Get the Look Decor: Old Charm
This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the 1940s bungalow of Amy Burkhart, her husband and two cats. They’ve worked hard to preserve and restore their San Diego home’s architectural details while maintaining a modern feel. Visit Amy on Flickr for more photos of her home renovation.
How would you describe your home decorating style?
We live in a old area of central San Diego surrounded by 1920s Craftsman and Spanish houses. Although we both have very modern taste, we love old houses and the wonderful details that accompany them. Our goal has been to preserve and/or restore the original architecture and details of our house, but to also let our modern side come out in the decorating. Our home decor is a mixture of vintage and modern, neutrals with pops of vibrant colors and a lot of natural woods and plants.
Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
I love the clean lines and beautiful wood of mid-century modern furniture. We already had a few pieces before we moved into the house, but there was no real plan. We have decorated around the pieces we already had collected and it continually evolves as we fix up the space. We just go with what feels right and what we are attracted to.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I have found some awesome deals on Craigslist and eBay, but I also like to shop on Etsy for items like linens, pillows, vintage items and artwork. I love unique handmade items and knowing where they come from! When we have time, we like to look for items at swap meets; we have found some really great treasures, like our old Polaroid land camera, which not only works but looks great on display!
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?I have such a huge passion for decorating and design! I have had so much fun transforming this house from something with good bones into a rich, warm space filled with our personality.
What is your favorite part of your home?
My favorite thing is that’s ours and we can do anything we want to it! I also love that we now have room to work — me on my handmade housewares and my husband on his music and electronics. We also have our very own backyard that we plan to makeover in the next few months. Before we purchased this house we lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment with no outside space, so we really appreciate what we have now.
Wanting to make her first home feel like her own, Amy decided to combine her love for art, graphic design, sewing and photography within a collection of pillow covers, tea towels, placemats and napkins. Visit her shop, TangerineHome for handmade decor for the modern home and stop by her blog for home projects, renovation updates and inspirations.
Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.