Kirsty & Phil's House of Little Treasures

Kirsty & Phil's House of Little Treasures

Jason Loper
Mar 7, 2011

Name: Kirsty and Phil Gungor + Parker (6), Monty (3) and Elliot (16 months)
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Size: 1,900 square feet
Years lived in: 4 — owned

We got a peek at Kirsty and Phil's house a few weeks ago and now we're back for the full House Tour of this eclectic Green Bay home.

If you spend any time on Kirsty's blog, Lovelies in My Life, you'll soon learn that this lady has a great eye for style. Kirsty shares her many design inspirations on her blog and, now that I've seen her home, I can say that she is deserves to be an authority on the subject. (And if you're not reading Kirsty's blog, you should! It's a daily design inspiration!)

Kirsty's home decorating philosophy is to surround yourself with treasures and not just stuff. In scanning through the slideshow of this house tour, I think you'll agree that this is a philosophy that works.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: World traveler meets vintage lover.

Inspiration: My inspiration comes from my childhood and a home that I spent much time in other than my own, that of my best friend. Her mother and grandmother both had the most extravagantly decorated homes, filled with rich texture and color. To me they were mini museums of stunning antique pieces but yet so comfortable. They were never shy about their eccentric styles and I believe my love for tufted velvet began there. We grew up in South Africa and the colorful flea markets there hold some of my best memories and are the other biggest influence of my style today. Many of the trinkets and the furniture in our home are flea market, garage sale or thrift finds and as we add to our home on a careful budget, we try to make our little treasures work together in a fun yet comfortable way. My boys keep things from becoming too serious, even in our decor. They're always taping their art to the walls or banging around on little drum sets. I'm a dance teacher and my husband is a musician, so there's always music playing and musical instruments and art supplies on lower shelves, at the ready. Needless to say, things often look a little topsy turvy, so we just work with it! More than anything else, I want to have a home that is warm and inviting to our friends and family, one that they feel no rush to leave.

Favorite Element: Our family room is a favorite spot to lounge about because of it's gorgeous fireplace for the snowy winter months and tons of windows opening out to a woodsy backyard in the summer months.

Biggest Challenge: Decorating in a way that fulfills my ultra-feminine side but still works with a house full of boys. And of course, the usual struggles to maintain the carpets and keep the crayons off of the walls.

What Friends Say: I often hear, "This looks like you"! I suppose I dress similarly? There are a couple of pieces that we have that are either adored or quietly despised (though my husband was very vocal about his disapproval of the velvet couch until a few months ago, when he decided he liked it after all).

Biggest Embarrassment: The big boy's bunk bed! It's pretty horrible, hence the giant tent to camouflage things a bit.

Proudest DIY: We've not had any spectacular DIY moments to speak of. But I'm proud of the little things that I'm constantly adding to the decor as the seasons change, whether it be something I've painted, freshly covered throw pillows, or most recently, a garland for Valentines Day. I'm constantly moving things around or making something with the kids to add to a space. Nothing huge really, but proud nonetheless.

Biggest Indulgence: I suppose it's our dining set, but at 50% off, it was still a great deal. We have loads of hand-me-down furniture.

Best Advice: Almost every item I own is a treasure to me. There is a time, a place, and a story to be told. I would encourage you to fill your homes with items that you really love, not just something to fill an empty space. Even if it's not exactly everyone else's "cup of tea".

Dream Sources: Furniture and trinkets from Anthropologie. If I could afford it, I would look no further!

Resources of Note:


    • chair: thrift
    • coat rack: Urban Outfitters
    • folding table: Target
    • paintings: TJMaxx and self painted


    • velvet couch: thrift
    • coffee table: World Market
    • desk: made by grandfather
    • art on wall: garage sale, trip to China, Etsy silhouette (Pretty Faces), self painted
    • rug: Target


    • dining set: World Market
    • table top trinkets: grandmother and thrift
    • corner unit: repainted thrift
    • chandelier:


    • light fixture:
    • table and stools: hand me downs


    • bedding: Target, Pottery Barn
    • lamp: garage sale
    • side tables: hand me downs
    • trunk: my grandfather


    • shower curtain: Anthropologie


    • beds and most furniture: garage sales and hand-me-down
    • bed tent: made by mom
    • easel: Target
    • art on walls and wire art: South Africa

Thanks, Kirsty!

Images: Kirsty Gungor

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