Happy Friday, friends! Today I have an extra special treat to share. Recently, I had the great pleasure of connecting with the lovely & talented Valerie Wildes, of Mint + Varnish. We were introduced by a mutual friend, and I immediately realized that we have a great deal in common! We're also both transplants living in California, and we share a deep love for Interiors! On her blog, Valerie likes to write about unique goods for the home, inspiring interiors, and home color palettes. She also shares snapshots of projects within her gorgeous loft, where she lives with her husband in Venice, CA (more on that soon!). In an effort to get to know each other, Valerie and I asked each other several questions about the spaces we call "home." Check out her answers and photos of her beautiful Loft below!
S: What is your personal/ home aesthetic?
V: My aesthetic is minimalistic and clean with a vintage twist. I'm drawn to neutral colorways in furniture, wall paint, and most home goods. However I'm a sucker for bright and colorful vintage textiles, especially anything Moroccan. I love rummaging through vintage markets for clothing and home items but have become a pickier buyer for my home. I think living in a loft has helped shape my minimalistic style, for the lack of space issue.
S: Which is your favorite feature or spot in your home?
V: My absolute favorite spot in the loft is our bedroom. Even though I love my little office space, I usually work from my bedroom which I find super cozy and relaxing.
S: Where did you buy your favorite goods in your home?
V: This is the first place that I've lived in where I had to furnish the entire space. It was a long process, but along the way I discovered an extremely talented furniture maker in Los Angeles who has a shop named Reclaim. A bunch of our furniture came from there including our bed frame, which I love for it's unique look and hidden storage. Some other pieces I can't imagine parting from are my vintage rugs which I acquired in Morocco and various flea markets around the U.S.
S: What neighborhood do you live in?
V: I live in the Marina Del Rey Art's District on the west side of Los Angeles. I like it for it's proximity to the water, and the walk-ability to local cafes and shops.
S: What inspired you to become interested in interiors/ start blogging?
V: I've always had a huge love for pretty interiors and home goods. Growing up, I would spend hours flipping through interior magazines making mood boards to hang in my bedroom. I ended up going to school for apparel design but started Mint + Varnish as a creative outlet to express my home style and to hopefully inspire others to create their one-of-a-kind home aesthetic.