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Wanderer's Palace

Decorate your home with Katie from Wanderer's Palace

Katie Richard
Toronto, Canada
Community & Content Manager for Yellow Pages NextHome

Tell us a bit about your home and what you love about it the most?

I love that my home is always changing. As a renter, I've moved over 10 times, which means I am constantly redecorating and imagining spaces. It allows me to be creative and experiment with home decor. There are some staples that I always need, though: contrasting patterns, a good music station, and lots of pillows.

What was the first DIY project you did to your home or first thing you made for it?

My first big DIY project was a huge curtained wall in my bedroom with custom artwork as a headboard. It involved sourcing an amazing purple floral textile and lots of white curtains.

I don't usually make things for my home from scratch; I try to repurpose or redo existing pieces I have or have found. One of my first repurposed projects was an old ironing board as an end-of-the-bed bench, which was my favourite thing.

Do you have any tips for staying tidy & organised?

-Do big clean-outs every 2-3 months. Be ruthless!
-If you're feeling lazy about cleaning, remind yourself how good it feels to have a clean, organized house, and how that feeling often gives you more energy to accomplish even more.

If you could tour any celebrities home, who would it be?

Patti Smith, Paul McCartney, Sarah Richardson, Drake.

If you had three wishes, what changes would you make to your home?

-More space
-Ability to paint as much as I want (hard in a rental)
-A bathroom with a bathtub!

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

Hobbies currently include: helping friends and family redesign their spaces, running a few other blogs, trying new restaurants in Toronto, and seeing live music and/or musicals when I can.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Freaks and Geeks
The Beatles or Drake
Now and Then
Living etc.
Ikea or Honest Ed's
Black to wear; teal to decorate with
Craft Tool
Duct tape or piles of beautiful fabrics