Rachel DeSchepper is a twentysomething living in a Brooklyn apartment with tin ceilings and creaky wood floors. As the online editor of Fresh Home, she’s always got a project up her sleeve: rehabbing a $20 dresser she found on Craigslist, or painting (and repainting) her room until she’s found the winner out of 80 different shades of blue-gray. Rachel loves city life, but dreams of wraparound porches, window seats and backyard gardens. Until then, she lives vicariously through Fresh Home’s website and blog, pins a ton on Pinterest, and tirelessly posts on Facebook and Twitter.
My personal style is hard to pin down, especially in the living room. Sometimes I’m drawn to all-white, sleek, Eames-like enclaves; the next day I’ll be longing for a cozy nook, filled with books, pillows and throws. These five rooms pretty much run the decorating gamut, and I love them all equally. Call me indecisive or an egalitarian – either way, I’d be lucky to put my feet up in any of these lovely rooms. Be sure to comment and let me know which room – and which Etsy collection – strikes your fancy most!
[Clockwise from top left: Lime green curtains from kirtamdesigns; 1940s Hollywood Regency chandelier from fabulousmess; Lacey teardrop lamp from Lawrence Mcrae; Antique yellow chair from metrosofa; Vintage Hollywood Regency brass and marble coffee table from junk2funkbiz; Vintage Hollywood Regency bird figures from fabulousmess; Felt flower pillow cover from urbanfringe; “Holly” painting from Leigh’s Art]
To me, traditional doesn’t mean boring. I love the Hollywood Regency vibe in this glamorous living room, designed by homeowner and designer Amie Corley. It combines the best of old and new — a sleek white sofa juxtaposed with reupholstered vintage French chairs and modern drapes mixed with a totally glitzy chandelier. This is one of my favorite rooms on our site.
[Clockwise from top left: Vintage serving cart from Violet Hill Vintage; Pair of blue folding chairs from Golden Days Antiques; Yellow mesh wire table from bluebonnetfields; Dandelion art from papermoth; Blue corral throw pillow from Kainkain; Grey/blue dresser from poppyseedliving; Solid brass birdcage from Jolly Time One; Set of six Herman Miller Eames chairs from retrograde la; Vintage porch bed from Styled Vintage Chic]
The indoor/outdoor feel of this room really speaks to me; it could be an indoor living room or an outdoor screened-in porch. You’d usually expect country style to be all hens-and-chickens, but this room proves it can be industrial, too — almost mid-century modern. I loved shopping for vintage metal and mesh furniture and mixing it with soft touches like pretty throw pillows and a dandelion painting. I about died when I found a set of six Herman Miller Eames chairs!
[Clockwise from top left: Handmade woven baskets from giftgogreen; Coney Island photograph from depuis; Girl on bike artprint from theBungaloo; Set of 2 droplet vases from Sara Paloma Pottery; Mid-century blue sofa from dejavulongbeach; WWII Philippine teak mask from ElectibleParts4U; Cherry red pillow with pink blossoms from Swoon Studio]
This is another of my favorite rooms. It belongs to designer Cara Scarola from Ore Studios. It’s modern without feeling sparse; collected without feeling cluttered. I love the salon-style artwork — one piece is an original Janet Lippincott. I chose art from some of my favorite Etsy shops to riff off of Cara’s collection.
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[Clockwise from top left: Black and white tilt-shifted photo of New York City from amlamster; James Town print from Sarah Giannobile; Hot pink throw pillow cover from Sassy Pillows; Honeysuckle pillow cover from Sassy Pillows; Rust and linen pillow cover from milk & cookies canada; Vintage wood side table from hindsvik; Ottoman slip cover from Ideal Window Fashions; Art deco glass lamp from Phat Dog]
This bright white room — especially the stark walls and furnishings — provides a crisp background for bright highlights, like pink and animal print pillows. The sisal rug and wood plant stand just scream cottage, while modern touches like the Art Deco table lamp and ceiling fixture bring it up to date. Again, I love the collection of black and white art prints, hung gallery style in the corner. I pulled from favorite Etsy shops for these, too.
[Clockwise from top left: Blue and white pillow cover from Rufflewood; Upcycled white candle lamp from ccaappp; Vintage rococo-style gilt mirror from & found; Turquoise bud vase from Tanner Glass; Glass bud vases from David Jacobson Glass; Antique dresser from DutchTouchAntiques; Decorative orange and clay pillow cover from Turquoise Tumbleweed]
I was hoping to find a light fixture to match this Serge Mouille-inspired ceiling piece, but came up a bit empty. No worries, though – the Rococo-inspired gilt mirror was jackpot! I dig the fearless mix of patterns in this room and pops of turquoise from glass vases. I feel like contemporary rooms are just right – not too modern, not too vintage. It’s a great mix.