This adorable studio apartment is the home where one of my daughter’s friends and fellow interior design classmates, Michaela (of Michaela Noelle Designs), lived while finishing her design studies. I’m showing her home to you today not only because it is SO cute (not your average college apartment, right?) but because I have a special announcement about Michaela and I wanted you to be properly introduced!
My lovely daughter Courtney (on the right) recently graduated with her degree in Interior Design. Yes, I’m so proud of her (as I am of all three of my kids!). Michaela (also lovely, and on the left) graduated in the same class and is a good friend of Courtney’s. They are both so talented in many ways and have great taste … not to mention they are two of the sweetest girls you’ll ever meet.
Courtney not only helps me here on The Inspired Room with projects, collages and design ideas as well as now working full time for Restoration Hardware, but was also very involved in the design of our recent kitchen remodel. It is wonderful having a trusted opinion and fresh perspective! I valued her guidance, help and input so much while we were working on the kitchen, not to mention it was so fun working with both of my girls on a big project like that!
My other lovely daughter, Kylee, has evolved into my project manager and she keeps me on task (something I desperately need or I would chase after far too many shiny things) as well as being the creator of some of the amazing hand drawn art and recipes you might have seen on The Inspired Room. I’m very blessed to have such a creative and supportive family! I love working with my girls — I feel so blessed!
One of the things we have often joked about, though, is that they need another sister. When the three of us get together, ideas start flowing and we can’t even keep up with ourselves. Haha! Yes, they have a 13 year old brother we adore but so far he doesn’t share our enthusiasm for decorating or DIY projects. Humpf. Although I will say he is pleased with the results of some of our projects like the ice cream party so there is hope for him.
While we are absolutely thrilled with life right now as it is, there are always more dreams and things we want to do than hands to do them. We love being creative and doing projects and expanding what we do. We thrive on that energy. It is just how we are, thus the dream of another sister! After all, there are only so many hours in a day and we all have outside jobs or volunteer work we care about so we don’t have endless time to keep up with our ideas. So that is where Michaela comes in!
After a recent meeting at a Seattle cafe (with big mugs of coffee — how many of our big ideas are born, haha), it was concluded that Michaela may in fact be my girls’ long lost sister. So now you know. We are adopting her.
HA! Well, no. Not really, but we are going to include her and her awesome ideas on The Inspired Room, so that is almost the same thing around here, right?! Starting next month she will officially be a part of our team of girls here, helping us out once a month with some adorable DIY ideas and posts on entertaining that I know you will love and be completely inspired by.
We think she has amazing ideas and great style that will be a great complement to what we do here! We are thrilled to have another sister on board who is as enthusiastic as we are about design and blogging and life — we know you’ll love her too.
Home Tour — Designed by Michaela along with her roommate Alexa Osgood. Photo credit: Monica Wang Photography