Jungalistas, take a look at this beautiful house belonging to our plantie-obsessed pal, Wendy Lau! This charming, 1970s-built dwelling has a modern-meets-eclectic really feel & is stuffed with international treasures from Wendy’s worldwide escapades through her work. We caught up with Wendy for each the news on her pad and which décor treasures she’s drawn to recently. Carry on scrollin’ for an inside peek into her rigorously curated abode, lovingly titled ‘thekwendyhome’.
Inform us a bit about your self & who you envisioned occupying this house whenever you designed it.
My identify is Wendy and I stay on this dwelling with my husband Ok. That’s why I wish to name all my houses thekwendyhome. That is presently thekwendyhome 3.0! Apart from Ok, I additionally stay with numerous home vegetation. I’ve stopped preserving monitor however round 75 is a protected wager. I identify most of them after Pals characters or their nicknames! (assume Gunther, Pheebs, Ursula, Boss Man Bing, Enjoyable Bobby, Barry, Janice, Chick and Duck and so forth. I can go on…)
What do you do for work?
I’m a flight attendant! I’m very lucky and get to journey for a dwelling and curate lovely mementos to remind me of my travels. I acquire picket spoons from completely different cities I journey to. So if you happen to ever come over to cook dinner, I’ve obtained loads of utensils to go round!
Inform us a bit about your pad.
We’re from Toronto, Canada and our dwelling was constructed within the 1970s. The earlier homeowners put in a solar room which is tremendous fashionable in our neighborhood again within the 1980s. It’s what made me fall in love with the house within the first place. I wanted a house for all my housemates… aka my vegetation! We’ve lived right here for almost a yr and we renovated from high to backside. The one place we haven’t touched is the solar room as a result of I feel it’s excellent.
When company stroll into your own home, how would you like them to really feel?
I would like my company to really feel welcomed and proper at dwelling. We entertain rather a lot – assume each different weekend – on the very least and we host numerous huge household gatherings. Probably the most we’ve had over was over 30 individuals! So after we had been redesigning this home, I knocked down numerous partitions. It’s a giant open idea with entertaining in thoughts. The kitchen island sees numerous motion. It has held tons of of dishes for potlucks, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and so forth. So we made certain that all the things inside this dwelling will face up to numerous use. The flooring are made from hickory, identified for his or her sturdiness. The counters are quartz and simply cleaned when wine spills. We didn’t need our company to really feel like they needed to be on pins and needles after they cease by.
What do you do to convey good vibes into your own home?
The kind of vibes I wish to convey to my house are ones of hospitality and heat. I do that by incorporating a ton of vegetation and texture in my dwelling. I really like enjoyable pops of historical past that I convey by means of thrifted and classic finds. This creates a really pretty mixture of outdated and new that creates a really distinctive sense of dwelling.
How would you describe your own home model in a single phrase or phrase?
I’d describe my dwelling as ‘modernized granny stylish’ – however as a substitute of embroidery, I acquire vegetation! I really like rattan, macramé, vegetation and the wonder in brass and pure wooden.
Which is your absolute fave spot in your house?
My favorite house should be the solar room! It’s a crowd favorite for good purpose. I like it in all its seasons, it’s cozy within the winter after we’re surrounded by fluffy snow, it’s enchanting within the fall with the altering colors outdoors, within the spring, when the rain is falling, you’ll be able to hear it pitter patter on the glass roof and in the summertime you are feeling such as you’re outdoors inside. I’ve strung fairy lights in right here and numerous my vegetation have taken residency right here and thrive, I’ve hung out studying, running a blog, and dreaming in right here. And when now we have jam classes, all of it occurs in right here too. (We’ve even held household live shows the place relations have carried out in right here whereas we regarded on. There’s a handy spot mild we’ve put in to provide it a centre stage really feel haha! We’re very further in my fam jam.)
Is there an object in your house that has vital or sentimental worth to you? What’s the story behind it?
Oh man, this can be a laborious one. Nearly each knick knack has a narrative. However I do have a room that could be very vital to me in my dwelling. When my husband and I first checked out this dwelling, I envisioned beginning a household right here and promptly labeled a room ‘The Child Room’. As time glided by, this room as a result of a storage room that housed all my forgotten hobbies, retired dwelling decor and delightful issues that didn’t have a spot. It was an unfinished room that continually jogged my memory of an unrealized dream. Strolling in would trigger me panic and anxiousness. I left this bodily and metaphorical door closed for a very long time. Slowly, I started to heal and reconcile myself with this lovely dream which will by no means come true. I channeled my love that I had for this unborn dream child by working with younger ladies and investing of their lives. I started to heal and shortly I used to be able to open this door. Now, this room is ‘The Lady Cave’. In right here, I’ve had tons of significant, humorous and fantastic conversations with different ladies. I’ve learn my devotions, journaled, sung and revel in this room to its full potential now.
How is your way of life mirrored in your house décor?
We’re very blessed and lucky to have the ability to journey and I all the time hunt for lovely mementos to convey dwelling to remind me of my travels. My decor positively displays this as a result of there are items sprinkled in all places which can be reminiscences we introduced again dwelling with us. We additionally entertain rather a lot so a giant open house was conducive to how we do life right here in thekwendyhome.
The place do you discover inspiration?
I’m continually impressed by my buddies and tribe I’ve constructed on Instagram. These ladies invitations us into our dwelling each day and present us how they convey magnificence into their dwelling. I’m so impressed by my buddies there and I really feel like I’ve discovered my individuals who obsess over pom poms and tassels with the identical fervor I do – and I’ve but to search out one other group like this in actual life. We’re continually inspiring one another and pushing one another to attempt new issues and we feed off one another’s creativity. I like it! It’s so natural and I really like sharing my ardour with them.
What’s your astrological signal?
I’m an Aquarius however I confess I don’t know what which means! Haha!
Wish to work a lil’ little bit of Wendy’s warm-hued, eclectic vibe into your pad? Try her curated assortment of #Jungalow finds to see what has caught her eye just lately within the store…