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March 24, 2011

convincing the husband: danielle oakey

With two girls and one guy in the house, the balance in Danielle Oakey's home naturally tends toward feminine! She has fantastic ideas for creating unique and personal space on a limited budget. While initially hesitant, her husband loves what she has done with their home--and she has done a lot of great things in a pretty small space!


Hi, I am Danielle from Danielle Oakey Interiors. I am so excited to participate in Marissa's Mens Week series.

Incorporating my hubby's style into our home... hmmm, you're suppose to do that? I must have missed that class in interior design school. I am the luckiest girl, my husband does not care. He lets me make all the decisions! Although my husband is compliant, he is skeptical about my design decisions. Actually, I think he doubts most of them. Let me show you a few:

One of the first purchases we made when moving to Salt Lake City was this yellow credenza from Ikea. Zack, my husband, was not so sure about this purchase. He has since changed his mind.

Imagine his reaction when I purchased 2 christmas reindeer from Michaels and transformed them into wall art. Guess who likes them now?

The B&W stripes in my daughter's room had him really worried.
"Are you seriously painting her room black?"
A couple days later, "Wow, that looks really good!"

And the silhouette animal plates, who does that?

He wasn't convinced about the ikat curtains in our master bedroom.
I actually think he still doubts that decision.

I recently added blue trim to our bedside table lamps. Guess who doubted me? I think he has changed his mind now. (btw- the finger prints on the lamp are my daughter's contribution to the decor)

I also added this gallery wall to our hallway last year--$12.00 total from the thrift store. He didn't love the bottom middle picture.

He finally took matters into his own hands and replaced the picture with a print of his choice.

See, I let him add his touch.
One day, when we live in more than 900 sq. ft, Zack will have an office to design the way he wants. I can't wait to see what he comes up with.


Fresh, colorful, and fun without being too girly. Beautiful. Thanks, Danielle!
For more, check out Danielle Oakey Interiors.


The Sister Sophisticate said...

I love this series. What a cute home! I love the black and white stripes in her daughter's bedroom!

abode love said...

Your hubbs sounds like my hubbs.... doubtful at first and then COMPLETELY willing to admit that you're right when it comes to all things design! Hooray for men who allow their wives creative FREEDOM! If every design decision had to be made "together," our house would look insane, and neither one of us would be happy! (My Mister lives in an ultra-feminine house too... but he appreciates all of the little details now!)

Loved this post!


VictoriaArt said...

Lucky girl, my husband is way more involved and it is often an uphill battle.....Your home is lovely and I like great low budget solutions like these ones! Well done, keep going! It is amazing!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

Thanks so much for having me! I am loving this series.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love this behind the scenes look! I want the same credenza and hubby says NO way - sniff....
Danielle's home is so beautifully done and with fantastic personality!

Hyphen Interiors said...

I follow Danielle's blog, but I'm not sure I've seen this much of a tour before. I love the striped walls, the yellow credenza (I want one), the animal heads, and all of the awesome color! Thanks for sharing. And, thank you for looking at my project on Emily A Clark's site and leaving a comment! It means a lot!!

Diana Smith said...

wow how pretty!! I love all the brightly colored furniture!

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Wow Danielle...so nice to see more of your home! I LOVE IT! Makes me like your blog even more...you are good!! Great post too...after 11 years of being married, I no longer ask for advice. I just do and explain later, actually I rarely explain now too...heehee. After 10 years you too can ignore your husband...man I sound terrible. I love him and thank goodness he trusts me when it comes to design...

Joi said...

I love that little girl's room!

natasha {schue love} said...

Just love Danielle's style! She blends everything together so beautifully! Love then deer head! Classic!

emily said...

I love her take on incorporating her husband's style! Her house is one of my faves!