stephmodo: Real Life Home No.12 - Dottie Angel's Mossy Shed

Real Life Home No.12 - Dottie Angel's Mossy Shed

• 05 December 2011

I adore this week's "real life home", thoughtfully created and curated by Tif Fussell, author of the "granny chic" blog, Dottie Angel.  There is so much inspiration here, I feel like I could create a week's worth of posts on just her home alone (hence the bajillion photos in this post).  Tif has done an amazing job of beautifying "Mossy Shed" (her pet name for the property) on a budget and I am so impressed by the amount of effort, resourcefulness and elbow-grease she put forth.  What can I say, I'm in awe! 

Let's start out with the ridiculously cute airstream in her backyard, lovingly referred to as "Gladys".  Tif and her sons fixed it up this past summer and plan on getting lots of use out of it next Summer once it's warm again.  One side for her and once side for them.  The side you see below is "hers".  

For those of you just tuning in, this series showcases living spaces decorated by people who are not formally-trained interior designers; people 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, be it a free-standing home, an apartment, or in one particular case, a tower :)

Tif enjoys frequent visits to local thrift stores and antique stores...the antique church pew shown above is her most recent find.  I had to chuckle when I saw this as La Maisonnette also has a table with 3 chairs on one side and an antique church pew on the other.  Has anyone else tried this combination? :)

Hello Dottie!  What a fabulous set up right next to the front door.  That mid-century piece is a keeper and I love how the art on the wall hangs so low. 

Tif's design philosophy goes something like this..."I believe if you only bring things into your home that you like, or have a meaning to you and your family, chances are they will all go together.  It might mean a bit of a shuffle around to accomodate your newly found friend, but those are the things I  like doing best.  I am attracted to furnishings and knick knacks with a history to them; I do like a certain amount of kitsch, but I like to mix it in with mid-century and vintage.  It is all balanced out with plenty of white and space for things to breath, giving clean lines to all the vintage, and this in turn is what folks like to call Granny Chic."

This looks like the most delightful breakfast nook.  A beautiful, happy place to begin the day.

Tif has it down when it comes to displaying collections.  It takes great skill to compose a wall of "bits and bobbles" like this.  My kids would go crazy playing "I Spy" in this colorful corner of Mossy Shed.

The industrial looking orange lamp is one of my favorite accessories.  Did you know she found it on etsy?  Have you ever purchased vintage furniture or accessories on etsy?  If so, was it a good experience?  Tif says she enjoys browsing the aisles of vintage from the comfort of her own couch.   

I love how she added her feminine touch to this fabulous, but otherwise masculine-looking, mid-century sofa. 

Pretty touches of blue here and there.  I'm now a believer when it comes to painting the backs of bookcases.  Look at what a difference it makes here!  And that Orla Kiely you remember it from "real life home no.1"?  The delicious pattern certainly makes the prettiest anchor in a room. 

Feeling a sudden wave of office envy coming over me...

Tif found the industrial desk on Craigslist, painted it glossy white, and voila!

A brilliant way of covering up a fireplace during the "off" months.  

As soon as she could, Tif changed out the standard lighting with more dynamic fixture.  It never ceases to amaze me how one light fixture really changes the feel of a space.  

Click below on "Read More" to see more inspiring images from Tif Fussell's "granny chic" space.  I'd love to know what details stand out and inspire you too!

Real Life Home no. 12 - "Aunt Patty" Groesbeck (sophisticated mid-century)
Real Life Home No.11 - Rubyellen - (flea market finds with a French flair)
Real Life Home No.10 - Julie (elegant whites + reclaimed materials)
Real Life Home No. 9 - Petra (living in a tower w/kids)
Real Life Home No. 8 - Kayce (southern + sweet)
Real Life Home No. 7 - Sara (colorful + eclectic)
Real Life Home No. 6 - Amy (calming neutrals)
Real Life Home No. 5 - Lynne (whimsy + details)
Real Life Home No. 4 - Emily (whites + woods)
Real Life Home No. 3 - Kirsten (clean + textural)
Real Life Home No. 2 - Maria (white kitchen love)
Real Life Home No. 1 - Cherilee (mid-century modern)

images by Tif Fusell


  1. It's a dream of mine to own an airstream!!

  2. I don't have a church pew, but I do have an old park bench that we've used off-and-on as dining room seating. Three people on the bench facing three people on chairs. It's cozy & gives everybody a place to sit.

    The thing that struck me most about the photos is how the color of the sink makes the laundry machines almost invisible. It's magic.

  3. So beautiful! It looks like a place that would make everyone feel cozy and at home right away. How can you be glum living in a house like that!

    I love all the white on the walls with the color in the accessories and furniture. In fact almost immediately after you took the photos of my house for real house #1 I painted all of the walls white! I want a redo...:)

    So gorgeous Tif! And I want that's on my dream list to have one in my backyard.

  4. So much about this home is inspiring to me! I could sit for hours studying these images. The natural light, white walls, modern + vintage touches. . . all so lovely.

    I especially love the way Tif has used inexpensive things like washi tape and magazine/book pages to add art to her walls. A simple project that anyone can do for almost no money. Love that!

  5. Such an amazing house demonstrating equally amazing talent! If only I were so talented!

  6. SIGH, a little trailer all prettied up is one of my life goals. The house is so bright an airy, so pretty! Thanks for sharing! xo

  7. It looks like we all need to form a group called Airstream Junkies...

    And yes, Tif appears to be uber-talented...isn't her space incredible?!

  8. i am going crazy over Tif's amazing vintage furniture. her home is so bright and colorful and welcomeing! and the airstream... wow!

  9. I am a fan of Tif's and love how she does the mix...a master!


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