A Peek Inside the Home of Jimmie Karlsson

A Peek Inside the Home of Jimmie Karlsson

Jeanine Brennan
Feb 17, 2010

Monika from Apartment Therapy San Francisco featured the Jimmie Martin furniture collection, and we love how it combines graffiti and paint with baroque furniture. It's a sort of edgy, rock-and-roll style of decor that we find refreshingly irreverent. When we saw design-team co-owner Jimmie Karlsson's rented home recently profiled in LivingEtc, it was a chance to see how he mixes some of their ornate pieces with simple secondhand finds to create a home that's surprisingly intimate.

It looks like this chair (profiled in Rum Magazine) has words that are embroidered rather than painted on

The LivingEtc article explains that before the company Jimmie Martin existed, Jimmie would find old, ornate pieces in flea markets and revamp them with bold colors and graffiti. It started as a thrifty and brave way to transform furniture and turned into a full-time business (that's become a darling of worldwide design magazines).

We know there are many of you who bristle at painting over antique furniture, but we're in the camp where furniture should reflect your style, even if it's really old. We also love how they aren't afraid to make something traditional more contemporary and fun. See more of Jimmie Karlsson's home in LivingEtc here (also click the house tour link); and see Jimmie Martin's furniture collection.

Images 1, 2, 3, 5: LivingEtc, 4: Jimmie Martin

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