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Get the Look Decor: Boho On a Budget handmade and vintage goods


Melissa, Shem, and their dog, Tee-Loup, share an eclectic home in Tallahasse, Florida that’s the inspiration for this weekend’s Get the Look Decor. On a tight budget, they have created a space that combines their their boho modern aesthetic with family pieces and and significant souvenirs from their travels together.

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
It’s evolved in response to my love of design; a desire to achieve lots of style on a tight budget; a love of vintage, history, family, color and geometrics; and my love of mixing and rearranging these objects together in various ways that I find beautiful!


[Clockwise from top left: Funky Coffee Table by leecowen; Mid Century Studio Still Life by smilemercantile; Mid Century Lamp with Fiberglass Shade by themodfix; Bottle and Feather Trio by NyeDesigns; Vintage Oaxaca Rug by VTextiles; 4 Point Deer Antler by HomeAgainShop.]

What is your favorite part about your home?
My favorite part is the person and dog I share it with, as well as the cozy collections that speak to our personalities and life together. I have a few favorite objects: a welcome home sign made for my great-uncle when he returned from World War I, pottery made by my husband’s grandmother and late step-grandfather, and a chandelier my husband and I bought together in Venice.


[Clockwise from top left: Reclaimed Wood Bookcase by appendageandbough; Chevron Rug by ArborRoad; Vintage Milk Jug by MyRustiqueBoutique; Large 48 x 20 Textured Abstract Painting by HesterPaintings; Chunky Oatmeal Cable Knit Throw by BiscuitScout; Vintage Carved Wood Box by fernswoodpixie.]

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
Design blogs such as decor8, Design*Sponge, The Design Files; nature, advertising, things that are old and tell a story.


[Clockwise from top left: Vintage Blue Enamel Letter “S” by AuroraMills; Littleneck Clam Porcelain Bowl by elementclaystudio; 3D Stained Glass Suncatcher by LAGlass; Deluxe French Coffee Press by KTsAttic; Portrait with Glasses Print by behappynow; Mid-Century Modern Lamp by TintedVintage.]

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
Goodwill (I find that frequenting the same one results in amazing finds),Urban Outfitters, Etsy, eBay, and some local shops: Good Finds , The Other Side, Southern Chicks, Lighthouse children’s thrift store, and Second Hand Sandies.


[From left to right: Vintage Child’s Shoe Form by AMradio; SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS by edubarba; Orange Glass Vase by isantiik.]

Does your home hold any strong memories?
It holds memories of family, and our travels and vacations together. It is a place to laugh, cry, fight, rest, work, reflect, enjoy fellowship with others, play and create! Life is a beautiful mess and the imperfect is part of that.

A specific memory I cherish: the morning tradition my husband and I share of drinking coffee in bed while playfully pestering our dog and making up funny dog thoughts to go with her expressions!


[Clockwise from top left: Trapper Point Wool Blanket by TheHeirloomShoppe; Large Antique Steamer Trunk by ModishVintage; Teak Neck Pottery Lamp by CashewPickle; Long Wool Rug by starway0311; Vintage Globe XXL by HuntandFound; Lovely White Dresser by madelinemooney.]

Can you share a few of your favorite design tips?
Keep practicality and comfort in mind. Work with the unchangeable in your home by drawing the eye towards what is pleasing to you. Make good use of light. Explore strange color combinations and combine old and new in the same setting (makes for a great juxtaposition!). Use something for a purpose other than its original intention. Try moving something from where it has always been in your house to someplace new. Simplify so that beautiful objects are highlighted.


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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