This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the dream home renovation of Ashley and Andy Vaughn. Their 1903 Huntsville, Alabama home has been a labor of love since the couple purchased it from Andy’s father in 2006. Their homey style incorporates second-hand treasures, old records, six cozy fireplaces, three cats and one cockatiel.
Outside of fixing up their home and frequenting estate sales, this talented couple also own their own record store, Vertical House Records and photography/design studio, White Rabbit Studios. Visit Ashley and Andy on Flickr for more photos of their home renovation or stop by their website The Real Vertical House where they’ve documented every step of their home’s incredible transformation.
Describe your home decorating style.
I would describe my style as “homey.” My friend, Stephanie, declares it granny chic, which is also true. I’m attracted to honest vintage items, and all of the items in our home are either family heirlooms or second-hand pieces we have found at estate sales, thrift stores, and the like. I’m naturally attracted to certain colors, fabrics, prints, and patterns and our home has provided the perfect backdrop to display all of the bits and pieces.
Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
It’s been an evolution. My parents pretty much always had me in antique stores growing up, so I’ve long appreciated the uniqueness of shopping outside of big box retailers. The first house my husband and I purchased was mainly furnished with gifts from our wedding registry, but when we sold that house and moved into the 100+ year-old historic home, we began thinking differently. Around that same time we started going to estate sales weekly, and quickly found that was the way to go. We now have an entire house of furnishings that are “new to us.” We literally have one lamp leftover that came from Target — otherwise everything is pre-loved.
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I gather a lot of inspiration from other historic homes in our area (I’m an old house nut so we go on house tours every year). I am also inspired by record covers, as odd as that might be. My husband and I own a record store here in town, and with over 20,000 albums in stock, there are all sorts of inspirational covers to gawk over.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
Estate sales, thrift store, flea markets, antique stores, etc. While it’s lovely to window shop at Anthropologie and the like, I can’t justify the prices. Plus, at least five times now I’ve spotted something in the store that I adore, and then found an “original” a couple of weeks later at an estate sale. My husband and I have this weird “ability” to think really hard on what we need (want) and then voila! it appears at the next sale we go to.
What is your favorite part about your home?
This is such a hard question, as it kind of changes with the seasons. I love watching our summer garden grow from our kitchen windows. I adore the way the sunrise floods our staircase and living room with beautiful light. The heart pine floors have the perfect amber glow that blend beautifully with the six brick fireplaces. I guess I really just love the way everything has come together. We started with a dark, moldy, dog hair and piss-covered mess of a house and poured our hearts and souls into restoring everything as historic as possible, and now we have a warm, fresh and beautiful space we call a home.
Does your home hold any strong memories?
The home is full of them! When we first moved in, the house was still a duplex with lots of problems. We lived upstairs with no heat, electricity, or water during the cold weather, but around spring were able to get one power outlet and a working bathroom. Soon enough we found ourselves finished with restoring the downstairs. We’ve now shifted our focus on working on the upstairs, and by this time next year we are hoping to be “done” enough to work on other projects (like the exterior or a screen porch). We’ve poured our blood, sweat, tears, and love into this home and each day we create a new memory for our humble abode.
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.