Woman Transforms Boring American Mansion Into Weird And Wonderful Boudoir
A woman has transformed her four-story mansion from a beige shell of nothingness to a weird and wonderful boudoir. And honestly we don't know where to look.
Michelle Carder, 53, from Michigan, USA, began transforming her home after a floor in 2005 - and hasn't stopped adding to it since.
What was once filled with beige walls is now jam-packed with flurry pink rugs, decorative wall paper, and animal print galore. There's also one-of-a-kind furniture, bespoke paintings and colour clashes everywhere you look.
It's honestly like an assault of the eyeballs, and we can't stop looking.
Michelle, a lawyer, said: "I used to be a serious girl with a serious job living a serious life and I was in complete control of the trajectory of my path.
"I was all buttoned up strict and prim and proper as were my surroundings and everything that surrounded my surroundings.
"My first ever flat was soft whites and ladylike beige and pillows perfectly placed on old lady furniture with a doily flung here and there for emphasis.
"My home décor back in the beginning was sugar-free plain vanilla and I craved something more to come home to.
"In my first apartment, there was a flood upstairs which ruined all the units below, including mine, but it was a blessing in disguise as my creative flow was unleashed."
Michelle says her home is inspired by art which gives her "a variety of colours to play with" and says she's painted most of the all in her house black as "black walls are more neutral and unifying than beige or taupe walls."
But her work never stops. Michelle is constantly repainting rooms and redecorating. "I'll frequently repaint a room to change the emotional experience, when we move paintings around the house," she says.
"There's really a symbiotic relationship between the art, the colour, and the décor," she goes on. "More refined inspiration can come from anywhere including music, film, books - I just allow ideas and images to work on my brain almost subconsciously and then don't hold back if something pops into my mind."
Michelle adds: "My current obsession is pink and especially love it mixed with powerful contrasts such as red or orange, or even green or black.
"There's no rational reason I choose these combinations. It's purely emotional and visceral.
"We have oversized hand painted butterflies made of balsa wood attached to the ceilings and walls in the stair hall and my office.
"I've always been attracted to butterflies, again at an emotional level, so I bring what I love and what makes me feel uplifted and nostalgic into the décor.
"It's all about influencing emotional responses, mine and those of anyone who walks into a room. I feel great décor must elicit an emotional response and a sense of wonder, and that's what I try to accomplish here."
Michelle says that she does all the painting and renovations herself with her husband, Michael Oaks, 59.
"When guests come to our house they are usually in awe, they never expect to see so much going on as the outside is a typical Victorian home.
"There has been some people who say it is tacky, but I say full on tacky is haute couture."
Imagine throwing a party here! Fancy renting it out, Michelle?
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