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Nov 14, 2012

Home Tour: Our Living Room

 
I love showing our home to someone for the first time. Half the time I'm apologizing because it's small and old, and most of my friends have really new houses that smell like fresh paint and have huge basements for all their kid's toys. Overall, though, I have a sense of pride that we make small work and bought within our budget. We quite enjoy the charm of a 1950s home and while we feel like we are starting to live on top of one another, I know our home is close to a mansion by most other country's standards. I'm grateful for a home that has kept us safe and warm all these years. 
Our living room has evolved from a sparsely furnished space to a room bulging at the seams with do-dads and mid-century furniture. Shawn and I both have an eye for it, and it's hard for me to resist a good find. Many of our items don't match-which I love. I always hang my wall collages in odd numbers and make sure they are "anchored" and not floating, and try to incorporate various textures into the space (wool rug, tumble weed, afghan, scratchy pillows). And low maintenance plants are a must.

Everything in the room has a story, from the bright blue chair that is family heirloom, to the plant I rescued from the office trash when I was a businesswoman, to the lead mirror from my aunt, to the vintage books found in a box in someone's yard (for the taking), to the Anthropologie "H," to the very first estate sale trivet I ever purchased, to the wooden bird Shawn and I bought on an anniversary getaway.
 
I have no idea what a neutral palette is and one of my main decorating rules is, "if it matches, it's probably not for me."

Everything else is likely vintage; I don't know what to do with new!

All our furniture, save the couch and a few pieces, are from my favorite antique store in town. I'm glad we invested in quality pieces back when we had the resources. Our Brasilia mid-century buffet table has been the object of many affections!

15 comments:

Kristina Gulino said...

Loving that chair with the succulents :) So cute!

Kristina
Nook & Sea

Becky said...

Mindy, you are so talented. you have some serious mad decorating skills!

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Oh my....I adore your living room. Everything about it makes my heart sing! I especially love the mid century buffet with the globes on top, & the starburst clock. It's such a beautiful & interesting space! Xx

April said...

I love it all! I would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee and make a craft! xoxo

April said...

I love it all! I would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee and make a craft! xoxo

Christy Niebaum said...

I heard you had been a busy nesting bear! Look at you go, momma! I love the orange vases on your mantle and Sissy's curls make me swoon!

Rachael said...

Good eye!..I like your style. I esp love that the things that surround you have a story.

Megan said...

Looks great my sweet nesting sister! You guys have some awesome mid-century pieces that I just adore! If we lived closer...we would prolly be doing some trading, bartering, what have you ! :)Love Story's tie-dye onesie too! EEEEEEEE

Dara said...

I love it, would love to be there and look at everything in person! I love the globe collection. My husband makes fun of me because I have 2 globes. 2! I also love that your kids are in the pictures, living and playing!

Kristin said...

now i feel like cleaning! too bad it's too late tonight... maybe tomorrow. your living room is lovely! and as another vintage homeowner, i do believe space is highly overrated. :)

Gentri said...

I love your living room! It's so so cute! Vintage school chic meets cozy rustic. :)

alishamcclure said...

I love love love your home!!! Always so warm and cozy! I have always wanted your sense of design style and your eye for deals!!!!

ringo's girl said...

Your home is lovely! The best kinds are the kinds you walk in and feel right at home...yours is totally that ;0) my fave house of our 14 that we've lived in, was 600 square feet...the best memories are made in the cute little cozy ones! Love love love your style!

Sheena @ Sophistishe said...

LOVE

Courtney said...

Just found your blog and LOVE this home tour. Your style is so wonderfully eclectic! I adore how it all comes together. Beautiful and homey! So happy I stopped by :)