Name: Monique, Kelly, and Mouse the Cat
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Years lived in: 11 years owned
Our home is a collection. A collection that may never end. At least I hope it never ends. Each piece has a story, a place where it was found, a day spent together hunting, a customization that we made.
We love old furniture. It’s solid, it’s built well, and obviously it’s going to last a very long time. Mixing vintage items with modern touches keeps it all fresh. It also keeps my husband from feeling we’ve time-warped back into his childhood. Nothing matches, but it all seems to work. If you like something, then it will find a place. You may have to move it 10 or 20 times first, though.
Words to describe our home include comfort, color, whimsy, kitsch, and just plain old happiness. This home makes us happy. Nowhere else on earth feels as good as this.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Hollywood Regency, Mid Century, Art Deco, Kitsch, I love it all!
Inspiration: Jonathan Adler, Morris Lapidus, Dorothy Draper, Milo Baughman… I like sleek finishes and bright colors coupled with beautiful woods and just enough masculine to keep my husband from moving out.
Favorite Element: I like separate rooms, definition between spaces. that way you can decorate each room differently. I also like the way our rooms flow together so that there’s a continuity.
Biggest Challenge: What to do with all the beautiful furniture pieces I keep bringing home. I buy them to sell, but end up falling in love every time. I'm trying to incorporate a Lane Brutalist piece now as I type...
What Friends Say: When people walk into out front entryway (with a view into the living and dining rooms), they say they feel like they’re in a jewel box.
Biggest Embarrassment: The floors and ceilings. When the house is sold, it will most likely be a tear down to accommodate a newer and bigger home. Since we do plan on moving soon, I can’t see making the investment only to have it destroyed. I know, it’s been 11 years, but I swear we are going to move! Famous last words.
Proudest DIY: Gosh I have so many. Right now I’d have to say the screens in the living room. I made them from traditional shoji screens. The juice bar area is another thing I did. And I built the fence on the back patio. I’m mechanically inclined with a habit of bringing home broken things. So there’s always something I’m working on.
Biggest Indulgence: Powder coating. I love old outdoor furniture and keep bringing it home. Right now the powder coater has a vintage picnic table set. I can’t wait to see it!
Best Advice: If you see a furniture (or decor) piece that you like, eventually it will show up at. Keep checking flea markets, estate sales, and thrift stores. My faux Dorothy Draper chest and Heywood Wakefield kneehole desk are fine examples.
Dream Sources: 1stdibs! I’ll take one of those, and four of those...
Resources of Note:
- Chairs: Thayer Coggin, eBay
- End Tables: Henredon, estate sale
- Sofa: Bauhaus, over 10 years old
- Lamps: Etsy
- Coffee Tables: Estate sale
- Kimonos: Bought in Japan
- Screens: DIY
- Furniture: Larroux family pieces
- Lamps: Antique mall in Illinois
- Wallpaper: York
- Juice cart: estate sale
- Shelf Brackets: eBay
- Over Sink Shelving: IKEA
- Clock: George Nelson, Pre to Post Modern
- Table: Burke, the base was bought at an antique booth, the top is from CraigsList
- Planter: Flea market
- Bar Cart: Flea market
- Desk: Heywood Wakefield, estate sale
- Table and Chairs: Heywood Wakefield, estate sale
- Bamboo Dresser: Drexel, estate sale
- Lamps: Estate sale
- Medical Cabinet: Gaslamp Antiques
- Medicine Cabinet: eBay
- Frames: Pottery Barn
- Birdcage: Flea Market
- Trash Can: Estate sale
- Apothecary Bottles: Etsy and eBay
- Apothecary Jars: Estate sale
- Mirrors: Home Depot
- Vanity Chair: eBay
- Lamp: Estate sale
- Headboard and Curtains: DIY
- Nightstand: Henredon, estate sale
- Tall Chest: Jiranek, Louisiana antique mall
- Low Chest: Flea market
- Chairs: Estate sale
- Furniture: Larroux family pieces
- Wall: DIY
- Bedding: Restoration Hardware, over 10 years old
- Table and Chairs: Woodard, flea market
- Umbrella: California Umbrella
- Sofa, Chairs, and Coffee Table: Flea market, estate sale
- Fence and Trellis: Amazon
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