Kerri & Luke’s “Bang for Your Buck” Bungalow

published Sep 15, 2010
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Name: Kerri & Luke
Location: Lakewood — Dallas, Texas
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months — rented

Amidst the historic neighborhoods tucked away in east Dallas, Kerri and Luke have embraced their early 20th century home in a space that continues the tradition of southern hospitality updated for their 21st century guests. All at minimal cost.

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The space is a celebration of Kerri’s chic finds from Goodwill and Craigslist — the sources for almost all of the furniture. An avid Apartment Therapy reader, Kerri has found inspiration through her travels in Africa and showcases suitcases and trunks ready for that next trip on a moments notice. Their apartment is warm, bright, cheerful, and perfectly cluttered — a challenging look to pull off when you own hundreds of books. Luke’s DIY floor to ceiling bookshelves that encapsulate the dining room are the envy of any book lover. See something you would like to check out? Scan the book out on the computer and it will send you an email when it’s due back!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Vintage eclectic. Secondhand chic.

Inspiration: Traveling has been a big source of my inspiration. I find myself most comfortable vacationing in places where having an “eclectic” living space is a financial necessity, not a design attempt. There’s something warm and inviting and authentic about it, and this is definitely a vibe I want my home to exude. Lastly, it wouldn’t be honest of me not to give a shout out to both Apartmenttherapy and HGTV for giving me great ideas about how to put all the things I love together.

Favorite Element: African elements in the living room. We both spent a lot of time in Africa and wanted a “travel vibe” that wasn’t cheesy.

Biggest Challenge: Finding enough wall space for all our books; maximizing unused space around the doorway to the dining room and creating a “dining room library.”

What Friends Say: They can’t believe how much bang I got for my buck. It’s cosy but sophisticated. That they would know it was our house.

Proudest DIY: The custom built-in bookshelves that Luke designed and built himself. (Wood from Home Depot)

Biggest Indulgence: Our mattress!

Best Advice: Go with what you feel comfortable in. If you get excited about a color or a chair or a piece of art, then it’s probably YOUR color or chair or piece of art. Spend time browsing and don’t settle for something just to fill a space. And never think that you have to spend a ton of money for your house to look great.

Dream Sources: I grew up admiring my grandmother’s antiques and have a serious obsession with all things old, specifically stuff from the 20s-40s era.

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Resources of Note:


    • Dining room accent wall: Behr, Ryegrass
    • Brown in spare room: Glidden, Cinnamon Spice
    • Kitchen: Glidden, Vintage Yellow


    • Blue chair: Craigslist
    • Yellow coffee table: thrift store in Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas — repainted with Vintage Yellow by Glidden
    • Computer desk: Great-grandmother’s
    • Blue suitcases: Lula B’s Antique Mall
    • Old trunk: Craigslis


    • Bookshelves: Luke’s DIY Home Depot project
    • Houndstooth bench: Canton Flea Market — recovered with thrifted fabric
    • Monk art: Goodwill
    • Black buffet/hutch: estate sale
    • Red Mid-Century chair: Lakewood Consignment Studio
    • Accent wall: Behr, Ryegrass

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Thanks, Kerri & Luke!

Images: Micki Howl

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