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Lucy, Steve, & Stella Wrubel’s Style Story

With every story I publish, I try my very best to come away with at least one meaningful lesson. One message that shines through all the other cool stuff that I learn about a person.

It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in envying the pretty things that someone has or interesting things that someone does. But we get no where with that! For me, these stories are about excavating beyond the pretty things (which, I won’t deny, I love very much) and into the motivations and mantras of a person. I’m looking for that spark of something wholesome and enriching that I can take away from our visit and use to elevate my own life.

In today’s story, you’ll meet Lucy, Steve, and Stella Wrubel, a truly fabulous family living in Dallas, TX with a lifestyle that feels like it came straight out of a contemporary fairytale. Mom is a hip DJ with discerning clients. Dad is world traveled photographer. Daughter is a spirited girl with endless potential and incredible resources. Home is a gorgeous contemporary building with towering walls of windows and eclectic furnishings. Their home and personal style is just awesome! So, I ask myself, what’s the lesson here? Become a successful DJ? Travel the world as a photographer? Build a gorgeous contemporary home? (that might get expensive) Start all over, and be a kid again like Stella? We’re getting closer. (excavating…)

After my visit with the Wrubels, one profound and core element to their style, personalities, and life choices struck me – A sense of adventure and free-spiritedness! From the colors in their home to the places they travel, these ideas seem to be at the root of everything they do. Living in Rome for the early part of their marriage wasn’t only possible because of family support and financial stability, but because of a willingness to step out of their comfort zone. Making a major career shift from sketch comedian to disc jockey was an option not because of superior education or experience but because of a curiosity and fearlessness to pursue something of interest. And yes, a hot pink and purple rug for the living room works because the Wrubels aren’t afraid of the things they love… bold color and lots of character. I think if I applied similar mindsets to my own life, I’d be impressed with the outcomes too.

So, on that note, let’s take a peek at what free-spiritedness and adventure looks like in Wrubel-land…

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It’s true. We all want to crash at the Wrubel’s now. I mean they have a jungle gym in their front yard! Ok, maybe that’s a piece of contemporary sculptural art. Either way, it’s groovy, no?

 

Between now and tomorrow when I share the killer conversation I had with Lucy, check out both Steve and Lucy’s Instagram accounts. Talk about adventure in a snapshot! Since I’ve been following them, I’ve traveled to Italy (specifically Rome), Jackson Hole, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles to name just a few. For a gal on a budget, it’s a brilliant way to travel.

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply chantal September 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    absolutely amazing!

  • Reply Katy Koenig September 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I would love to click on the link describing the dress Lucy had made in Mexico, but it disappears after reading the link once. How can I get that info again? Beautiful!

    • Reply Hilary September 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Hmmm. Not sure what the issue is. You should be able to scroll off and then back over the image to see the red dot and information again. If not, I would recommend refreshing the page. Let me know if that doesn’t work!

      • Reply Katy Koenig September 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

        Such a mystery! Refresh does not work. It only lets me click the circles once. Any chance you could email me the info from the link. Would love to make a note of where she had the dress made. Thanks! Great write up and pics! Loved it!

        • Reply Hilary September 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

          Oh yes! I’d be glad to email that to you. And not sure if it will make a difference, but you can also simply hover over the circle rather than click on it. That should work too.

  • Reply leslie pritchard September 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    bravo! such a nice story! steve and lucy are two of the nicest people in this town! good job hilary.

  • Reply Sarah Greenman September 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful! What a spectacular family and home!

  • Reply Jonathan September 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Great photography By Hilary. The house is garish and filled with many garage sale items, mixed with few inherited pieces. Some people love a circus. Bozo meets Tijuana.

  • Reply Edi September 6, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Amazing article! There is no one like the WRUBL3S this family has it all from generosity, style, looks and brains! I just love them so much, and not to mentions Stella this girl has the heart as big as TEXAS! love you Wrubs!!!!

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  • Reply Jennifer Kemp September 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    What a treat to see this home. I would expect no less from this family. They are one in a million!!

    My best,

    Jen.

  • Reply Shanan @ The Symmetric September 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Totally rockin’ – my jaw is on the floor after seeing this story. Probably my favourite so far!

  • Reply Judith Lee December 7, 2014 at 1:26 am

    Such a rich and wonderful desire. I am also going to make the effort to walking away with at least one special idea / concept / life lesson … when I see beautiful environments created by multi faceted people.

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