Kristi & Pam's Antique to Modern Harmonious Mix-up

Kristi & Pam's Antique to Modern Harmonious Mix-up

Kimber Watson
Jul 29, 2010

Name: Pam, Kristi, the pups Tysie & Sydni, and their cats Cleo, Harley, & Carmel
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 6

You might remember Kristi and Pam's deck and garden from last year. They were nice enough to share it with us during last years' Great Outdoors month. This year, they've welcomed us back by sharing their charming home with us.


Like most homes, Kristi and Pam's house has been a work in progress since they purchased it almost 6 years ago. They've worked hard on renovating rooms like the kitchen and laundry room (which was originally in the basement), as well as figuring how to blend their two unique styles in a way that suits them both. Pam is more drawn to collecting antiques, while Kristi's taste leans more modern. Finding a way to merge these styles has meant much compromising on both their parts, not always an easy task, but they're both pleased with the results. And I can see why. I found their home to be comfy and inviting and loved how they've carefully arranged their most cherished items.

As of writing this, Kristi and Pam have just purchased a new home as well as finally being blessed with a new baby girl. Big congrats to the new parents and homeowners! We look forward to getting a tour of the new house, decor, and nursery once you're settled!


Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: Eclectic with a cottage feel. We like to mix antique pieces with modern furniture and accessories.

Inspiration: One common theme we both share is we love the beach and nature so we're inspired by nature, shells, bird nests, etc. We are also always inspired by a visit to our brother's cottage in Northern California or my grandmother's cottage garden.

Favorite Element: We love the character of the house. The arches in the living room and dining room, the moldings around the windows, as well as the hardwood floors. We also love our deck and spending time in our backyard.

Biggest Challenge: Meshing our styles. We have very different ideas for decorating so we've learned to mix our styles as well as compromise. Pam has several antique pieces from her grandmother that mix with the more modern furniture Kristi likes. Also, the size and shape of the living room made it difficult to decide where to place the furniture and the television. Since we don't use the fireplace, we put our television inside it and by doing so we have much more floor space (which all the animals appreciate!).

What Friends Say: Your house is so adorable and "homey".

Biggest Embarrassment: How messy the office/art studio gets, which is why you won't see any photos of it here!

Proudest DIY: The mosaic tile backsplash in the kitchen

Biggest Indulgence: The new washer and dryer as well as the tile in the kitchen.

Best advice: Surround yourself with the things you love.

Dream source: Dwell magazine and Room&Board.


Resources of Note:

STORES

    • West Elm, Anthropologie, IKEA, CB2

ENTRY

    • Vintage suitcases, family heirloom
    • Keyholder with painting of our house is by a friend

DINING ROOM

    • My grandfather made the cherry wood table and the swan.
    • Chairs are from West Elm
    • Antique cupboard was my grandmothers
    • Vases are West Elm and IKEA
    • Piano from childhood

LIVING ROOM

    • Couch and end tables are IKEA, Chairs are Pier 1, and the taller wood side table is a family heirloom.
    • Rug is Flor tiles
    • Painting above couch is from a friend; Watercolor on mantel is a paint-by-numbers.

BEDROOM

    • Metal bed, antique
    • Linens, Target
    • Picture frame and hanging chandelier globe, from a local store called In Watermelon Sugar


Thanks, Kristi and Pam!

Images: Kimberly Watson

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