Belinda Pabian’s passion for creating beautiful spaces is evident in all of the spaces that she has worked on, including her own beautiful home in Nebraska. The traditional home with a modern twist features so many amazing items, including things she picked up while traveling and awesome modern and abstract art. There’s so much to love about this house, and we can’t wait for you to see it for yourself. Step inside and enjoy!
Hi! Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.
Hi! My name is Belinda Pabian. I was born in Georgia and raised in Nebraska (small-town Nebraska to be exact). I went to school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for fashion design and advertising, later getting my Master’s in advertising. I’ve lived and worked in places like Los Angeles, Kansas City and Chicago before settling down in Nebraska. I’ve been with the love of my life for 10 years, and we’ve been married for three and a half years. We have a cute little Goldendoodle named Harley. I just turned the big 3-0 and have never felt more comfortable in my own skin, #oldsoul. I enjoy experiencing new places, gardening, baking and spending time with family and friends. With turning 30, I made a big career change from corporate advertising agencies to running my own interior decorating business, and I’m loving the ride!
How would you describe your home’s style?
It’s definitely a mix of styles; traditional with a modern twist. When decorating, I try to choose pieces that I’ll love for years, so that often leads to classic or traditional styles. I also love modern and abstract art. I think the traditional lines mixed with modern touches make for a homey feel.
Do you have a favorite spot in your home? What makes it special?
My favorite spot is the front sitting room. It’s my sanctuary. All of the windows create the most beautiful light, and it’s just so cozy. I love having tea or coffee in there in the morning while I read a book, browse Pinterest or catch up on reading blogs.
What are some of your go-to home décor resources?
You could say I have a slight addiction to antique shopping. I live for the hunt of finding treasures! I also make it a point to pick up pieces for our home from our travels. Other than that, I love Pottery Barn for quality and classic pieces. Target is always a go-to. It has a great selection online. One Kings Lane is a favorite as well. It has such a beautiful variety of items.
Do you have any DIY projects that you’re especially proud of?
I do! I made the gold antler wreath above my fireplace with deer antlers from my late father’s collection. We always get so many compliments on it, and I love that it has such a sentimental meaning.
What made you want to move from Chicago to Nebraska? How does your home’s style differ now that you’re in Nebraska?
I’m originally from Nebraska, and when my husband got accepted to dental school in Lincoln, we decided to move back. I noticed that Chicago really influenced my style; we lived in a beautiful historic building while there, so we sought out a historic home when moving to Nebraska. Luckily, we found one with our 1940s brick colonial home. It was love at first sight and truly the best first home! Now that we have a yard, more space and live in a smaller city, we find ourselves spending more time at home versus when we lived in Chicago. This has made our home much more relaxed and comfortable.
If you could change anything about your home, what would it be?
I would love another bedroom! It’s a two-bedroom, which suits us perfectly at this stage of life, but I could see us needing another room down the road. Oh, and a larger bathroom with more countertop space wouldn’t hurt.
Where did you get the inspiration for your home décor?
Traveling really inspires me. I love staying in unique Airbnbs or boutique hotels. I come home from trips feeling really inspired by how other regions and cultures live. Recently, we visited Spain, Portugal and Morocco, so naturally now I want hand-painted tiles and beautiful hand-knotted rugs everywhere. I also collect coffee table books, with a majority of them being focused on interior design. If I find myself in a home décor rut, I can always turn to those books to feel inspired.
What made you want to make the jump from advertising to interior decorating?
It had been on my mind for years. Those closest to me knew that, and believed in and encouraged me. I had been doing interior decorating on the side for a few years and loved every second of it. I quickly realized it was my true passion, as I would spend loads of my free time researching and learning about different styles, fabrics, designs, etc. I also realized that interior decorating combines the things I loved from my prior work experience, like working with clients and helping them achieve their goals by creating an achievable plan. Having a vast knowledge of fashion design and textiles also serves me well in the interior decorating space. I saw a need in the market for a more nimble, small-scale decorating business, and after a lot of research and planning, I finally got the guts to go for it!
What advice do you have for other women who want to make a career leap?
Just go for it. It sounds so simple, and I know from experience that it’s really easy to make excuses, especially if you’re switching industries and have built a successful career in said industry. What I realized is that making the leap is more common than you think. If you’re passionate about it, think how far you’ll go doing something you love!
How do you start your day?
My day doesn’t feel like it seriously starts until I’ve had a cup of coffee or tea and caught up on news via NPR. I usually eat a light breakfast like yogurt, toast or a smoothie. Oh, and I check my email; that’s a habit I can’t kick from my advertising agency days.
If you had one extra hour in the day, how would you use it?
Doing something that fuels me, like baking, spending time in the garden, reading a book or spending time with loved ones.
What is something you can’t live without on a daily basis?
That’s a tough one! Aside from my husband and dog, eating something sweet. My sweet tooth is REAL!
Belinda Pabian – @belindarpabian
Facebook – @belindapabianinteriors
Website – https://www.belindapabian.com
Shop Her Home:
Cowhide rug (similar)
Nailhead bed (similar)
Vintage chairs painted white (similar)
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