Fresh Ways With Wood Paneling

Wood paneling of the ’70s might have gotten a bad rap for being dark and gloomy, but today’s fashions, combined with a variety of bright or white accents pave how to posh interiors that sense anything but drab. The trick is with everything you decide to balance the look of the wood paneling — possibly a white accent wall or loads of natural light — as well as the style and volume of timber paneling from the space. Once you hit the balance, your home will feel equally bright and sophisticated. Have a look at the pictures for 11 fresh ways with timber walls.

Accessorize with contemporary art. Think daring photography or anything with a great deal of energy and color.

John Maniscalco Architecture

Lighten the floors. These maple floors allow the wood paneling to act as an accent wall rather than controlling the distance.

Pure Design by Jerry Bussanmas

Wood with light or white furniture. These colors bounce against the wood paneling that is , developing a feel contemporary and tidy. Yes, I understand all of you with kids and pets are writhing. However, furniture in creams and whites may be functional if you go the slipcover route vs. upholstery.

Michael Fullen Design Group

Introduce bold pops of color. Notice how this arrangement contains three dark furnishings: 2 chairs and an ottoman, nevertheless it feels unbelievably bright due to the colorful rug, throw pillows and draperies.

Ian Engberg

Don’t forget to look up — and down. If your ceiling and base moldings are dark, particularly with wood paneled walls and deep floor, brighten up things with white or cream colors for both.

AT6 Architecture : Design Build

Let in the light. When there is anyway to maximize natural light, do it. So the sunlight can spill in rid your windows of blinds or drapery. Skylights and windows create a impact.

Craig Denis

Get your light right. Even if your space has access to plenty of sunlight, every room needs to get its lighting right come night. Make sure you have a mix of ambient and task lighting so that the entire area has balanced lighting.

Studio William Hefner

Incorporate the snowy accent wall. An accent wall in a light color gives wood paneling a dose of warmth.

Tanner Vine – 2Go Custom Kitchens Inc

Limiting the total amount of timber paneling lets you enjoy the beauty of dark timber without overdoing its heavy effect.

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Joy and Ingenuity Change an Oregon Farmhouse

Obbie and Connie Atkinson have spent the past seven years assigning their turn-of-the-century farmhouse in Eastern Oregon. From installing plumbing, tile and drywall to refinishing furniture, flooring and the base, this ascertained and thrifty couple have touched every surface of their property. Their enchanting space is a product of their joyous ingenuity, enthusiasm and happy partnership.

in a Glance
Who lives here:
Obbie and Connie Atkinson plus a flock of readily excitable quail
Location: Richland, Oregon
Size: 2,500 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
That’s intriguing: There are just five outbuildings on the property: a toolshed, a potting shed, a chicken coop, a storeroom and a barn.

Sarah Greenman

Sarah Greenman: How did you find this home?
Connie Atkinson: We’re traveling through Montana, Idaho and Oregon Searching for a second home. At the time, we lived in California and knew we could not afford anything there. We thought it would be a vacation home.

We had an inventory: paved street, property (although not a lot), not in the hills but at a valley where we can look up in mountains, water near and an airport in hitting distance. We drove into Richland and saw an advertisement in the paper that read “Could once again be queen of this valley” Only considering it we were gobsmacked.

Sarah Greenman

CA: This shed is the coolest thing. It was leaning way over on the side when we first moved in, and everyone said we ought to bulldoze it. However we loved it the way it was and could not imagine destroying it. We might have straightened it, but we didn’t. We have done a lot of work to restore it and maintain its sweet lean. Everybody who sees it’s shed envy. At this time it’s Obbie’s instrument shop. However, my hope is that in a couple of years it will be my studio.

Sarah Greenman

SG: How did you realize that this home has been “the one”?
CA: I sat on the front porch and had this overwhelming feeling that it was home. I spent years at a state of chaos, moving from house to house, and in all the time I never felt as though I was at home anywhere. I just had a breakdown. I cried. I felt as though I was home for the very first time in my entire life.

SG: Where’s your favorite spot in the house?
CA: In summer time, it’s out. But in the colder months my favorite place is on the sofa with a cup of coffee overlooking the movie window.

Sarah Greenman

The central living space is a cool, tranquil mix of white and sage green. The couple plans to rip out the ceilings, which have been dropped sometime in the ’60s to preserve energy and lower heating costs.

SG: What is the condition of the house when you moved in to it?
CA: Pretty sad. It smelled awful, and everything needed to be carried out. The carpet had to go, nasty built-in bookshelves needed to come out windows — everything. The men and women who had lived here were heavy smokers. The first time I came out here I stopped in town and had a refrigerator delivered. I showed up in the house with a refrigerator, a mattress and a bathtub of TSP (trisodium phosphate). I thought, “What the hell have I gotten myself into?”

SG: Tell me about the artwork in this room.
CA: We filled the walls with purposeful artwork. The painting over the sofa is obviously a household member’s home in Paso Robles, California. It was painted by my mother’s friend, Willa Sell. Obbie made the framed buff drawing to the right when he was just 12 years old as a nod to his own Native American origins.

Sofas: Z Gallerie; paint: Olive Sprig, Olympic Ultra; red corner blossom: yard sale

Sarah Greenman

The dining area is opposite the living area and generally full of morning light. Connie discovered the huge antique German sideboard, which she painted white. She admits, “I stewed about painting it for three decades and then eventually took the plunge.”

SG: What inspires your personal aesthetic?
CA: Sadly, everything inspires me. I have a floundering sense of style. If I see a beach house, I want to come home and do the beach house seem. Same with log cabin, or Native American, or Southwest, or desert or Language B and B. I want to test it all. Since I am at a farmhouse, I sort of have to do a country fashion.

Sarah Greenman

SG: What is or was your biggest design dilemma?
CA: There is hardly any all-natural light in the kitchen, which really bothers me. Soon we’ll bust out the wall that divides the kitchen and toilet to create a kitchen with views and space to accommodate a farm dining table.

Additionally, the existing toilet was once a space with a sink, bathroom, bathtub, water heater and washing system — all crunched to a hallway. Getting that tub cleared so we can use it was quite a chore. We want to abandon that tub because it’s on the face of the house with the best view.

Flooring: Antique Oak finish, Home Depot; cabinet paint: Shelter Green, Martha Stewart Living

Sarah Greenman

As with many old farmhouses, the kitchen has a huge root cellar and a huge pantry for storing summer’s harvest. Connie’s brother built the rustic kitchen cabinet in the upcycled window and scrap timber.

Sarah Greenman

The traditional blue and white master bedroom has a wide bay window that faces the front of the property. Connie chose bedding that matched her mother’s blue and white porcelain pottery.

SG: Where’s your favorite place to search for your property?
CA: Thrift stores and antique places. We’ve got an old place and I enjoy old things. And I really like a deal!

Blue seat: JD Mercantile at Richland; paint: Navigation, True Value; bedding: Tuesday Morning; throw pillow: Ikea

Sarah Greenman

The upstairs guest room reflects the Western terrain and the colours of the surrounding high desert. A hat rack, woven rugs and a vintage Grand Canyon wall hanging help to create a backcountry ambience.

Sarah Greenman

The couple calls for the upstairs bedroom the “AARP Dorm.” Several beds can be pushed together to create king-size sleeping arrangements, and there’s a ’70s-era accordion room divider.

Sarah Greenman

Grandchildren regularly visit and enjoy sharing these cozy quarters, which Connie has equipped with matching twin beds, handmade dolls and a vintage children’s dining table.

CA: One of the main reasons we purchased this home was to ease family gatherings. We wanted a beautiful place where our children could unwind and bring their children.

Bedding: Goal; desk, seat: yard sale

Sarah Greenman

Connie is always moving her home office from room to room to keep it clear of their newest home improvement project. Its present home is in the upstairs bedroom.

Desk, seat: El Paso Import

Sarah Greenman

The couple converted a canning porch off the back of the house to a bath, complete with a vintage soaking bathtub and a walk-in shower. Connie found that the garage door at a local yard sale. To conserve space, Obbie mounted it as a sliding barn door.

SG: What are you currently working on next?
CA: Finishing the tub remodel. It was absolutely necessary and ended up being a splurge of time since we did all of the work ourselves. When it’s finished, we’ll eliminate the old tub. Just like most things, we are chewing this one bite at a time.

Sarah Greenman

The foyer is a bright mix of natural light and wood details. The gallery wall on the staircase is full of watercolors, most of which have been painted by Connie’s mother.

SG: If these walls could speak, what could they say?
CA: I believe they’d say, “Thank God somebody came and saved us. We had tender loving care”

Sarah Greenman

The Atkinsons purchased the home in 2005 from Dan Forsea, a third-generation rancher. Forsea made a wrought iron sculpture for a present for the Atkinsons, motivated by the hordes of quail that populate the property. It hangs on both sides of Connie’s potting shed alongside an enormous lilac bush.

CA: we’ve created the most amazing friends here in the valley. I feel like they’ve been here all along, just waiting for me to appear and join the gang.

Sarah Greenman

A yellow vintage rocking bench adorns the east side of the wraparound porch. Connie sewed the throw pillows utilizing vintage tablecloths and handkerchiefs.

CA: We had not planned this to be our full-time home, but it grew on us big time. Each time I sit on the front porch, the house feels like it’s mine. This home is my sanctuary. Obbie and I can’t get enough of this peacefulness here. I sat out here for 20 minutes the other day and didn’t hear one man-made audio. You can do this.

Sarah Greenman

SG: What do you love about gardening?
CA: I didn’t know I enjoyed gardening till I had space to garden. This place is named Richland for a reason. The dirt is wonderful. I started a little perennial garden, and I went crazy and started digging everywhere. I don’t understand anything about gardening, and I didn’t have a plan. I am learning as I go. When a plant does well then it has to stay. Next year, I will attempt more veggies.

Sarah Greenman

There are just five outbuildings on the property, such as a toolshed, a potting shed, a chicken coop, a storeroom and a barn.

CA: I say, “My barn is like the ocean. I really like to look at it, but I do not really need to go in.” Obbie loves it , though. He’s in there all the time.

Sarah Greenman

SG: What was your proudest homeowner moment?
CA: I have it all of the time. It occurs when somebody from the valley sees what we have done with this place. They can’t believe it. It feels really great to give this beautiful home the love and tenderness it deserves.

Sarah Greenman

Obbie and Connie Atkinson enjoy glasses of wine in a popular nearby overlook.

SG: Any information for homeowners looking for a fixer-upper?
CA: If you’re trying to find a home, sit down and make a list of all of the things you want. And if you come close to the list, you’re doing really well. Once, when we had been frustrated and feeling tired of looking, we almost purchased a home that didn’t meet the listing. I am so glad we didn’t! You’ll manifest what you need if you stick with it.

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The Family Home: Living With Kid-Size Furniture

This past weekend, my husband and I made a quick trip to Ikea on the hunt for two things: a cheap couch for our family area and a child-size dining table. I’ve been busy collecting the cutest classic child-size chairs you’ve ever seen and needed a contemporary small table to finish the set.

I’m happy to report we abandoned Ikea that day with just what we had been searching for. Ever since that time, our two youngest children have been enjoying school, coloring and coming up with every other excuse to use their new table and seats. Who knew providing kid-size furniture would be life altering?

Here, I’ve gathered some stunning images of ways to incorporate kid-friendly furniture into every space of your property.

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Sure, such well-designed kid furniture would be easy to match in almost any area, but it looks especially quaint close to this large, lovely window.

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Adding a play table in your child’s bedroom makes great sense if you have the space. If not, think about adding a vibrant rug to some corner of your living area to make your child feel comfortable.

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Older children require a place of their own too. This larger table (with vibrant markers as a centerpiece) fits right in with the room’s decor and makes the perfect space for homework and drawing.

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If you have a spare space, begin amassing smaller furniture to make a play area that’s all for the kids.

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Most children go through a stage during which they love trains. When they outgrow that stage, this table can be utilized as an art table which still fits into any of those grownups’ rooms.

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Putting a small dining table and chairs in a spacious, multi-use place in your home will allow you to keep an eye on exactly what the small ones are up to.

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If you have a tiny table are concerned about space for seats, look at purchasing a few cushioned stools. The stools can easily be tucked beneath the table or moved from room to room for perfect kid-friendly chairs.

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A vibrant mini drop leaf table fits nicely in this grownup area and can be recreated with a keen eye on Craigslist and a quart of paint.

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10 Wall Writings That Look on the Bright Side

It’s a hard world out there, and sometimes we need a little reminder — while we’re brushing our teethgoing up the staircase or flying out of the front door — that everything will be OK. We have all seen typography around the home in the form of artwork prints, classic signs and decals, but there are a select few that send us a thoughtful message and do so in style. See if the writing on the walls of those homes makes you grin, adds a bit more zest to your step and contains you whistling while you are commuting to work.

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This hilarious entryway reminder in DIY design blogger Michelle Hinkley’s home probably applies to the majority of families out there.

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Whenever I speak to couples who’ve been together for quite a while, they seem to agree with the message inside this flea market elegant bedroom: Forgive quickly.

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Kids spend loads of time in tree houses and playrooms — why not imbue them with positive, encouraging messages whenever they’re up there?

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This lovely message reminds that the homeowners of the traditional home in Pennsylvania that their kids aren’t just little people to schedule into a weekly calendar of football games, sleepovers and summer camp.

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This protective blossom symbol makes a nice complement to this Asian-inspired stairway landing or entryway…

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… as does this Robert Indiana–motivated”Love” wall in a contemporary Denver home.

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The writing over the ceiling molding reads:”May you live to learn well and learn how to live well.” The message is a good reason to appear once in a while from this traditional home’s dinner table.

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The mandate over the window frame in this traditional kitchen would be to eat — not to tweet or, a bigger mouthful, upgrade your Facebook status.


It’s going to take a few decades until your baby has a chance to practice the six L’s, but it is good to plant the seeds first, just as this Amsterdam craft blogger is doing by way of her baby’s nursery wall art.

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Fantasy — one of the easiest and loveliest things that you can do on this window-side banquette.

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Polycarbonate Glazing

Polycarbonate glazing is a synthetic thermoplastic resin that is more durable than glass and half of the weight. Manufactured in sheets in addition to curved shapes, it can be used for windows, ceilings and walls.

Greenhouses are common places to find glazing. It’s lightweight, unbreakable and weather resistant, and blocks UV light.

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This inventive window wall uses the parallel grooves of polycarbonate glazing in horizontal and vertical patterns.

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Polycarbonate glazing is the ideal roofing material, because it’s half the weight of glass and nearly unbreakable.

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Glazing is a product. Here it is used in sheets, however it’s also manufactured in round and curved shapes.

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The material is extremely durable and impact resistant. The clear plastic walls that protect baseball fans out of the game are polycarbonate glazing.

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This window takes advantage of the very clear view given by polycarbonate glazing.

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A number of clear, transparent and opaque glazing sheets are made from polycarbonates.

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Midcentury Austin Home Earns a Makeover

When designer Sharon Radovich was seeking to buy a home, it came down to two properties: a midcentury cottage that needed major work and a four-story condominium that had just new paint and carpet. “I decided to buy the run-down cottage,” she states. “I thought I would fix it up and flip it in three to five years, but 20 years later I’m still here!”

Radovich’s vibrant and modern style comes to life within her work at Panache Interiors, and she brought the exact same elegance to her own home. A boldly darkened living space, a whirlpool bath wall and a glowing pink ceiling assisted give the previously dilapidated cottage a new appearance.

in a Glance
Who resides: Sharon Radovich
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 1,167 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom

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Radovich got creative with her small living room space by adding two swivel foldout chairs from Collectic Home. While they provide comfortable seating, in addition they fold to allow for more room.

A framed pastel titled “Victory Series,” by Kay Biggs, sits on top of this fireplace mantel. The surround is a polished absolute black granite, added by Radovich during the house’s first renovation.

Mirror: Lights Fantastic

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Deciding whether or not to tear the house down and start all over was Radovich’s initial design dilemma. Although she’d have loved a small, contemporary house with walls of windows, she ended up maintaining the existing house and renovating in two stages.

Her initial phase was refinishing the floors. Almost a decade later, she restored her kitchen, adding new tile, appliances and flooring.

A wall unit from Four Hands serves as the ideal place for keys when she gets home. Art by Austin artist Maxine Price frames the TV.

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This cozy sitting room with a leather loveseat from Four Hands sits just off the kitchen. Cheerful yellow horizontal stripes provide a background for an artfully centered painting by artist John Siebels. The contemporary pendant lighting is from Besa Lighting.

Painted stripes: Creamy and Torchlight, Sherwin-Williams; coffee table: Canton Flea Market

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The stripes wrap around the whole space, serving as a background for a wallpapered door comprising a Komar photomural embellished with Swarovski crystals.

Swivel leather seat: Austin Furniture Depot

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The home office features patterned wallpaper. Radovich and three of her Panache Interiors workers work from this office. Currently they’re working on a varied number of jobs, such as custom draperies, a Zen bathroom remodel plus a Moroccan-inspired formal living area.

Wallpaper: Gear Guild Productions SBK13601 by Como; Roman shades: Allen+Roth thermal blackout, Lowe’s; lamp: Ikea

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Next to the design group’s office is a guest room with a full size pullout sofabed. It gives a cozy place for Radovich’s nephews to stay when they visit. Over the sofa hangs a framed painting in the night market in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sofa: Collectic Home America; Paint: Dorian Gray, Sherwin-Williams; curtains: West Elm

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Radovich kept the original oak floors throughout the house and afterwards stained them a dark walnut. She painted the master bedroom ceiling a glowing pink to bring a female and fun signature. Radovich’s mother made the comforter that was bold that was vibrant.

Bed framework: O’Asian Furniture; side tables: Four Hands; lamp: purchased from customers; ceiling paint: Heart’s Desire, Porter Paints

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Along with the kitchen, Radovich renovated the house’s only toilet, adding new floors, a new dressing table from Ikeaand mosaic tile to give life to the room. Radovich prefers an all-white bathroom since it has a resort-like feel.

Shower curtain: Bed Bath & Beyond; floors: American Tile Stone Peak Touch Series, Snow; accent lighting: DAL Tile

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Radovich designed and studded this toilet wall, adding interest and pattern to an otherwise blank canvas. “I really like the drama of outsized graphics and picked a German-inspired pattern for this project,” she states. “Once the layout was applied to the wall, then I desired more impact than paint would provide.” Radovich summarized the pattern in chrome figurines to add dimension, texture and a bit of bling.

Silver pebble wallpaper: exclusive to Panache Interiors

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Radovich sits in her table when enjoying a book on design and a glass of wine. “My style is more expressive, artful and relaxed,” she states. “I design lavish yet livable spaces to get a sense of style and grace in everyday life.”

Chandelier: West Elm; window panels: Ikea; dining chairs: crocodile vinyl, Four Hands; table: Storehouse

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Easy Makeover: Spirited Spruce-Up to Get a Bar Cart

About two years back I took you on a tour of my buddy Lucas Miré’s attic here in Atlanta. Ever since then the pictures of the pub tray have been crazy popular on . He always likes to keep up it and full of spirits, and keeps fresh flowers in addition to it. Howeveran honest guest looked at it recently with new eyes and pointed out that the pub could use a good cleaning, some reorganizing and a general spruce-up. It was an easy job they finished in less than an hourand Miré was so excited about his cleanup, it had been the first thing he told me about another time I saw him.

This is one of the original bar shots. It’s been featured in many articles here on , and ers have inserted it to more than 1,500 private ideabooks so far. This shot was taken about two decades back, as it was prepared for the close-up. Ever since then, the pub was becoming cluttered and dusty and was in disarray, but since Miré saw it every day, he didn’t notice.

Butler tray and stand: West Elm

“It all began when my friend brought me these awesome glass chunks with feathers in them,” states Miré. “I believe they are really cool, however I didn’t want to hang them all in some group and say’Here is my feathers-in-glass-balls collection.'”

“We began to experiment and determined they’d look great in the tops of my carafes,” he states. “I am such great friends with whoever gave me that he felt comfortable telling me that my pub could use a sprucing. We washed and removed each of the liquor bottles and glassware, and washed away from the pub thoroughly.”

The next addition to the glassware was that this terrarium on a stem. It retains some sprigs of green present for those days when the table is between flower structures.

“We decided to maintain all of the glass on one side along with the bottles onto the other to help keep it looking as easy as possible,” Miré states. Now the light shines through the glass.

Artfully arranged tulips were inserted as the last touch. Miré enjoys shifting up the flowers to give the pub different appearances.

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Posh 1930s Family Farmhouse in Ohio

Would you want to stay on your childhood home? Six decades ago, Mark and Elisabeth Yutzy were given the chance to rent the house Mark grew up in, a 1930s farmhouse in Ohio, and decided to give it a try. Mark’s parents purchased the house in the early 1950s, and it was in the family ever since.

As well as the house in the 1970s added more room; besides that, the home was Mark recalled it. The couple brought their vibrant characters into the space with reworked classic furniture and a great deal of DIY touches. “Living here helps bring back memories of my youth,” he states. “Not a lot of people get that chance.”

at a Glance
Who lives here: Mark and Elisabeth Yutzy
Location: Madison County, Ohio
Size: 3,000 square feet; 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
That’s intriguing: The original 1930s wallpaper still hangs in the stairwell and upstairs hall.

Julie Ranee Photography

An inviting table place with a classic tablecloth and Elisabeth’s Fiesta dinnerware sits on the front porch. A collection of classic watering cans infused together speaks to her love of gardening.

Elisabeth found the table and chairs at a garage sale, repainted them and re-covered the chairs.

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In the kitchen, a cabinet located at a garage sale sits adjacent to the cooker. The item adds much-needed storage in addition to character.

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A”New Eggs” signal, also a flea market find, is a nod to the farmhouse background of the house. Vintage Dove brand milk-glass spice containers were given to the couple by Mark’s sister.

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This Hoosier-style cabinet was seen by Mark and bought for just $25. “We did not have to do something for this,” Elisabeth says.

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This cabinet is just one of Mark’s finds and holds treasures from Elisabeth’s mother and grandmother, along with other vintage finds.

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In the living room, a bold red sofa and a patterned armchair make a cozy gathering place. The doorway to the right leads upstairs. Mark recalls coming home after curfew if he was younger and trying to be silent,”but the staircase would constantly squeak and wake up Mother,” he states.

Seat and chair: Smith Brothers

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This primitive-style cabinet was bought at a flea market and is just one of Elisabeth’s beloved pieces. Framed family photographs adorn the walls.

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A sitting room in Elisabeth’s art and sewing room provides a place to unwind. The dresser was bought at an auction and painted mint green. The ticking wallpaper, beadboard ceiling and firkin boxes all pay tribute to the home’s roots.

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Elisabeth framed pages from 1950s magazines, including Life and Ladies’ Home Journal, as artwork. A generous stranger gave her dresser for a gift.

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According to Elisabeth, this seat was in poor shape when it was picked up from the garbage. She also gave it new life by minding it and adding colorful fabric bands for a bright and joyous touch.

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This view reveals the original 1930s wallpaper in the upstairs hall, combined with Elisabeth’s mother’s Amish bonnet displayed on the bedside table.

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This bedroom, lined with wallpaper in the 1970s, was shared by Mark as a child with three of his brothers. “Once a year we shifted the straw in the bed,” he quips.

Mark and Elisabeth rescued the full-length mirror after a neighbor lost it. They repaired the frame and replaced with the mirror.

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Dried hydrangeas and a classic quilt match the classic dresser picked up at an auction. The seat is a unique find from Mark and Elisabeth’s youth church.

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Elisabeth’s style proceeds into the flower bed. Here, a spray painted seat and table sit in a bed of vinca. One of Elisabeth’s recent projects was to drill holes in used paint cans, spray paint them bright colors and plant some of her favourite flowers in them.

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Boxwood planted in pots become instant garden boundaries and can readily be moved. A basket of petunias and lobelia sit beneath a large maple tree trunk. Purple sage and spider wort offer color and variety close to the bench. A classic tricycle bought for $1 could be observed behind the shrub.

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The upgraded Adirondack-style glider is constructed of a durable polylumber comprising recycled milk jugs. Elisabeth painted a classic wooden ironing board and placed it in their front porch to hold decorative things and freshly cut flowers in milk bottles. The “No Dumping” sign was a flea market find.

Glider: Holmes Crafted Furniture

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The front of the 1930s farmhouse remains structurally the same. The 1970s addition could be seen in the far right of the photo. Because the few rents, they are limited to what renovations they could do. While they’ve embraced the quirks that include an old house, there are plenty of things they would still love to change.

More: Ways to Acquire a Modern Farmhouse Look

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Indonesia-Inspired California Home

Having spent decades as a child living in Malibu, California, Deborah Call dreamed of owning her own home near the sea. She discovered it around 90 miles south. “Despite the green-shag-carpeted kitchen, it was love at first sight,” she states. Just blocks from the sand, Telephone loves her tranquil residence and surrounds herself with personal items and decor mainly from Indonesia, where she has made several trips as a textile designer.

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Who lives here: Deborah Call along with her kitty, Cleopatra
Location: Dana Point, California
Size: 1,456 square feet; two bedrooms, 2 baths
That’s intriguing: A storm in December 2010 bombarded the home so badly, it needed a total overhaul to make it habitable.

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As a textile designer, Telephone respects and admires artists, designers and creative thinkers of all kinds. “I am particularly inspired by authentic craftsmanship and people who dedicate themselves to a skill or trade that works on a degree independent of mass production,” she states.

Call adores hand-me-downs and Craigslist finds, and has been fortunate enough to get beautiful hand-crafted presents from gifted buddies. Some of her favorite designers are out of the world of style, and she sees a lot of crossover between interiors and style. Also, natural materials such as stones and timber bring a sense of groundedness for Telephone. “I like to create a mood over that I like to create a look,” she states.

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A closer look in Call’s custom designed xeriscape garden. More to come later.

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This 1950s classic ikat wall hanging out of Sumba, Indonesia, is extremely dear to Phone. Her old boss bought it from a girl who paddled him out in a kayak when he was surfing the outer atolls of Indonesia.

Beside the ikat are two stylized wooden figurines from Bali representing women walking in succession whilst praying.

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The intentional white walls show off the handpicked furniture and personal art items representing who Phone is and where she has been. The earthy colour palette, timber furniture and Mexican Saltillo tiles bring warmth to the room. An antique quilt from Phone’s great-grandmother drapes over the timber chair.

Beautifully hand-crafted from classic canoe prows, a cupboard from Bali hides electronic equipment.

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Call crafted and designed this mosaic mantel and hearth made of marble and artificial granite chips. A Day of the Dead candelabra created by friend and ceramic artist Susie Ketchum adorns the mantel.

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An ikat woven textile drapes the coffee table, and on top is a publication on textiles and a wooden bare figure from the Philippines that is certainly a nutcracker.

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A funerary kayak and hand-dyed orchid-vine”skirt” hanging in the attic draws up the eye and creates visual impact. Since buying Indonesia is no longer the standard for Telephone, she turns to David Alan at Solana Beach. The tall classic hand-hewn cupboard from Java, Indonesia, has been bought there. One of Call’s most recent splurges is this leather sofa from Restoration Hardware.

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Call loves quiet meditation and incense burning while stretched out on her leopard-covered”Cleopatra lounge” off the atrium. This is only one of her favorite spots in the home, as it is filled with a great deal of sunlight.

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Shortly after moving to the home in 1989, Telephone and her ceramicist friend Susie Ketchum tiled the kitchen countertops and backsplash. The mosaic critters add vibrant personality to the white cabinetry and walls.

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From the home office, file cabinets out of Staples along with a door from Home Depot create a functional and affordable alternative to a traditional desk.

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Natural light fills the master bedroom, showing off a distinctive hand-carved headboard bought from a shop in Bali.

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What Phone loves about this headboard is its outdated appearance and muted colors from natural weathering over time. “It doesn’t have that garish appearance and bright paint that many of the new bits have,” she states. Call considers it might have been part of a entryway at one time.

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More hand-carved furniture from Bali is employed in the restroom as storage and a vanity. A bold white contemporary sink with brushed chrome fittings is a wonderful contrast to detailing at the mirror and cabinets.

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This guest room features a bold, picture, teal Tahitian bedspread that’s a garage sale locate; the good walnut headboard is out of Craigslist.

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After a storm in 2010 ruined Call’s home, she decided it was time to get rid of her backyard’s grass and messy vines, and transform it into a peaceful xeriscape garden. Since her neighborhood has water use restrictions, it was an easy choice to go drought tolerant. Telephone hired Scott Ward of White Sage Gardening to style her yard to reflect her love of the desert and decomposed granite and rocks. She states,”It was an wonderful experience working with Scott as an artist. He brought a lot of his own artistic to the undertaking and moved on things in a extremely organized and thoughtful way.”

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Ward wanted a substance that would be a stark contrast between the backyard and the trail. What is apparently sand is called DG (brief for decomposed granite); it compacts over time. The substance appears natural, such as the desert Phone enjoys.

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The aloe camperi in bloom displays stunning orange and yellow bursts of colour.

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This agave hybrid attributes intriguing leaf prints. The embossed effect is the consequence of the plant’s being tightly wrapped before it enlarged.

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Ward designed the garden to allow colour, repeat and also a variety in texture shine through. The firestick plant (euphorbia tirucalli), also known as the pencil tree, provides lots of visual attention, but the milky sap is very toxic and may be blinding.

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The Echeveria’Afterglow’ is really a beautiful and vigorous succulent that has pinkish-lavender leaves.

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Phone worked together with craftsperson Erik Vader to create this custom-made African mahogany timber entrance. Potted aloe ferox line the driveway and are backlit for added play and ambience.

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Telephone says,”Spending money on your home in a meaningful way increases not only the value of your house but also the experience of your life.” She learned this to be authentic after attaining deep into her pockets to create her home livable again following the flooding; with this significant investment came a new sense of pride and enjoyment.

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Guest Picks: Pottery Pleasers

Ceramics are similar to individuals. They have a character all their own, with so many different colours, shapes and textures. They have the ability to become slick, funny, refined or unique. They also make for the perfect gift (even if it’s really on your own ). Listed below are a couple of things I believe are directly up kiln it!
— Kristin Guy in The Cuisinerd

Have You Met Miss Jones

Shirt Front Plate – AUD 50

Hey, you have food in your shirt.

(I’m sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

This shirt plate is most certainly a conversation starter and perfect for celebration hosting or host gifting.

Design Museum

Memories of Falmouth Salt and Pepper Shakers – GBP 37

This sailboat salt and pepper shaker is a beam of sunshine. It is happiness. Would you float over some pepper, please?

Jayson Home

Farmers Market Baskets – $20

I have an absolute love affair with all the cardboard green originals, but these ceramic berry boxes are beyond cute. My mind is racing with all the potential things I could store in these — none of these is fruit.

Bauer Pottery Company

American Modern Celery Tray – $40

Give your spoon a swanky place to break its head. The colours and shape are deliciously brightly colored inspired, and the quality is remarkable. I already have these, but I am already trying to figure out if it is absolutely ridiculous to possess two. Likely, yes.

Heath Ceramics

Espresso Cup & Saucer – $34

The rich color! The handles! There is a whole bunch of right happening with those espresso cups. Morning coffee is all about to receive a makeover.

Manyana Breakfast Plate

I’ve been around a Southwest style kick lately. Wait, what am I saying? I’m always on a Southwest style kick. This festive pattern gets super sweet with a lady-like color pallet. Adore!

Ingrid Tufts

Beynon + Tufts Coffee Cup – AUD 36

Paper no longer! This hand-thrown coffee to-go cup has a lot of delicate and feminine allure. BYO hasn’t been more appealing. I suddenly wish to throw a pair of colorful cashmere gloves and go for a walk when holding it.

Fishs Eddy

These floor plan dishes are equivalent parts classic and comedic. I want to serve specific food groups contained into individual chambers. Peas in the room, anyone?


Mano Storage Jar Medium, Blue – $79.95

Warm wood paired with icy blue makes a swoon-worthy combination. This is just one handsome storage container and can be 100 percent countertop accepted.

caroline swift

Bone China Spoons – GBP 65

I am really going to have to reconsider which cup to use for the morning java. These delicate and regal strands would roll their eyes in my Royal Wedding mug.


Perch! – Beak – $48

Do not these pitchers look like canary songbirds to you? They are just darling, and I wouldn’t ever restrict them to just orange juice. Just think how cheerful they could be vases or as holders for your wooden spoons.

Ferm Living Shop

Ferm Living Bowl – $24.95

Each time I take a look at this line of dishes from Ferm Living, I hear”Rah, rah, sis boom bah!” And a confetti cannon goes off. It is just like a tiny ticker tape parade just skipped onto your table for lunch.


Wedding Cake Topper with Uunicorn Groom and Deer Bride by Melabo Wed – $50

If you are going to go all out and find a cake topper, it better be a showstopper. Artist Megan Bogonovich is an specialist in whimsy and certainly will make an impression in any wedding. When all the cake has been eaten, this deserves a place in your house — or in my case, in my desk.

Gretel Home

Big Crinkle Cup – $13

I’m a massive supporter of designers turning mundane, disposable products into posh, funny collectables. This crumpled ceramic cup has just won over a massive part of my heart.


Herb by Nick Fraser – GBP 28

Stop. You had me at multifaceted terracotta.

Kathleen Hills

Vintage Decanter – GBP 70

I’m in love with this play on delicate translucent glass paired with strong white ceramic. These would make any bar cart sing. My only problem is choosing which decanter to actually purchase — I want them all!

Jonathan Adler

Pig Canister – $98

Jonathan Adler makes it right each and every time. I love everything he touches, and this particular pig jar is no different. I particularly love the modern color palette used for the stains that gives it a classic twist. This little piggy is going to”weee weee weee” all the way home with me.

Design Museum

My Egg and Soldiers Toast and Egg Holders – GBP 22

I’ve confessed to my secret love for egg cups before, however I think my crush is about to intensify. How adorable is this toast and egg collection? Talk about easily getting kids to eat their lunch and playing with your food is definitely okay.

Scandinavian Design Center

Season Pie Dish – $32.12

The Swedish can do no wrong. The seasonal line of home goods by Sagaform is just one more illustration of the entertaining, colorful and lively design. How excited would you be if you received a dish and discovered that this fiesta in the bottom of the dish? Extremely excited.

Orange and Pear

Ladies Who Lunch Wine Stopper – $22

She is one classy wide — that lunches. I love the demure quirkiness to this particular bottle stopper; you can’t really tell if she’s inviting you for a glass or to get your hands from her rosé.

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