Stories from middle America

This series isn’t about overall interior design. I’m not focused on the placement of furniture or if the curtains are the right length. I like it when people have their own style and you can feel that in little moments around their home.

After touring jewelry designer Heather Kita’s studio I felt inspired. I noticed spots everywhere that told the Kita story.

Her studio is in the basement of the home she shares with her husband. Working in basements can sometimes feel dingy and cold, but her space was full of energy thanks to several colorful and eclectic vignettes.

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Heather’s basement studio.

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Why didn’t I think to keep pens and markers in a vintage milk glass vase? It’s a brilliant way to elevate utilitarian items into something more aesthetically pleasing, but still highly functional. And you can find milk glass at almost any thrift store for only a couple of dollars.

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Storage in the studio area.

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Above her workbench a shelf displays a collection of resource books and several woodcut pieces she made while taking a printmaking class. I really like the movement and the curation of the pieces she chose to highlight.

Heather’s bungalow style house is pretty adorable (yet strange in the best possible way) overall and before I made it downstairs my eye was drawn to several areas in her dining room that I found very charming.

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I love a good salon wall. They always make so much sense to me, both visually and practically. Large art can be out of one’s budget. But a handful of smaller pieces arranged well can have just as great of an impact. The wall in her dining room features work by her father adding an extra layer of personality to the room.

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Mid-century hutch, original art and a brass bar cart. The tray on the dining room table corrals candles and miscellaneous accessories.

These rooms made me feel welcome. I wanted to stay, drink a glass of wine and just hang out for a bit. I feel like that’s the most important part to environments – feeling at home.

Thanks again to the fantastic Hooton Images for all of the photos.

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