13thirtyone Design

At Floor Coverings International of Columbia West, we love bringing you creative insight and perspectives. Today we have an interview with Angela, design blogger at Fixing It Fancy.

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a thirty-something small graphic design business-owner turned homesteader. I started my design business, 13thirtyone Design LLC, in 2005 and have just celebrated its tenth birthday. I offer my clients an array of print and website design services. As for homesteading, my husband and I grow 50+ varieties of fruits and veggies and are slowly adding more each year; we have ducks on the way for fresh eggs this summer and will follow eventually with bees, maple syrup tapping, etc. We believe in simple living and getting back to nature. I currently live in New Jersey with my husband, three year old son and golden retriever.

2. Why did you decide to start a blog? What do you enjoy about blogging?13thirtyone Design 1

Almost a decade ago my husband and I purchased a home built in 1900. The home had been owned by only three families previous to us but was in desperate need of a renovation; no major repair work or damage–mainly aesthetics. I started Fixing it Fancy to journal our home transformation and to share the progress in photos with friends and family. I really enjoy hearing people tell me something from my blog inspired them.

3. How would you describe your design style?

My style has evolved over the years from just plain beach-cottage to a blend of industrial and natural elements. I personally identify with the title  “Rustic Industrial” style. I love mixing wood grains, stones, metal, exposed piping and natural shades of white, black and gray in my decor.

4. Where do you find most of your inspiration?

Pinterest! I’m a junkie. My son and I also do a lot of nature walks and collect interesting sticks, skulls, etc. that we find. We live on a forest preservation and are surround in nature. This really inspires me to bring the outdoors inside.
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5. Tell us about a recent project you’re proud of.

Currently homesteading is taking up most of my time and hasn’t made an appearance yet on my blog. Establishing a mini-farm to feed our family from is so exhilarating while simultaneously labor intensive–which are both reasons why I love it. Our vegetable garden has gone from seven raised beds to eleven plus an orchard, asparagus patch, melon and gourd patch and citrus patio in only two months’ time. We do all of the work ourselves and are as natural as possible about our approach to gardening. We reuse items and make as many of our own pieces as possible such as fencing, window planter boxes, rain gauges, trellises and carpenter bee traps. My industrial rustic style is reflected in these pieces so our outdoor spaces complement the inside of our home.

You can also find Angela at 13thirtyone Design