With just over a year under her belt, Shauna’s blog The House of Silver Lining may be relatively new to the blogging scene, but it’s already generated a huge following and a ton of buzz within the home blogging community. Showcasing a variety of styles across her Colorado home and her Florida cottage, Shauna aims to help people find new ways to fall back into love with their home, and to give people the motivation to be more creative with their own spaces, by making over her own. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Shauna to discuss her blog, it’s rapid success, and her philosophy on all things lovely.
Hi Shauna! We’re so excited to have you with us today. Please tell us a little bit about your beautiful blog, The House of Silver Lining.
The House of Silver Lining was born less than a year ago. I remember the hardest part of beginning was finding that “perfect” blog name. I racked my brain for days on that one. I knew that I wanted the blog to just be an inspiration to others in their homes. For so many years I have worked with design clients and friends who come to me and feel so unhappy with how their homes look. I love to take a room and transform it into a WOW factor with as little money as possible. Beautiful homes don’t have to be expensive homes. So after struggling on that blog title, I realized it should be what I actually try to help people find, the silver lining. On the blog you will see me share design projects mostly going on in my homes in Colorado and in Florida. These homes are so very different from each other, so I feel like my blog reaches to many different styles of design.
What initially drew you to blogging, specifically in the Interior Design Space?
The whole idea of blogging would always burn inside me every time I would visit our beach cottage in Naples, FL. I think it’s because there I had more time to read blogs and felt a surge of inspiration and ambition to start the blogging journey. I liked the idea of having a blog to share all of the home renovations and design projects I endlessly have going on. I’ve done freelance design work for years in Colorado Springs as a true hobby. I love to help others find that “silver lining” in their home. So many people just don’t know where to begin to make their home a haven they love. If my blog inspires someone to say, “hey!, I can paint a fun wall like that,” or “I can fall in love with my sofa again by just adding some decorative pillows,” then my blog purpose has been fulfilled. On the blog you’ll see rooms getting makeovers and how I achieve the looks. My hope is that when readers visit the blog, they walk away with a little more motivation to be creative in their own home. I love connecting with people and my blogging journey has been filled with meeting so many new friends in the blogging world. Being surround by so many creatives has fueled me even more! I love receiving emails from readers and connecting with the world out there!
You’ve showcased your gorgeous Colorado Springs Home on your blog. How would you describe your own personal design style?
Thank you for that compliment!! How would I describe my own personal design style? Hmmm…it’s always changing! I would say that currently my style is evolving to more modern/transitional. I’m currently crushing on velvet and brass. Having a dose of glam is something you’ll be seeing more in my style as well. I love adding a little industrial element like throwing in a distressed brick wall. I’m not married to one certain style, but rather I blend elements from each aesthetic that just makes my heart skip an extra beat. My beach cottage just underwent a huge renovation and I would say the new style is clean, minimal, modern with a coastal vibe. I painted everything white for that bright and airy feel. So any color I choose to add will just pop. I love pops of color and all the rooms that I’m redesigning will continue to have those pops of color. My Colorado home was built 6 years ago and my style has definitely changed and evolved over the years. Yes, there are things I’d do different if I could do it all over again. This home is definitely more of an eclectic mix. Our basement is my favorite space of the home with our modern bar and white board and batten on the walls. I added mustard chairs in an otherwise neutral family room, which all of a sudden gave the space character. I took a traditional home and added architectural character with stone detail around the kitchen windows and walk through arches. I love those type of details that make a big impact.
As someone who gives style advice to a horde of devoted fans, what have been the biggest influences on your own personal style?
The biggest influence on my style has actually been Instagram. That may sound crazy but it’s really true, at least for the past year. I have learned so much about my own style just by following other big name designers, bloggers and “instagrammers” who share snippets of their homes or current projects. I noticed that I was drawn to more bold and colorful rooms, yet my Colorado home was full of grey and neutrals. Although a tone on tone home can be very beautiful, it is no longer what defines my style. I’ve always loved using Pinterest and Houzz as sources of design inspiration as well. Everywhere I go, I’m looking at the details. My trips to NYC inspired my black + white bathrooms in my beach cottage, just by walking into a restaurant and seeing the mini black hex tiles on the floor or the white subway tiles on the walls. I have always loved design, even as a little girl. My grandmother was a big influence on my appreciation for beautiful spaces. She had a beautiful southern home that was always decorated to the hilt. I remember just studying all the details in each and every room of her home. It always fascinated me! I’ve learned recently too that design is personal. If I love a risky piece of furniture or wall treatment, I’m going for it! I want to walk into a room in my home and feel butterflies because I love that awesome light fixture so much! Or because the chartreuse chair just speaks to me and it’s okay if not everyone likes chartreuse or emerald green for that matter. Good design is truly uninhibited design!
On The House of Silver Lining, you say that you prefer to ‘mix patterns, textures, colors and the unexpected’ to decorate your own home. How did you develop your preference for such an eclectic use of materials and patterns?
I honestly just go with what I love. I’ve always been drawn to adding a little bit of edge to a space. Like the wavy, 3-d, interlocking wall tile on the back of my bar wall or the cheetah print wall in my office. I like the conversation pieces or conversation walls I should say. The unexpected piece such as the large gilded frame in my office that adds drama and glam. I thought it would be fun to “frame” the cheetah print on the wall. The emerald green curtains are another unexpected since I don’t have emerald in any other room of the home. They were a risk but I’ve received an outpouring of compliments so they’re staying (for now, remember my house is always changing..) I feel like design is my expression of my creativity. I love playing with new colors and mixing patterns to make a room have more visual interest. I love to piece and match together furniture that’s not from the same collection. I believe a home full of character is more of an eclectic home. Mixing the old furniture with the new furniture. My favorite and easiest/most cost effective way of giving a room a whole new look is just simply rearranging the furniture and changing out throw pillows. Redesigning a room doesn’t have to be expensive. I do appreciate and love a good high-end look but I’m always making it my mission to recreate a look that I love for a more affordable price.
You are a busy wife, and a mother of 3 young boys, how has your design philosophy evolved to fit around your bustling family life?
I’ve been decorating and designing our homes since my boys were babies. I’ve always strived in making our home as beautiful as possible in the stage of life we are in. Early on when baby/toddler toys were permanent fixtures in every room of the house, I learned to be creative with storage that looked good. I would use old trunks as coffee tables that double dutied as toy storage. My oldest son has had the same tall trunks in his bedroom for 10 years that hold all of his keepsake items, yet they serve as night stands. I also am constantly purging items in our home that we don’t use anymore, which helps in minimizing the clutter. I have learned how to make inexpensive furniture from big box stores look high end. It’s all about how you accessorize! One of my favorite pieces of furniture was an inexpensive square farm table we had in our kitchen for many years. It was colored on by markers, crayons and had years of wear and tear. But it always looked good because of how it was paired with a fun decorative bench and a set of upholstered chairs I found at a yard sale. I’m practical when designing with kids in mind. The fabric I used on my chairs had a busy pattern and hid any stain. Just because you have kids in the home doesn’t mean your home can’t be pretty. I’ve taught my boys manners and rules of the house, like taking shoes off inside, not eating foods that will stain on my living room furniture, and just normal respect for the home. When we remodeled our basement last year, we decided to remove all the carpet and put in hardwood floors. I wanted this space to be a hangout spot for my boys and their friends. If a drink spills on the floor, it easily gets wiped up. A lot of my design vision will be based on the use of space and what the wear and tear will be. I strongly believe that kid/teen friendly homes can still be beautiful yet full of function.
What advice would you give to other women who have young children, but are looking to decorate their homes with beautiful, durable pieces?
I wouldn’t recommend buying expensive furniture unless your’e okay with your child having an accident on it. If you do have the budget for finer furniture and choose to go that route, then consider fabric that cleans well at least or is treated with a stain guard at best. Even consider using outdoor fabric on a sofa or chair. It cleans well and is more durable. I believe there’s a myth that all expensive furniture is better quality. This is not always true. I’ve learned the hard way. Shop thrift stores for old durable pieces such as tables, night stands or chairs. Often times, just a little paint and new hardware on an old, dated dresser or credenza is all you need for a high end look. My favorite go to stores for home design have been Homegoods, Target, and Hobby Lobby. I have found furniture at Homegoods that I had seen in a catalogue for an expensive home decor shop and paid a fraction of the price! You just have to hunt and think outside the box. I bought a dining table to serve as my office desk. I needed a large work space and it looks better than a big, bulky desk. Gather ideas from bloggers, pinterest, and magazines for easy DIY’s on furniture makeovers. Most importantly, just have fun with your home design journey. Expect to make mistakes here and there. I’ve made so many mistakes and look back and say, “well I’ll never do that again!” Live and learn, right?! Take a few risks, you may be overjoyed by the outcome!
Special thanks to Shauna for sitting down with us today and discussing her life and blog with us. If you would like to learn more about Shauna, or her blog, please visit her site The House of Silver Lining.