Whenever someone new visits Palma Voutiritsas’ home for the first time, they ask the very same question: “Do kids even live here?” She used to wonder if that was a compliment or an insult, but more and more she’s determined to accept their sweet appreciation and ignore the negativity. (More on that later!)
“Yes, kids live here.” she answers with a smile. “Two of them, in fact. They are incredibly happy and active and very, very messy!”
I thought you might like to see how a designer approaches Halloween and other holiday decor in a really heartfelt way. I just know you’re going to love Palma’s spirit and contagious attitude about how much your furnishings and decor matter…but not for the reasons you might be thinking. (And just wait until you hear the story of her home remodel! Hilarious.) Welcome, Palma!
Hi everyone! I’m Palma. My husband, George, and I are raising our two daughters, Milana and Isella, in a suburb of Chicago that doesn’t feel anything like a suburb. The schools are fabulous, the seasons are gorgeous — although last winter was a little long! — and our proximity to Chicago, one of my favorite cities in the world, is the greatest. Being 15 minutes away from the beach and museums and fabulous restaurants no matter what you’re craving is a true luxury. You should totally come visit.
I love our home. Sure, people ask if it always looks this way and question our lack of clutter and usually don’t believe I’m not running around screaming at this mess or that one with stain remover in one hand and a sponge in the other! But that’s not how we live. I promise.
I’ve seen a quote around Pinterest that really annoys me: Sorry my house is a mess — we’re busy making memories. Here’s another favorite: Sorry about the mess, but we LIVE here.
I always wonder what those quotes and the people who love them are implying. If you’re an organized person, are you somehow excluded from making sweet family memories? Do you have to be living amid clutter to be truly living the best, most intentional life?
I know messy people get judged for being messy, but people who live in an organized and edited way are judged harshly, too. Sometimes even more harshly! We don’t have clutter because I’ve designed and consistently maintained our home to be the kind of haven we don’t ever want to leave. But it wasn’t always this way!
My husband called me one day to tell me he bought a house. And I didn’t like the house he’d chosen. At all.
“But it has new kitchen cabinets,” my husband said.
I didn’t want to hear it. The house felt like it was full of bad energy, and I tell you this as someone who doesn’t believe in things like that! It didn’t feel right.
“Well, it’s ours,” my husband said.
While that was happening, I’d found this home online. My husband said, “Why don’t you go see it? I’ll make the appointment.”
I went to see it, called my husband about five minutes later, and told him, “I love this house. This is our home. I can feel it.”
Long story a little shorter, he told me to put an offer on it.
“But don’t you want to see it first?” I asked.
“No, I trust you.”
One week later, I brought him to the house for the first time. His exact words were, “You have got to be kidding me.” Minus a few swears.
“This is our home,” I assured him. “I can see it.”
I’m a fixer. Growing up, my father flipped houses on the side, and I was his partner from the time I was four years old. He taught me that walls were usually just suggestions, to never underestimate well-placed windows and natural sunlight, and to stay honest with materials. Fake is never the best way to go, so make sure your budget can accommodate the real stuff.
We bought this house from the original owners, and even with all the cobwebs, wood paneling, wall-to-wall orange shag carpet, and endless mess, I could feel the good energy that lived here.
I had never ever remodeled or designed an entire house. At the time, my girls were then three years old and brand new. I wonder if our family and friends thought we were certifiable for not only taking on this project, but also for setting a time frame for completion — are you ready for this? — 40 days later.
But 40 days later, we were moved in. Sleeping in our own beds and making dinner in our own kitchen. It was an incredible feeling.
My friends and clients ask, “How did you do it?” Well, part of the urgency was that at the time, we were living in a 600 square foot condo with my wonderful mother-in-law. It was a third floor walkup without a washer or a dryer. I had two little ones. Do I need to go on?
The first time I ever used a laundromat was during this time period, but that didn’t last long because I discovered there are laundry services who come to your home and pick up, wash, fold, and deliver your clothes back! Same day service, even! It was brilliant to me. It was also during this period when I found a bunch of other luxuries I never knew existed. Like grocery delivery, which saved our lives many, many nights when I was practically living at our gut.
At times, there were 14 people in the house at once. One worker testily informed me one day, “I’m not going to work here with another crew.”
“Oh, yes you are,” I told him in no uncertain terms. I had all the work planned out down to the minute, and one grumpy worker who was there to install drywall wasn’t going to tell me he wouldn’t work with the guys who had outbid him on electrical or plumbing! I had a plan, you see. And did I mention my sweet mother-in-law’s third floor, 600 square foot condo that lacked a washer and a dryer?
My husband actually found the plumber. One day, he told me I’d be meeting the guy at the house that afternoon. He also informed me in the next sentence that the plumber he had chosen had once been imprisoned for shooting someone.
Oh, how wonderful. All this with a three year old and a baby on my hip. But I was determined to turn it into our home. In 40 days.
I can tell you now that I learned a lot from this project. Mostly, that everything costs twice as much as you expect it to cost. I had a budget of $50,000, but I ended up around $120,000.
When people ask me to define my style, I can’t answer simply. You shouldn’t be able to, either. A house should be a reflection of your personality — not a category of design.
When I design for my clients, I never ask them to define their style. Instead, I ask them to show me an object that’s important to them. I ask about color. I ask them to show me objects they like and, sometimes more importantly, things they dislike. And I ask them how they dream of living.
Sometimes, people can simply give me one random object that means the world to them. One showed me a bowling pin. I didn’t even see that it was a bowling pin! I saw the variations in caramelized brown shades, the slivered texture, its gentle curves…I saw in an instant how I would design their entire home! (Someday, I always dream, I’m going to turn this unique quirk of mine into an HGTV show!)
I was raised by Italian parents. I’m first generation. Their home is a study in accumulation; they didn’t or couldn’t have anything when they were young, so they’ve compensated for that in the years ever since they arrived in America.
I went in the opposite direction.
My basic philosophy is that every purchase needs a place. If it doesn’t have a place, you should create one for it. If you can’t, it doesn’t belong in your home. Simple as that.
Whether it’s a holiday item or household furnishing or even a toy, I ask one question before I buy: “Do I have a place for this in my home?”
This philosophy saves me more money than you can imagine. Seriously, add up your Target impulse buys and “Oh! That pillow will really make the room pop! If I buy that chair. And a new end table.” People see something that makes them truly happy in aisle nine, believing that it will do the same once it’s in their possession…only to get it home and realize there’s no place for it.
That’s how clutter begins. Instant gratification. And before you know it, your home is filled with meaningless objects.
I never want to spend my money on thoughtless purchases. This means I rarely buy an object the minute I see it, and I think long and hard about something as basic as coffee cups. Will I want to drink my coffee out of these cups every day for the next few years? Will I want to serve my guests coffee from them? Will they have a place in my cupboards?
If the answer is an emphatic yes to all, only then do I buy those coffee cups. (Maybe. Let me think on it just one more day.) Try it. It totally works.
When it comes to holiday decorating, I start with a theme and color story. For Halloween and the approaching holidays, I begin outside in September. I start with one hay bale and a few pumpkins, and when October first hits, I add the spiders and Boo wreath.
I’m drawn to holiday decor that works overtime. The hay on my front porch will stay through Thanksgiving. The pumpkins will stay, too — if the squirrels haven’t destroyed them by then! — but the wreath will change on November first and the spiders will move on. (You should see what I do on December first!)
I have this brown tablecloth. That gorgeous piece of fabric has celebrated pretty much every holiday with us, and it’s only getting more beautiful with age. For my wedding registry, I asked for 50 white Crate and Barrel plates. People thought I was crazy. “Why would anyone need so many plates? In white?” Twelve years on, I’m probably down to 35, but oh! The parties and family get-togethers they’ve seen! Basics are the absolute best.
Every year, I treat myself to one new item that fits into my holiday theme and color scheme. It really feels like a treat to me, too.
Halloween is something that my kids really enjoy celebrating. I decorate to not only get them excited, but also to prepare for my favorite part of Halloween or any other holiday you can imagine: inviting others into my home to celebrate an occasion and each other.
I love inviting people into my home. And I’ve found that once you decorate for the holidays, you suddenly want to open up your home even more. It’s exciting. It becomes an event. What you surround yourself with sets up a tone and a mood for what’s to come.
And, for me, that’s the true joy of decorating for the holidays or any random Wednesday. I get to share my space with people I adore.
I truly believe your home is a reflection of what is going on in your mind. I also believe when you clean out and donate on a regular basis, you clear your mind of all the negativity and clutter. You’d be amazed how good it feels to donate something. Even just a tee.
I do it constantly. Just a constant refresh for my house and also my soul. It’s addictive and it keeps me sane. I feel like a million bucks after an hour or two of tennis or yoga, and I feel the same way when I donate!
If an object is dated or no longer meaningful, get rid of it. If the very thought of doing that feels too painful, keep it. If not, take a photo with it and donate it to someone who will love it as if it was fresh from Horchow!
Remember: You don’t have to physically keep everything. Some of the best memories are the ones in our heads.
When I’m designing for my clients, I start and end with the meaningful pieces in their lives. Usually it’s the husband’s favorite chair, if I’m being honest! But I’m going to work meaning into the design even if it kills me.
People always look forward to staying in a hotel. Have you ever wondered why this is? I have, too. And I think we love hotels because of the luxuries we’re offered — room service, a spa three floors down, and someone coming to make your bed every morning! — but also because hotel rooms are usually cleared out, well edited spaces.
When I design a home for a client, I want the finished product to be as desirable as the loveliest resort they’ve ever visited. It should become their own personal oasis. Truly, they should never want to be anywhere else. And even if no one magically shows up every morning to clean up, it should be almost effortless to keep it looking wonderful.
So no matter if it’s Halloween or you’re just trying to get your house looking good, remember to buy less and choose well. You should have less that are of the highest quality. And when in doubt, I always choose real over fake. That goes for decor, wardrobe…and friends!
I hope my girls remember all the memories we’ve made in this home. Honestly, I hope my girls don’t remember the design of the home. Whether the couch was alabaster or steely gray. Whether the kitchen cupboards were light or dark. Were the handles crystal? Or were they brushed metal? Did we have carpet or wood floors in the playroom?
Doesn’t matter. Not to me, at least. And I sincerely hope not to them.
I hope their visions of this home’s decor are so blurry that they can’t see anything in their memories but a crystal clear parade of all the times we spent here together.
The reason I live the way I do and decorate my home the way I have is to take the focus off the decor and shine a spotlight on what’s really important.
I wish someone had told me how fast it goes. Everyone says that, and I know it’s true. Every morning when they wake up, I know they’re a bit bigger than they were the day before. I can see it. I can feel it.
So every day, I try my hardest to take in every moment and be present. I want to hear every silly little thing that comes out of their mouths. I want to notice the minute their moods shift. I want to treasure every single thing they’re going to do for the very last time. I don’t want to miss a thing.
Every year, the girls take Halloween photos in front of that black kitty at the bottom of our staircase. We started the tradition back when the kitty was bigger than they were!
I almost moved it this year. I thought it was maybe time for something else. Something different. Something new. I mean, it’s ten years old!
Well, my nine year old nearly lost it.
“No!” she wailed. “That’s where we take our picture!”
Oh, good. She gets it.
Palma, Thank you! From your response to people who believe a well-edited home is incapable of housing incredible memories, to your comparison of your home to your favorite hotel, to your sweet story about your daughter’s love for the kitten at the bottom of the stairs, so much to think about. And, Friends, whether you own one of those messy house signs, or whether you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, I hope however you’re living is working well for you and yours!
I believe this is so right on: “You don’t have to physically keep everything. Some of the best memories are the ones in our heads.” I wonder how many people you’ve inspired today to rethink the way our homes are operating, holiday or not? Anyone off to the donation center?
Also! Just in case you wanted to see some of the before shots of Palma’s home (but after the orange shag carpeting removal!), here they are:
P.S. – Are you living with your own kids in a unique way? Are you interested in sharing your home and experiences with us? Let me know! We love to be inspired! And it’s a lot of fun…I promise! Take a peek at all the homes in my Living With Kids series here.
40 thoughts on “Living With Kids: Palma Voutiritsas”
I really get what Palma says about keeping things to a minimum by just having what you love. The house I grew up in was very small, but my mother didn’t over-clutter. Even our bigger toys were stored in the garage (those wonderful Fisher Price sets like the airport and the castle)- my dad would rotate them through. Now I live in a big house, with lots of spaces for the kids-a playroom, an upstairs tv/game room-and I feel overwhelmed with all the stuff they have! The older I get, the more I’m drawn to a simpler aesthetic. I really appreciate how visually soothing Palma’s house is!
Favorite Living with Kids post ever! Does Palma want to be friends? :)
I agree! I feel I found a “kindred spirit”!
Ok, seriously, those pictures of the babies in the kitchen – adorably hilarious. And that staircase – so, so beautiful!
This gave me so much food for thought; I love minimalist design, but struggle with not “bringing stuff in.” I will definitely put Palma’s advice regarding impulse buys into play. Is there a blog or website, Palma, where you share your holiday design? It was TOO tempting when you said we’d want to see what your house looks like in December :)
She does have a website! It’s called “Nest by Palma”, just type that into facebook’s search engine and you can catch up on all her other posts too! (:
Thanks Sarah! I’ll be sure to check it out!
I would like to hire Palma–if only she lived in Arizona. Stunning house! I love that staircase. Could Palma possibly tell us what the wall paint is?
I love this clean, uncluttered look! And please, please, please can Palma come back and share her front porch on 1st December?
Thank you for saying this, Palma! I love clean, uncluttered spaces and keep our home quite organized. I’ve always felt the same way about those quotes – it’s fine with me if someone feels at home in a messy/busy environment, but that’s not what suits our home and we make just as many joyful memories in our space! Our kids are happy, creative people – I just make sure everything has a place and that unused/unneeded items are passed along. There are a lot of ways to live with kids and it’s too bad when we make unfounded assumptions about another person’s approach
What a fantastic interview. Everything she said about an uncluttered home really spoke to me. I too feel my best when things are put away and there is a clean and tidy look to my home. Some people say it looks cold but I find I work best with less stuff around.
I’m also ruthless with buying things and getting rid of things. Haven’t used it in a year? Out it goes.
I think I loved her words more than the pictures (although those were impressive as well). This is the way I want to live, but I have a hard time putting it into practice. Someday!
Love, love, love! You have a beautiful home and style!
We bought our first house with a three year old and one about ready to pop. It was such a fixer upper and such a learning experience – I bet we’ve had a lot of the same experiences!
Gorgeous house! It seems so peaceful. I also get frustrated when visitors ask me if kids live in my house. I take pride in living without clutter and it is very calming for children. I would love to see what happens on Dec 1!
Mom of 4 here who loves living clutter free. Agree about those signs! I live this way because I would lose my mind if I didn’t. If I let it get at all out order no one can find anything -and who do they ask where to find it? Me! So to save sanity it’s a clutter free, clean home here!
Love this one! Thanks Palma for your insight into keeping it clean and simple. Love the hotel analogy! We are aiming for simple and less is more here too – and every time some more bags go to the good will store it makes my heart sing!! Thanks again x
What happened with the house that your husband bought that you hated? Where do you keep all the kids’ stuff? Is it all hidden away in closets and furniture?
Wow, Palma. Thank you. I am officially inspired and motivated to do better with less. You’re awesome.
Beautiful home! But, as someone who actually had the thought today, “I should buy one of those signs that says, ‘I cleaned my house yesterday–wish you could have seen it'”, I would like to add that while I did, in fact, clean my house yesterday, today life happened–homework at the counter, laundry, toys, etc. Shoes and socks on and off as children ran in and out the door! And I think the idea behind those signs is that the focus is on playing with the children and enjoying the moments that happen and that interrupt the clean routine!
This is a beautiful tour–good design, fun decor, but it focuses less on the children and family and more on the design/cleanliness than most of the ones I’ve read!
YES to — good design, fun decor, but it focuses less on the children and family and more on the design/cleanliness than most of the ones I’ve read!
What an interesting home buying story that illuminates marriage dynamics so different from mine. The husband bought a house without input from the wife! Even at the beginning of my marriage, when my husband and I were house-hunting from different continents, this would never have happened in my family. Not bad or good, just so very different.
I lived pretty much close to clutter free until a couple of years ago. We had a 12 year old and a 15 year old and within a matter of days, unexpectedly but wonderfully, were awarded custody of an 11 year old. All boys.
I can seriously track my tipping point, breaking point or whatever you want to call it to that one extra child. He is a wonderful warm presence in our family, but, working full time, I simply could not stay on top of things like I had with 2. A friend said she thought it was great that I finally realized I couldn’t do it all. Maybe she’s right, but I sorely miss the order and keep hoping that I will figure out how to get my clutter-free groove back! I am always trying to enlist everybody else in the cause.
It’s great that Palma can have such a neat and edited space. I can relate to not wanting clutter. I do think less is more. My three girls tend to play with each other, or use the same things over and over. However, not everyone can pull off living in such a neat and edited space, and the truth is, they shouldn’t try to. Clearly, Palma is a naturally organized person, but not everyone is that organized. I tried having a perfect home when I had two (a baby and a preschooler), and for the most part, I was able to pull it off. But it left me stressed out,irritable, and resentful of my kids getting in the way of a perfect home. Some parents truly can have a neat home without feeling like that, but I couldn’t do it without having misplaced priorities. Life can get chaotic for different seasons too. My husband is in the Navy, and he was gone for most of a year, leaving me with a baby, toddler, and preschooler. We were just trying to survive, and the house was a disaster most days. I get what Palma is saying, but for us, a completely neat home isn’t for us, and I don’t think it is for most people. My kids have to put away their toys, but at the same time, I’ve let them leave their pillow forts in our living room for days. That’s how I want it to be for them.
While growing up I lived in a house that was “hotel
Clean” and very well curated. I’d like to suggest
that in addition to the many advantages of living a super tidy life there are also
disadvantages. Two disadvantages that spring to mind at the moment:
#1 the significant amount of time and energy it takes to keep a home super neat and tidy. As with everything we make a priority; this is time not spent on other things.
#2 while guests usually do feel more comfortable in a neat home an uber deliberate house can also feel intimidating and unfriendly. I remember one friend cane to visit and noted it “felt like a museum.”
Thanks for posting your house! What about editing the decorations? It looks like mom can have ALL her décor stuff out (way more than needed IMO) but no one else in the house can have their stuff out? It might not be the case but it looks that way. We like to travel but the lived in Home is better than Hotel sparseness for my family. Totally agree about getting rid of stuff this was very insightful article a little extreme but it made me think about what I want for my family. Thanks!
I felt like I was reading Maria Kondo’s book again! :P While I completely agree that less clutter is better, I agree with Jenny also on both of her points. I have a friend that starts picking up the plates and wiping the table down before we’re really done eating. Also, if her kids are building something with legos, she makes them take it apart every night and put it away. Personally, it stresses me out (though I’m sure it doesn’t feel like work to her). The house is beautiful though!
I can definitely relate to the house like Palma grew up in; my parents were raised by the Depression generation, so they didn’t have many toys growing up. They’ve made up for lost time, and their amount of stuff stresses me out too! Haha!
Anyway, beautiful home (those stairs! That kitchen!) and Halloween decor (and system). I completely love and agree about “design style”! That was really refreshing to hear. Thank you for sharing!
It was an interesting article. I took offense to the cobwebs, orange shag carpet(that didn’t exist, it was actually brown plush carpet) and the endless mess comment. She is right that house has great bones and created a huge amount of wonderful memories for my family. My parents owned that house for 30yrs and they loved that house. My parents invested all of their money into their children. They were not really concerned about keeping their house up to date, but more about making sure their three children were well traveled and very well educated. That house was full of love. So to hear you describe the house when the husband first saw the house or what miserable shape the house was in, makes me sad. You never know who might be reading your article….
I’m glad to hear it was a well-loved house! And, I’m glad your parents invested time and energy in their children! (And, while I don’t know the author at all, I imagine she didn’t mean to offend you!) :) Obviously she felt the good vibes when she bought the house!
Styles change– I’m sure when your parents purchased it, plush carpet and wood paneling was the norm…but most of us opt to update when we buy houses that were built decades ago. Maybe forty years from now, Palma will be selling her house and some new buyer will be lamenting the countertop material or recessed lighting. It doesn’t mean its features weren’t lovely in its time. The thing that makes me happy is hearing that this house has now had TWO families who have lived and loved under its roof. So while it’s hard to hear the author’s original assessment, take joy in the fact that she still chose your house and is creating new loving memories in it. Quite a legacy for a house to have :)
Palma is my kind of woman! I also feel annoyed at those “Excuse the Mess” memes. Our homes should be our sanctuary for life. I like to keep mine clutter free too. Thanks for the insipration!
This is a lovely home! It seems Palma struck a little bit of a nerve about keeping things clean and tidy. Back when I had two kids I used to feel like Palma but now that we have four, I embrace the well-lived-in home with Legos on my end tables and discarded socks by the doors. I do like to keep my bedroom and bathroom well-edited and very clean. It’s my sanctuary. But I am learning to let it go a but in the rest of the house.
When I first saw this article posted on Facebook I was so excited to see my sister-in-law featured that I didn’t read the title but went straight to the pictures. Originally I thought it was an article related to decorating for Halloween but quickly realized I was wrong. I can see where some readers were taken aback with the cleanliness of Palma’s home but those photos are just one perspective that focused on decor. If the article wasn’t paired with those photos maybe readers would have a different perspective. What you don’t see in those pictures is all the art her girls are constantly creating or the toy room that is filled with musical instruments, gym mats and a karaoke machine. The art table that is photographed with pumpkins neatly centered is typically covered with butcher paper and surrounded by children coloring, painting or crafting. So many wonderful memories have been made in this home. As someone who is not as clutter-free, I don’t feel offended by the article but inspired. I woke up this morning and filled three garbage bags full of items that we’re making my daily routine a struggle. That was my take away from the article so I thank you Palma!!!
Such a beautiful home tour! Her desire to live a life with more memories, and less things is really something that we’re working to accomplish right now in our lives and it’s the greatest feeling. Every time my home becomes a little less cluttered I love it just a little bit more!
I crave this minimalistic, clutter free space. I HATE clutter, but I married a pack rat. Our coffee mugs have a a cabinet!!! Every single one different and not in a good way, just random. He makes stacks on counters, I spend my time clearing them off. Not saying I’m not messy but it drives me absolutely to have the clutter and junk
I am a bit of a packrat, but my husband is worse. I can so relate to your comment. However, he recently cleaned up the family hang-out in the basement for our daughter’s sleepover. He–get this–*actually got rid of stuff*, including a lot of old paperbacks. A big step for him. I told him it was better than receiving diamonds. I wish you well in your clutter control efforts, and that your husband will see the clutter-free light! :)
I loved this article and I thought it was very inspiring! I’m a mother of 6! Ages 17-one week old and even though my house will never (everr) look ‘physically’ meticulously clean and clutter free, it’s always inspiring to read about clean spaces just so I can get that extra boost or reminder to lean that drawer or declutter that counter area. Homes cleaner and neater than mine don’t offend me, they inspire me and encourage me. Like a pep talk! I’m comfortable that my home isn’t magazine picture perfect, but it’s picture perfect in my mind and in my family’s mind so that’s all that matters.
Point is: take from this article what inspires you, leave everything else.
Thank you everyone, for the incredibly flattering compliments! I was so flattered when Gabrielle asked me to open up my home for a tour on Design Mom. She asked me to take photos of my holiday decor and talk about my lifestyle.
My home is not picture perfect 24/7. Clutter and life occur in my home every day just like everyone else. But this post was about how my family and I live. It wasn’t meant to insult or judge how anyone else lives. Especially Beth who grew up in this home. I love this home and just knew it was LOVED by the previous owners.
I’m an interior designer. People pay me to create aesthetically appealing spaces. But to me, it’s way deeper than that. When you invite me into your home and ask me to make it pretty, be prepared for me to deliver above and far beyond that! I create spaces people want to make memories in, relax in, and retreat to. Ask yourself…Do I like the way my home makes ME and those who live in it feel? If you are happy in your home, then “Keep Calm and Carry On!” If the answer is no, then please try out some of my free advice! I hope it works for you!
Thank you again to everyone for their kindness! I would love to come back for a Christmas feature!
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Bravo! Palma, you have such incredible talent!
Please write a book!
Please post your Christmas decorating ideas!
Never stop! You are awesome!
I love the fact that you made it very clear how important family is
Incorporating family style and tradition !
Rarely do find someone that thinks like me. I’ve been asked if kids really live in my house and I’ve been judged for keeping a clean house! And, yes, it feels great to clear out and donate on a regular basis. Great interview! Love her!
Loved this post! I know I loved it because I kept copying and pasting lines I liked and wanted to remember. I’m totally on board with minimalism and living with less stuff (and stuff you really love/use), but its good to have reminders. My only question is … that’s a lot of Halloween decor! Where does she store it all?! I assume a big basement or garage? I love the idea of this super chic decor but I don’t have enough storage! Gorgeous home and philosophies, though!