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Get the Look Decor: Family Friendly

Oct 9, 2011

by Christine Domanic handmade and vintage goods

This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the gorgeous Abbotsford, British Columbia home of Lily, who lives with her handyman husband, Brad, three young kids Gabe, Sadie and Lilah, and trusty dog Ronin. Her family-friendly style of decorating incorporates many vintage treasures that she finds while shopping at thrift stores and antique markets with her good friend Rachel. Lily and Rachel have turned their passion for thrifting, simple living and great design into a thriving business. Check out their vintage shop Birch + Bird or visit their blog for more creative decorating inspiration.

Describe your home decorating style.
Our home is a comfortable and homey mix of vintage and new. I do like everything in its place but, with three children running around, we cope with the inevitable clutter by using plenty of baskets and hidden storage to stash shoes and other gear out of sight. I firmly believe that if you don’t love it, it shouldn’t be in your home. With the exception of things made by our children and their treasured items, I’m pretty quick to pass things along when they’re no longer serving a purpose in our space. The beauty of decorating with vintage and thrifted items is that nothing is too precious and I don’t feel guilty dropping that $15 dresser right back at the Salvation Army where I found it two years ago when I find something better.


[Left to right, top and bottom row: DANISH MODERN side chair by SelectModern; Shabby Chic Vintage Mirror – Chalkboard by studio1404; Round Reclaimed Douglas Fir Custom Dining Table by MortiseandTenon; Large Faceted Drum Shade by Zipper8Lighting; African Cow Hide Rug by stonetreeleather; French cheeses on a plate by MademoiselleChipotte]

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
While growing up, my mom had a keen eye for second-hand and curbside treasures, furnishing our family home with an eclectic collection of antique furniture that she lovingly refinished herself. I’ve always had a passion for interior design but raising a young family on a budget quickly made me realize I’d have to get creative to manifest the family home I’d always imagined and I was soon following in my mother’s thrifty footsteps. Our home is a mix of vintage and new pieces, although the scale is definitely leaning more to the vintage side these days! I met Rachel several years ago through a mutual friend and we soon realized that we shared a love of thrifting and that we were both at risk of becoming hoarders. After several serendipitous conversations and chance meetings, we were soon on the path to opening our vintage shop, Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors, in June of last year. Now our homes have become a revolving door of vintage treasures destined for the shop… it’s a win-win situation!


[Left to right, top and bottom rows: Vintage Moorish Coffee Table by thevintagesupplyco; Chocolate Brown and Natural Chevron Pillow Cover by trendypillows; Vintage Pair of Framed Bird Prints by ameliajanevintage; Arts and Crafts wall sconce by Route11vintage; Rustic Bark Edge Catalpa Wood Turned Bowl by JLWoodTurning; Faux Fur Mink Throw Blanket by saaridesign]

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I’m a regular at all of the local thrift shops in town and Rachel and I make almost weekly visits to a local junk barn in the area. I’ve had some good luck on Craigslist, like my bentwood dining chairs, and I always turn to Etsy when in search of new artwork, prints and pillow covers. We’re eager to dive into the wide world of auctions next!


[Left to right, top and bottom rows: Paul McCobb Desk w/ Chair by openairmodern; Set of two industrial library desk chairs by goseek; vintage replogle world globe by RecycleBuyVintage; Hollywood Regency Set brass Birds by aneedleinthehay; Danish modern teak table cart by luichinis; Framed Oil Painting by Carl2FloorStore]

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I love mixing patterns, texture and colour into our space and have always been drawn to warm wood tones. Lately, I’ve been really into rustic and industrial elements and we’ve got a huge stash of vintage crates and several metal trolleys in our shop collection. Writing our blog, Birch + Bird, has given me unlimited opportunities to peak inside other people’s homes and I love seeing how others mix and match, surrounding themselves with the things that they love. I’m also slightly addicted to scouring Pinterest for decorating inspiration. Rachel and I recently hosted our second vintage and handmade market, Fieldstone Vintage Market, and I feel so inspired by so many of our vendors’ gorgeous collections and displays.


[Left to right, top and bottom rows: Country Barn Vintage Metal Star by oldnewhouse; Vintage Number FIVE by CreativeARTifacts; Map of Central Europe by AmyKristineVintage; Porcelain bird couple by twolittlesmom; O Y S T E R shell jars by nocarnationshome; Weller White Vase Urn by RedRiverAntiques]

What is your favorite part about your home?
It was love at first sight when my husband and I walked in and saw our home’s cedar tongue and groove ceiling and large living room windows. The icing on the cake was the 1/4 acre lot in the middle of town, which my husband has put a lot of time into landscaping in the three years since we moved in. We bought the house from friends of ours and, thankfully, they’d already done most of the hard work renovating and updating it, leaving the fun part of decorating to us! Our yard and street are home to many tall old-growth trees as well as a multitude of birds and other wildlife. But the thing I love most about our house is that it’s home to our sweet family!


[Left to right, top and bottom rows: Vintage Painted Aqua Dresser by paintedcottages; Vintage Picture Frame by CinfulOldies; Vintage Horse Painting by northernstarrynights; Vintage Silhouette Couple by Melissashandmades; Industrial Desk Light by CanalSideStudio; Antique Wood Coffee Table by 86ForTheHome]

Does your home hold any strong memories?
Our kids are 8, 5 and 3 years old so we’re making memories here every day. We love to entertain and have had so many great gatherings with our good friends and heaps of children running around. One thing I’ll always remember about this house is the sound of the rain on the roof. There’s no attic above the cedar ceiling so it always feels like we’re in a cozy cabin when it rains, which is very often here in the Pacific Northwest!


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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  • hellobeautifulnyc

    hellobeautifulnyc said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful house! Thank you for sharing!

  • WildRumpusKnitting

    WildRumpusKnitting said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love the color/texture combinations

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 4 years ago

    Lily and Brad have a gorgeous home! Thank you for the feature.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Just beautiful!!!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 4 years ago

    Wonderfully warm and cozy :)

  • cliquecreative

    cliquecreative said 4 years ago

    I love the vintage plates!

  • Arthings

    Arthings said 4 years ago

    too dark for my taste but beautiful things anyway ;)

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! Enjoyed the read!

  • VintageEyeFashion
  • ikabags

    ikabags said 4 years ago

    Wonderful , cozy and warm ! Thanks !

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 4 years ago

    I love all the dark, lush colors and textures of your home! Thanks for sharing!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 4 years ago

    I love the look. I am a big fan of painted exposed brick.

  • GingersGirl

    GingersGirl said 4 years ago

    I LOVE this house! That chippy green dresser is to die for! ...and the sofa looks perfect for curling up with a good book. GREAT job!

  • vintagegoodness1

    vintagegoodness1 said 4 years ago

    Lovely home!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 4 years ago

    Well done spaces! Love the wall of framed art, salon style! Have stacks of art work, no wall to hang them. Next house....

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 4 years ago

    Just love the mix of old and new!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 4 years ago

    looks amazing!! I love the Get the Look decor series!!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 4 years ago

    Looks like a tongue-and-groove wooden ceiling by fireplace - quite nice! Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 4 years ago

    Cozy looks. Love it!

  • jFrancesDesign

    jFrancesDesign said 4 years ago

    I found this so inspiring. I really love the collected look of this home. It feels so warm and welcoming.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 4 years ago

    Great shop, wonderful home! love that green chippy dresser... and Christine... again, you make it look effortless! lovely feature!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, cozy home! Thanks for sharing!

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 4 years ago

    love all the bits and pieces that all harmonize together X

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl said 4 years ago

    I Love your home! Thanks for sharing:)

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring & beautiful home, thanks for sharing :)

  • GoldenDaysAntiques

    GoldenDaysAntiques said 4 years ago

    Love this home and just about everything in it! Beautiful.

  • chiquiita

    chiquiita said 4 years ago

    Very cute and cozy....I bet your family enjoys sitting in that beautiful the colors. Thanks for sharing.... Tania

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    The grey fireplace brick - very unique. Thanks for the peek.

  • SalvagedSoul

    SalvagedSoul said 4 years ago

    I love eveything about this home!

  • fivesisters

    fivesisters said 4 years ago

    love the fireplace!! thank you for sharing!

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads said 4 years ago

    Great collection!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 4 years ago

    I love the green dresser. I have one similar! Great post :) Monica TheIDConnection

  • shabbycreekdesigns

    shabbycreekdesigns said 4 years ago

    How gorgeous! I'm smitten with the star on the fireplace - it's simply stunning!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 4 years ago

    Beautifully displayed collections. Thanks for sharing your wonderful home!

  • mountainvintage

    mountainvintage said 4 years ago

    Very pretty house. I love all the photo collage groupings. We do this as well as it lends itself well to our eclectic taste. The dining set with the cowhide rug is great!

  • ohsnuggleme

    ohsnuggleme said 4 years ago

    Love this look !!!!

  • RecycleBuyVintage

    RecycleBuyVintage said 4 years ago

    wonderful finds !! love it thanks for including our globe

  • happybdaytome

    happybdaytome said 4 years ago

    Beautiful decor I feel right at home :)

  • shabbymcfabby

    shabbymcfabby said 4 years ago

    Wonderful pics & write~up...very inspiring!!! I just sold a vintage framed mirror from my shop, just like the big white you have in the first picture...that is what caught my eye!!!

  • PereditaRose

    PereditaRose said 4 years ago

    I can't wait until I have my own place to decorate someday!

  • urbanponyarts

    urbanponyarts said 4 years ago

    love all the picture frames- they have a great collected-over-time feel.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    I love your home it's so pretty, comfortable and very inviting and family friendly.

  • accessoryalamode

    accessoryalamode said 4 years ago

    I love the style of the rooms!! Great selections of items to match the pictures. Love this post. :O)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    I have a vaulted T & G ceiling & when it rains it's REALLY loud! :-) Love the chippy green dresser, I have a similar one in cream & pale blue but the drawers stick. One day I'm going to sand the runners & wax them... when I have nothing else to do! LOL Thanks for giving us a peek into your cosy space.

  • gumo

    gumo said 4 years ago

    great colours and textures, thanks for sharing your home with us x

  • birchandbird

    birchandbird said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for the fantastic feature Christine and for all of the wonderful compliments on our family home! Feeling very honored to be featured on Get the Look Decor after reading it weekly for so long :) ~Lily

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 4 years ago

    A lovely, lovely home. So happy to have learned your story. Cheers, Mandy

  • scandivintage

    scandivintage said 4 years ago

    Love the look of the fireplace. :)

  • JodysVintage

    JodysVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome and inspiring, I love it!

  • szinteriors

    szinteriors said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this peek into Lily's warm, welcoming home. I love so much of it, and especially Lily's philosophy and approach behind it. Lovely!

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 4 years ago

    Interesting combination of colors and textures, I like the brick wall.

  • beadbuddy

    beadbuddy said 4 years ago

    Dinning Room: This room is really a rehashing of 1970s eclectic, more like the mid/late 70s. Here charcoal gray takes the place of the ubiquitous chocolate brown from the 70s. The table is painted Martha Stewart black and the mirror is painted Martha Stewart white. A trendy drum shade is put on the chandelier and for some reason there is a cow hide on the floor. Mostly this is 70s design, updated as I mentioned above.but is it good? In a word: no. It's boring, derivitive and trend trendy on trend. Where is the design? The effect is heavy and oppressive. The contrasting white elements seem out of place and those plates look ridiculous in this somber collection. They might be ironic, but are they really dealt with as a design element? It seems like the owner wanted to find a place to display her ironic plate collection. So she hangs them flanking the mirror, just like her granny used to do. How ironic is that? While the visual weight to this arrangement does balance the table, it is tired looking. Not real design. I would rather see the plates arranged horizontal, or in two flanking pyramids rather than as side columns to the mirror. That would be the element of surprise this arrangement desperately needs. A cloth, silver tray or large bowl would suite the heavy table better. It is so monolithic in front of the grey wall, that it is begging to be put to use, to be holding something up, if that bird where 2-3 foot tall, that would help. Or if it was sitting in a huge twig nest or twig pile. The bottle vase does nothing to soften or make the arrangement look homey. It makes it look cheap. This isn't a kitchen window sill. Even an inexpensive cut crystal vase would have looked better here, besides cut crystal is made for dinning rooms and the cuts would reflect the bumpy stone. Green is the wrong color for the floral arrangement, it sucks out the what little life is here. Red carnations would be simple and better. The rug. While I admit it looks quite well here, I just hate animal skins that are used as a trend. In a man cave, a library, in front of a fire place, at the foot of a bed -these placements, at least, seem to do honer to the poor beast. Under a table where folks are going to slop sloppy joes just seems demeaning and gross (why not hang photos of a bloody butcher shop over a dinning room table?) And besides, this is obviously a high traffic area, with walk-thrus to the sitting room, and you are likely to trip over the already curled up critter legs.

  • unchanginggrace

    unchanginggrace said 4 years ago

    Every eye sees things from an angle that no one else can see. Because our every view is through lenses of our own tastes, pasts, dreams, personalities etc. When we put our selves into our homes and the results please us, what could be better design?

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 4 years ago

    wow, congrats Lily, it looks amazing! you have an eye for decor, that's for sure!!

  • RedRiverAntiques

    RedRiverAntiques said 4 years ago

    unchanginggrace- beautifully said!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 4 years ago



    SISTERBATIK said 4 years ago

    I absolutely love the distressed pale green dresser.

  • beadbuddy

    beadbuddy said 4 years ago

    @unchanginggrace: I am so glad you agree with my basic principles. So much of interior design today has little to do with living and creating an environment, and more to do with a camera lens, or how it looks on TV. When we put ourselves into our homes, the result will always be good, if only functional design. But when we aim for design, (or a "designed" interior like this one), and we rely on trends and popular gimmicks, are we really infusing our self? Or are we simply picking and choosing from a shopping cart that someone else assembled? That isn't design, it is at best taste, preference and asserting your own choice. I believe that in order to be good, design must be more than amassing the hottest new trends. Like our lives, a home should be an accumulation of our experiences rather than a display case for our shopping excursions.

  • PostedProperty

    PostedProperty said 4 years ago

    Your home is lovely and warm looking. I would love hearing the rain on the roof.

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 4 years ago

    What a cozy, warm and welcoming mix! Thanks so much for inviting us into your home!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    I do think everything looks a bit odd. To each it's own, though. The animal rug looks silly beneath the table. That giant bird and vase is too big. Perhaps a lazy susan would be more functional...There are some fantastic decorating pieces here though and I appreciate the uniqueness of this home!

  • pearljammies

    pearljammies said 4 years ago

    Yay a vintage seller! I enjoy your collection of beautiful things. Just a heads up-this is the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sacred Heart refers to Jesus, Immaculate to Mary.

  • consciousclothing

    consciousclothing said 4 years ago

    Christine- I really cant take you seriously in those glasses

  • hildes

    hildes said 4 years ago

    Very nice :-)

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 4 years ago

    I love the look.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Love the way you use vintage! It is an unique decor, but very individual and interesting!

  • pineapplepetekids

    pineapplepetekids said 4 years ago

    I like the comfortable feel of the home.

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    ToosDetectiveAgency said 4 years ago

    I haven't often been a fan of painted brick, but that beautiful grey has made me a changed woman!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 4 years ago

    I love that your raising your kids with a sense of individuality ~ beautifully done!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, your home has a real happy feeling to it and I love the muted wall colours you have. Really helps to accent the great furniture finds you have!

  • dejavulongbeach

    dejavulongbeach said 4 years ago

    What beautiful vintage finds! Love that you weren't afraid to use a bold grey on the bricks which popped well against the black dining table.

  • GennyPenny

    GennyPenny said 4 years ago

    Nice! I really like the color pallet of all the rooms. The woods mixed with the greys makes it look comfy yet grown up.

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 4 years ago

    Very beautiful!! Such a cozy living room!! I love the mixture of old and new!

  • edababe

    edababe said 4 years ago

    I love this "look"- it is such a nice balance of modern and vintage. Just perfect!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 4 years ago

    Congrats! Love your home and your mixture of old and new~very lovely!! :)

  • BethBoudin

    BethBoudin said 4 years ago

    UGHHHH. LOVE!!! :)

  • whimsypie

    whimsypie said 4 years ago

    Oh I loved reading this! Huge fan of Birch+Bird, both the shop and the blog. Thanks for sharing your home Lily!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 4 years ago

    Very nice home, how fortunate you are! Great eye! Congratulations on the feature! Aloha, Connie

  • thesilvertassel

    thesilvertassel said 4 years ago

    Lovely and warm home...thanks for sharing:)

  • BennBooCreations

    BennBooCreations said 4 years ago

    Very warm and beautiful! Gotta know the color of the brick, it's a nice compliment with the white.

  • knitsinclass

    knitsinclass said 4 years ago

    I love the eclectic, warm feeling of your home. As a mom of three, I'm always looking for thrifty and unique finds, and lots and lots of storage. I'll be following your blog!

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 4 years ago

    fabulously artful and sophisticated while at the same time casual and laid back-- love your wall filled with framed art-- beautiful home-- thanks for sharing!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    Loved this! So cozy and inviting, great charcoals and vintage accents :)

  • unchanginggrace

    unchanginggrace said 4 years ago

    @beadbuddy Love your last line. You make very good points.

  • paroliro

    paroliro said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed the visit, could live without "work on computer ADVERT" and superfluous critiques.... but there is a full moon out tonight...

  • paroliro

    paroliro said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed the journey, could live without the "work on computer ADVERT" and superfluous critiques.... but there is a full moon....

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 4 years ago

    I love the vintage decorating style. I love refurnishing stuff and salvaging curbside treasures too.

  • JuneeHee

    JuneeHee said 4 years ago


  • BrittneyWest

    BrittneyWest said 4 years ago

    All such beautiful decor! Makes me want to redecorate! "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."--Rumi

  • CountryFolksCreation

    CountryFolksCreation said 4 years ago

    Lovely Home!!!!

  • atylla

    atylla said 4 years ago

    Wonderful and cozy!! I love every bit of it!

  • aussiekn

    aussiekn said 4 years ago

    very cozy!!! very nice !

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 4 years ago

    I like the Cappella Sistina fresco detail and the horse. An unexpected mix!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 4 years ago

    so very lovely - love the corners and the artwork arrangements... thanks for sharing!

  • ekohaus

    ekohaus said 4 years ago

    so beautiful items and great designs !

  • fondueavenue

    fondueavenue said 4 years ago

    Adore! The wall of eclectic art is so cool!

  • Fashionitsa

    Fashionitsa said 4 years ago

    Lovely things!

  • TheLadySlipper

    TheLadySlipper said 4 years ago

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  • dekoprojects

    dekoprojects said 4 years ago

    I would say that it's very hard to keep such home in order. I rather like to have a house in a modern style, with much light and many unvisible places for things, that shouldn't be visible. And of course my separate work-room.

  • TheStampAct

    TheStampAct said 4 years ago

    Very cool feature! Hanging plates look great. Oh to have plenty of storage space for all of our Crafts supplies! :")

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 4 years ago

    love your style :)

  • vianegativa420

    vianegativa420 said 4 years ago

    I like your taste in mirrors...actually, that's the second time this month I have seen that same mirror on an Etsy decorating blog after having acquired the same mirror from a friend who was moving this summer! I thought it was quite unique at the time...not so much anymore, I guess! Overall, love the look although there seemed less photos than usual in this edition. I do have to agree with a previous poster that is a less than optimal placement for the cowhide rug. I can only imagine how many times a day that thing needs to be straightened! plus as costly as they are, I'd want it someplace subject to a little less wear and tear.

  • vianegativa420

    vianegativa420 said 4 years ago

    actually, now that I think about it, I'm not a big fan of animal skins in general, as decorating props. Especially on the floor. I would rather see a nice cowhide used in some more unusual application, such as the French chair I recently saw on someone's Facebook that was upholstered with a, that was unexpected. Used this way, it seems like somebody's way of making do until they get a "real" rug for their dining area.

  • UrbanCountryPhoto

    UrbanCountryPhoto said 4 years ago

    I love your taste and hope to incorporate some of your ideas soon. I definitely need to add more hidden storage to our home. Time to pull out the tools!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 4 years ago

    I really love the collection of bird art above the couch.

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 4 years ago

    I like the mix. I don't care enough about about design as I do about living with what you love. Break the rules, make your home your own. Bravo! I love the collection of bird art above the couch.

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 4 years ago

    I like the wall of art!

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 4 years ago

    I love i soo cute

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous. I never thought of gray as an accent color- time to paint!

  • DUSKtillDAWNvintage

    DUSKtillDAWNvintage said 4 years ago

    I love everything! I love the picture of the dresser and wallpaper. I can't wait till we have our own house.

  • UpscaleDownhome

    UpscaleDownhome said 4 years ago

    I love your gallery walls and my favorite picture is the one with the wallpaper in the background and the vintage green dresser--gorgeous! I loved your comment about the rain on the roof. I grew up in an old farmhouse with a tin roof and I loved it when it rained, too. It was so calming listening to it. Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I have subscribed to your blog already. :)

  • NewModernArt

    NewModernArt said 4 years ago

    Beautifully displayed collections. Thanks for sharing your wonderful home!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 4 years ago

    Very sweet house! We just bought a wonderful small, vintage home ourselves and have lots of updating, decorating and landscaping to do. This has been very inspirations, great job.

  • MarieVaughnDesign

    MarieVaughnDesign said 4 years ago

    I love everything from the textured brick accent wall to the carefully placed decor on top of the bistro-like table! I especially love the rustic accents, as they tie everything together! This style is comfortable yet fashionable, often very hard to achieve... A+!

  • LaBrocanterie

    LaBrocanterie said 4 years ago

    I read through most of the comments ,and it is funny to read the critical ones. Honestly, take it for what it is. Decorating and design are very subjective. You can't pass off generalities about what is good and bad. Plus, this is Etsy's sight and they can promote whatever aesthetic they please. I love seeing what others do with a room, house, shop... it inspires creativity if nothing else.

  • ACESfinds

    ACESfinds said 4 years ago

    Great Article, and LOVELY COZY home! We live with our teenagers, pets, and constant rotation of antiques and vintage items. This home is very inspiring to me! Love the relaxed feel~ Absolutely well done! Thanks for sharing! :) Peace~Alison

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    I too enjoy the number 5.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 4 years ago

    Beautifully decorated home! I love how you combine your design inspirations of the present and the past.

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 4 years ago

    We have very similar styles. It must be a Pacific Northwest thing! I love your picture frame vignette.

  • sherischart

    sherischart said 4 years ago

    Great free interior decorating consults. I'm taking notes to never post my interiors. Hah! Whatever Design Mix this is, it works for some folks. It's entertaining in the least to see what "floats". Now back to rearranging my furniture and tearing down walls and fixing that rug under the table.

  • CasaBlahBlah

    CasaBlahBlah said 4 years ago

    As an interior designer, I think this post is great. We need more of these, actually. The pictures are wonderful and eclectic. The home speaks of the family that shops on Etsy and collects all things handmade. As much as some have analyzed in the comments here, design is really a feeling. I appreciate the effort it took to get some art on the walls, paint bricks the amazing elephant gray and really have the courage to make it work. Although my esthetic is different, I still love to see others and their take. Post more!

  • KayWacker

    KayWacker said 4 years ago

    Love the mix...thanks!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 4 years ago

    such warm looking rooms!

  • beadbuddy

    beadbuddy said 4 years ago

    @LaBrocanterie says: "Honestly, take it for what it is. Decorating and design are very subjective... Plus, this is Etsy's sight and they can promote whatever aesthetic they please." ______________________________________________________________ I read this blog for the first time and saw a section at the end of the post that offered "Add a comment"; it didn't read, "Add your Praise." I made my comment. Of course Etsy and these blog writers can AND SHOULD promote whatever aesthetic they please. Over all, I would give the one room I critiqued a C+. ______________________________________________________________ The reason it doesn't deserve a B or an A is the cow rug with the curled up legs. It is inexcusable to place a tripping hazard in a room where children are likely to be carrying glassware or knives. While I know that many people's aesthetic enjoys the cleverly place tripping hazard because designers see a need for comic relief to otherwise somber designs, I myself have never found a place for a tripping hazard in any of my rooms. But yes, I couldn't agree with you more. Etsy has a right to promote this type of design, unquestionably. Please excuse me and others for being the questioners.

  • OhMrsRobinson

    OhMrsRobinson said 4 years ago

    I like her philosophy on donating her previously purchased thrift store items when they fail to serve her family's needs. I also enjoyed the photos.

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful and inviting home! Love this look and feeling inspired!

  • MissBiz

    MissBiz said 4 years ago

    Reading your philosophies, I got the feeling that we were separated at birth! I'm going to check out your blog right now.

  • JamieDeLong

    JamieDeLong said 4 years ago

    Love this segment! I too am feeling inspired.

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  • aneedleinthehay

    aneedleinthehay said 4 years ago

    fabulous article! I absolutely love the Birch + Bird aesthetic! this home is beautiful, warm, and inviting ~ exactly what 'home' should feel like. :) thank you so much for including my brass birds in this feature!

  • circleandsprout

    circleandsprout said 4 years ago

    gorgeous and inspirational, thanks for sharing!

  • LilSketchy

    LilSketchy said 4 years ago

    i love the color schemes. dark greys against white with bursts of color throughout. well done :)

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous home ~ love the rich, warm color choices! Everything works so beautifully together. Thanks for sharing a glimpse :)

  • artXchic

    artXchic said 4 years ago

    love this!! i always love looking here for inspiration and decorating tips. thanks again for another great article :)

  • TheMonkeyCannon

    TheMonkeyCannon said 4 years ago

    Love it !!

  • elegantjewelz

    elegantjewelz said 4 years ago

    I love the style of mixing old with the new.i think alot of the older items are made with better quality so a little bit of paint and it will go a long ways..

  • Thamburan

    Thamburan said 4 years ago

    Really Loved all..... :)

  • clpowell92

    clpowell92 said 4 years ago

    Love it! Absolutely beautiful and so cozy!

  • NaturalWoodland

    NaturalWoodland said 4 years ago

    Awesome! What great choices. Vintage and new. Thank you for sharing.

  • sandbox1964

    sandbox1964 said 4 years ago

    Such unique choices! I love how you put such different things together! What an eye you have. Thanks for sharing!

  • Simag

    Simag said 4 years ago

    B E A U T I F U L decorated home! congratulations on your feature!

  • thetoymakersdaughter

    thetoymakersdaughter said 4 years ago

    Really love how the gray walls set off the warm wood tones! I've been thinking about painting our living/dining rooms and was hesitant about using gray, but now .... bring on the paint!

  • piercingroom

    piercingroom said 4 years ago

    Very beautiful, I would love to have it!

  • Route11vintage

    Route11vintage said 4 years ago

    So many great ideas! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature!~

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 4 years ago

    Really nice ideas!

  • RedRiverAntiques

    RedRiverAntiques said 4 years ago

    To me it says cozy, inviting, and interesting- thanks for sharing with us all!!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 4 years ago

    Great ideas! I love the fireplace area, I could just cozy up with a good book :)

  • framesyall

    framesyall said 4 years ago

    Absolutely Gorgeous! You have an amazing eye for placing items together I would have never thought of! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to testing out some of your ideas!!

  • one2flea

    one2flea said 4 years ago

    Very nice and cozy. Your home is YOUR HOME. It is whatever you want it to be. That is the really great thing about individuality. Home is what you make it. Peaceful, unique and calming. How wonderful. You can tell you love your home. Enjoy!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 4 years ago

    Love the Texas star!!

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    brandyjimenez said 4 years ago

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  • AttractionPaintings

    AttractionPaintings said 4 years ago

    Love your decorating! Thanks for sharing. Love how you group art and accent peices together, it looks awesome! And it still looks neat with clean lines!

  • catiques

    catiques said 4 years ago

    Reading and viewing the beautiful pictures, I feel as though I could sit and relax without a fuss. Very nice and great interview. thanks for sharing.

  • windsweptlady

    windsweptlady said 4 years ago

    OH MY GRACIOUS I love that wall of pictures!!! I don't know how you achieved that level of balance with such an eclectic mix!

  • PierogiPicnic

    PierogiPicnic said 4 years ago

    Love this home - so cozy yet modern all at once. How do they do it?!

  • delightfuldownsizing

    delightfuldownsizing said 4 years ago

    LOVE that gray wall & the fireplace-very warm & inviting! I too live the Pacific Northwest and am addicted to thrift stores!

  • smerfet2004

    Lori Dobson from ShabbyChicNiagaraOnt said 2 years ago

    I love thrift stores! You never know what awesome furniture or household finds you will come across! I shabby chic every piece of furniture I get my hands on with my own chalk paint mix and finishing products! It's all about turning someone's unwanted, ugly furniture, or household items into something everyone will love again!

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