We like to call ourselves Redneck-Hippies. We have lived in Texas our whole lives and really love it. We have an enormous collection of music and movies, mostly '70s-'80s horror, and we love collecting different art. We both have very different styles though, I would love to paint every wall a different color and hang every piece of awesomeness I come across, while Dustin is more conservative with our space.
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My decorating style and clothing style are one and the same: lots of texture, pattern, and color, and a mix of old and new, femme and butch. Plus lots of purple and lots of pink, from my hair to my lipstick! I want my home to feel not just lived-in, but full of items you can't wait to pick up and find out more about.
There are two big challenges here: storage room and tidiness. It's not a very big apartment — I think it clocks in at about 425 sq. ft., and it only comes with just the closet and some poorly arranged kitchen cabinets to contain all my stuff. So most of my furniture is for the storing of things because I can't live without making and surrounding myself with art.
Cambridge Bay is a fly-in only community north of the treeline and well within the Arctic circle. We've got a population of 1500 people, mostly Inuit. The community has two grocery stores, a hardware store, one bank, a post office, one restaurant, and a few government buildings. There are no bars, movie theatres, or shopping malls. It costs over $1000 one way to fly to the closest community. Despite that, there's a lot that going on here. We make our own fun at home.
We're a family of four that love living in a pretty small space. Our condo is 730 square feet, one bedroom and one-and-a-half baths. We didn't intend to stay here, and I certainly never expected to end up loving small space living or a minimalist approach to possessions but this home has taught me the value of both and shaped the expectations I put on myself for how I want to show up as a home maker in the world.
Walking out of the house one day with my two young men (Jace is four and Kasen is three), they naturally left the door to our loft wide open and continued to walk down the stairs as if they didn't have a care in the world (which is true). I, of course, lovingly yelled up to them, "Boys…do you live in a barn?" Jace stared blankly back at me for a minute. Blinked. Then very mater-of-fact stated "Yes, mom. We do." For right now, this is our home. A one bedroom, rustic, romantic loft on a little piece of land with chickens, fruit trees, and love.
My husband and I moved into our first home in October 2012, and we only bought FOUR things to decorate it. Almost all our furniture and housewares were either wedding presents, bought with wedding money or we already owned. We feel like our home has a "found object" look that some people strive for.
When we moved into our apartment, the bedroom was a poorly-lit beige box. Further challenges: The room needed to accomodate a king sized bed, clothes for two adults, plus a changing area and a bassinet for our son Izzy, who's now three months old. It's also a rental, which severely limited our willingness to make major modifications. With paint, decals, mirrors, and creative storage, we came a LONG way towards counteracting the room's tendency to be a small, dark cave. Since the room initially seemed to barely accomodate two of us, this seems like a huge achievement! This is how we pulled it off…