This Vintage Collector’s Home Features Bold Finds, Fun Art, and Two Must-See Bathrooms

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Vintage desk in corner in room with painted portraits hanging on wall
Credit: Kate Pearce

Name: Kate Pearce, husband, Billy, kids Eva, 8, and Josie, 3, and dogs Fia, 14, and Ripley, 6
Location: Long Island, New York
Type of home: House
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

Credit: Kate Pearce

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: We bought this fixer-upper nearly four years ago and have been working on it non-stop. We do all the work ourselves and spend weekends doing DIY projects, including tackling a complete kitchen, bathroom, and attic overhaul solo. It’s been sort of wild, but the payoff has been huge.

Credit: Kate Pearce

I’ve been collecting vintage for nearly 20 years, and our home is filled with unique vintage pieces. I also collect art — both vintage and contemporary — and that collection has spilled over into storage, but I love changing up the pieces on display.

Credit: Kate Pearce

Vintage and art are what make a home (in my opinion, anyway), and they take time to curate, but it’s a fun process and living among these treasures (often found on curbs and thrift stores) is what makes our home feel like ours.

Credit: Kate Pearce

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Colorful eclectic and vintage

Credit: Kate Pearce

What is your favorite room and why? The attic. It took so much time and effort to renovate, so I feel the energy of all our hard work when I’m in the space. But it’s also super cozy and filled with natural light. I do everything from yoga to snacking up there! And it’s even become our primary bedroom.

Credit: Kate Pearce

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A vintage Italian marble chessboard found via Facebook Marketplace

Credit: Kate Pearce

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t worry about whether anyone else will love it. You are the one who lives there! Also take the time to curate and style your spaces, and embrace the idea that the room will never be done. Because that would be boring.

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.