From Out of The Box Chic to Tongue In Cheek

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Design Reveals

In this week’s blog, I want to talk to you about my clients, Melanie and Tony. 

They’re a D.I.N.K. household (Dual Income No Kids) with two dogs, a cat, and a new house they built out in the country. 

Only problem? Their house came brand new and out of the box with NO color. In other words…a blank slate.


  • Every corner of their home was white-washed, sterile, and straight out of the box

  • Their fun-loving funky character showed up in their personalities but none of the furniture they moved in with

  • They had certain items—like vintage records—that they wanted to display, not keep stored away



I also learned that Melanie and Tony were what you might call “edgy” and out-of-the-box. 

Tony has a nose ring and Melanie (who’s originally from New Orleans) goes back home to visit Mardi Gras every. single. year.

And if you’re wondering the answer is Yes, I want to be their friends IRL. 

Their Pinterest Board


The Vision

So when it came time to make their new build more aesthetically pleasing, I made sure that:

  • We created a fun nearly lime-colored wall in their living room that also showed off their TV

  • Their more eclectic collectibles—like their fine china that features curse words—were out and on display

  • They had plenty of spaces for guests to lounge, like when they stop by for crawfish boils and other gatherings

And here’s what Melanie and Tony had to say about their experience working with me on Give Me The Vision: 

“I found Michelle through some friends who had used her services. I was not disappointed!! We used her to plan our living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. Her vision is incredible. Now our house feels like us. Definitely would recommend!!”


The Main Living Area





The Primary Bedroom




The Exterior





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Hey there, I'm Michelle!

Interior Decorator in Austin, TEXAS

As the founder and lead interior decorator here at Cultivate Your Space, I'm here to bring you the vision your space—from the baseboards to the ceilings—even if you have no idea at all what your decorating style is.

My job isn't just to design a space you love. I want your living space to be a source of peace, comfort, security, and joy...not just somewhere you lay your head each night.

Most Austin interior decorators only focus on how your space looks—but not me. I care about both how your space functions AND how it makes you feel.

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