So, as I have mentioned, I am seriously interiors obsessed. I love love LOVE to decorate. I have a lot of favorite designers but my top 2 have to be my sister (hoping to do a blog post on her house at some point- you. will. die.) & Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. I wish I could marry her or be her best friend or live in one of the gorgeous homes she has decorated. She is my dream come true when it comes to design and I have done my best to incorporate her style into my own home.
Four recurring themes you will see throughout my house are:
- Things with sentimental meaning
- Things I have envisioned and Phil has brought to life
- Antiques- especially from my favorite flea market, Brimfield
- ETSY ETSY & MORE ETSY
Below is a little tour of a few of the rooms in my house. I hope you enjoy!
The living room in our home is right when you walk in the front door. It is just one large room so there really wasn't a proper entry way or a place for coats, shoes, etc. Thanks to my good friend (or not) Amber, I came up with this little 'faux entry' area and I feel like it does a decent job of breaking up the room.
I love an oversized mirror, again a great way to add depth and break up a room. This one can be found here. The bench is an example of something that I had a vision for and Phil brought to life. The wood top is a reclaimed timber floor joist from our old house. We then purchased the hairpin legs online to make it into a bench.
The basket and front door rug are from target.
The mudcloth fabric I purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show. Find similar here.
The plant and pot are from a local plant shop in Columbus that is just perfect called Stump. If you haven't been, do yourself a favor & check it out.
As I mentioned, the layout of this room isn't all that exciting so I wanted to do something that would draw the eye up and make the ceilings seem higher. Before we had a baby, there was a white rattan hanging chair from Serena & Lily in this corner.
You will see this Jute rug in almost every room of my house. We have gone through a zillion rugs (seriously, ask my husband- this topic infuriates him) because they all get trashed by our two large dogs. We finally found these and they are perfect for wear and tear. They are sturdy and do not make the room look too dark. I like to layer other rugs on top of them to give it a more appealing look. This one has a metallic cowhide on top of it. Find similar here.
The curtains are from IKEA.
The skull & cement ball are from the Brimfield Antique Show.
The wall hanging is from Etsy. Find similar here.
Before I ever had a baby I knew that I wanted one of these beautiful macrame swings. Ateliertricot is an Etsy shop with the most GORGEOUS items. They are all handcrafted and shipped from Nicaragua. Luckily, Fox loves this swing as much as I do :)
As I have mentioned, I have tried desperately to copy Amber Interiors style. She typically uses some basic staple items such as a couch or chair and adds different textiles to spice it up. I LOVED this house she did and absolutely had to have this ottoman. I ended up buying linen fabric from Etsy and an old ottoman off of craigslist. I then had my step-mom (who is an interior designer) bring it to life for me. I couldn't love the outcome more and it was about 1/4 the price of one of my girl Amber's.
The textile on the ottoman is from Etsy. This one is similar.
The copper tray is from Brimfield Antique Show.
The coffee table books are Beaches by Gray Malin & Time and Tide Photographs from Praia Piquina by Christian Chaze.
This room has 2 very sentimental items. First, that large photo was taken by my dad when he was serving in Vietnam. He was on an R&R in Hawaii and he snapped this polaroid while at the beach one day. I had been wanting a vintage beach picture and I was searching through his old polaroids and came across this. It was exactly what I was looking for so I blew it up and the outcome was beyond what I could have imagined-- I love it sooo much.
The second item is the wooden level hanging above the lamp. This was my husband's grandfather's level that he gave him at a young age. I love the way it looks and that it has meaning behind it.
The little loveseat was a garage sale find for $150!
Yet another room full of pillows inspired by Amber Interiors. This room used to be Phil's office but is sllloowwwly turning into a playroom for Fox. I will post more pictures of it once it is finished.
The copper mirror is an old window off of a building in NYC. I purchased it at the Brimfield Antique Show. The company that sold it to me is called Olde Good Things.
The lamp is from the Land of Nod which is a kids store but I always find things for our house there!
Our master bedroom is on the first floor of our house. It is full of fun & sentimental things. First, this chest was made by my great grandfather. My dad used it for a while back in his bachelor days, but it had been sitting in storage for a very long time. When we first moved, he told me he had a chest that I could look at. Since I am a sucker for sentiment, I knew I had to find a home for this special piece. I am so glad I did.
I found the large painting above our bed hanging in my stepmom's store. When I saw it I fell in love and instantly asked her if I could buy it (have I mentioned how fun it is having a stepmom who loves interiors as much as I do?)
The prints hanging on the wall both have special meaning to us. The top one is a print by our good friend (and SERIOUSLY talented) Kait Sockman of Ink & Ivory. Check out her site RIGHT NOW...you will love. It says "Don't be like the rest of them darling"-- great for a master bedroom. I have a few more of her prints hanging throughout our home as well. The bottom was my gift to Phil for our first wedding anniversary. Paper is the traditional gift but that's a tough one! I found this shop on Etsy that does customized hand drawn sound wave art-- how cool, right? I had the shop owner do a sound wave print from our first dance on our wedding day. The song was "I've Got You Covered" by Sugar and the Hi Lows. It turned out beautifully.
The large, colorful pillow in the center of our bed has a funny story behind it. Last summer, we were vacationing in Cape Cod with my sister and her family. One of the days we took our little 22 foot boat across the ocean and ventured to Nantucket to explore. When we arrived on the island we found the CUTEST boutique called Bodega. I of course saw this giant pillow and had to have it. We had to lug it back across the ocean on our boat stuffed between life jackets, lunches, sunscreen, saltwater, 4 adults (+ my pregnant belly!) and 3 kids. So typical of me.
The last of my favorite things in our bedroom is the fireplace in the corner. Our master bedroom used to be a kitchen. The cabinets were along both of the walls you see pictured here. When we ripped them out we discovered an old fireplace in the wall & knew we had to bring it back to life. We couldn't find a premade gas fireplace to fit the space, so Phil designed and welded up this bad boy and it's the coolest. It even has a remote to make the flames as high or low as you want them.
The headboard is from Target.
The extra large floor mirror is from IKEA.
The copper light sconces are from Barn Light Electric.
Our dining room was really fun to bring together. The black hanging lamps were one of the first things we installed in the house after we gutted it and fixed it up. They are from IKEA and are still one of my favorite things about our home. The white gallery wall frames are also from IKEA. So is the fake plant and the sheepskin throws :)
The table is very special because Phil yet again took one of my visions and brought it to life. I found a wooden farm style table but Phil wouldn't let me buy it because the wood seams did not match up, showing that it was clearly manufactured and not the most amazing quality (there are a few things he is VERY particular about & quality is one of them). He spent months making this bad boy. I helped stain it and I have to say, though I complained that we didn't have a table for the first 6 months of living in our home, it was soooo worth the wait. We will have her forever & ever. Mostly because she weighs 2938705 pounds.
The bench on the other side of the table (pictured above) was made for us by my step-mom. We found the bench antiquing and then picked out this faux ostrich leather fabric for her to have it reupholstered for us. We love the result!
We used to have this blue velvet chair where the leather loveseat was in the family room, but we needed more seating so it got moved to create this little nook in our dining room. Though it is tiny, this nook is full of love!
The pink fabric pillow was purchased in Tulum, Mexico, the striped throw blanket was purchased in the most adorable store in Northern Michigan (our favorite place in the world- stop into this market if you ever find yourself in Traverse City, you won't be sorry), and the gold stool was a last minute find at the Brimfield Antique Show.
This original painting was done by my amazingly talented father. It was our wedding gift & we absolutely adore it. If you were not aware, I am a nurse so this is supposed to be a picture of me and Philly :) I love it so much.
The top print is from one of my favorite Etsy shops. I have 3 or 4 of Leigh Viner's pieces now. I stole this one from my sister, she has it hanging in her house and I just loved it.
The bottom is a photo of my grandparents fishing. Phil & I LOVE to fish together so when my mom showed me this photo I knew I had to have it displayed in our home.
These shelves were also copied from my sister's house. I loved hers so much I had Phil make these for me. We used the same reclaimed floor joists from our old house that we used in the entry way bench. Phil then had the brackets welded.
I have a major obsession with rugs- in fact I have at least 3 sitting in a closet just waiting to find a place to put them. I can never pass up a good vintage rug. This one was purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show and I think it is a great addition to our kitchen.
The leather barstools are from CB2.
Generally I don't think a bathroom should qualify for a house tour, but I really love this little space so I had to include it.
The rug is from Etsy. Find similar here (um wait I love this I might buy it- serious problem with rugs).
Vanity knobs & towels are from Anthropologie.
Mirror was a find at an antique store.
These candle sconces were found at the Brimfield Antique Show.
The baby camel print is from The Animal Print Shop. I want all of the baby animals!
The monogrammed turkish towel was a gift from my step-mom.
I went through a lucite phase (which I still really love) so I had this custom shower curtain bar made from a shop on, you guessed it, Etsy. Lux Hold Ups can make a ton of stuff & they were great to work with. I found a lucite towel bar and toilet paper holder at CB2 to match.
I also found this little wooden bathtub tray on Etsy. Find similar here.
Well, that is all for now on my home tour! I am sure this will all change in another year because I am nuts and change things constantly (& drive my hubs crazy doing so). Hope you enjoyed...