Maybe you've seen Brit Arnesen's cool, relaxed, and elegant home, inspired by a contemporary mix of Art Deco, boho-glam, and mid-century Modern influences run through her personal filter? There was that Apartment Therapy article, and that feature on her bathroom transformation on Clare's paint blog. Or maybe you're one of her 33 thousand Instagram followers?
Brit bought the very same house she used to ride by on her bike as an 8-year old, not fantasizing about living in it someday but thinking to herself that it must be the world's ugliest home. A ranch-style built in 1962, with the bare minimum done for almost 50 years and then abandoned for nearly 5, Brit must've surprised herself then, when she and her husband, Derek, bought it about 5 years ago, thinking they would fix it and flip it. But as they invested all their time, dreams, and energy into it, they became really attached. We would, too, if we'd made such a beautiful place for ourselves, and worked so hard in the process. Along the way, Brit, formerly a model, an elementary school teacher, a world traveler, and a graduate scholar, reinvented herself.
With two children, two dogs, one cat, and one hardworking husband (with freshly renewed vows!), she had her work cut out for her: How was she to craft a space out of the existing structure that lived up to her design dreams but was practical for the loves of her life? Knocking down walls, making the most of natural light, she created an open floor plan where living room, dining area, and kitchen all flow together, their styles complementing each other seamlessly. Through trial and error, an autodidact's passion for teaching herself interior design, and a great community of likeminded folks online, she made this amazing, liveable space. Brit carved out a little time from her busy life to answer a few questions from us. Read on below!