Michelle Anzaldua lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of 26 years Mike. They have four adult children and have recently became grandparents to a beautiful baby boy. The couple have lived in their home for over 20 years and have done some recent renovations to their 80’s ranch style home. With her husband as her carpenter or her “Chip” as she refers to him they enjoy coming up with and doing DIY projects. Here she takes us through her house and shows us some of their favorites projects:
My idea for the kitchen was to make it a space where friends and family could gather. I love entertaining and we have a big family the comes over often. My favorite part of my eat in kitchen is the new shiplap my husband just installed. It balances out my darker stained cabinets and really makes it feel more modern farmhousey. I would like to someday take out my stainless steel sink and add a farmhouse one.
I wanted a neutral and cozy feel for this room where we could relax in front of the fireplace or just hang out as a family with no TV. My favorite part of this room is my brick fireplace and mantle, it’s so fun to decorate for the holidays. I would love to change out the paint in here soon to a lighter color to brighten it up even more.
My idea for this bedroom was to give it a vintage feel with lots of antiques, white bedding and wood tones. My favorite part of this room is the huge window with the window seat, I love all of the natural light that it lets in. I would love to someday add shiplap in here of course!
Our home office was part of the addition we added on about 10 years ago. My husband built all of the furniture in here, the desk, the accent table and the bench. I found that old crib spring for $10 at an antique store. It used to be in our kitchen before my coffee bar but I love it in the office even more. I will be using it to hang pictures of our new grandson! This is one of my favorite rooms in our house.
How would you describe your style? And what inspires you to create such interiors?
I would describe my style as modern farmhouse even though my ranch style house isn’t one, I like to pretend it is! I also love the look and feel of warmth and coziness. I love mixing old with new furniture and décor. I think what inspires me to create such interiors is my love of clean lines and décor that is simple and my love of neutrals.
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?
My biggest obstacle & challenge when decorating was my living room, it has no windows. When we moved into our 80’s home we made an addition from the living room into our backyard which meant we lost our only window in that room. My advice to anyone in this same situation would be to add a window if possible of course, but if that’s not an option like mine try to lighten it up as much as possible with good lighting and light paint. Our fireplace was an orangey color so we painted it white and it really lightened up the room.
What room /are did you enjoy styling the most?
My favorite renovation and space to decorate is my kitchen. I think the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where everyone always ends up at during parties or just on the weekends when everyone is home. I love cooking for my family so I wanted for it to be a functional and pretty space to be in while doing that.
An interior décor trend/idea you love
Like everyone else these days I love watching Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, I love her style and how she decorates. I love how she uses lots of timeless finishes and décor and mixes old with new such as shiplap with modern furniture and also how she uses lots of white, black and woods.
What interior décor trend/idea you aren’t a fan of?
I’m not a fan of theme décor. I used to decorate this way when I was first married and I would get tired of it easily. I have found that decorating neutrally makes for easy small décor changes.
Your top 3 tips for anyone decorating or renovating their home?
- Use timeless finishes in kitchen, bathrooms and flooring.
- Stay neutral so that small décor changes won’t require big projects.
- Buy small paint samples and try them on the walls for a few days to make sure of your color choice before painting a whole room.
A quote you’d love to hang in your bedroom?
Grow old along with me the best is yet to be.