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!

21 comments:

  1. Great idea for a series, especially if you have access to such beautiful homes like this one! I always prefer to see homes that are actually lived in vs. those that are put together by a designer.

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  2. My favorite is the baby on the sofa :)

    ANd are those BOOKS in the fireplace? I love!

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  3. It is really lovely. I enjoy seeing homes that have an inviting, homey feeling vs. completely staged (sterile as my husband puts it). Looking forward to seeing more real homes.

    I like the wall of pictures. I am trying to figure out how to do something like this - would love to hear more on displaying artwork.

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  4. my "real life home" is not nearly as pretty as this! I am just not gifted with design. Homes like this are so inspiring.

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  5. "Real Life" homes are best. :) Beautiful space.

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  6. Cher is a talented decorator just like you Stephanie. You both have great taste.

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  7. what a great space! and, i've been eying that couch for the past few years. such a great price!

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  8. love this idea. yet another reason why i'll be tuning in.

    clearly, good taste runs in your family!

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  9. Love your sister's style. Miss her blog too.

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  10. I do love the wallpaper at the end of the hallway - such a beautiful touch!

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  11. you should feature leslie from a room somewhere. her home is very beautiful and I don't think i have seen it showcased on other blogs.

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  12. Oh my goodness, this is such a beautiful home. I would love to see more - kitchen, bedrooms!! I'm nosy and need inspiration :)

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  13. Cher is the coolest. Agree with the other reader that it is even better in person.

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  14. I love it. There are so many interesting things. You both have great taste. So nice you are both in the same city.

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  15. Your sister is kind to share her beautiful home!
    ::Nicole W.

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  16. so nice. I also love the white brick and the vintagey floral paintings in the dining room. thanks, I look forward to more!

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  17. Where did she get the pretty floral pillow on the couch (next to the pretty baby? :)

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  18. Thank you for all of your nice comments! You are all so kind. My sister's readers are the kindest of people!

    For the last commenter, I got the pillow on etsy from this shop:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TootieEstelle?section_id=5502224

    She doesn't have any pillows like that in her shop right now but the great thing about etsy is the sellers often do special requests. Maybe she'd make one like that for you?

    Happy decorating!

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  19. What a great idea for a series. I will definitely be checking back in!

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