture, paint, and accessories. As home based photographers and artists, Maya and Patrick strived to create a home that is both comfortable and presentable and I think they accomplish both beautifully.

Maya and Patrick are the creative forces behind Such Great Heights photography, which specializes in a new kind of senior portrait. (Seriously, if they had been around when I had my senior picture taken, perhaps I wouldn't be as embarrassed by them now!) With a home-based business, Maya and Patrick's house needs to reflect their personality and also clean up quickly for last minute client visits.

A couple of the highlights of this tour are the custom paint jobs that Patrick did. The painted panels in the kids' room are so adorable that I am actually jealous that these two kids get such an amazing space! And the tree painting on Maya and Patrick's bedroom wall adds a fantastic visual treat to their already stylish room.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: A mix of modern and mid-century that can be lived in and withstand the constant play of kids.

Inspiration: Dwell Magazine, art museums and design blogs.

Favorite Element: The custom shelves in our living room not only provide space for books and a quick clean up area for toys, but we had envisioned them for a long time and to see them come to life has been fun. All of Pat's custom art in the house, from the trees on our bedroom walls to the boys' city paintings, make the house feel custom to just us.

Biggest Challenge: Coming up with solutions to make our home not only function for a family of four but as a place for two businesses to run and hold client meetings.

What Friends Say: Can you come help us with our house? or You really got that on Craigslist? What did it look like before?

Biggest Embarrassment: Our bathrooms. We have barely touched them and they are in desperate need of some attention. Our kitchen is not our proudest area either but we plan to paint the cabinets to help it fit into the house a bit more. And don't look closely at our couches…stain city!

Proudest DIY: All the furniture Pat has built and the furniture we have "upcycled" from Craigslist and garage sales.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom shelves in the living room. Although, we still got them for a great deal!

Best Advice: Live in the space for a bit before making major changes and be okay with changing things when you figure out it doesn't work anymore for your evolving family. You don't have to spend a ton of money in order to have a home that fits you…just be creative with pieces you can find.

Dream Sources: CB2, Habitat, Feel More Human

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Thanks, Maya & Patrick!

Images: Maya & Patrick Laurent

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