Amy's house tour is one of Apartment Therapy's all-time most popular features, probably for its wealth of accessible ideas. Her home combines vintage pieces, well-chosen paint colors, and smart accessories into a look that's personal and down-to-earth. Here are a few tips on achieving a similar style at home.
Set the Tone with Paint
Amy's home uses paint to dress up the walls and furniture. She updated her living room dresser with a fresh coat of blue paint, the dining room feels airy in sky blue, and her use of off-white throughout the rest of her home sets off her colorful furniture and accessories.
They have two 'virtually odorless' lines of non-toxic paint: Aura (low-VOC) and Natura (no-VOC), both available in almost any of their color collections. For a similar color, try Blue Diamond 736, a pale blue with a hint of green from the Classic Color collection.
This paint company specializes in latex paints that are VOC-free. Although they have fewer color choices than a bigger company like Benjamin Moore, their selection is still pretty extensive, and they can match any color on request. For a similar off-white to the one in Amy's place, we'd try Helios OW-7-2 (shown left).
Olympic Premium Paint
Their "Premium Interior" line is VOC-free, and you can buy their paints at Lowe's. Souvenir C54-2 is a nice ocean blue that would work well if you're looking to update an old piece of furniture in a bright, deep color.
A large portion of Amy's furniture is vintage — a combination of family hand-me-downs, painted pieces, and thrift store finds. For similar Danish Modern dining room furniture, check flea markets, thrift shops, and antique stores.
A quick search for "Danish Modern Dining Set" turned up several options on eBay, including a Set of 4 Rosewood Danish Modern Dining Chairs (photo shown left). It also helps to keep an eye out on craigslist for similar pieces.
This site aggregates a bunch of vintage dealers into one searchable web page. We found lots of sideboards similar to the one in Amy's dining room, including this 1970s Teak Credenza for $1,295. Search for "teak sideboard" or "teak credenza" to turn up similar results.
This Atlanta-based antique store has a well curated website with unique vintage pieces, like this Pair of Cork Lamps for $1,1995. Prices and quality are on the high end, but even if you're on a budget, the site's worth checking out for ideas and inspiration.
Repurpose and Accessorize
Amy furnished her apartment on a budget, with accessories from Chinatown shops, IKEA, thrift stores, and even the dollar store. Here are some similar finds and ideas.
If you don't have an IKEA near you, or you'd like to try a greener alternative, search craigslist or eBay for used IKEA items, which turn up all the the time. Amy's lamp is the Knappa Pendant - we found two in a brief eBay search.
This online store (based in San Francisco) has some very nice higher-end pieces if you're looking for something special. (They also offer free shipping on orders over $50.) This is the Harry Allen-designed My Brother's Mirror for $188.
Amy's planters are actually double-walled ice buckets that she repurposed — a smart idea that prevents moisture from condensing on her wood surfaces. For similar pieces, search Etsy's vintage category for "ice buckets" — lots of options will turn up.
OTHER RELEVANT RESOURCES
• The lamps on the dresser were originally from IKEA, but are no longer available there.
• For colorful furniture on a budget, buy unfinished furniture and paint it yourself.
• 10 Common Thrift Store Finds and Ways to Use them for DIY Projects
• Best Thrift Stores: Coast to Coast
• Flea Market Guide: Coast to Coast
To see the full tour of Amy's home, click here.
Photo: Sarah Coffey