We had the chance to visit my brother and his wife in Oklahoma over Thanksgiving. They just bought their first home this year, and it was so fun to see what they had done with it. The house was built in 1914, but was recently remodeled, so they weren't dealing with gutting an older home and starting from scratch. The previous owners had really prepped the place well.
Who doesn't love a ladder bookcase? Or a globe? Or a mid-century ottoman? Or a green velvet arm chair?
Let's zoom in on the upper right photo and gaze at that gorgeous avocado train case on the perfect industrial cart.
And yes, that projector screen up above is vintage.
When my bro and sis-in-law were on sabbatical in Maui a few years ago, my sis-in-law started picking up furniture off craigslist, giving it a fresh paint/decor job, and reselling it. This hutch defines her style perfectly, down to the pyrex inside. She's kind of the one who got me into refurbishing furniture. I used to attempt it as a kid, (this one garage sale side table comes to mind, on which I spray painted green and pink flowers...not pretty). I had a lot of learning to do.
My sis-in-law is also the one who introduced me to bunting! It was not at all a "thing" in Hawaii (and still really isn't). I love it and give it as a gift for every baby shower and house-warming party! Here's her mini-bunting hanging in a vintage window! I love it because all the fabrics have a little memory attached to them, as to where and when she used them.
Here's their living room and gallery wall. Speaks for itself!
Again, swoon over the mini bunting. :)
This little Christmas tree was in the room we stayed in, and when we were leaving I realized the "ornaments" were costume jewelry pieces. How clever! I'm also in love with that emerald glassware. There was more of it in the kitchen window (see below)
Isn't it gorgeous? The previous owners had it installed.
The outside is just as cute. I love looking over the fence to the neighbors' house. It's very whimsical!
Backyard. I envy their screened in porch.
Yellow table and chairs!!
My brother said they had other plans for these chairs, but they ended up like this. Looks good to me!
When I asked him to give me a few words to describe their home style (btw- they both participate equally in the decorating), he called it a "doing-what-we-can-with-what-we-got" style. He then brainstormed the following descriptive words:
And here's the family all together for the first time in quite a few years, on their front porch:
Thanks to my brother and his wife (on the left) for letting us into their home! Both literally, and figuratively.