Smart home decor with Regan Nelson. Art Fare Profile!
You know the feeling you get when you walk in a home and can tell that everything you see has a story to it? That is how it feels to walk into Regan and Tom Nelson's home. Every piece of furniture, every piece of art has a personal story behind it. I often talk about how we all want our homes to be a true reflection of ourselves, or the best version! Our homes can tell our stories, and Regan's really does so it was fun to do this profile! She also is particularly smart in her decorating and I know you will learn a lot from her as I did!
Regan's home is a mix of family antiques and new favorites sourced locally. The couches are from Portland boutique Hunt and Gather. One of Regan's favorite shops- Schoolhouse Electric- began in Portland but has now gone global! There are many rad pieces from Schoolhouse all over the house.
This print is by Thomas Mangelsen taken in Sun Valley, Idaho where Regan grew up. This was Regan's first big art purchase that she scored on Ebay. Regan is an accomplished skier and she grew up on these mountains so having this view to look at every day means so much to her. I also think it's interesting to note that Regan is an Earth sign. This means she gets energy from nature, so the fact that she splurges on landscape photography is no surprise.
These gorgeous leather chairs are called Phalcon chairs. They are Danish and belonged to Tom's grandparents. Regan and Tom had always admired them so they were thrilled to end up with them. These grandparents had some pretty sweet style because he also made this killer orange table below.
This darling accent table below is from one of my favorite local shops, Canoe. Canoe has the most original items from furniture to kitchen utensils. Shopping there is a treat for anyone in Portland, but they also have an online shop that I've linked.
This photo above the mantel is from Sun Valley, where Regan is from and the Nelsons vacation multiple times a year. This shot is from a Wildlife Preserve where they fly fish. Since SV is such a favorite spot for their family, it makes sense to have beautiful photographs all around to keep it fresh in their minds. I know I find it so motivating to surround myself with images of my favorite places.
Regan really knocked it out of the park with this picture wall in her bedroom. The mirror and the bursts are from Christopher David, a local interior designer. I am in love with these gold bursts!! They add life and dimension to the wall, and she put one in her entry on top of the rad orange table which ties the rooms together.
What I learned with the picture wall is it's not going to happen overnight. You have to start collecting things, that's what makes it work. Because they are not supposed to be perfect.
Regan and I agreed that using all white frames really works for her picture wall because the wall itself is a color. If you are working with a white wall, using frames in different colors or shades or wood could be very cool. She collected mementos of vacations, photos of their daughter, etc until she had the right combination.
Their daughter Sydney also has a sweet bedroom. How fun is this Hello painting?! This is Regan's favorite piece too because it was made by a good friend who moved away so it evokes a lot of emotion, but with the art still with them it feels like she is near every day. Her other favorite pieces are the posters of her daugher made by Social Print Studio (who I LOVE and talk about all the time!)
Art for me is about the personal connection, or having some memory that comes from it. Photography is probably my favorite way to do that.
Regan decided to frame the posters in inexpensive frames with plastic fronts instead of glass - so smart for a kid's room! She did the same thing with the maps below. Instead of just tacking them to the wall, she had them mounted and framed with inexpensive frames. You guys, mounting is the key to your success here! If you want to frame anything larger than 11x14, take it to an art or frame shop to have it mounted which will cost less than $10. This will keep the art laying flat and looking tight as opposed to wrinkling. This simple tip can make cheap art look professional! And as Regan pointed out, when Sydney doesn't want maps in her room anymore they can donate them without much stress because they were not a big investment. Another smart move for a kid's room since they will grow and their tastes will change!
There are many more smart decorating moves to share in this home so be sure to come back next week for Part 2! Home decor is a constant process and most of us are always working on it right? So be sure share this post with anyone you know who will appreciate Regan's insight and design choices!