Chelsea's Updated Main Floor

Back again! Since I've got about 10 minutes to whip this last minute post up I'll spare you all the dialogue that turned my bedroom update into a novel. At least that's the plan, but sometimes I find a lot more to talk about than you care to hear, (just ask my husband and kids). I apologize in advance!

I mentioned in the last post that through a lot of little changes here and there, there is a different vibe in our main living areas. No 'one thing' by itself seemed interesting enough to share here, but after a long period of time with lots of 'one thing's, it seems time for an updated tour. As a reader I love other people's home tours. As a home owner with a blog, I enjoy having a way to document how my style has evolved. We've lived in this house for almost 6 years and I finally feel like it's 100% us.

I know Mandi from Vintage Revivals has coined the term 'fearless style', but I can really identify with that. For better and worse, (and much, much worse), I can tell you I absolutely love trying new things and heading into uncharted territory. Trends make me weary and always have. Even when I was young, I wanted to do the opposite of what was popular, (which explains the Doc Martins, fishnet tights, the original 'emo' music from the Cranberries, and self-cut hair styles). And I was an all-state athlete! Sure, I was an absolute mess. But there wasn't a box that I fit in completely, so I was as pleased with myself as any confused 16 year old could be.

These days I am more able to appreciate trends, but still have that urge to be a little weird, if that makes any sense.

One of the little updates in this space is the long body pillow on the couch. I wanted a more streamline look on our frumpy but oh-so-cozy sofa, (Ektorp from Ikea, bought used and still in great shape). Plus, I was tired of changing out pillows every season - pillows that were always thrown on the floor anyways because a couch with so many pillows just isn't that comfortable when you need to fit 4 bodies on for bedtime stories. So I bought some gray denim fabric, stuffing, and took it to my girl Katie who has made pillows for us before. She's the preteen daughter of a friend and has mega sewing skills. How lucky for me! (Oh! And the blue waves print is Urban Outfitters)

These unaligned white shelves here used to be my weathered wood bakers rack - we took it to the garage to make room for Paul Pfeiffer, our Christmas tree this past year. I hesitated to bring it back in, almost donating it to a local thrift store because it just wasn't the right proportion for our space. Rather than a taller, skinny shelf, I imagined something lower and longer for that large wall. On a whim, I sawed that bakers rack right in half, expecting to have to dump it afterwards, but it worked out great! After a coat of paint and some styling play, it's been a fun piece for our living room once again.

Moving on, here's a peek around the dining room!

I wanted to freshen things up in here after the holidays and hung these airy indigo dyed curtains from Urban Outfitters, (currently 25% off a pair). I love the contrast of something breezy-bohemian with the 'hard' industrial shelves. Maybe an unlikely pair, I don't know, but here they are, working together!

**Oh yes! And here's a fun hanging tip for curtains: If you paint the curtain rod the same color as the wall, it almost disappears! I wanted a really fresh, clean feel here and didn't like the distraction of the metallic rod, so I just painted it with some leftover wall paint.

Oh Ross, you're trouble. I went in there to look for a child's birthday gift and came out with a child's birthday gift and this mirror. I just found out Ross and TJ Maxx have home sections. Why didn't you guys tell me?! They're tiny and will never have what you're actually looking for, but if you breeze through you may stumble upon a cheap pleasant surprise!

I'm so sorry, I've run WAY longer than I said so I'll just breeze through the kitchen quick! Nothing new here since we made it over, (again), last Spring, except a blue dishtowel since I added blue throughout the rest of the floor. Funny though how a new dish towel can be exciting, (obviously I use that word loosely). This was from Target. Or Walmart. I can't remember.

I outsource the artwork cheap and have a fast rotation of new original pieces coming in at least a hundred times a week. Don't worry, I can afford it.

The one spot that hasn't changed is our trusty makeshift entry. The old thrifted spoon coatrack was one of our first DIYs in our home 6 years ago and has seen tiny 3 month old fuzzy jackets with bear ears, to now 6 year old coats with pockets full of 'special' rocks and other odd finds.

Well there I went and talked your ear off just like I said I wouldn't. But it's Friday, so it's not like you're actually being productive today, right?

Thank you guys so much for coming by and have a wonderful weekend!

TBS: Throw-Back Style - with help from Chairish!

Hi friends! Earlier this year I was invited to help decorate a vintage themed baby shower. After the wave of delight, I started thinking about how vintage can mean different things to different people. Regardless of your interpretation of vintage, there is probably a comforting nostalgia associated with vintage style. It's no wonder that design trends are trekking back down memory lane every few years, with stores offering new versions of your grandmother's parlor chairs and tufted sofa. So, how do you decorate your here-and-now home in vintage style without actually looking like grandma's house when you were little? 

As StyleMutt is a blog created for various design styles, I thought it would be a fun challenge to take the vintage theme and run with it, throwing together three different rooms using almost only vintage or vintage inspired pieces. For this challenge I turned to the best resource for vintage finds, Chairish! Chairish is the hot-spot for buying and selling vintage furniture and home decor pieces. The curated collection of finds are fantastically organized by type, (Lighting, Tables, Seating, Decor, etc), making it easy to find something specific, or simply browse until something strikes your fancy! 

Here are three rooms I designed using almost only what I could find on Chairish! My goal was to create warm, inviting rooms that are full of vintage pieces but still relevant for today. Let's take a look!

Room No. 1: Living Room

This whimsical room may not scream vintage, however there is only piece in here that isn't! Can you guess what wasn't found from Chairish's vintage collection? The blue lamps, (found here)! The lively  wallpaper provides an exciting backdrop to an otherwise sophisticated, grown up space. Layering rugs is a great option for creating visual interest and architectural detail in a very natural looking way. Here, I used the Flokati Cream Rug to define the area, and layered it with a strategically placed Brazilian Cow Hide Rug. The sleek Scandinavian Style Sofa in the soft gray tweed contrasts beautifully with the distressed Siesta Leather Chair. I decided to mix up accent pieces as well, using a geometric Black Lacquer Coffee Table and Aged Brass Side Tables. A pair of Bamboo Detailed Mirrors break up the energetic wallpaper, while a Gold Leather Pouf balances some glamorous shine on the other side of the room.

Room No. 2: Dining Room

This casual dining room is 100% vintage Chairish finds. A little mixing and matching of eras and vintage style give this room a warm, collected feel which certainly translates as 'today', (as in, 2014). The Salvaged Wood Tresle Table accompanied by four French Industrial Stacking chairs takes the stage under the glow of the Halo Chanelier. A framed sample of the Flock in Flight wallpaper serves as a more than sufficient statement piece, while the quiet Industrial Medicinal cabinet invites guests to help themselves to a drink. The Reclaimed Wood stool is as functional as extra seating as it is a striking piece of art. The room is grounded by a not-so-quiet Turquoise Patchwork rug which contrasts easily with the other natural hues in the room.

Room No. 3: Bedroom

Finally, our third room which is almost completely designed of Chairish pieces. The bedding is Urban Outfitters, (here), which I chose for it's neutral palette and soft pattern which blends well with the rest of the pieces. Again, I used a couple rugs for this room: A colorful Moroccan Runner for tired morning feet, and a Zebra Hide rug under a quiet reading spot.  While not everyone's first choice, I wouldn't hesitate to push a bed into a corner if that means available space for a reading chair. That extra area creates the illusion of a larger room and certainly elevates the coziness. This room is such a fun mix! While the floral curtains are bright and feminine, the Bicycle Handlebar Taxidermy above the mid-century Walnut Dresser are a more masculine nod, (especially paired with the mid-century Walnut Headboard). A couple shiny accents, (like the Metal Task lamp and the Gilt Frame Mirror), glam up the otherwise all-wood, rustic feel of the room. I used a mid-century Upholstered Chair in green to breath a bit of fresh life into the room, (which natural greens often do).

So what do you think? Are these rooms on point with blending vintage styles to create something relevant for today? Or are you ready for a nap after this post :) Either is okay with me. Speak your mind and let me know what you think! I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Thank you all for stopping by!