Images: Mila Moraga-Holz//
As the cold gray winter days are at their pick, Mila Morga-Holz’s house is probably the thing you need to see right now. It’s not only that she’d DIY her entire place, but she also wasn’t afraid to use colors as almost never seen before.
Tell us about yourself
I am from Punta Arenas, a charming city in the south of Chile, near the end of the world. I am the mother of 3 boys, Víctor, Max, and Rex, and the wife of an alpha male that only really cares about his family. I work on research, but my passion is design. My life motto is “say no to stress,” because I am naturally competitive (with myself) and find that I always have too much on my plate. Traveling is the only way I can reset and be reminded of what is really important.
My life motto is “say no to stress,” because I am naturally competitive (with myself) and find that I always have too much on my plate.
It might be her South American ancestry with a mix of western and bohemian spark, either way, the final result is remarkable and extremely original.
From where do you get most of your decor and furnishing?
I would say most of my décor is vintage. Like so many other design aficionados, you can usually find me roaming estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores to find good deals.
I have tried to bring something special to every room and home I’ve ever lived in, but I started to actively pursue my passion for design in 2015 when I started my blog, where I was inspired by other bloggers to do what I love.
From where do you get your design inspo?
My #1 source of inspiration is AD Spain. It is the best Design Magazine out there, if you like color and bold. I also love World of Interiors and Elle Décor. I don’t have a favorite designer, but I love Miriam Alia, Pierre Frey, Patricia Bustos, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Weastler, Eva Maraver, and many, many others. All of those accounts work as inspiration.
Tell us a funny or strange story that occurred when decorating your house
The funniest stories happen when the kids want to help. I am the kind of person that wants to get done things quickly and children’s help doesn’t allow for “quick.” Painting the kitchen cabinets was a HUGE amount of work and Max wanted to help SO bad. I was so worried he was going to ruin something, so I didn’t let him, but anybody that knows Max knows that there is no saying “no” to him. He found a way of sneaking in and transporting the fresh painted cabinet doors to a different place to let them dry out (this is a 4-year-old I am talking about). He did the best job ever! He didn’t ruin the paint and lay them down correctly. Of course, he lost interest after 30 minutes of doing this, but it made me laugh to see how stubborn he is and how uptight I am. Let the kid do his thing, Mila!
What’s your favorite spot in the house and way?
Kitchen will always be my favorite spot, isn’t everybody’s? It is the place we gather, where we do homework, where we eat, where we talk and share as a family, PLUS, it has a painted mural and beautiful bold cabinets.
Being a maximalist in a small house is a constant challenge, what can you tell us about yours?
Being a maximalist means not being afraid of color, textures, patterns, and bold features. I don’t think is a matter of living in a small or big house. You don’t have to clutter a space with things to be a maximalist, you just have to use your space boldly and interestingly. Make a statement with everything you add.
Being a maximalist means not being afraid of color, textures, patterns, and bold features. I don’t think is a matter of living in a small or big house.
Those color combinations make you wonder how (on earth!) she manages to keep this interesting but yet so aesthetically-pleasing-to-the-eye.
“I think the best decision is an informed one. I take my time when choosing a color. First, I look at the possibilities in Photoshop, and then I go to the paint store to get a lot of sample patches that I stick to the wall. I live with them on the wall for days until I can narrow down the choices to three. I buy paint samples of those choices to paint large patches on the wall, and, again, I live with them for a few days. I pay attention to how the colors change throughout the day until I am sure which one is the right one.”
I think the best decision is an informed one. I take my time when choosing a color.