A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

It would be a close call… but if I could choose one person to decorate my home from top to bottom it would be Janell of Isabella & Max Rooms. Her style is a creative combination between traditional & contemporary – with a comfy twist.

I adore her daily posts about diy projects and decorating – Janell shares step-by-step tutorials on everything from sewing and lining drapes to reupholstering occasional chairs, along with her inspiration process for her beautifully decorated home & client projects.

You might recognize the above room from an inspiration board I created a while back for my own living room . I *love* it – everything from the colors to the beautiful patterns and those wonderful antlers above the mantle.

A bit about Janell: “I have always been passionate about design… I first studied painting and drawing, receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After working briefly for a clothing manufacturer, I launched my own line [and] when a move took me to San Francisco I opened a boutique where I continued to design for my wholesale line.

Several years later, with a move to Portland, Oregon and the arrival of my wonderful children Isabella and Max, my focus shifted to the home and interior design. In 2006, I started my current business creating warm and eclectic interiors. It is a field I am thoroughly enjoying being involved in and challenged by!”

Let’s dive right into this interview and see the rest of her home! Including her son Max’s map-inspired bedroom (the chalkboard paint is genius), a beautiful teal & coral bedroom and remodeled living room.

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{PDB Interview with Janell}

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What inspires your design style?

Nearly anything and everything! Color, fabric, art, my children, furniture with beautiful lines, travel. Finding a bargain and figuring out how to make it be beautiful…seeing the possible in the unlikely.

What do you love most about what you do?

The thing I love most about what I do is that I get the opportunity to see my ideas and concepts come to life. I can’t imagine any other work providing more satisfaction than this.

What are your favorite design trends?

My favorite trend in design is to build a design with items that don’t necessarily match, allowing a very eclectic and personal space to be created.

What are three design suggestions that you would like to offer our readers?

{1} Buy only what you love, be patient and keep looking if you have to. You will not regret it.

{2.} Building on the previous advice, if you bring things into your home that you really love it will all somehow work well together.

{3} Don’t be overly concerned about trends, decorate your home in a style that speaks to you.

Thank you, Janell!
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Images in this interview can be credited to Janell at Isabella & Max Rooms

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