“I was initially drawn to the unique green exterior,” says Candice Molayem, clothing designer and owner of Animal Crackers. “I had also seen photos of the inside when the previous owner lived there, and I loved her 1970s-style of decorating. The tall, slanted ceilings in the upstairs and the walk-in closet were huge draws, but really from the moment I stepped inside, I envisioned myself living there.”
While a decked-out, retro, 1970s interior might not draw everyone in, for Candice, this had always been a source of inspiration. “I have been fascinated by this era since I was a teenager,” she says. “It’s evolved a bit from the ’60s to the late ’70s and early ’80s disco era. For the past 10 years or so, I have also been very into retrofuturism. Everything from the 1970s feels like magic—the colors, shapes, and patterns all speak to me.”
So, nearly four years ago, Candice and her partner moved into the green dream house. For a wider appeal, the interior had been painted completely white when it was put on the market, but with Candice moving in, she made sure to paint every wall in the place. And when she means every wall, she means every wall got COLOR. The living room became cobalt blue, the bedroom became bright orange, the loft became neon green and was filled with neon green clothing and furniture.
“In the kitchen, we added wallpaper and installed an orange Bertazzoni stove. We also converted the garage to an office, design studio, and showroom for Animal Crackers,” says Candice. “I am deeply influenced by my environment, and I have spent years collecting vintage furniture and clothing to help create a space that inspires me. I want everything I am surrounded by to be beautiful and colorful.”
⚒ Do It Yourself
Make a mood board How does Candice make such bold walls work with her decor? “Think about how you want to feel in the room and go from there,” she says. “I always make a mood board before painting. I usually go completely monochromatic or I start with a dominant base color and pick two to three contrast colors.”
Let yourself evolve Despite having a solid method for decorating and design, Candice also notes that her process is very intuitive. “I am constantly iterating and playing around with different setups,” she says. “A home is an ever-evolving piece of art, so I try not to be completely married to any design choices.”
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Cobalt Blue Left Hand-Shaped Chair, $109, etsy.com
Set of 6 Rainbow Mugs by Heller, $60, comingsoonny.com
1970s Plastic Tabletop Drawers from Bi-Rite Studio, $125, biritestudio.com
Angeline Tiger Orange Area Rug by Hashtag Home, $23, wayfair.com
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