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 Zoe Bleak (aka @zoecorinne), about her intentionally minimalist home in Nashville. She has one son, Ellis (18 months) and in her spare time she sat down with us to answer a few of our favorite questions about her home.
Describe your home’s decor AFTER you had kids: Intentionally minimalist. Warm and inviting... lots of neutrals and natural materials. My mom likes to call it her "vacation home." I like to think that it echoes the feeling of taking a deep breath. I love that I've been able to create a relaxing safe haven for my family and anyone else who enters.
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): Well... I already bought the big white sectional, so it can't get too much more precarious than that, right? Lol. There hasn't been a stain I haven't been able to get out, yet!
Is there one item in your house that you know you’ll replace once your kid is older and less messy?: Probably rugs and carpet.
Favorite DIY project in your home: Aside from designing our entire remodel? The place I really got down and dirty with was our fireplace! My mom and I re-mortared it at the beginning of our renovation and it was such a fun project to tackle. It used to have really dark mortar. I was so tempted to paint the whole thing because it seemed to make the room feel so dark and dingy. But my mom convinced me to first try lightening the grout to see if it would help and it did! A few years in, I'm tempted to try out a light lime wash over all the stones to lighten it a little more but with my procrastination skills, I won't get around to testing that out for another year or so ;)
Favorite sustainable find: Aside from our audwell tower? I have a couple: my favorite storage bins are made by SortJoy and are made out of recycled plastic! A second favorite is Ellis' silicone snack bag.
Favorite inexpensive item in your home: Art! Either handmade or inexpensive beautiful finds from Etsy or other artist friends. I think my most cherished are some blind contour drawings Nate and I did of each other one of the first weeks we were living in our home, post-renovation. It was such a fun, (free!!) activity that I'll never forget and will always recommend to others to try out.