At Home with Lisa Wagner

At Home with Lisa Wagner / home tour

Talk about your style. Industrial Vintage Modern with a touch of Rustic. Ha! Not quite sure how to describe my current style. I’ve always appreciated that vintage flair, whether it’s a part of an outfit, the décor in a home, or the car driving down the street. It brings personality and a little history into the everyday norm. So it makes sense that I enjoy incorporating those touches in my own home. I’m a sucker for unique chairs, that “one-of-a-kind” kitchen plate, old books that have been read countless times because they’re just that good. And maps. Just maps. Enough said. I’m also a big fan of clean lines and earthy tones broken up with something natural, like an untreated piece of wood or a cool branch that we found on one of our hikes with the kids. And then there’s the industrial appreciation. If it could be pictured hanging from the walls of an old factory or found in some sort of workshop, then I’ll take it!

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I think I have favorite spaces in each room of the house. Just depends on the time of day, I guess. However the white couch in the family room is currently one of my favorite places to sit. There’s a beam of sunlight that hits it perfectly for a good long while during the early afternoon. Usually the house is quiet during those hours and if I play my cards right, you will often find me basking in the sunlight there with a good book in hand.

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Where does your inspiration come from? A lot of things inspire me. Nature, different cultures, artwork, music, other people, industry. I’m a sucker for thrift stores, antique malls, hole-in-the-wall sorts of places. I could get lost in those for hours…days…weekends. Other people’s junk can definitely inspire me. A pretty pink cabinet that now sits in my daughter’s room was once a dirty dark green object on the side of the road with a missing hinge and a door hanging off. Nothing that a little TLC and a coat of paint can’t take care of! I’ve always been a “collector.” I’ve had many odd collections throughout my life (my mom could give you some interesting examples…but we’ll leave it at that). So “treasure hunting” is something that I truly enjoy. This home has treasures that came from the rafters of an old barn, junkyards and from the middle of the woods. And I do realize I’m passing this trait onto my kids…which is a blessing and a curse. I find piles of rocks, acorns, and even jawbones from dead carcasses in corners of their room with strict instructions not to touch them. (I secretly love it and hope it never stops.)

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. I wouldn’t call it an achievement just yet, as I have eons of things to learn and work on, but I believe homeschooling would fall into this category. This is our first year at it, and it is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done…and also one of the coolest. Every day there is something so rewarding that takes place…and yet I’ve never slept harder at night then I have this year. Some days there are tears…but those can be both happy and sad. What a gift to have my kids home with me all day long. Truly this is such a blessing and it’s a dream come true. Thank you, God. But my kids are with me all. day. long. (insert “deer in headlights” eyes.) This year, more than ever before, I’ve learned how much I have to work on. I’m still [very much] being molded and refined and I’m thankful for this journey in so many countless ways…even if it means the house is usually in disarray and there are flow charts hanging on my walls. :)

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Wood – my dad is quite a talented wood worker. He has created so many beautiful carvings and different pieces out of wood (among many other things). The smell of woodchips will forever remind me of my dad and his workshop. That’s why I think wood…especially in it’s natural state…makes my heart very happy. Chairs – I love me some unique chairs. They’re usually just the right size to bring a little character to a corner of a room. Books – in my humble, and admittedly nerdy opinion, a room is made so much cooler when there are piles of stacked books.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our counter tops and stools were a splurge. But well worth it, I think. And all the wood in our kitchen/dinning room was a steal. Literally these were collected for a small fee from barns that were being taken down. Those beautiful Wisconsin farms keep on giving. :)

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? As mentioned earlier, a lot of things in our home come gently used. Craigslist has been a great resource, among rummage sales and thrift stores. There’s so much you can do to give those used things a fresh new look. West Elem, Urban Outfitters, Ikea and Etsy have also been great places to get unique things for a fair price.

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? I love to use nature. We’ve collected pinecones and strung them from twine to adorn a window. We’ve spray painted them with glitter paint to add some sparkle to a bookshelf. We’ve collected a handful of cool sticks and feathers and painted the tips silver. We’ve gathered armloads of driftwood to make one-of-a-kind birdhouses. It can be that easy. And plants are such a great way to bring colorful life into your home. They’re easy and effortless.

Any advice? When we moved into this house (about 2 years ago) I tried hard to not put anything on my walls or shelves that didn’t mean something to me. I think sometimes we think we need to fill each and every space in our home. That’s simply not true. An entire wall in my living room was blank for over a year because I didn’t have anything that could fill it well…that meant something to me…that wasn’t just filling an empty space. Sometimes it’s worth waiting for that perfect piece that you happen to find when you aren’t even looking for it!

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At Home with Malia Chang

At Home with Malia Chang / home tour

Talk about your style: I am so grateful to have someone who completely trusts my judgment and gives me free-range to decorate and adorn our apartment. We love a mid-century vibe with pops of bohemian touches scattered about. Pairing pieces with clean lines and edges like you’d find in a mid-century style with delicate, flowing bohemian characteristics gives a nice contrast between bold and gentle. It kind of reflects our personalities!

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I love our living room. It has a little corner fireplace with a nook that I can’t seem to stop fussing over. I find myself placing pieces we adore like favorite geodes, the Crosley, salt lamp, and etc., this way and that, arraigning and re-arranging. It’s therapeutic. So many times I will sit on our couch and just stare at what we’ve created.

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Where does your inspiration come from? Antique shops, dreams of Paris, the colors and florals of the seasons, Pinterest, books, the sky, nature, cosmos, a bold glass of red wine, you name it.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. For our very first place, I think we’ve done well with creating something uniquely us. We do have a guest room that stands mostly for storage, but we been meaning to go through all of the boxes soon. We are getting married in July and wedding planning is always high on the to-do list!

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Our gallery wall, the triangle natural dream catcher I handmade, and our string of old photos of our families.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our biggest splurge would have to be our mid-century dining table set. We found it on Craigslist and fell in love. It is perfect for our little apartment, but came with three extension pieces that will be put to use when we have a house and a growing family! Biggest steal is the framed art piece in the dining room — it is actually wrapping paper of the monuments in Paris in an Ikea frame! Art on a budget!

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Urban Outfitters for unique statement pieces and we are also firm Ikea believers. And there’s not much I love more than thrifting and antiquing. When I can, I love to make things with my hands.

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? Perfect timing for this question! It always feels so good to admire a piece and know you put it together with your own hands. I just love our triangle dream catcher and knowing I tied it together, I dyed the cotton string, I adorned it with pretty things from nature, makes my heart swell with pride. It’s timeless. It’ll be one of those forever pieces we’ll weave through our family for generations.

Any advice? When you move in to your first place, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want things perfect and just-so. Next thing you’ll know, everything is changing and so is your style. So think of your home as an art piece you’re constantly changing…and adding and removing and enjoy it at every stage.

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Wishlist 19: Earthy Tones

wishlist 19: earthy tones

As we officially dive into spring and embracing the warmer temperatures, earthy warm tones have been really drawing me in as of late. Recently I picked out a few fun statement items above that I thought fit well together. Lately I have been in a constant battle with deciding on a color palette for our living space. Right now we have a lot of black, grey, and cream with a few pops of mustard + teal tones here and there, so these soft, muted elements might be just the right thing to balance everything out.

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At Home with Karisa Grimstad

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Talk about your style. I love Scandinavian minimal design with a side of industrial.

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? The living room probably takes the cake for my favorite room. It’s completely redone from how it looked when we moved in. It went from beige paint+ carpet to white walls + hardwood floors, with the touch of an MCM couch and our DIY floating sideboard & picture ledge. It’s my Friday nightspot.

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Where does your inspiration come from? I’m a constant admirer of the simplicity from My Scandinavian Home + the daring/fun DIY from Vintage Revivals.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Our kitchen remodel has to be our crowning achievement so far. We took out a whole wall, cabinets and the built in stove hood to make an open kitchen with our DIY concrete island boldly standing in the middle.

Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Our concrete island, the floating sideboard, and my office. It’s a little serious business mixed with an easy going + swanky flare.

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Biggest splurge and biggest steal: That’s a hard one. There are the dull $$ spent on putting new floors in and the general – wood for remodeling/projects adds up like crazy – but let’s go with the fun facts: Our mid century modern couch was a Craiglist find that felt like a bit of a stretch, but was EXACTLY what I was looking for; while the Eames chair (from Amazon) was almost completely paid for with all the Amazon points we saved up over 2.5 years!

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Ikea + Lowes have helped us make or build much of the home we love. Though I’m known to find fantastic knick-knacks at Target + Marshalls!

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? My DIY tip is to look at what you have, big or small, and see if you can repaint it to fit your needs before demoing or throwing it out. Our bathroom did NOT look like that before. But I didn’t have to do any demolition or heavy spending to get it to the bright and cheery state it is currently in!

Any advice? Create a home you feel rested in + enjoy. No style is impossible to achieve if you declutter your space and try your hand at some inexpensive DIY!

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Tiny Heirloom

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Tell us a little bit about Tiny Heirloom and how it all started. Three years ago, Tyson, our CEO and his brother in law, Jason, COO, decided to start building tiny homes on a very small scale. About halfway through building one, they decided to make it into an actual business. From there, they began customizing the features to be more luxury based and create the feel of a real home in each one they created. Jason’s brother and now CFO, Zach, soon joined the team and all of their wives started contributing as to make this a family operation. As of last week, I joined the team, as Chief Administrative Officer, and we have a few other guys on the team as builders. We are all friends and have been for sometime and so this business is a fun way for us to live life together and grow something from the ground up.

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What makes your homes different?​​ Our homes are unique in the fact that we are creating luxury homes, not just tiny homes. We felt like we wanted to create a space that allowed people to minimize but still helped them feel like they were at home. Also, we feel like the heart behind our company is really important. We value caring for our clients and our homes as if they were family. So, we care for our clients by flying them out to see their homes, taking them to dinner and adding personal touches like anniversary care packages.

Where does your inspiration come from when working on a Tiny Heirloom home? For each of the houses, a lot of the inspiration comes from the wives of our builders. They would take ideas to them and get a lot of insight from their wives in which way to go. For our business, it comes from a desire to revolution the ‘American dream’. The mission of the company is to bring a high quality home but not in an excessive way. To provide comfort and the warmth of a home, while still living minimally.

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Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Biggest achievement would be the large amount of attention and affirmation we have gotten after only launched four months ago. This company started out of a fun, family project and has resulted in greater response than we could have imagined. Our challenges would include being on the forefront of a new hero of home building. It is difficult working with banks and insurance. There isn’t a formula or particular ‘way’ to go about this, so it has been challenging figuring out which avenues to go down to support our clients the best we can.

How long does the whole process take from start to finish?​ The process takes about 4 months, sometimes shorter.

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Is there a custom base package + what does it include?​ Our base price at Heirloom consists of an 18’ unit that is over 8’ wide with solar, top-of-the-line appliances, home automation, and all of the finishes of a luxury custom home. During design, we create a unique floor plan based on your desires and needs accompanied by a 3D model to help give you that relative perspective of your future living space! We also will ship your unit to you anywhere in the Continental US for free! Also included is a trip to Portland to meet the Heirloom team, see your unit in production, eat at local restaurants and stay a few nights in a tiny home. After the delivery we send out custom gift baskets based on your interests and what’s local to Oregon! All this for only $65,000.

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