Home Tour: This Wedding Photographer’s Wisconsin Bungalow is All Charm
Jenna Kutcher is a photographer, designer, watercolor artist and blogger. Hard to believe that one person can be this multitalented? That's just Jenna! Yes, she is supremely talented but not without her fair share of grit, determination and plain old hard work. In just one year, Jenna grew her photography side business into a full-time position that matched her former corporate salary. These days, she's the top wedding photographer in all of Wisconsin and for good reason.
By Caitlin Brown for The Everygirl // Photography by Jenna Leigh Kutcher
Let's talk about your home! Tell us about the home search process. Do you rent or own? How long have you been there? We bought our home just over a year ago! I always pictured myself buying an old but remodeled craftsman with creaky floors and character but instead we ended up in a new home development. While we technically live in a "suburbia" style community, it doesn't feel like it. Our backyard view is a giant corn field that the sun sets behind and is a little oasis for us! We have the best neighbors, the kind that you can borrow an egg or a cup of sugar from. We adore going on walks with our pups. We looked at a handful of homes before this one; it was the perfect fit for us because it had so much of what we wanted and we snatched it up immediately!
Describe your personal decorating style.
Old meets new! I love antiquing and searching flea markets to find one of a kind items to add character that our new home lacks. While I adore finding fun trinkets and furniture that tell stories, I also have a modern and clean aesthetic that tells me to edit our decor! I am a West-Elm-meets-flea-market-find sort of girl!
You share your home with your husband. How did you combine your personal aesthetics to create a space you both love?
Drew definitely prefers more modern pieces while I love vintage, so it's been fun mixing the style he wants with the treasures I find! He is great about letting me run with my ideas and helps me edit to create a cohesive space representative of us. While our home is new and modern, our decor is interesting and unique! I think it's the perfect marriage and makes for a cozy, interesting, and inviting space.
How did you carve out a functional workspace that keeps you inspired and productive? I'm going to be totally honest, I have a gorgeous office that I rarely use. There is something about working from the couch or bed that always sucks me in! While I love our office, I would rather snuggle with my dogs while I work on my laptop! Sticking to a consistent schedule helps me stay productive. I treat my business just like any other job!
We love how comfortable and rustic yet refined your space is. How long has the decorating process taken you from start to finish? Is there anything still on your to-do list? Oh goodness, I will never be done! We've been in our home for a year, and it's crazy to watch our space continue to change and transform! I am constantly rearranging and moving things. I am always on the hunt for the next great piece! Everything has slowly evolved over the last year and we take things one item at a time! I would love to do a backsplash in our kitchen, landscaping out front, a few more gallery walls, and add wainscoting to our bathrooms. We also have an entire unfinished basement waiting, so we'll tackle that someday soon! (Ahem, girl cave? Yes.)