Design and Inspired, Interior Love

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Welcome to our Home

You can tell a lot about someone from what they have in their home. For me, I would like to show that we are warm, welcoming, bright and cheery. That is one of the reasons I am crazy about interior design. I like to take a space and transform it into something that express a part of who we are. While my husband might think parts of our apartment are “really girly”, I have assured him that it’s ok because he is married, I will take blame for our purple bedspread.

This is our 5th place of living since we have been married. It is amazing what you acquire over 4 different states, 5 houses/apartments, 5 years of marriage and a somewhat obsession for all things Ikea. But we knew when we moved, we would be downsizing from a house to a sweet little apartment in DC and things had to go. Plus we had to make the best use of our furniture and come up with some amazing storage solutions.

What we did come up with is our cozy little nest in a corner of DC which may happen to look like a real life Ikea showroom. So come on in, take off your shoes and stay awhile. Our house is your house.


Can you spot our cat? We lovingly call him Tron but his real name is Mowgli. He answers mostly to the sound of treats.




He is really a loving cat, although most times, he looks unamused.


On of my favorite ways to incorporate color is using pieces of fun fabric. We have our TV mounted on the wall and to cover the cords, it was actually my brilliant husband’s idea to place this piece of fabric over them. What a guy huh? Be still my heart.


One of the most important parts of our life is our love of travel. Andy and I have been blessed to have been to several places, our favorite is Ireland. I first fell in love with the Green Isle while studying abroad. Andy and I later travelled over across the pond for Thanksgiving one year. After returning, we placed the map we used on a cork board and mapped out where we had been. We love to look at it everyday and remember how amazing it truly was. We hope to someday live there…. who knows…


Tron loves to look out the window and our windowsills are the perfect little nesting spot with all his toys. He just has to share it with my massive amounts of home decorating magazines.

DC9Probably one of the most recognizable chairs in the entire world, but it is so comfortable. We LOVE this chair, although at the moment, it’s holding most of our clean laundry.



It was such a bonus to have an amazing fireplace in our apartment. It has such great character on it’s own but there is something about hanging your favorite picture above a fireplace. This one was from our wedding. Many people ask about the saw, they think it’s a little creepy. While it may be a little out of place, it actually belonged to Andy’s grandfather who instilled the love of wood working into him. He passed away before we moved and it just seemed fitting to have it around.

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Go Rockies!

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These were given to us from my parents for Christmas one year. I just love the different pictures.


It may seem strange to take a picture of the mirror in the bathroom, but it’s the pictures in the mirror that are important. These are silk paintings that my uncle brought back from Vietnam during the war for my Maman (grandmother). The hung in their parlor as long as I can remember.

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And a good stretch because this photo shoot was so strenuous.


It may be small, but it’s home. We love it and one of our couches is a pull out so if you are just stopping by for staying for a week, we got you covered!

What’s your favorite room in your house?


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10 Comment

  1. Reply
    April 9, 2013 at 10:40 am

    LOVE! You can come decorate my house any day. I never have had the gift of being able to decorate.

    1. Reply
      emilie marian
      April 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Thank you Erin! In my shop I offer design plans. I would love to do one for you!

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    Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    April 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Your home looks so fun and cozy! I love the different pops of fabric prints and patterns. Purple’s not too girly 🙂 We have deep eggplant-y couches in our family room! Still not sure how I talked my husband into those, but I love them! (hence the blog name!)

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      emilie marian
      April 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you Emily! I think that deep purple is such a good neutral girl/guy color! I love your couches; they are great pieces of furniture!

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    Amy B.
    April 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Emilie – your home is just darling. You’ve done SO MUCH with such a little space. I love the idea of updating and decorating my apartment to reflect the fact that adults live there, and not college kids, but I feel like so many of the decorating ideas I see circulating online are for big houses and big spaces. So nice to see it’s possible for a small space to exude just as much charm and cohesive design.

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      emilie marian
      April 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Amy! Thank you so much for your sweet words. It is so possible to make the most out of a little space. Small spaces can be as much fun as a big space but I think smaller spaces are a lot more fun to decorate because it’s like solving a puzzle!

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