Rachel & Billy's Unique Little Nook

Rachel & Billy's Unique Little Nook

Aaron Able
Aug 11, 2010

Name: Rachel & Billy
Location: Downtown — Prescott, Arizona

Our home is a perfect example of living in a rental yet applying personal design elements. We have worked on — and continue to work on — making it our own unique little nook. We are both artists and attend college here in town. We decorate with our own artwork and bring in items that reflect our personal design intuition. Since we are working, newly married, and college students, we also have to decorate on a budget lending towards many DIY projects.

Although the house was built in the 1930s, the furniture staples are turn-of-the-century (such as our bedroom's cabinets, our couch, etc.). We like to use modern, artistic, and quirky accents. Many items we have purchased are from estate sales, thrift stores, IKEA, and Target. This really helped our budget, yet these items adds a nice reflection of modern design.

Since the house is small we worked hard to utilize all spaces, and to not let it become overcrowded. The home is a one bedroom, one bath, with the addition of a loft and attic which makes it feel larger and we can utilize the space for storage. For instance, we used an entry way table as a storage unit in our kitchen by adding a hand-made shelf underneath it so that we could use it for kitchen items, plus extra countertop space. We used bamboo cutting boards to protect the table and it adds much more of an attractive and functional finish. We also used a bamboo cutting board for a base over a previous fluorescent light, and attached track lighting from IKEA. For more shelving we added ascending shelves that my husband constructed out of bamboo boards and wall mounts. We are not able to paint, or change any major decorative element, so we have worked with what we received, and it has definitely paid off. Our small, old house, has become a stylish, modern, yet homey little nook. All of our friends and family love the artistic touches, and we usually receive comments that our house is very homey and comfortable. We are happy
here, and we would hope that viewers are inspired by simple touches that make such a unique expression.

Thanks Rachel & Billy!

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