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Inspiration For Your First Modern Home: Curated by Nanette Wong

Nothing beats the thrill of getting your first home, and getting to decide how you'd like to furnish it. And the last thing you're likely to want is another Ikea home replica.

This guide is aimed at the millennials who are hoping to move beyond Ikea, yet still want to retain a little of the Scandinavian style. Curated by Nanette Wong, who writes freelance for Design Milk, the online magazine dedicated to modern design, as well as publications and brands such as Houzz, Brit & Co, Digital Stylist Network, and more, this collection brings fun ideas for a cheery, happy, stylish home! Hop on over to check out her list, or read on to find out more about Nanette.



1. Hello! (: Please tell us more about yourself.

Hi! My name is Nanette and I'm a 20 something year old design lover, photographer, and food enthusiast in San Francisco. About two years ago, I quit my steady 9-5 job in healthcare to pursue my creative passions and never looked back.

2. What does an average day in your life look like?

I like to set my alarm early and snooze it a few times, just so I feel like I'm getting more sleep than I really am. Then, I take my puppy (BUTTAH) on a little walk to get some fresh air. I'll get ready and then take the bus to work. I work full time at a small start-up working on social media strategy and content. It's a fast-paced, energetic place and I love it. I'll go home around 5:30pm/6pm and then take BUTTAH out again on another evening walk. It's a great way to go offline for a little bit and take a breather. I then cook or grab dinner, and go back to work doing freelance projects for a few hours. Then, off to bed! On the weekends, I try to do more of a "digital detox" and explore all the nature has to offer with my puppy, or shoot recipes for my blog or house tours for Houzz.


3. If you were a type of food, what would you be?

Interesting question, ha! A lot of people have asked me what my favorite food is, but not necessarily what kind of food I would be. I would be a shanghai dumpling. Comforting, approachable, and with a surprise inside.

4. Thank you for curating this collection! How would you describe your design style?

I'm heavily influenced by Scandinavian and Japanese design. I would say it's more rustic modern, with edgy twists. I love dark colors as much as light and white design, and Brutalism holds a special place in my heart.

5. Your top 3 picks from this collection?

- The Rainy Pot for sure -- I wrote about it for Design Milk and am obsessed! (Sidenote: We had no idea that Nanette was behind this article! Happy coincidence!)

- I also love the Triangle Wall Decal. It's a great, non committal way to add geometry and a graphic touch to your place, especially those with rentals.

- Lastly, the Charcoal Deep Cleansing Soap Set. As Charles Eames once said, "The details are not the details. They make the design." This small touch adds a sense of elegance and thought into your bathroom.

6. Do you have a favourite piece of furniture or home accessory in your house?

I LOVE my dining room table. It's the perfect, rustic wood table and it's where everyone gathers together. It was my first real furniture/non Ikea piece so it holds a special place in my heart.


7. Lastly, if you could sum up your life philosophy in 10 words, what would it be?

Just do you (without hurting others in the process).

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