So I saw a job opportunity at the Design*Sponge blog for a “Sneak Peek” Intern. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to do something on the side of my 9-5 job that would scratch my creative itch. So I applied and I surprisingly received a reply that I had made it to the finalist round. At this point I was so excited to even be considered a “finalist.” You would have thought I got the job already.
So I submitted the second part of the “interview.” The assignment was to find four homes, two through Instagram and 2 through Airbnb and write an introductory paragraph as if I was writing a post for Design*Sponge. I thought I would share it here in my little space of the internet (I didn’t want it to go to waste haha).
So my post title gives the outcome away: I didn’t get the internship at Design*Sponge, BUT I did make into the top 10 out of hundreds of applicants. That in itself merited a happy dance for myself. At least now they have my contact information for any future opportunities; and I must say that Grace, the creator of Design*Sponge, was very kind and I’m so grateful that she even took the time to look at my submission.
So here it is (don’t judge too harshly:).
Source: Instragram (@mamawatters)
The immediate feel that I get when I see Amanda Watters’ new home is a feeling of refreshing warmth. Although the common palette throughout the home is neutral and the furniture and decor is minimalist, her house really looks like a lived-in home. The white walls make her mix of vintage (notice her lovely collection of Thonet bentwood chairs) and modern furniture shine humbly along with her greenery strategically placed throughout. The penny and subway tiles, 1920’s bathtub, wood floors and crown molding are all elements that add elegance and that any homeowner would envy. This home is a perfect balance of vintage shopper meets spring cleaning addict.
Source: Instagram (@houseinhabit)
How this cool mom of 4 boys makes skateboards part of her decor look nothing less than natural and effortless, beats me. Jessica Krauss, child tee pee maker, makes her home look so inviting with her mix of mid-century pieces and flea market finds. Even the kid messes look like they are meant to be a part of the scenery. Her curated vignettes around her home along with the cacti and other greenery showcase her austere style. My personal favorite part (okay, 2) are the old bottle collection in her kitchen and how that philodendron hangs beautifully off the piano.
Source: Airbnb – “Trendy Double Loft in ‘The Village'” – New York
This New York loft is a beautifully decorated cross between vintage and modern Americana style. The dramatic black walls and heavy leather and wood come together so well. Every piece of art seems purposefully placed – the bull skull in the ornate gold frame, the vintage trunk and bell, and even that bronze kettle on the stove. My favorite print is of the luchador in their hallway – a classic. The owners have a great eye for interesting pieces – someone I would like to take while shopping an estate sale or vintage shop.
Source: Airbnb – “‘Granada House’ Urban Farm Cottage” – San Diego
This little space is 1950s retro meets Southern Californian bohemian. Considering how small this space is, I think the owners did a great job making it feel comfortable, but not stuffy, with the warmness of the wood balanced with white walls/ceiling and clean furniture lines. That chimney and locker add the perfect amount of rustic feel and the midcentury swivel chairs create the perfect little nook. Although I live in San Diego, I might just consider renting this little gem over the weekend.
PICTURE SOURCE | Note: I left all of the images as links since I didn’t want to post them without permission.