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Get the Look Decor: Anything Goes handmade and vintage goods


This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the incredible home of Jonnie Andersen. Her home reveals a girl with an insatiable appetite for vintage as so many decades and decorating styles are blended together to create a welcoming space that is full of personality and warm fuzzy memories. After touring her home, it is no surprise that Jonnie runs a successfull vintage shop on Etsy called johnnyvintage. Visit Jonnie on Flickr for more photos of her vintage filled home, and if you are looking for decorating inspiration with a hint of humor, stop by her blog Kitsch + Craft.

Where do you live and with whom?
I live in Superior, Nebraska, population 1500, halfway between the world’s longest porch swing and the world’s largest ball of twine. I live with the world’s finest hubby, Brad, and two chihuahuas, Alice Cooper and Winston Churchill.


How would you describe your home decorating style?
Everything is vintage, and usually anything goes. Because of a reputation for finding and collecting oddities, people have just started showing up with things they deem strange and/or useless. This is exciting, because it then becomes kamikaze decorating; make something out of other people’s memories, and the things they couldn’t throw away. Sometimes all it takes is a beautiful color of spray paint or some industrial wheels to completely change the feel of an object, and make it fit my style.


Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
I remember visiting my grandma and swooning over the orange vinyl diner booth in the kitchen and her player piano. The entire place was cute and eccentric, and I loved looking through her little museum of oddities. I feel like the humor in her home made it more inviting; my style started out as over-the-top, and has gradually become more subtle, still incorporating kitsch and humor.



What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I love mixing color, texture and pattern. I love shabby chic, farmhouse, eclectic and mid-century modern. I spend a lot of time diving through Flickr to see what other people are doing with their homes. It takes a little longer than flipping through a magazine, but I really like seeing personal spaces that have evolved, rather than the stylists’ versions. I also love looking through; you can rent rooms, tree houses, and houseboats all over the world, close to locals and far from generic motels. What a fantastic way to travel, I think. Also, there are beautiful home decor photos I haven’t seen anywhere else.


What is your favorite part about your home?
It’s really open and bright, and the spare bedroom gets the perfect amount of light in the afternoons for photographing vintage finds. The best part of selling vintage is the constant reinvention as items come in and go out. Sometimes changing one item dictates changing around the whole room.


Does your home hold any strong memories?
We live in such a tiny town that when people ask where we live, we found we had to start saying “Patty Lambert’s old house,” instead of giving an address. Patty was a ceramicist and taught classes here, firing work in her studio out back. The architect who originally built it in the ’50s was said to have had his office in the back room while he and his family lived here. I like to think there’s been a tradition of creating in this home.


Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.

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