stephmodo: Real Life Home No.4

Real Life Home No.4

• 23 February 2011

Funny story about today's feature...I spotted Emily's gorgeous interior shots on the front page of Etsy and immediately fell under a spell of interior envy. When I read that she is an attorney-by-day and not a professional designer, I was in even more awe. Isn't her home inspirational? So, anyway, I emailed Emily to present the idea of her Dallas home featured in the "Real Life Home" series and it turns out she is staying in La Maisonnette this Spring (my husband handles all bookings so I was not in-the-know). Can you believe what a small world it is? The two of us are dying over this random connection.

If you're curious how to achieve Emily's look, Etsy did a fabulous roundup, which you can view here. I wish they dissected more interior spaces like this more often. Super helpful!!

For those of you just tuning in, this series showcases living spaces decorated by people like you and me--people who are not formally trained in design...who mix new finds with antiques and secondhand pieces from Craigslist (or the like). People who have figured out, on their own, what looks and feels good in their living space.

Pretty little sculpture--the perfect piece for her mantle. It can be trick to find just the right thing for one's mantle, and Emily nailed it! Also, I love the idea of dressing up what would otherwise be a blank wall, with a simple chair and hanging fabric. A budget-friendly decorating idea that looks upscale.

I would never want to leave my bedroom if it was as cozy and cute as this one. I'm not even sure where to begin here...

Wall vignettes that speak volumes despite being on the petite side. Also, are you rethinking dark walls like I am?

Love the mix of old and new, the natural light, those gorgeous built-in shelves, the doorstop, and Mr. Napoleon himself. That's it...I'm ready to move in!

More "Real Life Homes" here: No.1 / No.2 / No.3

all images by Emily McCall


  1. Stephanie-
    I always think about the playroom that you love (it's one of my favorites too) and thought you might appreciate this link to a teepee tutorial. Maybe someday we can both have a chic playroom.

    Hope you are enjoying life in Seattle. We moved around the same time from SLC to the Bay Area. (Though our house in SLC still hasn't sold - has yours?) Oh and I also had a baby in Sept 2010. I've chuckled how our lives have paralled a bit. I'm not much of a blog commenter, but yours always inspires me.

    Cheers, Anna Marie

  2. Wow, it's stunning. And that is so unbelievable that she's already staying at your French house! It's a small world, indeed!

  3. that dark wall and embroidery is really great! and those wooden benches. it all is really inspiring, even if it's very different from how I imagine my own home.

    and I love how coincidences like that always make the world feel so connected. that's fun.

  4. Wow...this home is a GEM! And that coincidence is a bit Seriously in love with this charming place.

  5. I usually don't revisit the etsy home features, but this one had me swooning. I am so in love with that dining room... makes we wish for some sun and big windows...

  6. Simply lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love these pictures of her interior! You find the most interesting things!

  8. I love your blog! Really enjoying the real life home posts, so inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

    I just started my own and it's been such a great experience so far in the blogging world :)

  9. So inspiring! And I'm looking for a big table just like hers to go with my Tolix chairs... I might just use your craigslist pointers for my search :) Thanks for posting such lovely ideas and stuff.

  10. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! We are looking at old homes in Columbus and this is just the aesthetic I'd love to create. Is Emily for hire? ;)

  11. I'd love to know the name of the paint color in the living room...

  12. my favorite is the morrissey embroidery.
    i think i need one of those.

  13. Wow, loving this tour! My favorite yet!

  14. Stephanie! Thank you so, so much for the lovely post on my home! Absolutely the highlight of my year so far...until my stay at La Maisonnette! :) Really, such a completely crazy and awesome coincidence.

    And thanks to all for your kind comments!

    @andrea, unfortunately I can't tell you exactly what the paint color in the living room is because the previous owners painted it (and I never changed it because I like it so much), but just a few weeks ago I needed to do some touch ups and I found a pretty close match in Lowe's Valspar paint called Montpelier Madison White (#5008-1A).

    @o charm, the smiths cross-stitch is from the lovely ChezSucreChez etsy shop:

  15. oh, i really like the dark wall!!!!

  16. I LOVE that wood bench/seat thing. I've been looking for something absolutely adorable to put in my foyer. Where can I find those? I'm seriously in love. Thanks for sharing this lovely home.


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