Chrissy Powers & Her Home
While Chrissy Powers' bright, colorful home may look effortless, this multitasking mom had a clear strategy in mind all throughout the design process. Inspired by renowned architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene and Greene, Chrissy managed to fuse several styles and themes together in order to create a relaxing space full of vintage charm and modern quirks.
The blogger, photographer, licensed family and marriage therapist and mom of two (Are you impressed yet?! We are!) lives a busy lifestyle, so a clean, uncluttered space was paramount throughout the homemaking process. Other details, like a bright blue hammock, a bamboo couch and plenty of plant life help convey a beachy, natural vibe all Chrissy's own.
We caught up with this masterful mama to talk about her space, must-have items and her multi-faceted career—get the full scoop below!
Tell us about your space! What was the inspiration behind it?
Our space is designed to maximize natural light and a communal feel. It's what we like to call a modern craftsman house with a dash of beach culture. Our inspiration came from Frank Lloyd Wright's design principals and functionality, and the craftsman building style of Greene and Greene. Our interior design is a mix of modern, vintage and eclectic pieces inspired by our individual tastes and hobbies.
How did you create such a relaxed, boho vibe in your home?
Creating a relaxed vibe in our home took time. Whenever I see a piece of furniture or artwork that I like, I either figure out how to make it, purchase it on sale or find it at a thrift store. We use a lot of reclaimed materials, which we think gives that classic well-lived vibe. I think, when you're working to create a relaxed feeling in your home, it's important to have areas of interest with fun art pieces or plants while retaining a clean and decluttered space.
How did you go about infusing your space with greenery in creative ways?
I have found that plants are the easiest and least expensive way to decorate your house. Plants literally bring life to your living area and make everyone happy. My favorite are succulents, which can be picked off other plants and replanted, and the $2 house plants and terracotta pots from The Home Depot. I like to be creative when I decorate with plants and put them in unexpected places like in the bathroom, in high areas, on shelves and even hanging from the curtains.
What do you love most about being a licensed marriage and family therapist? Why did you decide to pursue a career in this area?
What I love most about being a marriage and family therapist is how it has shaped me as a person and taught me more about life and relationships. The best thing about my job as an MFT is getting to be a part of someone's story, helping them through a hard time and being a companion on their journey to becoming more whole. I pursued this career after working in advertising in a position I found no joy in, and after finding my own personal healing from depression and an eating disorder.
Tell us about your journey with your blog!
I kinda fell into blogging when a friend asked me to start one with her. We both had no idea what we were doing. I had planned to write about therapy and life and she had planned to write about food and music. We learned that blogging was very personal and it become difficult to share the same online space, so I ventured out on my own and continued to share my own personal story of life and motherhood. It has been a great experience so far and has offered me my own sort of therapy.
Framed chalkboard: Marshalls
How did you get into photography?
I studied photojournalism/art in college, and I lived in Paris for a few months during my senior year. I fell in love with photographing city life and culture in Paris. After college, when I started a career in advertising, photography was put on the back burner. Once I became a mother, my passion for photography was reignited. I always knew I wanted to take good pictures of my children, so I dusted off my old skills, learned how to use my digital camera and started photographing my world.
Any tips for taking photos of energetic little ones?
Photographing energetic little ones can be challenging. I recommend taking lots of photos when trying to capture even just a few looks and bribing. When I'm trying to get a good shot of my son, I bribe him with gummy vitamins or organic lollies. Children usually don't do anything they don't want to do, so I try to make taking photos fun and make them laugh somehow.
Little white dresser: IKEA with Anthropologie drawer pulls // "Stay Little" pennant: ElsewareCo. // Polka dot rug: IKEA // Toy organizer IKEA // Kid's art prints: Mulberry Press Co. // Metal letters: Anthropologie
Stripes or polka dots?
Stripes all the way. They're so timeless.
What’s one piece of baby gear you couldn’t live without?
Go-to mama-on-duty outfit?
Yoga pants, sweater, Nike, New Balance or Saucony Original sneakers, Madewell jewelry and a mom bun or ponytail.
What are your strategies for maintaining a stylish house while raising a tiny baby and toddler?
First off, expect it to look lived-in and save the need for it to look perfect for when you have a party or friends over. At the end of the day, wipe the counters and tabletops off and declutter the items that you can. We chose to paint all our walls white because it's the easiest to touch up. When you have little ones with sticky fingers, you need a good touch-up every now and then. My other bit of advice would be to put expensive or sentimental pieces up high and out of reach from the little ones.
Running or surfing?
Running. I can't pass up a good endorphin high.
Favorite breakfast for hectic mornings?
What’s one piece of advice you would give to new moms trying to navigate life, work, marriage and motherhood?
There is no such thing as balance—there is the journey of striving for balance and learning what things are worth your time. It's been a bit of a growing season for me while I learn to reprioritize my whole life after having our second baby, and sometimes life feels chaotic. What it comes down to is putting your family first, making time for yourself to stay healthy and then putting your efforts into things that profit you and bring you joy. Also, ask for help! If you need help with your child or in your marriage, ask for help. There are many great therapists and programs out there to help families. I'm certainly not above seeing a therapist when I need one.
How do you manage juggling your schedule with two kids in tow?
It definitely helps to have a supportive spouse. I work one to two nights a week in my private practice. My husband comes home from work and I head out to see a couple clients so we don't have to hire help. I am mostly a stay-at-home mom, which is why I love blogging because I can do that at home. When I have an event or photography job, I either take my children with me or find a fun playdate for my oldest.