Designer, blogger, and Pinterest enthusiast Michael Wurm, Jr. has his finger on the pulse of everything design.
At his blog, Inspired by Charm, Michael writes about his latest design projects, favorite recipes, DIY crafts, and more. When it comes to interior design, he is often inspired by vintage finds and works to create spaces that are both stylish and comfortable.
Read our interview with Michael below to learn about his favorite color combinations, which design fad he’s totally over, and take a peek at his favorite Pure Home finds.
Which interior designers are you inspired by the most? What do you love about their style?
This is such a tough question because I am delighted by the work of so many designers. Though, I will say I’m consistently impressed and inspired by the designs of Sarah Richardson. Her designs always seem to pop up on blogs and Pinterest. It’s wonderful! Like me, she is a fan of mixing in antiques and thrift-store finds. Her spaces are practical, yet so well designed. They are colorful and bold, yet soft and relaxing. She also realizes there is beauty in the details. Each element in her design has a significant purpose. I think we have a lot in common. Sarah, if you are reading this, can I come spend just one day in your world? Pretty please!
Colors can be combined in a variety of beautiful ways to create stunning spaces. What’s your favorite color combination and why?
Lately, I’ve been looking to nature for color inspiration. If it looks good in nature, it will look good in your home. I recently put together a design plan inspired by a botanical print featuring beautiful pink flowers and lush green leaves. The color combination was perfect. A subtle pink chair, green and rustic accessories, and warm wood tones brought the entire space together. I also love the aqua, blue, and lime green color combination. Not only is it fun, but it gives a feeling of calmness and peace.
Some people have a throw pillow obsession but can’t stand polka dots, others love sheer curtains and avoid tufted chairs at all costs. What’s one interior design element you can’t get enough of and one you are totally bored with?
I don’t think I will ever fall out of love with vintage pieces and antiques. No matter what the space, adding an old piece of furniture or a vintage accessory gives it so much interest and character. Instead of looking like it was put together over a weekend, a room with worn and well-loved pieces feels like it’s been developed over time. These older items give a space personality and truly transform a house into a home.
I hate to admit this, but I’m getting a bit bored with the chevron pattern. While a little piece of me still loves it – and I have a few elements of it in my home – I think I’m ready to move on.
How would you describe the style you use to decorate your home? How does it help emphasize the mood and atmosphere you want to create?
My house was built almost a hundred years ago. It’s loaded with gorgeous white molding and amazing built-ins and it even has pocket doors. I’m so lucky. I love my house. What really seems to work in this particular home is more neutral walls as a background, with colorful accessories and furnishings in the foreground. I’ve tried dark and colored walls, and they just don’t work.
My goal is to make people feel like they’re home. I want people to feel comfortable, joyful, and happy in my space. To create this mood, I have mixed modern and traditional pieces with rustic, casual, and more weathered pieces. People read the spaces as being beautifully designed, but they still feel comfortable stretching out on the couch or putting their feet on the coffee table. That’s what I want!
You write on your blog about some of the DIY projects you have done in the past. Which project turned out the best and were there any that didn’t quite turn out like you hoped? We’d also love to hear about any projects you have planned for the future!
Currently, my favorite room in my house is a bedroom space I did about a year ago. Everything came together somewhat magically. I knew I wanted to create a space using the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue). After I knew that, everything else just seemed to fall into place. Again, looking to nature, I found a beautiful piece of art – a farm scene with beautiful yellow bales of hay, touches of red in the landscape, and a big old blue sky. It was perfect! More recently, I painted a huge sign for the space that takes up a good chunk of one wall. That sign was probably one of the most well-received pieces I’ve created.
Yes, there are many projects that have failed. My hallway was once green with white painted trees. I still have no idea what I was thinking. Thankfully, through these failures, I’ve learned so many lessons. A designer, and now friend, recently reminded me that it’s okay to screw up. Design is not right and wrong; it’s a process. Embrace it and just keep working with it until you love it.
I have lots of projects planned at my house. I’m currently working on turning what used to be a bedroom into a little sitting/living room. Then, this winter, I’m finally going to give myself a proper office and studio. I’m most excited about that space. I’m really going to cut loose, have some courage, and take some big design risks! I can’t wait!
Check out just a few of Michael’s favorite Pure Home picks:
Want to see more of Michael’s favorites? You can see his whole list here.