At first glance, Megan and Jason Gonzalez may seem like a pair of opposites: She has a creative brand-building business (@maemae_co) and a penchant for colorful, quirky decor. He's a writer with a design style that skews toward preppy minimalism. The Minneapolis-based couple's current home, a gut renovation that they moved into three years ago, is a labor of love that's constantly evolving. Here, they give the lowdown on how they bring both their tastes into their space.
Megan: The rooms that I love tend to be overly decorative, with the comforter matching the curtains, which match the wallpaper, and so on. Jason hates that!
Jason: If I were on my own, I would definitely be in one of those modern homes with big windows, and Megan would be in a crazy, funky house.
Megan: Communication is so important. We work on being honest with each other and say in a loving way, "This is really bugging me. Can you fix it?"
Jason: We always like to try things that are a little different. And if it doesn't work, thats okay. Any time we have an idea or we see something really cool, we’ll share it and we’ll talk about it. Sometimes we’ll talk about it too much. Right now we’re talking about a new dining room table and we started the conversation a month and a half ago.
Megan: Jason likes to change things constantly. He has new schemes all the time.
Jason: If I had my way, I would redecorate every year.
Megan shares snaps of the couple's (and their dog, Babe's) evolving home design on her Instagram site, @maemae_co.. "We got married pretty young—we were both 22 and just out of college. We didn't have any furniture!" says Megan. Adds Jason, "We've really developed our decorating styles together over the years."
For the bedroom, the couple found vintage Parisian prints at an estate sale for a well-known sports figure in the Twin Cites. "We went there for the sports memorabilia and ended up with these gorgeous pieces," Jason jokes. The couple loves to change their decor constantly, so they chose standing lamps from Ikea instead of hardwired wall sconces that they would have to commit to for a long stretch of time. A Room & Board coffee table sits at the foot of the bed to show off favorite books, a vase, and a succulent planter.
The kitchen window looks out on a marsh, so the couple brought nature indoors with houseplants and wood accents. The white tile backsplash and Ikea cabinets contrast with the warm wood countertops. "In the kitchen we tried to take little traditional accents, like the wood and the butcher block, and mesh it with more modern design elements," says Jason.
In the master bathroom, the couple replaced pink carpet with faux-marble porcelain tile and swapped out the old bath for a freestanding soaking tub. The high-low decorating style is highlighted with a vintage chandelier, a marble vanity from Restoration Hardware and Ikea shelves.