My friend Kathy has great taste, and she loves talking decor.  We have similar “design methods” which include sending texts to each other showcasing the newest purchase and asking for input.  I know I can rely on her to not think I’m crazy when I can’t make up my mind about something (all the time).

I am so impressed by Kathy’s innate talent of mixing vintage and contemporary design elements.  Her style complements her 1924 home.  I just have to share some photos of her home with you.  I’ve mingled my own narrative with a little interview using Kathy’s own words.


Here is Kathy’s living room as seen from her front entryway.  Notice the barrister bookcase and antique wall clock.  The dark wood “pops” against her light, neutral wall color.  I just love Kathy’s choice of ceiling light fixture.  The pleated shade is dressy but not too flashy.  The framed art above the sofa is actually 40 year old wall calendar pages that Kathy’s mom had framed years ago.  Kathy explained “I didn’t like them at all until one day, about six years ago, I looked at them and thought, I really like these and they’d look good in my house.  I literally took them off the living room wall at my mom’s house and brought them straight to my living room wall.”

Entry Living Room  I Pursuing Vintage

The natural fiber chair is a great balance to the vintage pieces she has placed in the room.

Living Room Woven Chair  I  Pursuing Vintage

This pink antique chair was once owned by a good family friend.  Kathy explains, “my next door neighbor growing up, Mrs. Lee, was like a member of our family.  She died shortly before I got married and bought the house.  Her daughter gave me the chair, which was in perfect condition when I got it because Mrs. Lee kept it in plastic.  We love that chair and, obviously, don’t keep it covered in plastic!”  After I took these photos, Kathy had the chair recovered in a similar coral/pink fabric (I can’t wait to see how it turned out!).

She found the prints above the chair at the Etsy shop Parima Creative Studio.   The vintage buffet was her grandmother’s from the 1940’s.

Antique buffet and chair with on trend art  I  Pursuing Vintage

I think this is my favorite room in Kathy’s home, her kitchen/dining area.  I absolutely love how she is using vintage and antique pieces, and has refreshed them without resorting to painting them.  Their beautiful wood is showcased, and all of the little details she has added really update everything.   For example, Kathy took her parents dining set from the early 1970’s, and recovered the chairs in a fun, bright fabric.

Vintage Dining Room Set with updated details   I   Pursuing Vintage

Kathy’s antique hutch belonged to her great-grandparents.  “Before I got married I used it in my bedroom as a wardrobe, stored my sweaters in it.  I thought I was so cool and creative!”  Now she uses it to display some of her china pieces, and has kept the look current with a bright yellow vase from One Kings Lane.

Antique Hutch with Modern Vase

This buffet was part of Kathy’s parents’ dining set, and the vintage white lamp received a total DIY transformation, which I’ll detail in an upcoming post.

Vintage Server and Retro DIY Lamp  I  Pursuing Vintage

Here’s a better look at the fun way Kathy updated the dining chairs.  And those adorable silhouettes of her daughters were crafted by a family friend, and then mounted on colored paper.

Silhouettes in the dining room  I  Pursuing Vintage


Kathy’s home is so warm and inviting, and pleasing to the eye.  She has so many details, and they all tie in so nicely together.  I’m sure I didn’t do it all justice in my photos, but hopefully this will give you a taste of it.  Her home is an inspiration for anyone wanting to mix vintage with today’s trends.  Leave a comment and let her know your favorite design element in her home!


5 replies
  1. KMR
    KMR says:

    Thanks, Kristen! I’m so flattered you think my house has “style” because really it is just a mishmash of hand-me-downs that I was thankful to receive (or steal in some cases!). I just tried to do little things along the way that tied them all together. I should note that I rarely make a design decision these days without consulting you once, twice, or twelve times first, so if things happen to look pulled together, it is probably thanks to your input. 🙂

  2. Barb
    Barb says:

    Darling home. And obviously a wonderful friendship. You are both lucky women to have a great connection and a passion for design to share. Would love to see more of her home. Great mix of new and old.

  3. Heather
    Heather says:

    Looks beautiful…. Without even reading the story I recognized some of the pieces. I am thankful that I also have my grandmothers furniture. One day it will get moved into my house – lol.

  4. Joanne
    Joanne says:

    Kathy, Your home always looks great and is so inviting! Kristen, I loved all of your comments and the photos of Kathy’s house. We have a bunch of hand-me-down furniture too, but in our house I think it just looks old! You guys really know how to pull it off and make it look great.

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