Shay & Jason's Interview: Natural Meets Mid Century

Shay & Jason's Interview: Natural Meets Mid Century

Shay Spaniola
Oct 24, 2014
(Image credit: Shay Spaniola)

A year ago, my boyfriend and I moved in together. Our Austin home is an eclectic mix of my home goods textile samples and a manly collection of mismatched vintage finds. We've both put off redoing our bedroom with our busy schedules and ready to take on this challenge alongside Apartment Therapy We'll first start with building storage in the closet to organize our belongings to create mental clarity and add mandatory furniture pieces such as a headboard! Jason will be building recycled furniture pieces and I'll be in charge of the color palette and decor.

Both Jason and I filled out the survey below to highlight our individual personalities as a starting point for our initial interior design plan. We're aiming to create a natural space with mid century and global accents to represent our unique styles in one space.

A bedroom needs to be inspiring in the morning and peaceful at night and we're so ready to highlight these elements in our own tranquil bedroom after the transition of combining our homes.

At our Austin home with our dog, Hunter :)
(Image credit: Shay Spaniola)


1. Favorites:

Actor: Jason: Paul Newman; Shay: Owen Wilson

Actress: Jason: Nicole Kidman; Shay: Blake Lively

Artist: Jason: Salvador Dali; Shay: Richard Diebenkorn

Writer: Jason: Herman Hesse; Shay: Stewart Brand

Music: Jason: Neil Young; Shay: Neil Young

Restaurant: Jason: His Mom's Kitchen (awww); Shay: NOVA

Automobile: Jason: Vintage Land Cruiser; Shay: GWagon

Movie: Jason: Annie Hall; Shay: Anything colorful by Wes Anderson

Clothing Store or Designer: Jason: Barney's; Shay: Mara Hoffman or esby

Furniture Store or Designer: Jason: Anything vintage; Shay: Danish furniture by INDRE Design

2. Three words to describe our styles:

Jason: Classic, preppy and natural; Shay: Clean, mod and relaxed

3. Favorite spaces we've lived in and how we would describe them?

Jason: His home after college in Arizona — hammocks, nature and fresh air

Shay: My first studio apartment in downtown Austin — mid century inspired, simple and a perfect mix of global prints

Favorite childhood room and description:

Jason: His tree-fort — loves being surround my natural elements and being up high.

Shay: My living room. We had this circular black modern sofa accented with simple vintage tables that made the room. The white walls were lined with collected art and there was just the right amount of accent colors.

4. Whom do we consider a rode model?

Jason: Gandhi; Shay: My parents

5. Three spots in our home that we're proud of:

- Our travel wall that showcases our favorite art from all of our adventures.

- Our backyard garden we built together.

- Our one of a kind rugs that make our industrial cement floors feel cozy!

6. A month from now, at the end of the Style Cure, how we would both like our friends to describe our home?

Relaxed, peaceful and thoughtful.

We're looking forward to sharing our journey and hearing your input along the way! What has been your experience with combining first homes?

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