Now some of you may have missed this in a previous post but I actually graduated with an Interior Design degree at the International Design Academy of Technology (IADT) - Seattle. I graduated in 2010...also right about the time the job market was at an all-time low. Awesome timing because I was told by one of my Architect buddies that the first of the jobs to disappear was anything art or design-related. WHY, OF COURSE..
I was about 25 when we owned our first home - a new development in a corner lot and we were the house everyone went to - poker and karaoke almost every weekend with our 3 year old and 1 year old boys. Guests frequently commented "Wow, you did a great job decorating!" I was so proud then but when I think back, there was no real cohesion and most of the decor was traditional with some global and contemporary elements mixed in. Each room was painted a different color because I couldn't bare looking at white walls...I grew up only knowing white walls with one gold, glittered wall (in our suh-weet 1970s entryway that was popcorn-textured which my brothers and I frequently picked at...I wouldn't be surprised now if it contained asbestos!).
It was when we moved into our 1st home that I decided to go back to college (and did I mention I had 2 little boys?!) Photos below were taken by a selling agent...sadly, we've lost our original photos:
The location of our home was beginning to take a toll on us being that we worked in Downtown Seattle - about 30-40 minutes away. We then moved into another new "cookie-cutter" home in the Kent Valley. I wanted to stand out from the rest of our neighbors but we could only do so much since the HOA was very particular about "home improvements."
Again, we used a lot of warmer colors and still had the traditional and global thing going on but then I started to learn more and more at school. It was at this house I had my 3rd child - a girl - and her nursery consisted of bright, fresh colors (a very light sage-mint green) and lots of natural light. It was then that I realized that cooler colors were more my "cup-of-tea," But, the rest of the home had copper, red, or tan tones!
Shortly after our daughter turned 1, we ended up moving to our current home - a 1970s split-level in the upper Renton area. We moved because we wanted to get the boys into a good school. We found our home in the same neighborhood as the elementary school my boys would eventually attend. By this time, I had already graduated from school but I was in design heaven! The house needed work and, with the real estate market being down, we got it for a good deal. The possibilities were endless in our new home and I could finally put my design chops to the test...BTW, the following photos are BEFORE shots and taken by the selling agent's team:
It is at this house my design sense started coming together. I finally was honing in on what I liked, style-wise. So, my friends, this is a good way to end my blog here and hope you stay tuned for my entry coming soon on our home remodel!
~ XOXO, Mari