This Home Makes Even a Couch from the ’80s Look Cool

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Name: Lindsay Mills, husband, two young girls and two cats, Penny and Marty.
Location: Sherwood Park — Alberta, Canada
Size: 1,972 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years, owned

We purchased our home in 2009. It sat on the market for months due to the overwhelming amount of golden oak, Wedgwood blue, and peachy beige. Because it was built in 1992, it was well built, and had a great layout. When we got possession, I began painting. I painted for three weeks straight before we moved ourselves in; we covered every piece of golden oak in paint except the kitchen. That came a couple years later. My husband is a carpenter by trade and all of our renos are done by the two of us.

What is your favorite room and why? My living room is my favorite room because of the vaulted ceiling, and the couch I grew up with is in this room. My mom purchased it in 1980 and it was in our room that was rarely used and was in mint condition when it was given to me. Over the years (as it is close to 40) it has began to fade but I LOVE the print and it is by far the most comfortable spot in the house. The dining room and living room are in the same space and I really love my dining table. I inherited my grandmother’s Sklar Peppler dining set that she spent $8,000 on back in 1980. I have coveted the piece since I was young. I look at it lovingly every time I walk in the room.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Flooring. The one big downside to buying this home was the multiple flooring on one level. It happens to be on the main floor and that bothers me. No one else notices but me! Two kinds of tile and three kinds of laminate are not the best.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, boho, thrifted

Any advice for creating a home you love? Only bring in pieces you truly love. Wasting your money on something that you don’t truly have a spot for/happiness for isn’t worth it. Also, don’t ignore the amazing pieces you can find at local thrift shops. It’s typically well made and very unique.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I am a HUGE thrifter. I just bought a $4 hammock at our local Salvation Army and some amazing textiles. I purchase a lot of baskets and containers from Value Village as well.

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