Nora Frankel isn’t home much.
The 37-year-old pastry chef works at Andre’s Confiserie Suisse and Moxie Catering, and her trivia and local music habits keep her entertained after hours.
“I probably go out five days a week,” she says.
You’d expect her home to be little more than a place to sleep and do laundry. But her Tudor-style two-bedroom in Waldo looks like it’s inhabited by a super-cool homebody. Frankel has enviable collections of mid-century modern furniture, vinyl records, books and snow globes. And everywhere you look, there’s a DIY decor project.
Frankel sewed vibrant Urban Outfitters tapestries to make curtains, fashioned a magazine rack from yard sticks and framed photos cut from an old-school pinup calendar she bought at an estate sale. She also makes her own terrariums by stuffing jars with succulent plants, aquarium rocks and tiny flea market knick-knacks.
All those things make this house cute, colorful and extremely cozy. How Frankel manages to leave it so often, we’ll never know.