We are so pleased to welcome Erica Feldmann to the blog today to share bits of her home with us!"My boyfriend Dave and I live in a two bedroom apartment in Somerville, MA with our cats Moscow and Salem. We fell in love with the space right away because of its natural light, original French doors and two porches! Best of all, it was in our price range, which is no easy feat here in the Boston area. Humor is definitely our common language, and I think that has a huge impact on how we decorate. I love incorporating a little cheekiness into a vignette and hanging artwork that doesn’t take itself too seriously."
"My favorite find, well I have two. (I can’t help it I’m a Gemini!) The first is the Felix doll that lives on a chair in the living room. This was mine when I was a little kid, but it lived at my Grandma’s house. I loved it so much, and I always tried to take it home with me, but she would say that it had to stay at Grandma’s house. 20 years later when I left for the East Coast, it was my going away present.
The second is my giant Bird/Panda painting. It was a gift from a dear friend, and I just love everything about it. The artist’s name is Derek Erdman."
"The most unusual item we own would have to be the North Wind Chair in the bedroom. My mom found it at an estate sale in Milwaukee before I was born. When I was a kid I was totally fascinated by it, and as an adult I can say I’ve still never seen anything else quite like it. It’s supposed to guard your house against evil spirits, so my mom gave it to me for protection when I moved away from the Midwest for grad school. So far its worked great!"
"The fact that our apartment is so big allows us a lot of autonomy when we work from home. I do most of my blogging from the dining room, so Dave can work on his films in our office/guestroom. The two porches are great, because one is much better for relaxing and the other functions as the 'HausWitch Workshop' where I do all of my DIY projects. Having such a big, functional kitchen is a huge switch for me, and it has totally changed the way I feel about cooking. All the sudden I love spending time at our big island trying new recipes. Since both of us do a lot of work from home on top of our day jobs, my favorite times are when we can steal a night to watch a movie or some ridiculous reality show on the couch."
"Dave and I are just starting our second year together in this apartment. When we first moved in, we struggled to find ways of combining our tastes. We aren’t super different, but Dave definitely leans towards more classic/traditional, while I like bright, Scandinavian-modern. Since budget is the alpha and omega of my decorating process, we’re doing our best to combine our stuff as coherently as possible while saving up for meaningful pieces that we both really love. Honestly though, the biggest change to our space has come from adopting our kitten Salem. It’s funny how ALL OF THE THINGS can be in place, but sometimes another little family member is what really makes the space feel like home."