Randi Martin is a midwesterner, living amidst the cornfields. Raised in a small, farm town in Illinois, she has the unconditional love and support of her mother and father- who is the one she takes all of her diy projects to for help. As the last child, she has always demanded freedom to follow her own creative path, choosing ultimately to follow her two passions: creating and writing. Curious and challenge orientated- Randi never likes hearing that there is something she can’t do. If there is something she doesn’t know, she finds a way to teach herself. Here she takes us through her beautiful home that she shares with her husband and adorable daughter.
How would you describe your style? And what inspires you to create such interiors?
I have always loved decorating. When I was a little girl I would watch HGTV all day. I’d ask my parents for books with house plans and dream of the possibilities of decorating them. I shopped catalogs and cut out pieces I liked to create mood boards, and then I sketched the spaces on graph paper. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t your normal kid. Unfortunately there wasn’t much of a future in interior styling in the small, farm town I grew up in. So life steered me down a different career path. But decorating is still a large focus in my personal life! I go all out around the holidays! It’s hard to define my style. Iguess I’d say it’s a combination of farmhouse and cottage. I get a lot of inspiration from Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper, as well as my talented Instagram friend’s home décor accounts.
Every home owner comes across certain challenges or obstacles that they face when decorating. What was that certain challenge for you? And how do you suggest someone in a similar situation tackle it?
We own a house that was built in the 1980s. We are told that our house sat abandoned for many years. We actually bought it from a flipper, and we have continued to make updates throughout the last two years. I can remember walking through the house for our first showing. I knew then that awkward window placement was going to be one of my biggest obstacles when decorating, especially in the bedrooms. All of the bedrooms have single windows that are off center on the wall. So deciding on window treatments and placement of furniture, especially our king sized bed in our master, was a challenge. I just tried to free up the windows from the furniture. I hung the curtain rod several inches above the window to make the ceilings look higher.Then Iused wall décor to create visual balance with the windows because if it wasn’t balancedit would bother me. And I used mirrors to bounce light around the room.
What room/area did you enjoy styling the most? Why?
I’ve had the most fun styling my living room. It houses several of my DIY projects. When I’m sitting in there I feel a great sense of pride in what we’ve done with it. My dad, who I take all of my ideas to, helped me build the open shelves that frame the window. My family, who was hesitant about the idea at first, now loves the dimension that they give to the room. Another DIY project is the chicken crate beside the loveseat that I found at a flea market and added casters to so that it would function as a side table. And my favorite DIY project in this space is the clock that I made out of an electrical spool. I have a booth at our local antique mall where I sell vintage and vintage inspired decor and I had intended to sell both the chicken crate and the spool clock at first but I fell in love with them. That’s the thing I like about having a booth – that it inspires me to take risks with décor that I might not necessarily have taken.
An interior décor trend/idea that you love?
There are lots of décor trends that I currently love! This includes all white farmhouse kitchens, open shelving, and shiplap walls, among other things. Another trend that I love is repurposing vintage pieces and mixing them with new décor. My favorite vintage pieces are my chippy, white shutters in my dining room/kitchen. I love how each piece has itsownstory to tell. They remind me of times gone by, of things my mom and grandmother had when I was growing up. I love breathing new life into old pieces by finding new uses for them.
An interior décor trend/idea you aren’t a fan of?
An interior décor trend that I’m not a fan of is using a lot of color or patterns, unless you’re decorating for the holidays. I mostly stick to neutrals that my seasonal décor will mesh well with, and add pops of color each season. I think it’s still possible to create enough interest when decorating with neutrals. I recommend using different materials and textures to create interest, and layering décor with rugs, throws, pillows, etc. But that’s just me. I’m sure there are things about my house that people aren’t fans of. There are things I want to change as well, like painting the trim and doors white, or replacing the carpet with hardwood. But sometimes you have to be happy with what you have while working for what you want!
Your top tips for anyone decorating or renovating their home?
The first tip I have for people is to get rid of the clutter and things you don’t need anymore. Decluttering can help you make room for things that you love! Next, If you’re decorating on a budget, which most of us are, do a little bit at a time, maybe take it one room at a time. And finally, instead of buying all new, try reinventing outdated finishings or upcycling thrifted finds with paint. Our outdated kitchen and bathroom cabinets were given a new lease on life with a refinishing kit and new hardware. I’d like to do the same thing in my laundry room soon. The mixture or old and new décor can help you create a look that is personal in houses that are full of uniform and mass produced pieces.
A quote you’d love to hang in your bedroom?
“Love grows best in little houses with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can’t help but communicate. And, if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in little houses just like this.”
Randi is truly an inspiring woman. Youthful and inquisitive, her home embodies her love of life and learning new crafts. We wish her the best of luck for her home, family and career.