Thrifty Granny Chic Style in a 1940s Minnesota House

updated Apr 30, 2019

Thrifty Granny Chic Style in a 1940s Minnesota House

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Tasha (Granny Tash) and Travis Schultz, Cheeto (Fur child)
Location: Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years

Formerly known as “that house” on the block, the one looming there behind an overgrown lawn. Now, Tasha and Travis welcome us into their 1942 home in Falcon Heights, full of vintage charm and its reworked quirks.

Although the house was a little rough around the edges, Tasha and Travis fell for the neighborhood and the hidden potential of a home beyond the weeds. Tasha being an interior designer and a self-proclaimed “modern day granny,” embraced the charm of their new-but-old home, and brought it back to life by incorporating her love of color, pattern, and all things vintage.

Her use of color, seen throughout the home in shades of the all-American red, white, and blue, is what brings the design to a sense of familiarity with surprising twists; keeping an older home fresh and modern. This is best seen in the office with the juxtaposition of a red, white, and blue rug and an unexpected grey-scale American flag. The wood paneling in the upstairs suite is brought to life with vibrant furniture and art, making an otherwise dark space into a lively retreat. The Schultz home no longer hides behind a dismal exterior, and now welcomes its guests to a cheerful, and entertaining space.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century Modern Meets Thrifty Granny Chic. It’s a little modern, a little mid-century and a little unexpected and weird.

Inspiration: All things vintage, they have so many stories, and generally more character, too. I always joke that I was born in the wrong decade!

Favorite Element: Our screen porch, it hosts many PORCH ADVENTURES! We also love the light that floods into our living room in the morning.

Biggest Challenge: Sticking to a limited budget on furnishings. We’ve spent a lot more money on the exterior than the interior, but the exterior needed more love. We now love our dark charcoal gray exterior; it sets the mood for our home.

What Friends Say: “It looks like you”

Biggest Embarrassment: Probably our garage, it looks like it’s from 1780 on the inside, and the exterior is a dirty pale pink (Which is what our entire home used to be). We will rebuild it soon! Or it could be the collection of random vintage chairs in our basement (that we don’t need)! I once flagged my neighbor down while he was carrying some 1960s chairs out to his car…we are the proud owners.

Proudest DIY: It’s not really a DIY project, but the fact that nearly all of our furniture is from thrift stores is pretty admirable (if I do say so myself)!

Biggest Indulgence: The kitchen remodel and bathroom addition we are saving up for!

Best Advice: Go with your gut and make your home unique to your personal style! It should reflect you as an individual (or couple) and always have a few elements of surprise and quirk!

Dream Sources: Nickey Kehoe, Lawson-Fenning, Chairish, Retro Wanderlust (Local), School House Electric, Made Goods (To the trade) , Blu Dot. Just a side note, Target is killing it lately with the decor!

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Flow Color – Sherwin Williams SW6285 – Dover White
Dining Room – Behr Starless Night – PPU14-20
Bathroom – Benjamin Moore 1610 – French Beret

Rug – Target
Desk – Target
Mirror – Home Goods
Mail Holder, Basket – Vintage

Living Room
Sofa – Room and Board Outlet
Coffee Table – Blu Dot Outlet
Rug – Rugs USA
TV Consoles – IKEA
Vintage Bertoia Wire Chairs – Find Furnish
Art Above Fireplace & Airplane – Max Wanger
Sconces – Visual Comfort
Arc lamp- Amazon
Pillows- H&M & Home Goods

Dining Room
Art – Our own
Table & chairs- Grandparents – Which we recovered
Wallpaper in built-ins – Serena and Lily
Glassware – All vintage

Homecrest Sofa, Chair/Ottoman, and dining chairs – Vintage
Dining Table – IKEA
Ceiling Light – Home Depot
Cheers sign – West Elm

Breakfast Nook
Table – Grandma’s hand-me-down
Light & chairs – Thrifted
Art – DIY
Pineapple Lamp – Vintage gift from a friend

Rug – Vintage
Dresser – Vintage
Stripe Chair – Grandma’s, which I recovered
Pouf – Target
Bar Cart – Vintage
Blue Desk Chair – Vintage
Desk Lamp- Vintage
Blue lamp & vase – Target
Brass magazine rack – Vintage

Guest Room
Headboard – Vintage
Nightstands – Vintage
Desk – Vintage
Peacock chair – Great, great Grandma’s
Lamps – Target

Master Bedroom
Nighstands – IKEA
Dresser – IKEA
Lucite lounge chair – Vintage from Retro Wanderlust (similar)
Trunk – Vintage (a side of the road find)
Side Table- Dovetail Furniture
Coffee table – Vintage (painted)
Rug – West Elm
Sofa – Design by Conran from Home Goods
Art – Various: mostly vintage, local artists, Tad Carpenter, our own
Magazine rack – Vintage
Exposed bulb lamp – DIY
Lamps – Base old from Target; Shade – IKEA
Window treatments – Draperies from World Market & Hardware from IKEA
Sheets & bedding – Target
Coverlet – Vintage
Hanging clothes racks and floor mirror – IKEA

Thanks, Tasha and Travis!

Be sure to follow Cheeto on Instagram: @cheetotheiggy!

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