Welcome to Café Design! My name is Eva Contreras and I’m a decorator  living in a small town in Illinois with my husband and our five year-old daughter. Trying to find a creative outlet, this blog was born out of my passion for all things beautiful – art, fashion, stylish homes, wonderful gardens – with one thing in common – TIMELESS STYLE. My mission is to inspire you to create beauty in your home by bringing you interesting design finds old and new.

My style is rooted in traditional design interpreted through a fresh and more contemporary lens. I am a huge fan of design icons like Billy Baldwin, Mark Hampton, Tom Scheerer, Markham Roberts and Steven Gambrel. I look up to and find inspiration in the exquisite rooms of Victoria Hagan, Mark D. Sikes, Rita Konig, Miles Redd, Ashley Whittaker and Sarah Bartholomew, to name just a few. I love color and all of its possibilities. I am drawn to traditional architecture with a rustic, casual elegance but most of all, I love cheerful spaces that are comfortable, tailored and personal.

Here’s a little bit about me and my background. My story is that of second chances: after a career in academia working as a junior researcher, I decided that it was time for a change. Despite a degree in mathematics, interior design has always  been my true passion so I took myself back to school. I was fortunate enough to live in the Bay Area at the time so I had access to wonderful teachers  to learn from.

In fact, I’m still learning with every home I post about and so much of  what I find beautiful has evolved organically through writing this blog.  My sincere hope is that it can help you in your own design journey. Over the last couple of years, I’ve discovered that the design community is an incredibly friendly and supportive environment and one of the best perks of writing this blog has been connecting with kindred spirits. So please feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!


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