I have often said that one of the best things about
blogging is the friends you make along the way, and I particularly love meeting
like-minded design enthusiasts. So you
can imagine my excitement when Michelle, a regular reader of The Glam Pad,
reached out to me… I almost fainted when I saw her incredible home, and I
knew right then and there I must launch this new series, “Reader Home Tours.”
always loved to decorate….hunt, find, primp, and change. “I’m one of those
people who if I can’t afford it I will find a cheaper way to do it,” said
Michelle. I think we were switched at birth! Without further ado, please
allow me to introduce you to Michelle…
1950s. She has lived here for 14 years with her husband, daughter and son, two
dogs, two kittens, and her eldest son who now lives on his own. Her front door
is painted Pink Corsage by Benjamin Moore. The wallpaper in the entry was given
to Michelle by an owner of a wallpaper store. It can be purchased here.
Wearstler Imperial Trellis. “I bought half the fabric at a great price and
waited until I could afford the rest before I had them upholstered. I looked at
knockoffs, but really wanted the real thing!” she said.
picked up this brass bamboo coffee table for a song at $30!
Decor is a mixture of vintage with new. I love quirky pieces along with
traditional. For years I had a more French, Shabby Chic, white and pale décor,
but I grew tired of it. I have always loved color, tropical, floral, and
Chinoiserie, and I fell in love with the Palm Beach Chic Style,” said Michelle.
have scored some great pieces from estate sales, consignment and antique
stores,” said Michelle.
love decorative animal accents…flamingos, peacocks, elephants, (my
grandmother collected elephants and they always make me think of her) cheetah,
zebra, and leopard. I believe every home should have some!”
bought the campaign brass chest in her bedroom $50. The white campaign dresser was
$125, and faux bamboo chairs were just $100.
“I sometimes wish I had the budget to just buy everything my heart desires, but
then again I would miss that amazing thrill of ‘Wow I just found a campaign
brass chest for $50!!!’” said Michelle.
have a couple of pagoda bamboo chandeliers from Etsy (not so cheap) Also one of
my latest finds a bamboo pagoda étagère for $100!”
absolutely love my pink trellis wallpaper in my dining room,” said Michelle. “It
is called Grata and is made by York wallpaper. I go crazy over wallpaper and
would have it in every room if I could afford to!! It is like art, and it just
makes the space.”
home decor store was a dream come true. So much fun and hard work. My Mom was
my partner and we had a blast stocking it, dreaming up displays, and meeting so
many wonderful people. We mixed vintage refurbished furniture along with new
home decor accessories. It felt like a never ending shopping trip!
Unfortunately with the slow economy in our area we finally had to close it.”
have never had any formal training in design I just put together what I like. I
have decorated quite a few homes and love doing it.”
home office is still a work in progress. So far I have a pink ceiling, black
and white Madeline Weinrib look-a-like rug, large French table/desk, bamboo
pagoda étagère/bookshelf, and these fabulous Growing Wild curtain panels I
found an estate sale find… I didn’t really know what they were at first, but
I just loved them.”
have wanted the Carleton Varney Brazilliance wallpaper forever. That is my next
expenditure,” said Michelle.
believe all the talented people out there!! So many ideas, inspiration, and DIY
projects. I’ve thought of starting one, but I get a little intimidated by the
talent out there. My favorite blogs are The Glam Pad, Bijou and Boheme,
Home-Styling, Seekers Bazaar, The Pink Pagoda, Chinoiserie Chic, and CaitlinWilson Design… I love Caitlin’s fabrics and pillows. I still have a way to go
before I’m totally happy with the way the house looks, but I never tire of
decorating!” said Michelle.
Maybe with a little
encouragement, we can nudge Michelle into Blogland… This lady has a great eye!
Thank you, Michelle, for taking us inside your gorgeous home. You are so
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