The offbeat occupant: Heather B, Special Events Planner (and yummy cupcake baker!)
Other occupants: Husband, Nate
Approximate square footage: 1000-2000 sq. feet
How many bedrooms? 4
Lives in: Delaware
When did you move into this home? Six months ago.
Let’s start with the neighborhood. What’s it like where you live? Our neighborhood was built in the 1950s, so a lot of the homes follow the same model, but over the years they have been personalized by the owners to the point where until you start touring them, you don’t realize the layouts are basically the same. We have a nice mixture of older people who’ve lived here for 50 years and younger families (like us). We’re close to one of the main drags in Wilmington which has lots of stores, restaurants, bars, etc. and is super convenient. Overall, it’s pretty quiet in suburbia.
What makes your home offbeat? I would consider myself and my husband to be offbeat-lite. We’re nerdy DIYers.
What’s the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? The kitchen. The kitchen in our previous apartment was awesome, and I really wanted a big kitchen in the house since I love to cook. The kitchen here is tiny with extremely limited storage (especially since I have just about every kitchen gadget known to man).
In our previous apartment, Nate was using a sideboard as his dresser. We refinished it black and liquid-nailed a butcher block top from Ikea onto it, and BAM it created extra storage and counter space in the kitchen. I also store a lot of my less-used items (turkey roasting pan, stock pot, etc.) in the attic and only pull them down when I need them.
The master bathroom is also very small with basically no counter space. Plus the only outlet is located on the opposite wall to the counter so (for instance) my electric toothbrush can’t be plugged in and sit on the counter because the cord is not long enough and if it was, it would clothesline you.
To solve this problem, we purchased an old media cabinet for $40 and refinished it black. We then installed a mirror in the back and some puck lighting on the top and screwed in a power strip to the side. Now I have a big vanity in the bedroom to house all of my make up, hair products, jewelry, and other miscellaneous that would otherwise have no home. Plus, I can just close the doors and it’s like the mess disappears.
What’s your favorite feature of your home? The space! We host a Canadian Thanksgiving seated meal every year, and we were able to comfortably have 20 friends all sit around a table, which was pretty well impossible in our previous apartment. In the same vein, I love the built in bar in our family room!
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from this home? Paint before you move if possible. When we purchased this home every room (seriously) was at least partially mauve. Now, I have nothing against mauve as a color, but there’s a point where you feel like you’re in a giant stomach being slowly digested. We were fortunate and had a month of overlap between closing on the house and the end of our apartment lease, so we were able to come over and do 90% of the painting before we moved the furniture in. That last 10% still isn’t done and it’s been five months, so productivity has gone way down.
What’s your grandest plan for the space? I REALLY want to put a hole through the kitchen to dining room wall and expand the kitchen. Get some granite counter tops and a gas stove and make it a cooking haven.
What advice do you have for other offbeat homies? Everyone told me that my paint choice for my craft room was “crazy,” “bizzaro,” “like the nightmare of a 5-year-old girl who ate too much candy” etc. etc. But I stuck to my guns and painted it like that anyway. It’s a space in the house that’s 100% mine without compromise. And I love it!
Any stuff or services you want to recommend?
We got our sweet Star Wars prints from JWCDesigns on Etsy.
The Restore Store (it’s run by Habitat for Humanity). They’re all over the place, but I had never even heard of it. They not only sell furniture and stuff, they also have hardware, paint, and all sorts of other stuff.
Show me the decor porn!
We want to see more of your homes. Do you have not only a craft room, but an entire house that’s “like the nightmare of a 5-year-old girl who ate too much candy” too? We wanna see it. Submit!