Nichol & Her Home
The home that Nichol Naranjo shares with her husband and three daughters is packed with the kind of picture-perfect, yet livable, style that our team here at Glitter Guide can't get enough of. Whether you're looking to get ideas for your bohemian-inspired space, or if you hope to add some of that cool, on-trend mid-century modern edge to your home, chances are good that you'll find lots of ideas to swoon over in Nichol's New Mexican dwelling.
Despite the fact that Nichol claims her beauty routine is next to null, it's easy to see that this ocean-loving bombshell has found the secret to a youthful glow. Who knows! Maybe she gets it from her passion project and day job working as an interior designer, or from the ample amount of laughter she peels off while spending quality time with her large family—whatever the case, Nichol is undeniably beautiful from the inside out, and it was a pleasure to have the chance to virtually sit down with the creative to talk all things business and home décor.
Below, Nichol takes us room by room in her desert pad, and we hope that you pay extra-special attention to her tips on designing a home around your pets and children, as well as her must-visit resources for art. Without further ado, welcome to the Naranjo home!
What inspired you to get into interior design?
My mother definitely inspired me the most to get into design. Growing up, my childhood home, although modest, was always so beautifully decorated. My mother was always changing things, such as paint colors, furniture, artwork and the furniture arrangement. Our home was always filled with people and I believe the love and attention to detail is what drew people to our home—well, that and my mother's amazing cooking. My sister is also a talented interior design enthusiast. Nate Berkus is my all-time favorite mega designer and he greatly inspires me. I can still remember the first time I saw him on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." From that day on, I desired to learn as much as possible about design. He, like myself, did not have a formal education in interior design and that greatly encouraged and motivated me.
How would you describe your design style?
I would describe my design style as beachy/boho, with a splash of mid-century. I have a deep love for the sea, but live in the desert, so I bring the sea to me any chance I get. I also love anything mid-century. The lines and design make me giddy. My dream home is a lovely mid-century ranch with a ton of character and windows. Finally, I have always adored all things bohemian. My mom used to call me her little hippie when I was a child. These three styles combined make me a very happy woman.
Tell us about the pink door! What motivated you to paint it such a bold color?
The main floor of my house isn't very big and I can see my front door all the way from my living room. One day, I was looking at my entry hallway and thought, "It needs something to brighten it up and make the area more interesting...like, a pink door." So, I ran to Lowe's and grabbed a few paint chips (OK—a lot of paint chips), and ran the finalists by my husband and daughters. We all decided on the same shade of dusty pink, and I painted it the next day while my husband was at work. We have all loved it and the way it upgraded our very basic, builder-grade door. I added the very fluffy and fun wall hanging by a talented weaver I met on Instagram, Ashley Izsak. Isn't social media wonderful that way?
What are some budget-friendly home design tips you can offer to readers?
I am very budget conscious. Even if I were a billionaire, I would look for a bargain. I guess it's in my DNA. I rarely buy anything that isn't on sale or clearance. Of course, I'm all about going to thrift stores, estate sales and Craigslist for affordable and rare finds. I really encourage people to take their time when designing their space. Your home should evolve continually, not be completed in a weekend. Taking your time will not only give you the best results when decorating, but it will also save you money and deter you from making impulsive purchases. I am also a huge DIY-er. If I can make or find it for less, I will do so. Sure, I love to splurge on some items, too, but even then, I wait until those items are on sale or have free shipping!
I have a deep love for the sea, but live in the desert, so I bring the sea to me any chance I get.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
My favorite places to shop for home items are definitely estate and garage sales and a few local thrift stores (Antiques & Things is one I frequent often). I also love hole-in-the-wall local shops when we're on vacation, and who doesn't love West Elm or Nate Berkus' line at Target?
What are your top three Instagram accounts to follow?
My top three Instagram accounts to follow, aside from Glitter Guide? Yikes, it's so hard to just choose three! The IG community inspires me daily! I cannot believe all of the talent that is out there! It is a beautiful thing!
I obsess over just about anything Justina Blakeney posts. Her plants and boho vibe are so bold and beautiful! Jennifer of Fleamarketfab is also out-of-this-world talented! I don't know if anyone does textures like Jennifer does. She also has a textile shop that is so fabulous! Jody Lee has a house that is my dream house! It's the perfect amount of boho and mid-century style, with giant copper doors that will make you swoon!
Can I add one more please? Erica Reitman always looks outside of the box when it comes to design. The woman has tassels on her refrigerator, and they look amazing! One thing all of these accounts/women have in common is that they always feature other talented designers (especially newbies, like myself). I love that. I love that they build other women up, because I am all about building others up, especially women.
My favorite room in my house is probably my bedroom. It is so serene and my entire family loves to gather in there. I love that my daughters will still pile into our bed at ages 20, 15 and 13.
How do you manage to keep your house so organized and clean with three children and two dogs?
Keeping my house clean and organized is definitely easier now that my daughters are older. Honestly, it's mostly just clean. I am not the most organized person, but that's what closets are for, right? Haha! I believe keeping a home tidy and functional is a family effort. I taught my girls at a young age to pick up after themselves, and we got into the routine of doing a quick "pick up" every night before bed. We still do this today. Basically, take all of your stuff up to your bedroom, clean up any messes, fluff pillows and we run the dishwasher every night. I am also huge on chores. We have "Friday chores," which basically make our weekends so much more pleasant.
Honestly, having dogs—especially a big dog—does make things a bit messier, but they are so worth it. I believe a clean, mostly organized home can make all the difference in a family functioning better in life, but I also believe you have to live a little and not cry over literal spilled milk—or paint, which is crazy common with my daughters who love to paint. It's amazing the amount of paint stains I've had to figure out how to get out of carpet and furniture.
What is the story behind the photograph hanging above your bed?
The Elvis and Priscilla photo is one you either love or hate, and I think most everyone thinks, "What the heck?" Haha! My mom is the biggest Elvis fan you'll ever know. Not in a tacky, crazy lady way, but she just adores him. She once told me that Elvis was her first crush, and that he will be her last crush. She totally made me laugh when she told me that! I don't know why, but as I was redesigning our bedroom and I was thinking of the artwork, I just knew I wanted something different, and from my favorite era: The '60s. I had to do a little convincing with my husband, but he came around fairly quickly. He's a great sport! We made the frame with some dried bamboo sticks we had in our backyard to save money and to give it a Palm Springs feel.
Where do you find most of the artwork that hangs around your house?
The artwork around my house comes from various places. Most of the photography displayed is a collection of vacation photos taken by my talented husband. He loves to play around with photography as a hobby, and is quite good at it. Other pieces come from random estate sales or thrift and antique stores. Any artwork I choose has to speak to me somehow. I won't purchase something just to fill a space. The amazing large art piece in my stairwell is from a talented artist I met on Instagram, Gina Julian. Her pieces really speak to me and I love everything she does! My mid-century pieces are all from Photos.com, which has a huge selection and great prices!
The stereo console at the stair landing was a Valentine's gift from me to my husband. The painting above it used to belong to his grandparents, which his grandmother purchased many years ago when they lived in Chicago. We inherited the painting after they passed, and it is one of our most-prized possessions. I fell completely in love with the painting the first time I went to their home, and it, too, hung above a vintage stereo console. My husband has mentioned many times throughout the years how, as a little boy he used to lie on the floor next to their stereo console, and would listen to albums while staring at the painting. Needless to say, I had to recreate the scenario for him.
Do you have any secrets to extending the longevity of houseplants?
I think the key to keeping plants alive is to have a watering schedule, and to neglect them a bit. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but having a watering schedule forces me to check on my plants, but the key is to not overwater. I have some plants I water every week, and some that I water only twice a month. It's a whole lot of trial and error, but I love the life they give to our home. I have severe environmental allergies—the kind that have put me in anaphylactic shock several times—so there are days I'm homebound because of them. My plants not only filter the air in my home, but they also help me feel less confined on days that I am forced to stay in.
Did you help your daughters design their rooms or did they have final say in everything that went into their spaces?
Initially, I did help my daughters design their bedrooms, but over time and throughout the years their rooms have evolved into what they want and who they are. Basically, they have the final say and do whatever they want in their bedrooms now that they're older. I think it's very important for them to be able to express themselves in this way. My mother allowed me to design my bedroom since I was about 5 years old (no joke), and I'm thankful she did.
I do make suggestions or purchase items for their rooms if I think they'll like them. For instance, I recently recommended that we install a long shelf/desk in my middle daughter's bedroom for all of her artwork and supplies. We tried to contain them on a small desk for so long, but one day I thought, "Why are we containing her creativity?" and so we went to the hardware store and bought a cool-looking, inexpensive board, and I told her go ahead and spill as much paint on it as she wanted! She has loved it, and now her artwork is easily displayed. I love to see the various vignettes/designs they each come up with. Their bedrooms are so representative of who they are, and they really are quite amazing and so creative.
What is your favorite part of living in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
My favorite part of living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is definitely the food! We have such divine food here. New Mexican food is different than Mexican food, which most people don't realize. They are slight differences, but differences nonetheless. The food is closely followed with the outdoor activities. We have fabulous weather and after all of the amazing food, physical activity is a must. It's a beautiful place to hike, run and I hear to bike but I don't bike, so I can neither confirm nor deny that one. Ha!
What is your everyday beauty routine?
I don't have much a daily beauty routine, but I am big on moisturizer and sunscreen. I will tell anyone who will listen to me to apply both liberally. Just ask my daughters! I hound them constantly about both. Don't get me wrong—I do love a good tan, but I use sunscreen daily. I was a total tomboy growing up, so I feel like the beauty routine bug skipped me somewhat.
What is your favorite room in the house and why?
My favorite room in my house is probably my bedroom. It is so serene and my entire family loves to gather in there. I love that my daughters will still pile into our bed at ages 20, 15 and 13. The macrame swing makes it extra whimsical, along with our 8-foot Norfolk Island Pine (another Craigslist find). The lighting in there is also beautiful at mostly any time of the day.
I have severe environmental allergies—the kind that have put me in anaphylactic shock several times—so there are days I'm homebound because of them. My plants not only filter the air in my home, but they also help me feel less confined on days that I am forced to stay in.
- Globe light fixture
- Dining table
- Dining chairs
- Poolside Glamour art
- Beverly Hills Hotel art
- Cole and Son wallpaper
- Gray Malin artwork above pantry door
- Marble server
- Leather chairs
- Coral lamp
- Ship chandelier
- Mirrored console/buffet
- Large chair and a half
- Elvis & Priscilla photo
- Light fixture
- Zig zag woven planter
- B&W palm tree/vintage car photo
- Faux fur throw
- Johnny Cash photo
- Outdoor furniture
- Wall tapestry
- Crosley record player
- Clothes rack