Many thanks to Design Sponge for featuring our home today! It was truly an honor to be asked to be a part of their amazing and inspirational site and to be given the opportunity to share a little of my home and design with so many gracious and kind readers. Thank you for thinking of me Amy and the rest of the Design Sponge Team! It has been a great pleasure to hear of everyone's comments and reflect on the joy this home has brought us, especially as we are getting ready to move. It will not be easy to say goodbye .
Thought we would share some of the lovely photos taken by none other than Jamie Hammond Photography on our site as well, and some of our stories for posterity's sake....but for the actual post, much bigger pictures and guided tour head HERE.
[My husband Troy and I purchased our home 3 1/2 years ago in the San Elijo Hills (North San Diego County) area. At the time we had one little boy and it was a dream to be able to get started working on our home to make it our very own. Together we worked late into the evening as we pulled out carpet and replaced it with wood flooring, painted the walls from VERY high ladders, tiled the bathrooms and added crown molding and baseboards. I loved the fire place mantle my husband designed and built, as well as the wainscoting and French doors that were added on to what would eventually be our little girl's room. As a wedding designer, I wanted my home to be a reflection of my taste and style and a comfortable place for my brides to meet with me. We have found so much joy raising our family and making so many memories in the home that we have created.]
Our Family of Starfish
[My favorite thing in our home has to be our starfish that hang on our wall, representing our family. With each new child, on Father's Day, I wrap up a baby starfish to add to our wall, as a gift to my husband and our growing family. The children love looking at them everyday and pointing out which starfish is supposed to be them.]
my little Milla's room
[We wanted our little girl's room to be as bright and happy as she is, filled with lots of color and texture. One of my favorite things in her room is her little aqua table with stools. I love using small scale furniture that feels like it was made just for her. This is a favorite place for my children to sit and color or have snacks.]
[I also like to try to incorporate one element from each of the weddings that I have done into my home. It makes me happy to look around and be reminded of the beautiful brides that I have worked with and the special moments with them. In 2-year old Milla's room, a bright orange parasol from our "good fortune" wedding, hangs above Milla's crib. A handmade fabric bird and a birdcage from our " Lovebird" wedding perch on her shelf as custom made fabric snails from our "walk in the rain" photoshoot, crawl along her ledge, near the toadstool. I always encourage my brides to use things that can later be re-purposed to their home and serve as a lasting memory of their wedding day.]
my Finn's room
[Children's rooms are probably one of my most favorite elements of a home. They allow for a playful component in design and show that a little person with big personality lives there! My goal for creating my children's rooms was similar to my style of wedding design. I wanted it to be a space that was truly their own and reflective of who they are. My little guy, 4-year-old Finn, is already a musician and performer at heart. Like his daddy he loves guitars and we knew that we wanted to be able to encourage his talents and allow for easy access of his guitar, which sits right by his bed.]
[When I found a book that had a big black dog in it called "Sally Goes to the Beach" I knew that I had found the perfect element to add to his room. It combined our reoccurring subtle fish and beach element of our home with Finn's love for big black dogs that resemble our family dog, Kobie. I cut and framed pictures from it's pages to hang on his wall, which is a really inexpensive way to get art that you love.]
...many more happy times and design adventures to come in the next home. Thank you again Design Sponge.