‘The Moonlit Manor’ Is a Gothic and Gorgeous Home Full of Halloween Inspiration

‘The Moonlit Manor’ Is a Gothic and Gorgeous Home Full of Halloween Inspiration

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Name: Lisa Lytle-Abridello, husband, Joe Abridello, and young adult daughter, Raven, along with our two dogs- Roxy our pitbull, and Daisy our Boston Terrier
Location: Sedro-Woolley, WA
Size: 1802 sq ft.
Years lived in: 3 years, owned. After being a renter from the ages of 18 to 37 and moving an astronomical amount of times, I’m truly grateful as hell to be a homeowner. I don’t take it for granted for one second, and I know how lucky I really am. 

The house that Lisa Lytle-Abridello and her husband bought three years ago was built in 2016, so had lots of perks of a recent new-build, like a front and back porch and an open-concept living area. The downside? It has about as much personality as a new build. “It was essentially an ugly beige box inside and out (insert vomit emoji here),” writes Lisa. “I despise beige with every fiber of my being. For me, the only acceptable form of beige is in leopard print; ALL HAIL LEOPARD PRINT! We’ve completely painted the interior and are planning on painting the exterior the most gorgeous leafy green with black trim next summer and I truly cannot wait!”

Along with adding moody, dark paint colors to many of the house’s rooms, Lisa’s also added a ton of personality to the formerly boring beige home by incorporating tons of vintage scores. “I’m clearly a lover of vintage and am usually unbothered if something has a little wear, it’s old so I don’t expect stuff to be in perfect condition,” says Lisa. She reports that all the lighting and many of the art pieces are vintage, sourced from places like antique malls, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay. Sprinkled throughout are also personal items with tons of meaning, like framed music posters, and a photo of Lisa’s still-living grandmother on top of the dining room cabinet,” to honor her for lending me money in my early 20s to buy the ultimate Halloween car, a 1963 Cadillac Hearse.”

While Lisa’s gothic and moody everyday decor style certainly lends itself to the Halloween season, things really ramp up, spooky-wise, starting around September around the house. Lisa has been collecting Halloween-themed decor for many years, and has actually been writing the purchase date on her Halloween items for as long. “I love picking up any piece and seeing the year it became mine.”

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My Style: I’m newly 44, heavily tattooed, a headbanger, and wear a ton of amber and vintage jewelry — so you can imagine my style is pretty eclectic. If I had to describe my home’s style, I would say it’s a cross between an old-timey bordello, a tattoo shop, and a haunted house, with just a pinch of grandma’s house. (I have a killer vintage candy dish collection and love doilies).

Inspiration: I grew up watching “The Munsters,” “The Addams Family,” and old horror movies with incredibly ornate interiors, as well as Westerns with the most gorgeous red monochrome bordellos with velvet everything. I remember watching the TV and being enamored with the set design. Music is also such an enormous inspiration and part of my life, so we have tons of framed band art and gig posters all over. 

When did you first start decorating your home in Halloween style? How long have you been decorating like this? Growing up, my mom decorated the house for Halloween and Christmas. I always looked forward to those special times of the year. I got my first apartment at 19 and started decorating for the holidays right away. Because I moved so often for so many years I didn’t have nearly the amount that I have now. Once we bought a house it was game on and I really ramped up my collecting.

Does your home look like this year ‘round? If not, when do you start decorating like this in prep for the holiday? The only room in our house that’s Halloween-themed year-round is my teeny tiny laundry room that I absolutely love. As for decorating for Halloween in the rest of the house, I’ve been starting in early September for the last few years because it takes me a few weeks to put it all up. Every year I switch it all around so it never looks exactly the same as the year before.

What does your roommate/partner/family/friends think about your Halloween house tour style? My husband loves it too! Halloween is also his favorite holiday. Our 20-year-old daughter is supportive but she’s not into it as we are. Our friends and family are all supportive even if our style isn’t their style.

Do you have any favorite tips/hacks/stores for finding cool and/or affordable Halloween home decor? Thrift stores are my all-time favorite place to hunt for Halloween treasures (and regular treasures, too). I also love antique malls/shops. I’ve also scored some pretty sweet affordable vintage-inspired decor at Michael’s and Walmart over the last few years. Every year I also allow myself to splurge around 50 bucks on eBay for something that I’ve been lusting after that I haven’t found in person.

As far as hacks, I recently scored a whole box of vintage electric windowsill candles on the cheap. I painted them all black then used hot glue to make the wax look more prominent, then painted the wax orange, and added a flame bulb to complete the look. I’m super happy with how they turned out. Also, dyeing white thrift store doilies with orange RIT dye is a cheap and easy upcycle that’s cute. 

Favorite Element: My favorite thing about this house hands-down is the privacy! We’re far off the street and our main living area is all facing our lush green backyard. Coming from living on the corner of a very busy street where I would lock eyes with people as they walked by on the regular got kinda old. It’s also really quiet here, I don’t miss hearing sirens endlessly. 

Biggest Challenge: I hate to complain because I know how truly lucky we are to own a home. But since you’re twisting my arm here… for me, it’s the finishes the builder picked out that I’m not super pleased with. I despise beige carpet, I don’t like the kitchen cabinet color, and the backsplash is a real snooze fest. I’m not overly worried about any of it though, I know in time we’ll make it all better.

Biggest Indulgence: I’d have to say our biggest indulgence was our enormous Persian rug in the dining room. We bought it for the last house that had all wood floors and it was so painfully wanted. It’s so beautiful, thick, and soft. It was worth every penny, I truly love it.

What’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? First and foremost, spare yourself the heartache and torture of comparing your home to anyone else’s. We’re all at different income levels and circumstances. With that being said, I would just say follow your heart and decorate your home in any way that truly does it for you. If you’re still figuring that out, that’s okay, you’ll get there. Collecting and curating the things that speak to you take time, sometimes a lifetime. If you like all kinds of styles from different eras as I do, don’t stress, that’s called being eclectic.

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Adrienne Breaux

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This South London Home Has a Colorful Eclectic Pop Vibe

This South London Home Has a Colorful Eclectic Pop Vibe

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Name: Sophie Lopez, husband, Marco, and 2-year-old daughter, Misty
Location: South London, United Kingdom
Type of home: Victorian Terraced House
Size: 980 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband, Marco, and I got married eight years ago, and our daughter, Misty, was born in 2018. This is the first house we’ve ever owned. After renting all over the city for 10 years, we finally bought this three-story Victorian terraced house in South London.

I was pregnant at the time, so for four months, Marco pretty much single-handedly did the house up, ripping down ceilings and putting up new walls between working his job at an antique auction gallery. We obviously had a deadline with the baby coming, and we moved in here three weeks before Misty was born. I sadly suffered pretty bad post-natal depression after her birth, but when I started getting better, I got my creative spark back, and I decided to start decorating the house. That’s when I set up my Instagram account (@towngirlcountrygirl) to document how I style and add decor to the place, and I share little DIY tutorials and how-tos. Our home is just full of personality, personal touches, and lots of color. It’s just got a really good fun times vibe!

I’m a pretty creative person. I now work in television post-production, but I originally trained in dance, musical theater, and music tech. I also had a side hustle styling weddings for a couple of years, so I’ve got quite a mixed creative background.

I’m definitely a maximalist when it comes to interiors, and I’d say I’m pretty outgoing and loud in my personality, which is definitely reflected in my styling. I’ve kept the house painted mostly white as a plain backdrop, but there’s A LOT of pink, lots of neon, and cool lighting, comic/geek memorabilia, skateboards, typography prints, funky cushions, pretty sparkly stuff, and loads of plants. (Did I mention I’m a bit of a maximalist?)

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is definitely the kitchen. It’s small but mighty! I’ve stuffed it full of pretty things. It’s where the sun shines in on my disco ball every morning, and it’s where I absolutely blast music, cook, create, and film most of my content. It gets so much sunlight that it’s a really uplifting little space. I’ve upcycled quite a few items in here, like my terrazzo fridge and pink microwave. I’ve created a cool little bar corner and my favorite shelf that I’m constantly restyling. It’s such a nice little room to hang out in!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last things I bought were a haul of new candles from independent makers in the UK for my kitchen shelf — after an epic melting disaster. I also bought 45 meters of D-shaped pine doweling from the hardware store to add a fluting effect to my upper kitchen cabinets. That’s the next project I’m going to be working on.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Pretty, Playful, Colourful, Maximalist, Fun

Any advice for creating a home you love? Just go for it, and fill it with the things that you love. If you like pink, use pink, or if you like skating, put your skateboard up on the wall. It’s your home, and you’re going to be the one living there, so why not make it your happy place? Even if you rent, there’s always things you can do to make the decor more to your taste. (Peelable vinyl is key.) I recently helped my sister-in-law style up the kitchen in her rented flat. She loves it so much she now works in there all the time. Also, if your house gets even the tiniest sliver of sun, buy a disco ball! You won’t regret it! Just be creative and plaster your personality in your home.

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A 100-Year-Old Rental Is an Example of ‘Collected Maximalist Grandmillennial’

A 100-Year-Old Rental Is an Example of ‘Collected Maximalist Grandmillennial’

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Name: Nathan Prisoc, roommate (Hollyn), and Gunner (a Golden Retriever)
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Type of home: House
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Hollyn and I are somewhat recent grads — I have a degree in interior design and she is a nurse in a Labor and Delivery Unit here in Birmingham. We are a modern day Will and Grace with a love for antiquing and house decor shopping together — so Hollyn’s love for every little antique and my eye for perfectly curated vignettes go hand in hand.

My love for old houses and quaint areas drew me to this little rental in Highland Park and we signed the lease the day we looked at it. Its cracked plaster walls, leaky roof, and original hardwood floors only add to the character that this 100-year-old house exudes. It is not much but it is our home and invites everyone that comes to our door to come in and stay a while.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Collected, Maximalist, “Grandmillennial,” Crisp, Curated

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room would have to be our open living room and dining room — from our curated gallery wall, to our skirted console table that I had made for the giant wall in our dining room. I love it all. Whether it be a friendly dinner under our quaint dining chandelier or curling up on our sofas to watch a movie, the room is so comfortable. I love every single detail from the floor up — 100-year-old floors, Greek-inspired sisal rug, down-filled sofas, antique gallery wall, and an intricate ceiling detail.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing that I bought for our home was a vase for the center of our table. It is so sleek and modern. Such a good addition.

Any advice for creating a home you love? BUY THINGS YOU LOVE. If you aren’t sold in the store, you won’t love it at home. Also, don’t play the game of, “Oh, where will I put it?” because you will find a place. Chances are, it will not be there if you come back.

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This 1910 Long Island Home Has Fun with Color While Exuding Sophistication

This 1910 Long Island Home Has Fun with Color While Exuding Sophistication

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Name: Kate Pearce, husband Billy, kids 3-year-old Josie, 8-year-old Eva, and rescue dogs Figs and Ripley
Location: Long Island, New York
Size: 1800 square feet
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

Kate Pearce is so good at designing a home with gorgeous vintage finds, she was able to use her home — like this large Long Island house she and her husband have owned for four years — to launch her business, Kate Pearce Vintage. “I work with home decor and design brands to promote their products on my blog and social channels. I occasionally take on design consultations, as well as social media consultations, and am always talking design and old home reno on my blog,” Kate explains. This isn’t the first time Kate’s home has been featured on Apartment Therapy (we toured it when they first moved in, and have shown a few sneak peeks earlier this year). But for this month (which is Color Month on Apartment Therapy), I wanted to feature the house’s current, most recent iteration. It’s the perfect mix of color and neutrals that may inspire your own home’s color palette.

Kate and her husband, Billy, actually bought this house while awaiting the arrival of their second daughter, 3-year-old Josie. “Our previous home was a small beach bungalow that we lived in with our first daughter and our two dogs, but we knew we needed more space,” Kate begins. “The problem was, our budget wasn’t any larger. When we found our home, we knew immediately it was the one. It checked all the boxes: 1. Larger footprint 2. Old (our home was built in 1910 and I have always wanted to live in an older home). 3. Fixer upper (which meant the price was right, but we could also put our own imprint on the home).”

“We bought our home four years ago almost to the day, and we’ve been working on it ever since. Billy does all the electric, plumbing, and nearly all the construction. I am the painter, the designer, and occasionally I’ll throw down some tiles and bang a hammer. It’s been a collaborative effort, but our home is finally looking like how we imagined it would when we moved in.” You can see more of Kate’s home by following on her on Instagram, @katepearcevintage, as well as TikTok and her website.

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My Style: My style is eclectic and what I like to describe as a “restrained maximalism” that is rooted in vintage and art. I love being surrounded by my estate sale and thrift store finds, so I embrace a lot of open shelving. That said, I am constantly editing my spaces to make sure they feel interesting without feeling cluttered.

Inspiration: I take inspiration from everywhere; nature, art, and other designers such as Justina Blakeney, Sarah Sherman Samuel, and many others. But the place I find the most inspiration is from my vintage finds. More often than not, an entire room is spawned from an unexpected estate sale or thrift store find.

Favorite Element: Ironically, my favorite thing about my home is one of the only things that has remained unchanged since we bought it: the large Japanese Maple on our front lawn. I’ve designed all the rooms that look out onto the tree with the tree in mind, culminating with our attic bathroom. When we renovated the attic I placed a large picture window looking out onto the Japanese Maple tree top and placed the clawfoot tub directly in front of it. By far, my favorite spot to be in my home is in that tub, looking out to that tree.

Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenge was our kitchen renovation. We had to take down walls, FOUR layers of old flooring, and we even had to take down the ceiling. It was our first major renovation and we tackled it all on our own, so it was a huge learning curve. We worked on it with every free minute we had for four and a half months. It was hell. But in the end, it was worth it!

Proudest DIY: I think our proudest DIY is one we are just finishing up now. We are in the midst of completing a speakeasy space in our previously unfinished basement and we created a custom banquette from scratch. We did channeled upholstery on the entire thing, and we had never upholstered before!

I come up with the DIY ideas, and Billy is the one to implement them. I think one of my favorite ideas was when we took a vintage library card catalog and turned it into the sink in our primary bathroom. Billy was able to make it a floating console and I love how it came out!

Biggest Indulgence: Our biggest indulgence was our attic renovation. It was a completely unfinished space and we transformed it into our primary bedroom and bath. We worked with a lot of brands to get sponsored content, and did all of the labor on our own, but even WITH those things offsetting the cost, it was still more than we probably should have spent on an attic space. I also  don’t think we were fully prepared for that cost heading into it. That said, it was TOTALLY worth it. It’s one of the most used spaces in our home, and by far my favorite. And having our own bathroom and not sharing a bath with two young girls has been absolutely life-giving.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? We are mere days from finishing our most recent project — a basement speakeasy/brewery space. Billy loves brewing his own beer, but never had enough space in this house to set up all his equipment. Our basement was entirely unfinished, cold, damp, full of bugs — basically the stuff of nightmares. We decided to carve out an area of the basement to build walls, add plumbing, electric, heat… all the things, and build the brewery from a space that previously felt unusable. We’re very excited about how it’s coming along, and this space may even eclipse the attic as our favorite yet!

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Anything vintage! I love buying vintage pieces because not only are they the best way to make your home unique, it’s also a win for the planet. It’s really an all-around win: lower prices, saving pieces from landfills, and creating a home that is personal and unique. Just be sure to shop directly from the thrift or estate sales for the lowest prices. Facebook Marketplace is another favorite.

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Pare down your belongings and buy less is a big one. When we renovated our kitchen I was set on having open shelving, but that meant less cabinets to hide things in. I ended up bringing about half of what was in my kitchen to the thrift store, and storing another ¼ in our basement and only keeping the things we use at least once/week in our kitchen. Another small space tip is to buy furniture with built-in storage. For example, our sectional sofa has storage in the chaise and we have a couple of storage ottomans.

What most people get wrong about using color in their home: I think most people think you need to be all in or all out when it comes to color. When I peruse Instagram I always feel like a bit of a misfit. Most other design accounts I follow are entirely neutral, or very colorful. I like to think that my designs show that you can have some fun with color, while still maintaining a feeling of sophistication. But also to be mindful that color often demands more attention than neutral pieces, and you don’t need much of it to make a big statement.

What are the biggest tricks/secrets to using color in decor? The first thing I’d say is to maintain consistency with what types of color you want to use in a space. It’s OK to use different colors, but keep them in the same family. For example, make a room all pastels, or all jewel tones, etc. The next trick is to use the same color at eye level, below eye level, and above eye level. It helps carry your eye around the room and makes pops of color feel more intentional. The last tip I’d give is to be mindful that your room is your canvas. This is simply my own opinion, but I think color is most effective when it complements neutrals. Most of my spaces have about ¾ neutrals and ¼ color, but many people still strongly associate my spaces with color.

What’s your favorite wall paint color of all time: Graham & Brown’s Highcliffe Rock — it’s a light blue that reads as a neutral, but with just enough saturation to make it stand out. I love it in a matte finish. It’s both calming and versatile.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? You can make a room look twice as good for half the cost by buying secondhand. Instead of spending hundreds on a framed print for wall art, check out your local estate sales and thrift stores to score some original art for the same price or less. Instead of dropping $80 on a coffee table book at a retail store, keep your eye out at garage sales to score the same book for just a dollar or two. I’d say about 85 percent of the decor in my home is secondhand, and I think it is the sole reason I can afford to make my house look the way it does, but also the reason why my home feels like it represents me as an individual.

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.

Adrienne Breaux

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This Maximalist House Has a Blue Kitchen, Wild Wallpaper & Hidden Storage Ideas

This Maximalist House Has a Blue Kitchen, Wild Wallpaper & Hidden Storage Ideas

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Name: Carissa, Adam (husband), Waffle (black dog), Queso (yellow dog), and Hotdog (the cat). (Yes we love food too much.)
Location: Richardson, Texas (outside of Dallas)
Size: 2,090 square feet
Type of Home: House
Years lived in: Almost a year, owned

Finding our home was such a blessing in disguise. After losing out on what we thought was our dream home (but was over budget), we ended up stumbling on to our current home by deciding to give the “uglier” homes on MLS another look. When I revisited this home, I realized it actually had everything we were looking for, but was just so ugly that I never realized it before. There was A TON of remodeling that had to be done (which meant it was a blank slate for some creative design), but it had the bones to be amazing. Plus, it was so much cheaper. When we pulled up to the home, we discovered that it had a huge walking trail along a duck-filled creek. There were even ducks just wandering in the neighborhood. It was a happy, warm environment. That was the moment we knew this home was going to be something special for us.

I am a self-taught designer that recently quit my job of six years to pursue starting my own interior e-design business, so my days are typically filled with cozying up on the sofa and getting my creative juices flowing while I work on design projects or think up new ideas for our own home. My husband also works from home as a video editor, so he hogs the desk most of the day. I am also a singer and perform in a ’90s cover band, so our huge shower is used as my practicing spot to bust out some Spice Girls or Alanis Morissette. Lots of singing and booze has been consumed in that shower. When I am not doing something related to work, we love spooning our doggos on the couch, eating lots and lots of pizza, and binge-watching a show. We also have morning coffee chats on our patio under the pergola while our dog Queso stares off into the blank void of his mind while he sun bathes on the deck.

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My Style: Colorfully dramatic maximalism that fuses unexpected genres and styling elements together to create a layered and statement-filled home.

Inspiration: I have previous experience in graphic design, so pattern is a huge source of inspo for me. I love to incorporate bold patterns into our home, especially on the walls or tile elements. I am also passionate about color and drama, so a lot of my inspo comes from UK based Instagram accounts! There are so many homes DRENCHED in creative color blocking from the UK that are so cleverly executed.

Favorite Element: Our color-blocked backyard is the space that brings me the most joy in our home. It has all of my favorite colors and feels like you are transported to a Miami bungalow. I was especially thankful for the escape during lockdown!

Biggest Challenge: Not only had our home not been remodeled since the ’70s, it was also all poorly executed. Every inch needed to change, at least visually. This, on top of my need for over-the-top design on a somewhat modest budget, has been quite the experience. It has really challenged me to figure out how to make the biggest impact in the most practical way, or how to work around the current built-in pieces to create a room that looks completely different. For example, in our guest bath, we didn’t have the time or the budget to have a fully custom wood vanity made, and due to timing issues, the countertop had to go on before a new vanity could be put in. So instead, we gutted the original vanity down to just the bones, opened up the bottom cabinets, lined the inside with plywood, and created a new wood face frame. All it cost us was the price of wood and some hardware, but looks COMPLETELY new.

Proudest DIY: My proudest DIY is actually our recent kitchen remodel. We were lucky enough to be working off of our original remodel from when we moved in. So we already had the nice countertops and built-in bench, etc. But in order to make the kitchen feel current and more me, we made all new flat front overlay doors, added fluted paneling using half rounds, did a DIY hand-painted mural instead of wallpaper in the breakfast nook, used leftover terrazzo tile from our bathroom as an accent on our island, created a DIY channel-tufted bench pad for our breakfast nook bench, and repainted everything to be a combo of a bold cobalt or a warm pinky beige. The most clever part of the DIY project was that we did not have enough of the terrazzo tile to use as the backing for our upper cabinets, so instead, I simply printed off a picture of the tile on thick printer paper, making sure it was colored exactly like the tile in person, then used gorilla glue spray to apply it to the cabinets. It literally looks exactly like the terrazzo on the island and cost zero dollars. Our kitchen feels so much more me, and totally new now!

Biggest Indulgence: Our main bath remodel was quite the splurge. We did not want to DIY that room because we really wanted something custom, nice, and that will stand the test of time. It was the biggest pain to have people in our home for six months, but now we have a shower that I can sprawl out like a starfish in, so that alone makes it totally worth it, haha. We would not have been able to accomplish such an amazing and intricate bathroom design by ourselves, and it has really added so much value to our lives and home. 

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? I love adding secret storage into designs, and being able to use every inch of space. We have a modern floor-to-ceiling wood slat wall at the end of a hallway that is actually a hidden sliding door to a closet. Most guests don’t realize it is a door at all.  The wood slat wall in our main bathroom also opens up to be our main closet and the wood slat tower on the vanity has a medicine cabinet inside. I hate doors that look like doors apparently, haha.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Although a lot of the bigger furniture pieces are store bought, the vintage ones are the ones that bring the most impact and character. My house would not be nearly as cool without my giant shell chandelier hanging in the living room, or without my pink cantilever chairs. The blue boy painting in our breakfast nook was found by accident when I was just trying to find an ornate vintage gold frame, and it came as a set with the pink girl for only $35 TOTAL! That painting brings SO much unexpected character and charm to our nook. Side note — we also discovered that it looks exactly like my husband as a fancy little boy, so it makes it that much better.

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: If you are a maximalist like me but are limited on designable space and also need to be functional, then try to go double duty as much as possible! Add wallpaper to a fridge or door; remove a closet door to create open shelving that can be styled. Go for pieces that are more open at the bottom like a waterfall table or bench. You can add cute storage ottomans underneath for a layered look, extra seating, AND extra storage. ALSO remember smaller rooms means less square footage for remodel materials, so they are a great place to splurge on the nice wallpaper or tile you have been lusting over!

What’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Follow your heart, go the extra mile, and don’t forget the power of scale! When designing a room, I typically start by seeing what design elements have been exciting me recently and I start there as a jumping off point! Don’t just jump on a trend because you see it everywhere, do it because it makes your heart skip a beat. Trends don’t last long, your home does. Typically it’s about three different elements that I start with. Then I try to think how I can put all of these elements together in a way that feels cohesive and balanced. It’s okay to have multiple statement pieces in a room as long as you are playing with the power of scale and balance! If you have a patterned tile but also want patterned wallpaper, then make sure one is a larger scale print and one is a smaller scale or a lighter weight, or one is angular, one is softer, etc. This will allow you to really put everything you love into the space and brings a ton of drama.  And at the end of the day, if the ideas aren’t sitting quite right, then keep at it until it really feels like YOU. Don’t settle. And lastly, YOU GOT THIS! If you want that magazine-worthy home, all it takes is time and effort. Believe in your abilities and don’t give up. I don’t have any training in design; I just do everything I can to make my ideas come to life, even if it means figuring it out as I go.

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.