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Sunday, October 30, 2011

I Love Vintage!

Get the Look Decor: Pieces of the Past

This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the Tennessee home of Kari Beth where she lives with her husband and family dog, Maggie. Kari Beth and her husband built their home from the ground up in the rolling country hills just north of Nashville where Kari Beth spent her childhood. Her family’s history blends beautifully with Kari Beth’s taste for antique furnishings and she enjoys how each and  every piece in her home tells a story of the past.
Check out Kari Beth’s home on Flickr or visit her blog for more creative decorating inspiration. Stop by her Etsy shop KariBethfor one-of-a-kind jewelry made from reconstructed vintage accessories.
Briefly describe your home decorating style.
My home is a layered collage of whimsical vintage and antique flea market finds. I don’t really have any rules. If a vintage item piques my interest, I will usually snatch it up without knowing where it’s going to be showcased. But, each piece seems to find the perfect place, where it looks like it was meant to be! After all, an antique paint-chipped outdoor glider made its way into my living room as a sofa, and a vintage rusted and paint-splattered ladder stands in as a side table.
Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
Even as a child, decorating my space was something that meant a lot to me. I haven’t always been drawn to vintage, but after years of flea marketing on the weekends with my family, vintage things became more and more meaningful. Today, my home is decorated with the vintage finds that I have collected and continue to collect from flea markets, antique malls, estate sales, and the like! Things are often switched and swapped throughout my house as my collection grows larger, and I love it!

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?I’m inspired most by the antique pieces that I fall in love with and have no idea how they will fit into the decor of my home. It’s those pieces that inspire me most to really think outside the box and push the boundaries of using traditional things in a non-traditional way.

What is your favorite part about your home?
I love that my home is filled with history, but comforting and not stuffy like a museum. The items in my home each have a history, and it’s interesting to think of the who/what/when/where/why of their past.

Does your home hold any strong memories?
The land that my home is built on is the land that I grew up on as part of my family’s farm. The house was built by my family’s hands, including my husband and me. We have the memory of the process from start to finish, laying the foundation to tiling the roof. It’s also the home that my husband and I had our first family dog, Mister. She lived an incredible life, and now she’s buried in front of the barn in which she loved to hunt and explore. It’s the same barn that inspires me as I look out my studio window every day. I’m sure that there will be many, many more memories to come!


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.

1 comment:

  1. If Mike wasn't allowed to have an opinion, our house would be totally vintage/shabby chic. I love vintage! My dream is to take a UHaul to the endless yardsale & go state to state, filling that sucker up to totally re-do our decor - that would rock!