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.
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!
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!
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!
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.