Tuesday, October 27, 2009

At home with Lillian Day

Lillian Day lives in Vienna, Austria with my boyfriend and our two cats, but let's just call it heaven for short.

How long have you lived in your home, and why did you choose it?
We have lived here for three years now. We were actually searching for a nice apartment in the city back then, but came across this cottage and fell in love with the garden and the location right by the woods. The house itself was very run-down and I wasn´t quite sure whether I could live in such a small space. Turns out I can, and love it!

How would you describe your style and is there anyone in particular that has inspired you?
I have always a hard time when I´m asked about my style. It´s a bit of everything - a bit traditional, a bit modern, a bit vintage. I don´t like clutter and love color and art. My inspiration comes mostly from design blogs and books/magazines.

Has your look evolved over the years? If so, how?
Oh yes, a lot. Five years ago, my ideal home would have been very white and very minimalistic. I think that has changed quite a bit...

What's your favorite part of your home? Your least favorite?
Design-wise, the kitchen. I love that it was totally inexpensive and it still looks great. Comfort-wise, the living room. I love my sectional, it´s so comfy! It´s also the brightest room in the house because of the huge windows. My least favorite part is the bathroom because of it´s hideous tiles.

What's your next project?
I´m working on a sewing area in my tiny office - complete with a ladder where I can display all the beautiful fabric I collect.

What are your sources?
Ikea, Ebay and our local hardware store.

Can you tell us about your stencil project?
Everybody loves my stenciled wall in the kitchen (it´s always mistaken for wallpaper though). I had just read Lena Corwin´s Printing by Hand and wanted to do a project from the book in my house. I loved a pattern intended for fabric in the book and thought it would look good on a wall, too, so I blew it up and set to work. It took me an entire weekend but I love how it turned out.

Any sources of insipration you'd recommend?
I love Flick so much because I have found so many virtual friends and inspiration there. So go check out Katja from Nestled In (see Katja's house tour here!) and Iro from Ivy Style33 and don´t forget to drool over the lovely cakes from Madhu at Miel bakes.

Ok, thanks a lot for that last link, Lillian. Now I'm hungry for cupcakes. And I just ate a box of Mike & Ike's. Like a big movie-theatre-sized box.

Seriously, thank you so much for letting us into your sunny, breezy home! It was a joy.

1 comment:

erin@designcrisis said...

Gorgeous home tour, and I love the stencil wall. So much cheaper than wallpaper, and easier to change, too.

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