Megan and Luke Pettipoole didn’t have to search far for their beautiful two-story rental — their current home was next door and almost identical to their previous apartment in Omaha, NE. These side-by-side 1880s duplex buildings looked the same on the outside, but their old place had been converted into a 4-plex and the apartments next door were the original 1,800-square-foot floor plan for just a little more. When one of the larger units became available, Megan and Luke jumped at the opportunity. Not only was it easy to move into since the layout of the living area was exactly the same as their previous rental, but the extra space has added to each of their lives in ways they didn’t expect.
Luke is a People Manager for an Omaha-based software startup called Flywheel during the week. In the evenings he uses his home music studio to write songs and practice for his weekend life in Des Moines, IA. Luke is also the frontman of The Envy Corps, a midwest-famous indie band based in Des Moines, so he travels the two hours most weekends to join his bandmates in their hub city. Megan, on the other hand, hasn’t fallen into work she loves as easily. She’s spent almost 10 years in retail working mostly as a Visual Merchandiser, always looking for the career that would spark her interest and give her more freedom. Their choice to move next door did just that. “Eventually, a bit out of frustration, I started a blog, which ended up being the primary outlet for all my extra creative angst — with the purpose of using it to focus on designing our apartment. Moving into the duplex finally gave me the push to go for it. The reality is my blog sees very minor traffic, but what it did do was give me personal accountability to dream up and complete projects and a means to document them in a way that inspired me,” Megan shares. “It also helped me realize not only did I love interior decorating, but I loved the art of styling a photo shoot, writing compelling copy, and even conceptualizing advertising/marketing ideas. By putting my work out there, it’s also offered me the privilege of working with a few clients over the years who’ve entrusted me with helping them transform their spaces.” Between Luke’s extra space to work on songwriting and Megan’s inspiration to leave her day job, the move next door has been more than beneficial.
On the day they moved in, it was easy to know where everything would go. Items from the east wall in the living room in their old place would go on the east wall in the living room in their new place. Megan, however, wanted to see the new space, as identical as it was to her old home, as a fresh start. “I didn’t set out with any decorating goals at the beginning. Instead, this home has basically been my decorating canvas – a means for me to explore an interest and see what I could do with it. Luke and I are both avid thrifters so the bulk of what fills our home was sourced secondhand. I’m also very fond of mixing color and pattern, so I guess in the end, what we wanted was a collected and colorful home that felt both pulled-together and inviting,” Megan shares. White rental walls are given relief with the gorgeous color combinations Megan has fine tuned over the last four years in this home. Each room has its own personality and color palette and the whole house has a stunning balance of vintage and modern. Who knew the carbon-copy home next door would result in an aesthetic that is so cohesive, yet unexpected? —Lauren
Image Above: The living room has seen a lot of placeholders come in and out. The Pettipooles’ living room changes more than any room of the house. The final mix of color, texture, style and pattern has created a stunning and inviting space for the couple and their guests.