Whatever you call it, there are few places I love more than our place. It is a little wild and colorful, but everything here just makes sense (to us) and is our little technicolor haven. I am so grateful that the exceptionally talented Alexanda Minton Photography (the same beauty who took the photos of my kitchen before and after) came by recently and took some pictures of our place!
Beginning at the beginning, I love our front door with the whale knocker from We Are 1976. I really love doors painted wild colors, and my first thought when we moved here was to paint it bright orange, but I actually think the gray is a good anchor for my primary color based front porch. And it kind of makes the whale look like he's in a dark sea, waiting to get picked up by Ishmael.
I know. I painted my house purple. When we moved in everyone was painting their walls gray and I loved the way color popped off of a darker, ashy color but I couldn't do it. This paint color is called Lilly's Cloud and is from Anna Sova paint, which is made entirely from food-based materials. It covers really well and smells amazing (like a vanilla milkshake) when you're using it - not usually the case with even the most environmentally conservative paints from the hardware store!
When I first moved to Dallas I wanted art for my apartment, but had no money because I spent the little disposable income I had on tickets to Old 97's shows and other soul expanding music experiences. But the posters from the shows were free and it only took me about a month and a half to save money for a frame. My gig poster wall of fame began to grow! The larger prints along the bottom and the collage on the top row are from Dirk Fowler, a screen printing professor from my alma mater Texas Tech who does posters for everyone from Wilco to Loretta Lynn. I purchased the top one at school as a fundraiser and the bottom two from his online store to rep my college radio station gig and one of my favorite Dallas bands, the King Bucks. (I am a total Ticket radio P1 and love Danny Balis, who also plays bass for the King Bucks.)
The red sofa is almost 10 years old and has slept everyone dear to me in my life. The pillow cases are from CB2 and the side tables (and matching coffee table) are thrifted from The Family Place resale shop. If you are in Dallas, they get awesome stuff and is small enough where you can pop in and out quickly before the thirft store smell gets on you.
I ate saltine crackers and peanut butter for a week to buy this china hutch in college from the Disabled Veteran's thirft in Lubbock. I had no idea how popular bamboo everything would get, I just knew that I loved it and $125 was almost an entire paycheck from my job at Domino's pizza so it better be worth it. Totally was.
The urns were sold at cookie jars (WTH?) at Those Iowa Girls in Lubbock and the milk glass and framed asian piece are also thrifted. My sister gave us that sandwich tray from our place setting as a wedding gift and I love keeping it out to think of her when I walk by. The beverage cart is from overstock.com and I thought this design added a little midcentury to all of the chinoiserie going on in this area. The drapery hardware is from Antique Drapery Rod Co. and made out of 100% recycled aluminum cans. I think that is so cool!
It's a German custom to get your wife an anniversary bouquet, so Markus bought me the wooden tulips when we were on a layover in the Amsterdam airport on our first anniversary. I held them as I threw up from airsickness on the plane a few hours later. We've had better anniversaries since then.
When we first moved in this was just a blank wall, and we had boxes of books with no place to be unpacked. We hired a carpenter to make these built-ins for us and they are a dream. The objects across the top are planters from Ikea, and I usually pull them down and make centerpieces in them for different parties. The otomi inspred fabric for the valance is from Spoonflower.com.
The dining room table and white cane back chairs are from Gypsy Soul Interiors who also sells at Scout Interiors. I find her things to be the most consistent as far as unique, good quality and affordable prices. The table was on super sale (aka my price range) because it needed to be refinished, so I just sanded it and treated it with a natural mineral oil, Velvit Oil, that matched the stain on the legs. I like how it is matte and almost farm house looking but with the random bamboo details.
I think I read somewhere, "No bookshelf is complete without a few stray vintage cameras and the complete collection of Calvin and Hobbes."
I won a $600 gift certificate to Nest at a charity event when I was right out of college. I bought the Jonathan Adler whale in my kitchen and the horse below with my exciting shopping spree. By a total random coincidence, Mr. Adler was doing an in store appearance the day after I decided to use my prize, so I came back and they are both signed by him. After I brought him home, I would eat my same dinner of Costco spaghetti and sauce every night at my little apartment and dream big dreams for my horse and me. He's coming with me everywhere until the end.
The photos here are Markus' grandparents wedding photos and my favorite family photo of us. I love this fan gifted to me by a very special friend. The bone is from Markus' family's farm in Palestine and the turtle was a Christmas gift from Markus that sits in memorial of my pet turtle from college, Walter.
Since the reading nook was custom built to the size of our window, I couldn't buy a standard cushion but had one ordered for relatively cheap from Cushion Source in this bright Sunbrella fabric. The blue pillows are made from t-shirts from events and concerts in Dallas. My jazz man is from Homegoods.
So you know your style is a little eclectic when white is your accent color. But I just kept going with what I loved, hoping it would all blend, and it just kept getting brighter and brighter! Kind of like my life with my two buds: Markus and Little Child.
If you have any questions about anything you see or where I found something, just send me an email or leave a comment with yours! Thanks for stopping by!