A “1960s Mod Space Castle” Style Home in Georgia

updated Feb 19, 2019

A “1960s Mod Space Castle” Style Home in Georgia

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Chelsie and Nate
Location: Decatur, Georgia
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: Rented for 6 months

Chelsie and Nate moved to Atlanta six months ago from Nashville. Chelsie is an Atlanta native and Nate is from Athens, so they are both happy to be closer to family and friends in their home state. It was the vintage floral numbers and mid-century charm that sold Chelsie on this home instantly — this was the first and only home she looked at, and she signed the lease right away. With Chelsie’s background in fashion and Nate’s musical roots, they have created a home with tons of charm and space to create. They say they finally feel settled.

Chelsie and Nate both have a strong sense of style and design, which is evident throughout their house. They are both mid-century junkies who don’t mind searching for that perfect piece at estate sales, thrift and vintage stores. Chelsie already has a number of favorite spots in Atlanta and Nate works at an awesome vintage marketplace close to their home. Although they find many great pieces at random times, their house is well curated and everything fits together in a distinct way. The couple possesses a great combination of classic mod and quirky personal style that makes their home unique, surprising and fun.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bizarre 1960s mod space castle.

Inspiration: Japanese street style (combination of extreme bright bold colors mixed with extreme darkness). Bold prints, color therapy, and bizarre shapes of the 1960s. (Mary Quant, Edie Sedgwick) Glamour of the 1940s. (“Pal Joey” Rita Hayworth/ Frank Sinatra), and MAINLY George Harrison’s castle, love of bats and gargoyles, and Nick Cave.

Favorite Element: The screened-in back porch/ the French doors off the kitchen. We do everything out there!

Biggest Challenge: Lack of storage. Finding space for guitar cases and clothing racks.

What Friends Say: “This house is so perfect for you guys.”

Biggest Embarrassment: Lack of storage. Our guests can see how many guitars and clothes we have.

Proudest DIY: Valerie Cherish, our armless mannequin who now has silver glitter skin and baby blue hair and wears a kimono and a captain’s hat.

Biggest Indulgence: Belgian Space rug from the 70s.

Best Advice: “More is more and less is a bore” – Iris Apfel

Dream Sources: Denmark in the 1960s

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More resources:

Mid-century bookshelf – Flea Market in Atlanta, GA
1960s lady lamp – Antique store in Memphis, TN

Living Room
1960s hanging rattan chair – Atomic in Athens, GA
1970s salon chair – Nashville, TN flea market
1960s mix print couch – Habitat for Humanity in Athens, GA
1960s French lucite pod chairs – Atlanta Used Furniture in Chamblee, GA
1970s silkscreen prints and floral rug – Kudzu Antique Mall in Decatur, GA
1970s arc lamp – High Voltage Vintage in Athens, GA

Dining Room
1970s whiskey barrel couch & coffee table – Thrift store in Charlotte, NC
1970s Belgian space rug – Etsy
Original painting – Painted by friend Walker Howle in Athens, GA
Green 1970s lamp – Atomic in Athens, GA

Cabinets – Ikea
Crying baby huge mask (1940s) – High Voltage Vintage in Athens, GA

1960s danish bed frame – Last Chance Thrift Store in Decatur, GA
Vintage chalkware wall ballerinas – Pre to Post Modern in Nashville, TN
Heywood Wakefield mid-century side tables – Antique mall in Madison, GA
1960s swag lighting – Estate sale in Atlanta, GA
1970s tulip lamp – Estate sale in Charlotte, NC

1960s blue floral rug, toilet cover, and shower curtain – Etsy
Sink – Handmade by landlord

Back Porch
Patio set –

Thanks, Chelsie and Nate!

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