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An Ode To Your Dwelling: Grace Start

It’s no surprise that we have a love for interior design. The foundation of audwell comes from our belief in the importance of thoughtful design and how it impacts the space we live in every day. In fact, we love good design so much that we wanted to peek inside the homes of other parents that we admire and ask them a few questions. As parents, we are all trying to balance the vision we have for our home and the reality that children bring (hello, mess). We figured there was no better way to receive design inspiration, DIY advice, and favorite finds than by interviewing other design experts. 

We chatted with Grace Start (aka @grace_start) whose home is inviting and full of warmth. Grace has four kids who range in age from Theo (6), Wes (4), Jane (2), and Tommy, (7 months) and is a successful interior designer for Jean Stoffer Design.
Below we asked Grace a few questions about her home after motherhood. 

  • In one word, describe your home’s decor before you had kids: Collected
  • In one word, describe your home’s decor AFTER you had kids: Durable
  • Do you have a dream investment piece that you’re holding off on buying until your kids are older (and let’s be honest, less likely to ruin): HA! I think I am just as likely to ruin things as they are, so not really!
  • Is there one item in your house that you know you’ll replace once your kids are older and less messy? Dining table 
  • Best tip for kid proofing your house (while still making it feel like you live there too): Cabinet latches 
  • Favorite DIY project in your home: Interior window :)
  • Favorite spot in your home: Sofa
  • Favorite sustainable find: High Chair
  • Favorite inexpensive item in your home: Ted’s grandmother’s piece
  • Random item in your home that your children are obsessed with: Ottoman! 
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