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If you have not checked out her blog, please do! She comes up with the most amazing DIY projects, that just blows me away. If her home, and creativity don't drive you to feel super inferior just wait for her soon to be released blog about fitness and health. This girl has some guns (biceps, I'm talking about) and the tiniest waist. Dang girl, it's hard not to hate you. But you can't hate her, because she is so sweet and gracious.
Anyway, enough brown nosing. Ha ha.
Here is Melaine's take on interior design.
Where are you based? I live near
. Seattle Washington
How did you get into interior design? I've always been into interiors ever since I was little. Things really took off for me after we purchased our first home.
|Melaine's cute dining table|
|Her chalk wall where she stenciled from using this source.|
|Washing dishes would be so much more easier with a lake view like that!|
|I love her little coffee bar area here.|
How long have you been doing it? Around 12 years.
When and why did you start your blog? I started my blog about 6-7 years ago as a place to showcase my hand painted furniture and signs to clients.
Do you have any interior design education/ degree? Nope, I do not, self taught :)
How would you define your style? Traditional with a cottage/vintage twist. I like mixing old and new.
What is your favorite room to design and why? I'd say kids rooms. Kids rooms are just plain FUN! And, they are the easiest to please!
What is your favorite paint color to use? It used to be Ben Moore Teepee Brown, but I am drawn more to grey's now. Dark Grey in particular. Seal by Martha Stewart is a good one. I LOVE Ralph Lauren Oatmeal, it's a warm off white, a good neutral.
What is your favorite local décor shop? I have several, but in
, Haley's Cottage, and in Snohomish,
Joyworks, Ruffles and Rust, and Faded Elegance. Kirkland
What is your most “go to” online décor shop? I love Ballard Designs for pillows and accessories and I also love Joss and
Main. There's some really great deals
What room in your own house is your favorite and why? Our living room. It has a lot of light and a big comfy sectional. It has a fireplace and a giant tv. It's a great family gathering spot.
Looking back, have you ever had a big design disaster? Or thought, “what was I thinking?” Yes, but do I have to tell? :)
Best advice for someone starting an interior design career? Go with your gut. Try not to follow trends, because trends will change.
Best advice for new bloggers? Keep going and don't give up. It may take a while to get your blog "out there" but just post, post, post.
Best design advice for someone decorating on their own? Buy what you love, no matter what. If you love it, you'll find a spot for it! Don't buy something if it's not LOVE at first sight!
Thank you so much Melaine for being apart of my series! Your home is gorgeous, and I'm sure it's even better in person. (hint, hint)
We have the same inspirational designers, and I couldn't agree with you more when you say to stay away from trends (unless you love something) and go with your gut. I can't tell you how many times, I let other peoples' voices get in my head and lead me to something I didn't really want, and I have since had to change it or want to change it now.
Please hop on over to Melaine's blog and see more of her house tour and see all her great recipes, entertaining ideas, and diy projects.
*If you'd like to see my other posts in this series please go here, here and here.*