House Tour: Kathleen & Chet's Antique Market Style

House Tour: Kathleen & Chet's Antique Market Style

Janel Laban
May 11, 2009

Name: Kathleen & Chet
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 1300 sq/ft
Years lived in: 4


Kathleen is currently working in the fashion world. As a director of copy and music for a major brand so she is constantly surrounded by all sorts of varying styles and trends. Yet, she is solid and sure of her own sense of style when it comes to decor - she loves the patina of age and the history inherent in vintage pieces and makes room for them in her home (and the homes of her clients, as she recently has added "designer" to her resume)...

Kathleen sent in these photos of the home she shares with Chet, an 1890's Cape Cod with two bedrooms. She's added her signature style to all of the rooms, even giving a sense of vintage glamour to the kitchen and baths, something that is not always easy to do. It's a warm and inviting space, with lots of interesting details to discover - enjoy the tour!


AT Survey:

Our style: Eclectic, inspired by our travels and items with a past

Inspiration: Magazines (I felt like someone had died when I heard Domino had published its last issue), Paris, my parents' and uncle's collections, Chet's hometown of Istanbul

Favorite Element: The old pharmacy cabinet in the living room and the bathroom I redid

Biggest Challenge: Editing down my antiques collections, small closets

What Friends Say: "You should be an interior decorator/in a magazine"

Biggest Embarrassment: My windows are falling apart but I like rough-hewn and storied; it's the antidote to clinical and bland

Proudest DIY: The bathroom with my contractor Tim. It looked like something from an 80s porn movie before. I love the shelving and cabinets we created to hide pipes and the special little cabinet for the plunger. I also think the use of the oil-rubbed bronze is great and think chrome is so overused

Biggest Indulgence: I had to have even the plumbing behind the toilet and under the sink match the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures so ordered them from Italy

Best advice: Don't try to force a style. I really love mid-century modern and respect that aesthetic more than my own but whenever I've tried to go there, I end up going back to my natural aesthetic and it looks forced; I just don't have the patience for it. However, the exploration helped me update my style and become less "grandmother," more "quirky."

Also, if you're not confident with color, stick to a neutral palette on the walls. There's nothing worse than the wrong blue or turquoise on a wall. It can instantly cheapen a room. I know everyone says "experiment with color," but I've seen some really horrible experiments!

Dream source: ABC Carpet and Home, The Paris Flea Market



The Grandview Mercantile, Columbus, Oh
Collier West, Columbus
Springfield Flea Market, Ohio
Estate Sales
Local antique stores and flea markets along the way on any trip
The Grand Bazaar and antique shops in Istanbul


(Thanks, Kathleen!)

Photos by Kathleen Day

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