'From Denver to Durham'

March 2021 Issue

*This home tour was photographed following the CDC guidelines. I was tested before the shoot and talent and I wore masks and social distanced while inside the home. I wish all of my readers safety and good health. I hope that this takes your mind off of some stress and sheds light and inspiration during this time, even for a few minutes.*

Meet the Home Owner:

Our March feature takes you inside the home of Anne Herring, lover of simple and sustainable style. See how Anne has adapted to her new home and city in Durham, NC.

What made you select this home & how'd you find such a great location?

We got beyond lucky to find this place for rent. I decided we had to go for it because it had a raised garden bed, a sweet outdoor patio and loads of interior charm. We had no idea

that 9 th Street was such a fab location, but to say we’re obsessed is an understatement. We

totally “fell” into this spot and we definitely recognize how lucky we are to be here.

How has adjusting to this house and neighborhood been like?

A dream. Coming from a huge apartment complex in Denver where we lived on the third floor and were constantly bombarded with sounds from the neighbors (who we never met) and foot traffic in the hallways, we are just so happy to have some peace and quiet. We have neighbors here that already feel like friends and the option to walk to places like Monuts and Vin Rouge are just incredible bonuses.

What do you love most about this home?

I'm completely obsessed with the character and charm that it has. I'm sure she's lived a lot of lives as a rental and I like being part of her story in that way. It sounds a bit silly, but I definitely feel like a steward of this space. I know it's not our forever home, but I wanted to make sure I celebrated her natural light, her open feel and dramatic details by keeping our furniture and personal touches simple and meaningful.

What was the biggest difference from your last home in Denver?

Our place here actually feels like a "home." Huge apartment complexes, like the one we were in, lack personality even though they are usually very convenient and full of amenities. I was craving a place that helped us feel settled and less transient.

What is your design philosophy?

I don't think one has to sacrifice style for function. Ordinary things, like trash cans or coat hooks, can be beautiful and a chance to really show some personality in a space. Shopping sustainably is also part of my overall philosophy. I try to source second hand when possible or if I'm buying new, try to make sure the materials and manufacturing processes don't leave a huge negative impact on the planet and its people.

Who or what is your biggest design inspiration?

Oh gosh, it's so hard to narrow down. I'd say at the moment Athena Calderone and Carley Summers are design gals I'm currently fangirling over.

Why is creating a beautiful home important to you?

I am very sensitive to the energy of spaces. If a space is too cluttered or overpowered by elements like bulky furniture or loud colors, it's hard for me to relax and be myself. It's really important for me to feel at peace when I'm home. Creating a space that is beautiful and also incorporates meaningful pieces, is a way for me to feel more relaxed and at ease, the space becomes more of an extension of myself. Especially now, when I'm spending sooo much more time at home, it's important that I like the way I feel when I'm here.

What was your biggest challenge in this space?

The fact that we can only do so much. Because it's a rental, we can't do things like knock down walls or replace doors, etc. I think the most challenging aspect is that we have to make certain design choices from the owner, work. And because we're hoping to buy something soon(ish) I just have to appreciate the house for what it is and accept that I can't change it.

What is the process when selecting your pieces?

I do my best to take things slowly. It sounds strange, but I try to “listen” to my space as much as possible. It can be super satisfying to buy something in order to just fill a void, but I’ve found that when I’m buying something to just check off a box, I don’t end up keeping that piece for very long because I inevitably find something I like more and feels more “me” eventually. It takes time to curate a place you love. I also am at a point in my life where I’m buying pieces that I know we’ll carry on to the next place. It’s not so much about buying a piece for “right now” – it’s more about investing in something I know we’ll have for a long time.