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Bright & Cheerful in San Diego

by Amy Azzarito

Like most creative people, Heidi Andrews juggles a lot of different activities. Together with her twin sister, she runs True Birds, a Los Angeles-based jewelry company. She’s also the co-author of a children’s book series and mother to little Capri. Three years ago, Heidi and husband Paul started house hunting for a space that they could grow into.  Paul is 6’6 and Heidi is 6′, so vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan were a must. And when Heidi turned her creative eye toward decorating the space, she knew she wanted the family’s San Diego home to feel bright and colorful. The home is filled with DIY touches, such as the living room drapes that she made and stenciled. The project took far longer than she anticipated and the lines were a little blurred and far from perfect. But in the end, it was just the look she was going for! Thanks, Heidi, Paul and Capri! –Amy

Photography: Blackbird Ink Photography

Image above: My living room is the place I go to when I need a moment of peace. I found the floral oil painting on Craigslist and used the colors in the painting to pull the room together. I went with a bold, blue accent wall to break up the space. The mini grand piano was also found on Craigslist. The Ikat wingback chair is vintage and was in perfect condition when I found it. The textile on the wingback chair is from Caitlin Wilson Design. The industrial coffee table is from World Market and the aztec style rug was purchased from West Elm.  

Image above: I wanted to make the master bedroom light and bright. I believe that I was able to achieve this look by using a white base on my walls and incorporating bright and happy pops of color. My favorite furnishing in the room is the swinging egg chair which I found on Craigslist, Capri hops on and swings delightfully. Smiles and laughter are a direct result from this chair.


See more photos of this San Diego home after the jump!

Image above: This is our most used space in the house. The objects in the wall arrangement were found as I was thrifting in Italy. It is a combination of vintage prints from Italy and vintage sifters that bring an eclectic touch to the mix. I was so excited when I found the sofa on Craigslist as I have always dreamed of having a purple velvet sofa. The pouf was given to me by my grandparents who picked it up in Morocco on their travels in the ’70s. The textiles on the sofa are from Caitlin Wilson Design. The military locker/library card catalog (found on Craigslist) helps keep this space clean as I use it to organize toys and diapers. 

Image above: The pipe shelf is my favorite feature of this room. The wall was empty when we moved in, my husband and friend came up with the great idea of building this shelf. I love accessories and the shelf gives me a perfect way to display them. The horse head was found at HomeGoods. I found the antler in a pile at our family ranch and decided it needed a new home. The two vases were found at a local thrift shop.

Image above: I was beyond excited when I found this original oil painting on Craigslist. It has so much life, which reflects the mood of this space on a daily basis – lots of action and movement. I found the mid-century steel chairs on Craigslist and was thrilled that they were in great condition and the upholstery was in my favorite color, teal. The pillows are once again from Caitlin Wilson Design, her textiles really are amazing. The rug was from RugsUSA.

Image above: This is the entry to our house. The library card catalog was found on Craigslist at an old church; when I came home I loved sifting through the old book index cards. The drawers are so functional and keep everything in its place, anything from pens to pacifiers can be found here. The mirror was found at House Vintage in Solana Beach. 

Image above: I found the industrial ‘F’ in a LA thrift garage. The bust was purchased at Urban Outfitters, the porthole mirror necklace she is wearing is from True Birds, my jewelry company.

Image above: The light in this room makes me want to stay here forever. For the greater part of the day, light is always filtering through, which makes the space feel light and airy. I extended the drapes to the ceiling to help raise the eye and give more interest to the room. I used a stencil to make the drapes and while it was at times tedious, I was thrilled with the turnout. The couch is in its original vintage form. The textiles are from Caitlin Wilson Design. 

Image above: The big industrial ‘A’ was a great find from a vintage shop called Urban Barn, the sunburst mirror gives great dimension to the space.

Image above: The unique pottery was made by my dear friend Matt Green, the pottery has a raw yet finished look – he is truly gifted.

Image above: I love the symmetry of the dining room and the pop of color from the ottoman. The sunburst mirror blends into the room and helps tie everything together.

Image above: Having a white kitchen really creates a calm atmosphere, which is important since I spend a great deal of time here. The gold metallic dots break up the white and add a surprise to the room.

Image above: I love blue dishes, something about blue always makes me feel refreshed and clean. The blue goblets were given to me as a wedding present and the dishes are from Target.

Image above: My favorite thing about my bed is the fuchsia bedspread from Anthropologie, the weight and detail are so beautiful. I also like the contrast the rug from Ikea brings into the room. The pillows were purchased from HomeGoods. 

Image above: Capri’s play area, I love to see her make believe and jibber jabber to herself throughout the day. The play kitchen is made from KidKraft.

Image above: Capri’s nursery wall; the gold ‘C’ was found in a little shop at Picadilly Square in London. The baby picture on the wall was Capri’s birth announcement.

Image above: Capri’s play area; I love the small dollhouse – a treasure I found on Craigslist and repainted myself. The library card catalog was found on Craigslist, the vintage carriage was purchased in Solana beach at House Vintage. 

Image above: I love having special moments with Capri every day. I found this vintage rocking horse on Craigslist and love the detail that went into this cherished toy. 

Image above: The lace tent was a DIY project, and it stays up full time. Capri clearly enjoys the tent and I love the fact that I can crawl in there with her and read stories or just play. 

Image above: To have the option to work at home and play with Capri…there is nothing better, although it is not easy at times. It just takes one smile and I melt. There is no place I would rather be. Such a huge blessing to be able to work from home.

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