Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yes Spaces: Christina Holm-Sandok of Style-Architects

After nearly a year hiatus, this is the return of one of my favorite features: Yes Spaces Photos of my Real Life Friends' homes.  Decorated on Normal People Budgets with things purchased from Normal People Stores.  Amazing!  Photos via the uber talented Meredith Westin.

Christina Holm-Sandok is lovely and talented and has great hair. 
She's also one of the first blog readers I ever met in real life.  If memory serves, we met at a handbag launch party, where I hovered near the cheese wheel and awkwardly told style editors that my dress cost $5 from Goodwill.  Christina and I bonded over our shared rural Minnesota, small-town upbringings and love of a good Gouda. 

Internet homes: website // blog // facebook // twitter
Length of time in home: 2 years
I share my home with: My husband, Craig and our dog, Zoe

What are the three things you love most about your space?

The open layout {perfect for entertaining}, the white kitchen {feels so cozy and clean} and the neutral palette - I have a favorite color each season so it is fun to change the throw pillows or add fresh flowers. A neutral palette makes for the perfect canvas for my color schizophrenia.

What's the least awesome, must-work-around aspect of your space?
The airplane noise! I love the convenience of living 5 minutes from the airport but it can be distracting during an outdoor BBQ on our patio. Since we can't hear each other speak when a plane goes overhead, we just use it as an opportunity to take a drink of our cocktail :)

Tell us the story behind one of your favorite pieces in your space!
We stumbled upon our living room coffee table at Hunt + Gather, an antique & vintage shop in south Minneapolis. It was an old warehouse cart. I love the rugged appeal next to our white couch.

What are some of the DIYs you've tried here?
We recreated a piece of Restoration Hardware Art but customized it with a special address. Here is our version.  White antlers - I bought an old rack of antlers for $10 and painted them white - a subtle nod to my rural upbringing but with a chic, city twist.

What's the strangest place you've found stuff for your home?
The liquor store! I love saving our empty tequila bottles and using them as flower vases.

What are your top four sources for design inspiration?
Pinterest, Matchbook Magazine, Rue Magazine and Elle Decor

If you were to name your home ala 'Tara' in 'Gone With The Wind,' what would you name it?
Tom Collins {the cocktail} Balanced, simple & sweet - And after enough time leaves you with a cozy buzz.

Thanks so much for sharing, Christina!


  1. I'm in love with this home! The rustic elements mixed with more modern pieces is exactly my style.

  2. i love all the white. this house is gorgeous! i definitely agree with its name

  3. YES! I am so excited for this series, and also drooling over this post (and also she does have great hair, another thing to be jealous of!)

  4. I love that table clock in the last photo!! Anyone have any idea where it's from?

  5. This house is gorgeous! And I love this series of blogs :)

  6. I really appreciate on your post!