Being your own boss certainly has its perks. Work in your pajamas? Check. No pesky morning alarms? Check. No long, arduous commutes? Sign us up! But it can also mean needing to turn your home, normally reserved for relaxation and family time, into an office that will inspire and motivate you. China Kautz has successfully done just that. After moving into this 3-bedroom 1885 shotgun house (a narrow space with rooms arranged one behind the other) last year, she understands the importance of making the space one she doesn’t mind being in—a lot. She shares the home with her husband, Nate, and two Corgis, Benny and Mila, in the Walnut Hills area of Cincinnati, Ohio—an area she describes as up-and-coming with new business popping up all over. As a freelance graphic designer by trade, running her own online design business called Olive Paper Co., China works from home full-time, necessitating the need to separate work and play in the same space. As a creative, self-proclaimed “girl boss,” she takes her design skills and applies them in full force to her home. She describes the space as meticulously thought out in a way that keeps it feeling minimal, neutral, and peaceful.
Take a tour of this bright, plant-jungle oasis below!
Originally from Washington State, China moved to Ohio to college and met her husband. “We moved to Cincinnati 3-4 years ago from Dayton once we graduated. When we moved downtown, we rented a home on the river until we got married and then decided it was time to purchase. We now live in Walnut Hills, which is starting to be an up and coming neighborhood of Cincinnati. We can’t wait to see all the new homes and businesses popping up in our area! I have fallen in love with this city and don’t plan on moving anytime soon.”
Her favorite room in the house is their bedroom. “I wanted to keep it clean and minimalist…almost like a little oasis that we could come to after a long day. We also have a view of downtown from our bedroom window and I just love coming up there to watch the sunset or the fireworks from the baseball stadium.”
“I wanted to stick to a strict color palette when it came to designing our home. I’m not a huge fan of bright and bold colors, so sticking to our fairly neutral palette really helped me choose the right pieces to add. As you can probably tell, I’m a super crazy plant lady and definitely got that green thumb from my grandma. So showcasing all my plants was important. I remember back in college when my mom was helping me decorate my apartment she said “adding greenery to a space adds warmth” and that just stuck with me. I would say my personal style helped with the process of designing our home, as well. I do have a pretty minimalist wardrobe with a few hints of boho and skater girl sprinkled in, and I think you can definitely see that style splashed throughout our home.”
Her overall goal for this space was to create something that was both cozy and inspiring: “Since I do work from home, creating a place that would keep me inspired was important to me.”