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At Home With: Michelle Solobay

If you follow us on Instagram, you know we absolutely love seeing our frames in the wild. We love seeing how you guys live and how you choose to display and share your favorite framed memories. We wanted to dig in a little deeper with some of our customers, so we decided to start doing some home and workspace tours. We're so excited to share these amazing, personal stories and spaces with you!

Up first is our friend Michelle Solobay. We first "met" Michelle after she tagged us in one of her beautifully-styled Instagram photos. We figured out that we were DC neighbors, saw a few more photos of her home, and just knew that she had to be our first "At Home With" feature. Her style is so sophisticated, simple, clean and intentional, and her styling is nothing short of breathtaking. Hope you love her space as much as we do... But we already know you will.  :)

What do you do? Styling and Account Management for a full service e-commerce provider

How would you describe your style in a word? A hybrid of Boho, Scandi, and Mid-Century Modern

Favorite sources of interiors inspiration? Pinterest, Dwell, Instagram

Favorite Instagram accounts? amberinteriors, dabito, wearetriibe, studiodaytrip, jerseyicecreamco, hannahmasmaraserene, stellamariabaer 

If you could only grab one thing out of your home what would it be? My gram's wedding band I wear daily. 

How did you find this space? How did you know you had found the right one? My taste profile is pretty specific so when we had the disappointment of losing out on a house we really liked, we just knew we had to buy a fixer upper. To me, house hunting is similar to finding a partner. You know you've found the one because it just feels right and you can see your future in the space. 

"To me, house hunting is similar to finding a partner. You know you've found the one because it just feels right and you can see your future in the space." 

What was your inspiration in designing this space?  Finding balance was essential and proved to be more inspiring than staying true to a design style. I had to create the right mix of light and dark, soft and hard, cold and warm. Industrial surfaces like concrete or metals softened by textiles, warmed with wood tones and energized by plants.

What do you wish you had known before embarking on the renovation? Our experience was that nothing went according to plan. Hiccups happen every step of the way. Expect to have issues and be patient. 

Tell us a little bit about working with your husband on this huge project. I am lucky to have a fearless husband whose work ethic and focus is never-ending. It was his idea to renovate and when he said we could do this, I didn't question him for a moment. He let me run wild with the interior and finishing details while he focused on the floor plan and tightly managing the scope of work. I was happy to learn he is much more creative and design driven than I had thought. 

Get This Look - Frames

Cacti print in Sonoma, Size Large, White Mat


Cacti print in "Want Better Not More" by Anthony Burrill in Mercer Slim, Size Large


Rock print in Sonoma, Size Small, White mat


"Rest" by Naomi Ernest in Irvine Slim, Size Small, No Mat


"Everything Will Be Ok" by Sara Lilas Walker in Marin, Size Medium, White Mat


"Desert Diptych" by Annie Clark in Irvine Slim, Size Small, No Mat

Get This Look – Decor

Living Room: Rug: West Elm, Couch: Gus Modern, Marble Coffee Table: Blu Dot, Accent Chairs and Foot Stool: Room and Board, Marble and Brass Accent Table: Trohv, Vintage Round Mirror with Chain: Etsy, Small Square Mirror: Anthropologie,  Console Table: Blu Dot for Target, Reading Lamp: Jones County Road: TRNK NYC, Single Bulb Touch Light: TRNK NYC , Brass Tray: Salt and Sundry, Totem Beeswax Candles: Grain Design, Ceramic Hand:  Ivy Ivy Ivy, Pillows: Schoolhouse Electric, Coral & Tusk, and H&M

Dining Area: Table, Chairs, Bar Cart, and Large Planter: West Elm, Kilim Rug: Design Within Reach, Chandelier: Schoolhouse Electric, Trio of Hanging Wall Planters: Light + Ladder

Kitchen: Stools: CB2

Downstairs Bathroom: Wooden Shelf with Mirror: Blu Dot, Sink: Duravit, Light: CB2, Mini Planter: Elizabeth Benotti

Bedroom: Bed, Side Tables, Rug and Dresser: West Elm, Pendant Light and Wall Sconces: Schoolhouse Electric, Mirror: Anthropologie, Brian Merriam Print: Tappan Collective, Concrete Planter: Terrain, Bed Linens: Coyuchi, Decorative Pillows: Loom Goods and Coyuchi, Throw Blanket: Textural Decor

Upstairs Bathroom: Mirrors: Restoration Hardware, Bath Fixtures: Kohler

Upstairs Second Bathroom: Tub and Bath Fixtures: Kohler, Sink Cabinet: Ikea, Bath Mirror: Blu Dot, Rug: Coyuchi, Light Fixture: Restoration Hardware, DC Map: Etsy

All photos by Laura Metzler.

Talk about a design dream come true. See more of the world through Michelle's eyes over here