arnie Hansen strives to ensure the whole lot in her North Spokane house is significant, stunning or purposeful. Within the entryway, Hansen, who began her personal design agency six years in the past, specializing in residence staging and inside styling, has an outdated wood dresser. On high of the dresser sits a concrete pelican surrounded by funky framed art work, together with certainly one of her daughter’s black-and-white drawings of the household. The dresser is greater than only a tabletop or storage space, nonetheless; it belonged to her older brother, who died when Hansen was simply a teen.
Three classic ship lights above her kitchen island have an analogous sentimental story. She first noticed comparable lights whereas attending her son’s commencement from Military primary coaching. She tracked the lights down and had Spokane’s Revival Lighting assist set up them.
“Once I take a look at them I see a narrative of [my son’s] perseverance and the way radically life can change,” she says. “I am reminded that the place we’re at the moment could be so totally different tomorrow, and that we have now the ability to alter it.”
Hansen’s character is clear all through the house, together with the kitchen, eating and front room areas that comprise the good room operating the total size of the house. Within the residing space, for instance, a classic trunk on a furnishings dolly doubles as a espresso desk. It additionally holds one other treasured merchandise: a lemon-yellow ceramic pot that when belonged to her grandfather.
Close by, a chook print reminds her of her father’s foray into elevating racing pigeons. Near the woodstove in the lounge is a big wall map such as you’d discover in a schoolroom, that includes South America, the place there are islands she desires to go to.
“It is a reminder of why we’re working so arduous,” says Hansen, who not too long ago teamed with an actual property agent to create a staging firm known as The Suite Life.
One other favourite a part of her house is the window from the good room towards 5 Mile and Airway Heights. She and her husband had initially needed to search out an outdated farmhouse to renovate however did not have the time or vitality, says Hansen, who additionally works for an area faculty district.
“There are fewer and fewer items of acreage out there with a view, so we scrapped the outdated home thought and determined to construct,” she says. “We fell in love with the property earlier than the construct ever began,” she says, recalling how they’d go to the land, packing a picnic and letting the youngsters scramble over piles of dust as the town lights got here alive. Those self same views, and reminiscences, she now enjoys from the consolation of her front room.
In case you’re in search of methods to include extra of you in your house design, Marnie Hansen provides some suggestions.
“My No. 1 guideline is to not be boring,” says Hansen, who suggests pairing opposites: classic with fashionable, or glossy with one thing well-worn, even rustic.
It is OK to incorporate humor, perhaps even one thing somewhat off-beat. Hansen’s residence features a print of a pigeon with donuts on its head, in honor of her father who raced racing pigeons.
Impartial areas are good, however coloration could be highly effective, even in small doses like pillows or the intense yellow ceramic pot Hansen has saved from her childhood.
Create a gallery wall in your house and do not be afraid to alter out the work. Thrift retailer finds, youngsters’ drawings, unique or replica artwork, maps, signage — let or not it’s your private showcase for what’s necessary to you.
Do not feel like you must spend some huge cash, says Hansen. “Discover artwork that speaks your language.”