When Marc and I first moved in our home a little over a year ago, we faced a common dilemma for renters: how do we make this space feel like our own?
It started with a vision of a cozy, masculine interior space with a balance of vintage and modern elements. As a global nomad who moved every few years growing up, I have enjoyed collecting objects and decorating inspiration from around the world since I was little, and I have always found great happiness in combining pieces in unexpected ways to create personality in a room. I’m an old soul when it comes to decorating, and I’m a sucker for richly colored rooms that are full of character.
Creating a vision led to a lot of time on Pinterest (and a lot of time online in general) to make Humpitz Manor happen. We painted, changed light fixtures, replaced window treatments, invested in furniture.
It could not have been more worth it.
This house is now our home. We love to entertain our friends and family here because the space exudes our personalities, our taste, and our love of quirky details.
We named our home "Humpitz Manor" - "Humpitz" is a nickname our friends coined for Marc and me as a couple (a tasteful combination of our last names), and "Manor" gave it an extra touch of character.
We do not have a television, since we love having a living room that is set up for socializing instead of being centered around a TV. (We still watch our favorite shows online or on my iPad).
I obviously also love comfortable seating and throw pillows.
This is my favorite “room” in the house. If you are anything like me, you always ask to sit in a booth at a restaurant instead of at a regular table. Why not do that at home?
BAR / "WEEZY'S SPEAKEASY"
We opted to turn our front den into a bar, named “Weezy’s Speakeasy” based on the room’s antiqued décor and my prized portrait of Lil Wayne that resides in the corner. The gallery wall above the bar is a mixture of old photographs from Marc’s and my families. Sometimes I lose track of time in this room finding new details in all of these pictures.
The kitchen is easily our most colorful and quirky room in the house.
We really wanted to celebrate our love of travel with the décor in our bedrooms. One bedroom has a gallery wall filled with pictures taken on travels around the world, and the other has a scattering of global artwork.
Sometimes you just need a little extra motivation in the morning to get in or get out of the shower!
Photos by Rouxby Photography