Name: Anna, Victor and Angelina
Size: 1000 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 1.5 years
Anna and Victor's colorful, light-filled home debuted on AT via their entry in the 2006 Fall Colors Contest. We could only see two curiosity-piquing pictures of their home at that time, and since then they've rearranged and added some great pieces to the mix. This time, we're lucky enough to have a full house tour to share with you -- and best of all, we get to see that their love of color and light extends beyond the living room!
My/our Style: I think our style is very colorful and eclectic. I never worry if things "go", if we love something we find a place for it in our home.
The Inspiration for my home: I get a lot of inspiration from design blogs, Design*Sponge is my favorite, and magazines like Domino. I also get so many ideas from all of our talented and amazing friends who have beautiful homes and my parents both have amazing style in the spaces they create.
Favorite element: My favorite element in our home is the windows. We have so much light all year long, even when it is rainy and gray all winter in Portland. I love being up high and looking out onto the trees and our neighborhood. I also love our credenza. It was the first major piece of furniture I have ever bought (a really great Craigslist deal!) and I really love it. It inspires me.
Biggest challenge in designing my home: I think our biggest challenge has been making a small space fit all of our needs and come together without looking or feeling crowded. Also, we have a very busy two year old, so it is a challenge keeping things tidy and organized!
What friends say about my home: I hope friends think our house is fun and cozy!
Biggest embarrassment in my home: Our basement! We still have not fully unpacked from out move here from Chicago almost two years ago.
Proudest DIY: All of the art in our home is made by my husband Victor, myself, our family or our friends. It is such a blessing to have so many talented people in our life who make beautiful things. And I am proud of the felt and fabric banner I made my daughter for her second birthday!
Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: No matter how much money we have I always have to have fresh flowers. And our new couch was a pretty big indulgence.
Best advice given or received: Spend five minutes cleaning everyday and it will never get out of control, and my mom always gives really great practical advice about what does and does not show dirt, i.e. NO BLACK STOVE TOPS, and if you have children or animals go for a lighter colored couch...oops, ours is chocolate.
Dream source for stuff: Again- anything on Design*Sponge makes me swoon, and most recently I have been loving everything at a great vintage store here in Portland called Hawthorne Vintage -- they have the most amazing mid-century furniture. I am so in love with all of the fabric and pillows from Hable Construction, DWR is amazing for big ticket items, and I have soft spot of all the color and pattern they offer at Anthropologie.
• Our couch is from Crate and Barrel, our dining room table and credenza are vintage Danish modern pieces from Craig's List and Hawthorne Vintage, our dining room chairs are original 40/4 chairs designed by David Rowland from Ebay, the arm chairs are family hand me downs, book shelf from Ikea, the rest is from garage sales and thrift stores!
• Vases from Jonathan Adler, pots for our plants from Ikea, and the rest is picked up here and there!
• Mostly Ikea, CB2 and vintage
• It is a rental!
Re-edited from a post which originally appeared 02.19.08. - JL