I’ve always been really interested in interior design and home decor. Maybe it’s because my parents were custom home general contractors so I was exposed to it constantly. Maybe it’s because I needed a creative outlet that my day job didn’t give me. Maybe it’s because I watched too much HGTV (Is there such a thing?). A few years ago I decided to see if my interest was anything more than just an interest and take a course in Interior space planning. I was hooked! As nerdy as it was I loved drawing floor plans. I loved the ability to take a space and figure out how to maximize its function. I found design was not just about the color palette or the pillows you choose but also about solving problems and creating really functional spaces that are still beautiful. And that philosophy has really informed my style and approach to home design. I’m about finding ways to balance life and a beautiful home. I see my home as my refuge from the world and a personal space that I open up to family and friends. So I want to feel good coming home to it everyday. I want spaces that look beautiful but are still very functional and livable. I want it to be comfortable and elegant, but not stuffy or too precious. I want spaces to look put together but casual enough to relax and entertain in That means, as pretty as it is, I can’t do all-white anything because I’d be nervous about it all the time. Or furniture that only looks good but doesn’t feel good. I’ve made that expensive mistake. I like laying a great foundation in neutrals and adding interest with texture and color in accessories or lower commitment items. I also like finding those things that look more expensive than they really are or figuring out when to splurge and when to save. I’m not a big DIY person because my DIYs tend to look like DIYs, but I’ll try it once in awhile when I know I can actually make something that doesn’t scream “I made it” or it’s relatively low commitment. My version of DIY is Design It Yourself, then shop for it. I don’t tend to stick to just one aesthetic or design genre but rather I like mixing classic, modern, rustic, and luxe touches. Being a new homeowner really helped me realize and refine my design style. My previous homes (school housing, apartments, rentals) always felt temporary so I never really invested in my decor and I was always hesitant to do anything or purchase anything too permanent. Only after I realized this was my house and I could paint the walls or drill holes if I wanted to did I really explore all the possibilities. Just like many of you I enjoy finding inspiration in magazines, Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram and blogs! I hope you’ll enjoy my blog and find something interesting or applicable to your own home. More on why I’m blogging and what I’m blogging about. You can also find me on Instagram @eggshell_home and my inspiration/shopping boards on Pinterest at eggshellhome. P.S. Where’d I get the name Eggshell Home from? Eggshell refers to the paint sheen. It’s a classic, timeless sheen that is the perfect balance between flat and semi-gloss.