We love seeing the creative ways artistic couples decorate their homes together. Today we get a peek into the eclectic home of Hallmark designers Josh D., Sandi D., and Sandi’s two kids, Wyeth and Penny. Josh and Sandi both have a love for collecting and a strong eye for curating. Today they’ll share how combining households and moving into a new place together became a life changing and rewarding experience. Read on to find out more!
Almost a year ago, after months of house hunting, we finally acquired a major fixer-upper as our new home. Shortly after, our home renovation began. While our contractor covered the major construction (including our beautiful new kitchen!), we did a lot of the other stuff ourselves. Doing so gave us each a sense of ownership in our home. And for us, that’s what it was all about.
As many people know, it’s not an easy task to move in with a significant other. If you’re fortunate enough to find that special someone with a similar aesthetic, it does make things a bit easier. One of the biggest obstacles we personally encountered was we owned too much stuff. We both would agree, we’re still children at heart; Sandi has a vinyl toy obsession and Josh has an alarming unicorn collection. Between the two of us, we own a ton of wall art and plants that we often forget to water, and we share a deep love for antiques – especially Mid-century Modern decor.
When it comes to decorating, Sandi has a knack for “collaging” a wall, which works perfectly when you have a lot of stuff to showcase. With each display, Sandi meticulously considers the size of the piece, the color, and whom it belongs to. But most importantly, once it’s curated, it feels like it’s ours.
When merging items, we decided to break up some of our personal collections to help shift the focus to the larger story of our combined lives. This keeps our space looking less cluttered and allowed us to create smaller vignettes throughout our home.
It was important for the kids to have their own spaces filled with the things they like. Of course we would help them a bit with the curating(!). Penny, who loves to read, has her own reading nook that showcases our favorite book covers intermixed with her itty-bittys©.
Wyeth’s monstrous Lego collection was a bit more challenging to work with. We thrifted and repurposed a filing cabinet which gave him the space he needed to display his mini creations. (Plus it gave us the luxury of hiding the collection when not in use!)
Our home is still a work in progress, but we feel that everyone now has equal representation in our new space together. Although combining two homes can be daunting at times, with a little patience we found that it opened up the opportunity for us to build a collaborative home together.
Photographer: Jane Kortright