Angela’s House, Your Eyes will be Gluttons

I’ve talked about my dear, sweet, kindred spirit friend, Angela often over the years.  She’s my yard sale partner, my thrifting buddy, our craft day teacher, my coffee table painter, my HELP-my-house-is-getting-photographed-and-I-need-someone-to-be-my-slave-and-keep-me-calm-friend, my conference roommate and confidant, my fellow conference speaker at Becoming.  She’s one of my closest friends and one of the most fearless, creative people I’ve ever met. She has no idea how much she inspires me.

Every time I walk into her home I don’t even hear her talking for the first three minutes because I’m too busy looking around at all the creative things she’s done.  Even if it’s just been a week since I’ve been there? Still something fun to look at.

Those  photos are just of her foyer and the entrance to her craft room/office. She is the QUEEN of mixing colors and patterns.  There is no one better.

Here’s where Angela creates.  I could spend hours looking around in here.  She has a huge bin just for buttons.  Every inch has something to offer but it’s also really organized.

On the front of her desk is an inspiring quote that quite possibly should be on the front of everyone’s desk in the entire world::


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

–Marianne Williamson


Many of the items in her home were salvaged, thirfted, yard-saled and then made more beautiful by Angela.  Everyone that knows her knows that she’s an artist and can make something amazing out of practically nothing.  She says lots of times her neighbors drop stuff off at her house that they no longer want and then she turns it into something so lovely that you are shocked.


Yep, she painted all of that furniture.   Also, have you noticed her artwork?

Angela has taught me to NEVER pass up the framed art section in a thrift store.  She has the MOST glorious collection of  artwork most of which is original paintings.

It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

I asked Angela for a tip to create a layered, lovely, happy home like hers.  The first thing she said::

” I only buy things that make me smile”

Want more of Angela?  Here’s some places you can find her when she’s not finding all the best stuff at the thrift stores::

Blog (Angela talks a lot about creativity and being inspired)

Etsy Shop



Her artwork (painted pieces, sewed pieces and everything under the sun) is sold locally at Sanctuary of Davidson in Davidson, NC

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  1. Thank you for this tour. I can’t express how inspiring your site is. I had lost all enthusiasm for my house, was in a rut, and had completely given up on ever getting anything done because I thought when I finished something it had to be “done” for life. I now look at everything as a work in progress, and as long as I’m working on it and making progress, well… it’s progress! I don’t feel overwhelmed any more. “It doesn’t have to be perfect…”

  2. Wow, what a fun and happy house! I’d be checking everything out with my first step in the door too :)

  3. Please take this with my best intentions and heart and I’m sorry to leave this in the comments but I need to leave for work and I couldn’t find your email address on the site. You singled out the quote from Marianne Williamson. You may want to do some research on what she actually believes about God and Christ. I believe you are a Christian and I’m pretty sure when she mentions “God” it’s not the same God you believe in. Not sure you want to be pointing people to Marianne Williamson for spiritual advice. If you would like to email me I can explain futher. thanks….

    • Oh, I don’t know that she’s pointing everyone to Marianne Williamson for spiritual advice. I think she’s just pointing out that the quote is inspiring, and it is.

      • Yes, if I could only quote people that I totally 100% agreed with I would never be able to quote anyone. Which is why I’ve quoted Gorden Hinckely, Erma Bombeck, Adam Lambert and GASP:: Dog the Bounty Hunter :)

        I appreciate your attentiveness, Beth, thank you so much for your concern and sweet motives it’s so kind. I’m not telling anyone they should follow all of Marianne Williamson’s beliefs, just sharing Angela’s house and sourcing the great quote on her desk that has inspired her to embrace who God made her to be.

        As my dad says:: “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes”.

        • Gina in S FL says

          This quote has always made tearful in it’s truth. It has been quoted in a movie and even attributed to Nelson Mandela (who never said it!). It is inspired. I think it can inspire anyone, from anywhere. Just as a piece of bread (or a chicken sandwich) can curb hunger regardless of who is serving it!;) Marianne Williamson is a Jew who believes we should all follow a Christ-centered life, but she does not call herself a Christian. Jesus was a Jew also. I love when people speak from the best of intentions and so glad we have this place to do it.

  4. “I only buy things that make me smile.” Words to live by! So is the quote by Marianne Williamson. My 15 year old recited that poem during a movement showcase at his Fine Arts Art School last year. It gave me chills. I love everything about your home. It makes me smile!

  5. LOVE the painting in the mason jar over the turquoise desk! Gorgeous!!! What a great house! Her family is fortunate!

  6. I love her home…it’s so colorful and fun. She has such a cool, eclectic taste. Great tour!!

  7. She’s the queen of mixing color, indeed! Se pretty! She’s invited to my house for sure!

  8. Wow. I love the big bold colors and the teeny tiny details! This IS a house I could get lost in, just looking around. I love that she’s not afraid of color. There’s an enormous amount of things going on, but I’m not the least bit overwhelmed….. what a gorgeous space!!!

  9. My name is Angela House, so the title of this blog really threw me for a loop. Hehe. Beautiful house Angela! Sincerely, Angela House

  10. Thanks so much for sharing Angela’s fun home office! I am working on redesigning my sewing/work space and the pictures gave me some great ideas. Also, I just recently started selling my goods at Sanctuary of Davidson, so I’m super excited to “meet” another Sanctuary artist!

  11. I love Angela! Her personality is just as cheery as her house is! Although, I’ve never been in her house I’m sure the pictures represent it well. Thanks for giving us a peek into Angela’s creative life, Nester! :)

  12. I love this house, I truly wish I could be so daring, our house is fairly neutral and I am trying to change that and this house in an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Wow, that was inspiring. I love how you love your friend. I think i love her too…


  14. I love her colorful curtains … a great entry for sure! I also notice that she is also very skillful in mixing shapes and sizes. Love her house!

  15. Angela!!!!! wow, what an amazing home you have crafted. Nester, thank you for the tour!

  16. I want to go to there! :)

  17. Nester
    You make me cry happy tears!!! Thank you for this, what a wonderful surprise this morning. You are such a blessing to me and so many women!!! Thank you for always encouraging and inspiring me!! I love you dear friend!!!

    • AND reading this post and seeing your amazing home, I am once again so excited for all the women that you will inspire in just a few short weeks at the Becoming Conference. You are the epitome of what that conference is about , my friend and I honestly, think you need to include these pictures in your power point just to let everyone think outside the box.

  18. What a lovely home. I too love to thrift and rebuild cast off “treasures!” That art collection is fabulous and you are so right about her ability to mix colors and patterns. That is something I’m terrible at…I get too nervous about committing to patterns and colors, so I usually stick with neutrals. This home is so inspiring.

  19. Beth@thedailyparagraph says

    I love what she did (with what looks like part of a headboard) on her fireplace mantel. Very creative. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I’m super excited to be speaking at Becoming with YOU AND ANGELA!! What a great post! I feel like I kinda know her now!!

  21. Beautiful quote, so true. Your friends home is a delightful feast for the eyes!

  22. Oh my! You are so blessed to have each other…two truly inspiring friends. What a beautiful friendship too! I’m on my way to see Angela’s blog. I have a hunch it’s going to be added to my list :D Thanks ladies!!

  23. What a fabulous home. There is no question what her style is, which I think is really great in a space. I love to see a woman creating and being confident in what she does!

  24. Are you kidding me!?! I JUST opened a package from Angela’s shop, and am IN LOVE! I won a giveaway sponsored on another blog and am now the proud owner of a bit of her artwork. What a treat to see inside her lovely home!

  25. This whole piece made me smile! Thank you for sharing this beautiful space! I think alot of people shy away from mixing pattern, and when I see a shining example of it like this I just LOVE it!!

  26. Pure genius with the curtains and making that into her craft room! That space does not have to be a formal living/dining room… Mind blown. I think I’m going to have to copy her. :)

  27. When I first started reading this post, I thought that the first painting looked familiar and then when I saw the painting over her front door of my little town, I knew it was Angela from Sanctuary! Thank you for sharing — this is my style and I need to embrace it. :)

  28. i LOVE this! what a great friend and great decorator! love every bit!!

  29. Color me happy! Such a cheerful, inviting space that evokes creativity and warmth!

  30. OK…when can I move in?! Lovely, just lovely…

  31. Love those knobs! (Dragonflies, of course!) What a happy place that inspires you to want to spread sunshine in your own corner of the world! Thanks girlies.

  32. April was in CT now CA says

    I don’t suppose she would mind me moving right in, would she? Because I”m absolutely in LOVE with her house. I also have what may be an unanswerable question, but I’d love to know where she got her shirt in one of the pictures! So cute. Can’t wait to browse around her blog for inspiration for my own home, it’s what I aspire for it to be.

  33. I remember the very first time you talked about Angela and showed her home & creativity, I’ve been stalking her ever since ;) blog, FB, Instagram, Pinterest, etsy…I love her style and her genuineness. And everything about her creativity and home makes me smile! Hoping to meet you both some day. What a great job you girls do inspiring and encouraging others!

  34. I am so beyond happy to have read this today! I think my style is much like Angela’s- I love patterns, florals, colors, toiles, and am the type of person that was absolutely devastated when April Cornell closed her U.S. stores a few years ago!

    Looking at blogs today, I see the current “in” styles are more urban rustic, contemporary, or just with a more neutral palette. I don’t seem to see the beauty in old farm equipment (not to say these aren’t treasures to some people- just not to me).

    I find I’m looking around at my toiles and florals and wondering if I have a tacky house. It’s so, so easy for me to get wrapped up in what everyone else is doing only to start doubting my own personal sense of style. It’s not a nice feeling at all.

    So, when I saw Angela’s home- filled with little treasures, but not cluttered, filled with color, but all working together, filled with even her son’s hand-crafted picture frame, I feel giddy inside. I am inspired b/c you’re right, Nester- it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, but my house does have to be ME!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! ;)


  35. This post makes me happy. Angela makes me happy. Her art is the FIRST thing I notice. If we lived nearby, she may notice a few things missing because I’d be all art klepto. ;} I love it! ;} Seriously love love love all of it. Adore y’all!

  36. Oh my goodness, I think my favorite thing is the dress form covered in antique broaches. Love it!

  37. Love it! I especially like all her little houses and pictures of houses. I have an affinity for little houses. :) When you mentioned that she told you never to pass up the thrift store framed art section, I was reminded of a framed yarn embroidery piece that I *almost* bought at a thrift store. It looked so familiar to me, and I wanted to buy it, but didn’t have any idea where I would put it. It sat there for a few weeks, and I eyed it every time I went to the store, but never bought it (someone else eventually got it). A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit my grandmother, and guess what I noticed hanging on her wall? A very similar wall hanging! That must be why it seemed so familiar to me. Maybe Granny will let me have hers one of these days. :)

  38. oh my word. . .so beautiful. . one of my favortie posts of yours. . .thanks for sharing your friend with us. . .I am off to look up where Davidson is.. .cause I am in Raleigh. . .off to check out her blog

  39. Love this! I live in Davidson and immediately recognized her art in the first pic. I’ve been coveting one of her pieces for quite a while. Maybe someday! Thanks for sharing!

    Su – Davidson is about 20 miles north of Charlotte right off of I77. It’s about 2 1/2hours from Raleigh. Come down I85 and follow the signs! It’s a beautiful little town if I do say so. ;)

  40. Angela’s cheerful home and sweet smile shows so much into what she must be like in real life. She looks like a wonderful and creative spirit!

  41. I’m a colour girl and love the joyous look Angela’s home exudes – I’m feeling inspired, and with an evening to myself I am off to play with fabrics, and maybe even some furniture shuffling.

    Thank you!

  42. I love that she has a Pinterest board called…
    “Food I Won’t be Cooking!”

    I should make a board called…
    “Adorable projects I Won’t be Sewing!”

    ~ Dana

  43. Sigh… I’m packing my bags and moving in with her. Spectacular color – very inspiring! Loved her etsy shop. :)

  44. Her home is lovely and bright and whimsical and warm and so obviously unique and that inspires me to make my home MY HOME. love it.

  45. Angela is such an inspiration! Thanks for the tour, I love her home and her heart. Have fun at Becoming~I won’t be there this year, I will miss you guys!

  46. Oh this is amazing, what a treat to see Angela’s home. Thank you so much for sharing!! If her home (and every single thing in it) is ever for sale I want to know ;)

    xoxo, Tanya

  47. What a beautiful, cheerful home. (and friendship) Thank you so much for sharing Angela’s house with us here!

  48. Wow, what a beautiful house! I don’t think I could live there, but I’d love to visit on a regular basis!
    And…if you like that quote, have you seen this:

  49. One thing that I LOVE about this post is how you two have such different ways of looking at a room and yet you are cheering and spurring one another on like friends should! I think so many times we can get jealous or envious (I’m guilty of that!) of someone else’s style that is different than ours, and I love that you highlight Angela and others and talk about how much you love what they do. Nester, I love your home and I love Angela’s and I am so thankful for your blog!!

  50. I met Angela at Haven and have been following along with her ever since! I am a fool for art, especially paintings on canvas. I love original stuff which is pretty much all I have (some for very cheap) but her collection is AWESOME. Her house is an amazing mix of homey & styled. Dragonflies and house paintings are my weakness and she has both. And all of her creations are so neat. I am going to travel north and be her apprentice one of these days. And yours too -ha!

    Haven’t been to the Sanctuary – have to check it out. I love Davidson. I always imagine myself living in downtown Davidson in a cute little bungalow, walking to get coffee.

    That quote is going to keep me up tonight.

    The Becoming conference sounds awesome. Maybe one day!

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