Overtime instead of wishing I was back in the states with fast food, parking lots and targets I learned to embrace Europe and all that I could learn. Since I couldn’t work I had plenty of time to focus on getting my masters. I used what I saw while traveling and living abroad in my school work, which has now carried over to my actual work in interior design and architecture.
Pull inspiration from everything you can. Whether you are traveling to a new city or just going around town, find the beauty in where you are.
Whether it’s our temporary home in Europe or our actual home in St. Louis I am always looking for ways to save money while decorating. Having our house feel like a home is extremely important to me no matter where we are living.
Up to this point in my life I had painted a lot of pictures and watched a lot of people painting on DIY Network, so how hard could it be? The physical part of painting was easy, it was picking out a color and a finish that was the hardest part. I thought I knew about paint. I took an entire class in my master’s program about how certain paint colors pull colors, how to mix colors and how paint colors look different in natural light vs. artificial light. Over the entire summer I came to find I was a complete rookie when it came to painting.
Every time I go to GoodWill or another thrift shop I always buy unique pots. I just can’t turn them down. It had gotten a little ridiculous how many pots I had stored in my basement. One day as I was wondering what to do to decorate my kitchen it hit me…
I wasn’t really sure what to do with this space at first. It was one of those areas that I just stared at and stared at trying to come up with a great look for this place.
I had been buying mirrors for cheap from GoodWill for years and had way to many, and it finally dawned on me what to do with the mass of mirrors I had acquired in the basement.