Real Life Home No.1

• 02 December 2010

We all love a pretty design magazine...oh yes we do! Though sadly there aren't enough of 'em around anymore. But before we start feeling depressed about the rise and fall of Domino, Blueprint and Cottage Living, let's talk about where can draw inspiration for our interiors--real life homes. Homes designed and decorated by people like you and me--people who can't afford to, or choose not to hire professional designers to outfit their living space. People who mix new, vintage, and secondhand items to create a beautiful, comfortable space.

I draw considerable inspiration from sneak peeks offered up on blogs and I have an inkling that you do too. From here on out, I will occasionally feature a real life living space and continue, indefinitely, with this series. I hope you'll find it as inspirational as I do!

And with that, I'll introduce the first "real home" of the series, which happens to be owned by one of my talented sisters. When my sister, Cherilee, moved to Seattle, she decided to fill her home with color in attempt to counteract the gray outside. She's executed this nicely whilst filling her space with vintage mid-century furniture, quality reproductions, and Ikea pieces. Oh, and we can't forget her fabulous couch that she picked up for a song (baby not included :).

My 3 favorite details:

1. Orla Kiely wallpaper at the end of her hallway
2. the white fireplace
3. mid-century dining chairs--a few new, a few vintage

I also have to add how much I love her modern chicken coop. Chickens never had such a stylish home!


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