RA at Home: Joanna Hawley

Posted by: Nellie Laskow

Joanna Hawley of Jojotastic was an early supporter of Rebecca Atwood Designs back when Rebecca was dyeing shibori pillows in her bathtub. When Joanna reached out that she was redoing her bedroom in a house that she bought we were excited she chose our Marbled Stripe wallpaper. It's definitely a favorite around here. Hear from Joanna about what home means to her and how she likes to use pattern below. See our other RA at Home features here. Photos by Ellie Lillstrom.

Rebecca Atwood Designs: Tell us about yourself!
Joanna Hawley: I am a blogger, styling, Pinterest influencer, wiener dog wrangler, and adventurer living in Seattle, WA.

RAD: What does 'home' mean to you?
JH:
I really struggled with this definition for a long time because I’ve moved across the country 3 times and never lived in a place longer than 2 years. Now that I own my first home in a city I love, I have found my definition. To me. ‘home’ means feeling absolutely comfortable in my space and feeling like it’s an expression of what I love the most.

RAD: How do you like to spend your weekends and free time?
JH: I like to be outside as much as possible, even if that means just hanging out on the deck watching the chickens. When there’s time for more of an adventure, I love road trips, sailing, rock climbing, hiking, and camping… and swimming as much as possible!

RAD: What's your philosophy when it comes to personalizing your space?
JH: Basically, I just try to combine everything that I love into my home! I figure that if I love it, it will somehow work.

RAD: We see pattern as a storyteller, how do you use it in your home?
JH: For a long time, I was afraid to incorporate pattern into my home because there were just so many good ones out there that I couldn’t decide! I dipped my toe in with vintage Turkish rugs and haven’t looked back since. Now that we’ve put the Marble wallpaper in our bedroom, I feel even more excited about finding ways to sneak pattern in. Even though the house is tiny, I’ve incorporated pops of pattern through pillows and rugs — with plans to wallpaper my pantry ceiling!

RAD: How do you tell your story with your decor?
JH: Telling the story of my house is truly one of my favorite things to do! I love to give my followers and blog readers a glimpse into my home, even if it’s the unglamorous, unfinished parts. To me, it’s most important to keep things real, even if that means showing something that’s not polished and perfect.

RAD: What is your favorite thing about your home?
JH:
This is a tough question… I think I love the location the best. I looked at sooo many houses, but this was the only one in the neighborhood I could afford. I feel lucky on a daily basis that I can walk to all my favorite restaurants, shops, and bars.

RAD: Tell us about a favorite memory from a previous home.
JH: I still daydream about the loft I lived in before this house. My current boyfriend and I shared our first kiss in a funny elevated nook in that loft.

RAD: What's the hardest thing you've had to go through in your career?
JH: The hardest thing was definitely transitioning from a full-time job to working for myself full-time. It was such a learning curve, but I’m not sure I’d ever go back!

 



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