Decor Crush: Clean Living

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Get ideas for your own space: Here’s my trip to the uh-mazing home of my mate Daria, her husband and their twins… There was too much to cover in this blog post, so I didn’t manage to talk in great detail about the bedrooms. OH MY GOD… They were so unbelievably comfortable. I never knew how much I’d been missing out over the years sticking to my tried and tested (and ancient) mattress. I went straight onto after my visit!

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Morning light in their dining area. I brought Daria the Diptyque candle shown above – my fave candles. She of course found the perfect place for it in front of old books that she groups by colour. This is next on my list to try scent wise! I was also thinking of adding a home music system to really enhance the clean living feel. I hear that Creston do some great specialised installation.

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The picture frame was salvaged from their barn upstate. Daria hated the picture so removed it and displays the frame alone. I know that they plan to get something to replace the removed picture from a wall art shop in the near future in order introduce even more individuality into their home. I think if we were to get more pictures for home, then I would make sure to get something like a laser level to make sure that everything is hanging nicely (there are laser levels for homeowners, so it’ll be easy enough to get one). To be fair, even if I was planning on putting shelves up or something, I think I would get a laser level, just to make sure that everything is perfect.

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Their home is filled throughout with warm shades of wood.

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Brightly coloured ‘ugly doll’ monster cushions found on eBay. I flipping love these.

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The bay windows in their sunken living room floods the space with natural light. The chaise lounge is from Ikea.

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Daria searched weeks for this mirror. It was sold out across most Ikeas and costs $19. She lucked out one day after almost giving up.

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One kitchen wall is covered in chalk paint and serves as their to do list, kids drawing pad and general fun board for family and visiting guests.

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The chalk wall is also a dramatic accent in their home.
This metal table on castors was picked up from a free garage sale in their area. It sits in their guest room.

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They have three cats. This one is a rescue and is the most affectionate cat that I have ever met. I wanted to take him home with me!

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See more of her shoe collection plus surplus photos on my Facebook.

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Open shelving in her closet room.

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The little chair is a barn find from the house that we escape to every summer (see that summer house here).

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I had to take this photo of Daria experimenting with shots for their family Christmas card cover.

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Posters in the guest room. These are from a past MacWorld convention.

Quote from Daria:

“My home tells the story of who we’ve been, where we’ve travelled and my desire to create order. It’s the same approach I take in my closet.”
Last week Michael and I visited my mate Daria and her husband upstate. I’ve been thinking about changing our own interior space throwing away 60% of our crap next year and so being at their home was hugely inspiring a wake up call!
Instagram followers saw a bit already but this is a tour through the rest of their home. I know it’s coming: future strategic visits to flea markets, garage sales, West Elm, Ikea, salvage yards. That’ll be me next year.

ps. Anyone read Living etc? It’s my fave home decor magazine for ideas. If anyone has a fave modern decor magazine let me know.


    • Karen says:

      She does. She’s always furnished her spaces this way.

    • Karen says:

      Which is impressive with twins running around!

    • Karen says:

      Glad you liked it too!

    • Karen says:

      Yes she’s always been about clean, simple style.

    • Karen says:

      Thx Christina. Was hoping to do something like that with the photos

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love Daria!

    • Karen says:


    • Karen says:

      That’s what I thought when I first walked in

  2. Sinead says:

    What a beautiful home!

    And yes, I am a big, big fan of Living, etc. although it costs the Earth to buy it here. They have a new EIC coming on board now and I certainly hope he doesn’t change anything! As it is, it’s the only shelter mag I read since the demise of our dear, departed Domino.

    • Karen says:

      ahhh you read that mag too? It’s absolutely brilliant! oh God I always fear when a new one comes along because you know they’ll want to put their own mark on it somehow :/

      Yea Domino is now gone. Thank God for Living Etc.

  3. The White List says:

    Such a beautiful home! I love how minimalist it is and yet still so warm and inviting!

  4. Esonia says:

    The chair is my favorite. It reminds me of elementary school days. Beautiful living space

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