During the Summer I was a finalist to become the next Home Tour Blogger for Designsponge.com. I didn't win, but I wrote, photographed and completed a podcast for the cutest log cabin in New Jersey. Check out the photos and listen to the podcast for inspiration on how to style your space.
There are times in your life when you walk into a boutique or home that is so gorgeous you think you should jog home, burn your stuff and start over. Mimi definitely has one of these homes. Originally a 1920s hunting cabin that sat alone for 30 years, this house does not resemble its former self. The redesign included a full gutting of the kitchen, living room, and ceiling... what's left you’re thinking... not much. Ya' know how Chip and Joanna Gaines convince their TV couple into buying a dilapidated Texas house that’s missing a roof and you’re thinking… That’s a mess! Well, Mimi found that on her own in Jersey, hired her own staff and completed a renovation. Once the renovation was complete, she detailed it with the most interesting paintings, Stickley furniture, totems and sculptures I’ve seen. These antiques are all from Mimi's findings over the years; she has been an antique dealer, painter and sculptor for her entire professional life.
One might call this an empty nester's home. Mimi moved here years after her children were grown and wanted to create a space for her antiques and art. The exterior entrance is spattered with playful sculptures and a slightly treacherous stone entrance that made me rethink a kid on my hip and wedges. Is it difficult to heal from broken legs?
This home decor aesthetic is a Mission style design which is a style of furniture that originated in the late 19th Century that focuses on sturdiness, and horizontal and vertical lines. When I asked Mimi how people on a budget can recreate this style in their homes she rolls her eyes! Hilarious! I know why she’s doing this, Mission furniture is not focused on being pricey, but on its sturdiness. If your bed stand from a large corporate retailer is breaking, it's because it's made by machine, and the old saying, “you get what you pay for” will be flashing at you. Don’t get me wrong, I own a few quickie Target pieces, but Mimi is right. Her furniture will outlive us all!