Anna and Jeff's Southwest Kitsch

House Tour

Name: Anna Duarte and Jeff Keene, of Night & Day Vintage
Location: Athmar Park, Denver, Colorado
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years; Own

Six years ago Anna, Jeff and Luna moved from their California beach bungalow to a beautiful Spanish style home in Denver, which they have lovingly filled with an assortment of Mexican and Southwest kitsch collectibles, vintage goods and amazing artwork. Walking through their home is just as thrilling as shopping in their vintage store downtown.

The first time I toured the home was during a mid-summer "hootenanny". Anna, Jeff and their daughter Luna are all unbelievable musicians — as well as many of their friends. The backyard was filled with food, friends, music and n tremendous sense of community. Despite the very dry and unforgiving summers we have here in Denver, they have worked hard to make the backyard an extension of their creative home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: We decorate with what we love: whether handed down, thrifted, found at a yard sale or bartered, we are surrounded with meaningful objects and artwork. We came from living in a beach bungalow on the Pacific coast to moving into a 1920's Spanish style house in the heart of Denver, and have tried to fill it with complimentary pieces. Each room of our house seems to have its own style. For instance, we immediately fell in love with the wood panel basement and see that as our own little cabin hideaway. The the living and dining rooms are filled with beautiful tile images of galleon ships which we took as a sign that this was to be our future home! This became the perfect opportunity to indulge our passion for Mexican and Southwest kitsch.

The large hutch in our dining room came from Jeff's family and is perfect for rotating our collection of cook books, glassware and pottery. I'm sure Mom would be proud! We're also fortunate to have plentiful wall space to feature many of our creative friends' artwork. It has been fun watching our nine-year-old daughter applying her own personality and artistry in her bedroom and the rest of the house. We always have to remind ourselves that, like our lives, this is a work in progress.

Inspiration: Our crafty friends and family! Treasure hunting, style books, blogs, magazines, vintage vinyl and lowbrow art, Mr Modtomic, Breezy, hillarious vintage blogs, Vinyl Whores, Rock and Soul Ichiban for awesome tunes, and our friend Courtney Hendricks.

Favorite Element: Wonderful natural light upstairs. Hardwood floors.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping things uncluttered.

What Friends Say: We like to keep things fresh and rearrange quite a bit so when friends walk in they often ask, "Is that new?" or "It's really homey in here"!

Biggest Embarrassment: Our dead lawn! And we've yet to install a cooling system on our main floor. Thankfully, our basement is really cozy and perfect for camping out during hot summer days and nights.

Proudest DIY: The fact that we've planted close to 20 trees and bushes (oaks, aspen, spruce, lilacs and fruit trees) on this property since we've moved in. We're committed to trying to turn our little corner of urban Denver into an inviting green habitat for friends, family, honey bees and birds. Thanks Park People and Denver Digs Trees! AND the custom Mexican tile bathroom sink and cabinet that Jeff fabricated when we moved in!

Biggest Indulgence: We try to always have a good tequila on hand! Salud!

Best Advice: When you own an old house it's easy to get overwhelmed with maintenance. So, take your time. Have fun. Do it yourself if you can, and don't be afraid to take chances and bounce ideas off of your friends.

Dream Sources: Classic Hollywood and Mexican Cinema from the 1940s-60s.

Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

    • Valspar La Fonda Sonora
    • Discounted paint from Habitat For Humanity- mix and match to create our own custom colors
    • Behr, Pottery Red

ENTRY


LIVING ROOM


DINING ROOM

    • "Stop the Endangerment...de La Tierra, de la Madre" Irene Perez
    • Hand Dredge, Folk Painting, thrifted artist unknown
    • Hand Rake, Folk Painting, thrifted, artist unknown
    • Lydia Mendoza print, Ester Hernandez
    • Traditional Mexican wood and tile dining room table
    • "Bourbon Street", Catherine Durieux, lithograph

KITCHEN

    • "Nopales", Victoria De Los Santos Mycue
    • "La Serenata, Te Amo, Veces Felizes", Dia De Los Muertos Linocut Prints by Bob Rob Medina

BEDROOM

    • Smoking Mexican, Linares, artist sketch
    • Gypsie, estate sale kitsch, by Frizesil
    • Revolutionay-woman with brush, print by Shepard Fairey
    • Sailboat painting, Cynthia Rojas

Thanks, Jeff, Anna & Luna!

(Images: Ashley Poskin)

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