Home Tour: Paige Molina

 

Atlanta photographer, Paige Molina, is sharing her adorable home with us today! It's always fun to see how artists express themselves through their own living space. We know you'll be as inspired by this eclectic home as we are!

Name: Paige Molina // Age: 27 // Profession/Title: Wedding + Portrait Photographer // City, State: Atlanta, GA // Months/Years Living There: My husband Blake + I moved into our first home 4 months ago! Can’t forget our Frenchie Judy. She lives with us too :) // Style of House: Comfy + Casual. Inspired by color, texture, and travel.

Your photography is so beautiful! When did you fall in love with the medium?

Such a compliment coming from TSOS! I have always loved photography. I remember saving for my first hot pink digital camera in middle school and running home to upload photos after..you know..a fun middle school sleepover. I have a degree in Art Education with a concentration in Photography. Hours were spent in college mastering my 35mm film + medium format camera, becoming confident in the dark room. Currently, I am an art teacher by day + a photographer by night/weekend. After our own wedding on Valentine’s Day 2015, I knew I could make photography a career. My sweet husband helped bring this dream to life and wrapped my first *serious* and perfect digital camera under the Christmas tree. The rest is history! With so many local supporters, encouragers, and creative wisdom sharers- I am here today! Ready to bring on my second year of business in 2017!

What advice can you give other entrepreneurs?

Stay true to you! Practice, practice, practice! Reach out to girl bosses you admire- I have learned so much from so many fabulous ladies in the ATL area. Pray, sleep, + wine.

Now on to your beautiful home. How would you describe your home’s aesthetic?

Earthy, eclectic,and happy. I love to use a piece of art, furniture, or knick knack with a good story behind it. I gravitate towards white with pops of color and a few plants here and there.

Where do you find inspiration? Do you have any dream homes or spaces that you have used as reference for yours?

I have been a frequent traveler to Italy + France the last few years of my life and have collected items to bring home from my travels. I have been so incredibly inspired by these magical countries and cities within them. If you haven’t been- GO! I collect maps, postcards, books, and corks and love to focus a room around them. Of course I am also inspired by Pinterest and Instagram on occasion but I am all about shopping and buying decor that just simply makes me happy and is fun!

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think of getting from a new place to your dream abode. Can you give fellow homeowners advice for how to curate a well-designed home?

We have done SO much to our sweet little 1958 home in these short 4 months. There is nothing like a freshie white paint blast, refinished hardwood floors, and new light fixtures. That all made a world of difference to our home. Oh- and ripping out all of the blinds + window panes from the windows of course. We are big living room people (aren’t we all!?) so I knew I also wanted to get my fireplace how I wanted before we moved in. We took out the marble + gold and put in some subway tile and I love it! Simple and fresh! My advice for fellow homeowners is to be patient (still working on that one myself), save for what you actually need and want, and focus on one room at a time! :)

What is your go to shop for home goods or do you tend to collect pieces along the way?

My favorite store is Cost Plus! The best. And the best shopper rewards of all time. I love Crate + Barrel, Ikea, Sugarboo, Anthro, Paris on Ponce + an occasional Etsy purchase.

But major yes to collecting pieces along the way too!

What is your favorite spot in your house and why?

Currently the living room. It’s cozy, bright, and holds so many of my most cherished gifts + decor items that I love. I think someday down the road it might be a close battle with the kitchen though.

Just not quite yet. ;)

Do you have any future plans or dreams for your house?

YES! We recently had our kitchen cabinets painted two-toned with Benjamin Moore Simply White + Woodlawn Blue. I love it. Next on the list would be to put in some black + white checkered floors, replace the backsplash, and add some cement countertops. Someday!!

Until then, cheers + thank you so much for taking the time to read about our cutie new home! ♡

Currently shopping for: The most perfect pair of overalls that bring me back to 3rd grade. . .and 4th and 5th. ;)

Currently craving: When am I NOT craving a big bowl of guacamole + marg?

Currently reading/watching:  Kathie + Hoda. Can every morning start off slow and with Kathie + Hoda?!

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HOME TOUR: BEV WEIDNER

 
  Bev Weidner  Home Tour | Minimalist Home Design | The School of Styling - A three-day, hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.  theschoolofstyling.com

Name: Bev Weidner / Age: 40 / Profession: Food and Lifestyle Blogger/Burper / Blog Title: Bev Cooks / City, State: Prairie Village, KS (basically Kansas City) / Years in Home: 9! Whoa. 

We love your blog, Bev Cooks! How did you get started blogging? Do you want the long version, the longer version, or the longest version? Here are the bullet points (I love bullet points): I had a day job. I had a sad face. I was infertile. My baseboards were dirty. I wanted to go on jogs, not think about my lack of pregnancy, and watch my garden tomatoes grow. So, one snowy January morning as Aaron and I were making the bed, and I was mentally crunching financial numbers, I took a deep breath and cautiously said, “I want to quit my job.” And his response? “I’ve been waiting for you to say that for a long time.” Boom! A few weeks later I was home (not cleaning my baseboards) and decided to take the plunge, buy a domain and start writing an official food blog. This was March of 2011. Before that I had a little Tumblr do-dad, since the fall of 2010. But I feel like the domain was the TRUE true start of blogdom. Wait, are you asleep?

What advice would you give to entrepreneurs and small business owners? Save. Every. Receipt. Deductions are your friends, yo. (And also the whole “don’t give up on your dreams, keep it a passion”-thing, yadda yadda yadda.)

Let's chat about your lovely home! How would you describe your style or aesthetic to someone who has never visited? Well, I’ve been told it has a Scandinavian vibe to it, and I can totally see that. I really love a clean, minimal look. Lots of neutrals and naturals. White walls, lots of big plants, simple accents. Except rugs. Aaron hates rugs and won’t let me have any. He says they’re the Devil’s crevices. Whatever. I’m SNEAKING IN A RUG.

Where do you find inspiration for home design? Do you have any favorite books, blogs or a dream house whose style you love? I find inspiration everywhere! I love Kinfolk magazine, clean-aesthetic pinterest boards, other Instagram homes, etc. Even just walking into a home decor store can offer twinkles of inspiration. Oh! Let’s start a band called Twinkles of Inspiration. (we’d suck.)

What is your advice for creating a well-styled house that is also functional for a family? I know this is going to sound mega cliché, but keep it simple! I find that using natural elements can dress up a corner or table better than anything. Clippings from a backyard tree in an amber bottle, a small collection of homemade candles, broken twigs and mosquito wings woven into a fishtail hair braid. (<---just kidding on that last one)

Do you have any tips for finding budget-friendly, kid-friendly pieces? What's your favorite place to get new home furniture and/or decor? I a d o r e thrifting. Always have. I’ve always been budget conscious, so any chance we get to hit a garage or estate sale, we’re on it! I love old things. Pieces that have a story. Don’t get me wrong, I shop at Home Goods like a maniac, but my favorite finds are those one-of-a-kind thrifted gems.

What is your favorite spot in the house and why? Definitely the kitchen. It’s the most recent renovation (inside the house), and it’s the cleanest. And by clean I mean the vibe. Not the actual room. I have twins, remember? I love the kitchen because there are always fresh flowers on the window sill, it smells like coffee, and it just always feels so homey to me.

Do you have any future plans or dreams for your home? Next on the list is the basement! I have no idea why I put an exclamation point at the end of the most unexciting word in the world. But we’d love to really pimp it out with a new laundry area, a playroom, update the bathroom, and make it a lot cozier for guests who stay here. I’ll let you know when that’s done in 2087. (send wine)

 

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SADIE ROAD: KAITLIN HOLLAND HOME OFFICE DESIGN

 
 Sadie Road: Kaitlin Holland Home Office Design | Interior styling | The School of Styling - A three-day, hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.  theschoolofstyling.com

Sadie Road, founded by Danielle Reidy, is a Chicago-based company that offers clients a personalized home organizing and styling experience. Danielle’s mission at Sadie Road is to restore balance and productivity in her clients’ lives by simplifying the space, and introducing solutions that are both functional and beautiful. If you’re not in the Chicago area, e-organizing & styling services are now available. We even have a special gift for you from Danielle - receive 15% off any Sadie Road service with code TSOS15!

 Sadie Road: Kaitlin Holland Home Office Design | Interior styling | The School of Styling - A three-day, hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.&nbsp; theschoolofstyling.com

Hi everyone! I am Danielle from Sadie Road and a huge fan of The School of Styling. I was honored when Kaitlin asked me to design her home office. Since she was just moving into a new home, the space was essentially a blank canvas which made things even more exciting to have such creative freedom. I started out by asking Kaitlin to take a brief questionnaire to understand what she was looking for in the space. Kaitlin’s wishes included:

  • 2 workstations
  • A spot for her baby to hang out while she works
  • Storage for props, accessories, workshop products
  • An organized and beautiful space that fit the TSOS aesthetic

My first step was to create a list of items I needed to make Kaitlin’s wishes come true. Some she already owned but several would need to be sourced. Kaitlin has a lot of pretty props and products she uses for TSOS workshops so very minimal accessories are needed to style the space. So my list was:

  • Paint color
  • Two desks with comfy chairs 
  • Shelving
  • Lighting
  • Plants
  • Curtains
  • Artwork
  • Stuff for Baby H's cozy corner

With this list in mind, I created a secret Pinterest board to gather inspiration and share examples of what I envisioned for the overall look and feel of the room. Kaitlin provided her feedback and also pinned a few images to give me a good sense of what she likes. Using secret pinterest boards is great for these type of projects because it allows for a collaborative approach while tracking all of our comments and feedback to ensure we’re on the same page.

 Sadie Road: Kaitlin Holland Home Office Design | Interior styling | The School of Styling - A three-day, hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.&nbsp; theschoolofstyling.com

After reviewing what we pinned, there were a couple features that I knew we had to incorporate into the design concept:

+ Lots of white.
+ A serene wall color.
+ Canopy for the baby’s corner.
+ Gallery wall

From there, I created an inspiration board that incorporated those elements along with other items to complete the vision I had for the space and use as a guide moving forward in the design process.

  Sadie Road &nbsp;Office Design | Kaitlin Holland Home Office | The School of Styling - A three-day hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.&nbsp; theschoolofstyling.com

Now that I had a list of pieces to incorporate into the design along with a general vision for the style, I sketched out a draft layout of where each item will go in the room. Kaitlin drew up a floor plan with measurements that I could use to map out where to place everything. My thought process for the layout was to 1) place the 2 work stations near windows for optimal lighting, 2) have the baby’s play space in a corner that is easily visible from Kaitlin’s desk, and 3) utilize long walls without windows for larger storage units.

 Sadie Road: Kaitlin Holland Home Office Design | Interior styling | The School of Styling - A three-day, hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.&nbsp; theschoolofstyling.com

Having a rough layout of where the bigger pieces should be placed makes it easier when shopping to check measurements and know that an item will fit nicely in its intended spot. For example, with this layout, I wanted to make sure the 2 desks weren’t so long and bulky that they blocked the windows or doorway. The layout was a good reference to double check that things will fit nicely while leaving some wiggle room to shift things around during the install.

 Sadie Road: Kaitlin Holland Home Office Design | Interior styling | The School of Styling - A three-day, hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.&nbsp; theschoolofstyling.com

With the 1) shopping list, 2) design concept, and 3) floor plan, it was time to get started on my favorite part: the shopping! I find it easiest to continue using the secret Pinterest board to pin the items to be purchased. Depending on the item, I find it helpful to pin a couple different options so that my clients have some variety and can select from a range of pieces with slightly different looks and price points. And since I knew Kaitlin is a creative and enjoys a little DIY project, I was sure to include pins on how to make her own canopy and linen inspiration board - a great way to add a personal touch and save money.

It was such a joy to collaborate with Kaitlin and come up with a design that fits her personal taste while still being a functional space for her, Kelly, and Baby H! We can’t wait to see how it all turns out - look for the final reveal in early Fall!

 Sadie Road: Kaitlin Holland Home Office Design | Interior styling | The School of Styling - A three-day, hands-on workshop for creative entrepreneurs.&nbsp; theschoolofstyling.com

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SOURCES: Desk / (2) IKEA Shelves / IKEA Kallax Unit / Desk Chair / Desk Lamp / Floor Lamp / Sconces / Curtains for DIY Canopy / Curtains / Curtain Rod / Canopy Twinkle Lights / Baby Corner Rug / Blush Velvet Pillows: DIY / Linen Board: DIY / Paint: Restoration Hardware Silver Sage