Kelly Rae's Colorful Seattle Farmhouse

Kelly Rae's Colorful Seattle Farmhouse

Ally Kim
Nov 12, 2009

Name: Kelly Rae Roberts
Location: Seattle, WA
Size: 1465 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year

There are some homes that truly reflect their owners' personalities. The Seattle home of artist Kelly Rae Roberts is one of those homes. Like the mixed media pieces for which she is known, Kelly's house is colorful and whimsical with lots of feminine details. In just one year, she has made a cozy home, filling it with vintage collections, art and plenty of personal touches.

Creativity abounds in this home and it begins with the entryway that Kelly made where one didn't exist. By placing an old church pew/bench in the front part of the living room with old wooden shutters behind it, she was able to carve out a space to hang coats and drop off bags and umbrellas. The warm and inviting space hints at what is to come: rooms decorated in bright and bold palettes and filled with art, both her own and those of favorite artists.

AT Survey:

My/Our style: cottage vintage meets colorful whimsy

Inspiration: artwork, flea markets, vintage collections/groupings

Favorite Element: original artwork collection

Biggest Challenge: We have absolutely zero closets downstairs so we had to create an entryway space to hold our umbrellas (we live in Seattle), jackets, and shoes.

What Friends Say: "You must come over and decorate my place right NOW!"

Biggest Embarrassment: In our guest bedroom, one curtain panel is long and the other is short (sewing mistake).

Proudest DIY: My husband created a stunning bookshelf out of colorful old salvage wood.

Biggest Indulgence: Our apple green leather couch. We took a chance on that one and it totally works.

Best advice: The same with painting --> there are no rules, and no mistakes. Go for it. Create spaces and rearrange furniture to your hearts delight. Play with color. Take risks. Dream big. And don't purchase a single thing for your home unless you are absolutely in love with it.

Dream source: Anthropologie, and etsy.


Chairs, side tables, collections of vintage items, architectural salvage materials: vintage flea markets, ebay, garage sales
Rugs, master bed furniture, couch: Pottery Barn
Bedding, kitchen ware, general inspiration: Anthropologie
Original art and unique crafty touches: etsy, art + craft shows
Cutains, hardware, storage: Ikea

(Thanks, Kelly!)

Images: Kelly Rae Roberts

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