TCJ: It can be a tough adjustment to make a house move, especially when trying to create an inviting and comforting space. When did your house turn into your home?
LA: There is something so warm and comforting about wall art and photos of your family that when you place it in your house, it immediately becomes a home.
TCJ: You’ve done a number of gallery walls in your home, but the gallery wall in your living room is absolutely stunning. The watercolor art is already beautiful on its own, but by placing it in a mix of gold, black, and wooden frames you added in so much extra character to the wall. How did you design it—the placement of the frames, what pieces to include, etc.?
LA: I have had several gallery walls and the key to a great gallery wall is balance. A mix of large and small frames and even including some 3D items that complement the art is also important.
TCJ: We discussed earlier that moving can be tough and overwhelming. What are your top tips for styling a home from the bottom up?
LA: Like I mentioned before, surrounding yourself with items that you love and evoke emotion is very important to a well-styled home. There should also be a commonality amongst the various rooms so your home feels more fluid and cohesive.
TCJ: As I’m sure you realized when designing your home, creating a space that’s equally beautiful and practical can be difficult to say the least. How did you make your space kid- and pet-friendly?
LA: My number one tip is to purchase removable slipcovers that can easily be thrown in the wash. There is an extra amount of effort to keep light furniture clean, which means that you also have to be flexible and have realistic expectations. Life is messy and stains will happen, so if you have little ones, you might have to forgo the crisp white chair until a little bit later. The great thing about décor is that it continues to evolve, and leather is so hot right now. You can’t go wrong with a classic leather couch.
TCJ: In addition to being a blogger and a mom, you’re also a talented artist! When did you realize that you could paint and design?
LA: I grew up surrounded by artists and would sit and draw and paint for hours. To be perfectly honest, I was too afraid to pursue my dream of becoming an artist, and even though I was encouraged to go to art school, I majored in marketing instead. It wasn’t until I had children that I realized how much art had meant to me while growing up, and I wanted my children to experience that same joy. I rediscovered my love for art, and the rest is history.
TCJ: In what ways do you incorporate your art into your décor?
LA: I do like to adorn our walls with my art, but there’s something about art and décor that go hand in hand. The way certain things balance each other and the composition of a room, those are all things that are shared when creating art.
TCJ: We noticed you chose a neutral color palette for most of your home with pops of color in your décor. What was the inspiration behind this, and how do you balance adding those pops without going overboard?
LA: Having a neutral palette as your starting point allows you a lot of room for experimentation. You can change the inexpensive items such as throw pillows and art and completely change the look of the space. I do struggle with this because, as an artist, I love color and need it in my life. But I do a little test where I will add color and leave it for a week. If after a week, I still love it, then I leave it. If I start to get antsy, I know I’ve added too much.