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Get the Look Decor: Pieces of the Past

Oct 30, 2011

by Christine Domanic

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This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the Tennessee home of Kari Beth where she lives with her husband and family dog, Maggie. Kari Beth and her husband built their home from the ground up in the rolling country hills just north of Nashville where Kari Beth spent her childhood. Her family’s history blends beautifully with Kari Beth’s taste for antique furnishings and she enjoys how each and  every piece in her home tells a story of the past.

Check out Kari Beth’s home on Flickr or visit her blog for more creative decorating inspiration. Stop by her Etsy shop KariBeth for one-of-a-kind jewelry made from reconstructed vintage accessories.

Briefly describe your home decorating style.
My home is a layered collage of whimsical vintage and antique flea market finds. I don’t really have any rules. If a vintage item piques my interest, I will usually snatch it up without knowing where it’s going to be showcased. But, each piece seems to find the perfect place, where it looks like it was meant to be! After all, an antique paint-chipped outdoor glider made its way into my living room as a sofa, and a vintage rusted and paint-splattered ladder stands in as a side table.

   
   

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
Even as a child, decorating my space was something that meant a lot to me. I haven’t always been drawn to vintage, but after years of flea marketing on the weekends with my family, vintage things became more and more meaningful. Today, my home is decorated with the vintage finds that I have collected and continue to collect from flea markets, antique malls, estate sales, and the like! Things are often switched and swapped throughout my house as my collection grows larger, and I love it!

   
   
   

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I’m inspired most by the antique pieces that I fall in love with and have no idea how they will fit into the decor of my home. It’s those pieces that inspire me most to really think outside the box and push the boundaries of using traditional things in a non-traditional way.

   
   

What is your favorite part about your home?
I love that my home is filled with history, but comforting and not stuffy like a museum. The items in my home each have a history, and it’s interesting to think of the who/what/when/where/why of their past.

   
   

Does your home hold any strong memories?
The land that my home is built on is the land that I grew up on as part of my family’s farm. The house was built by my family’s hands, including my husband and me. We have the memory of the process from start to finish, laying the foundation to tiling the roof. It’s also the home that my husband and I had our first family dog, Mister. She lived an incredible life, and now she’s buried in front of the barn in which she loved to hunt and explore. It’s the same barn that inspires me as I look out my studio window every day. I’m sure that there will be many, many more memories to come!

   
   

 


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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136 comments

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your home. I adore your eye for colour. Warmed this strangers heart!

  • jessamyjay

    jessamyjay said 5 years ago

    I love your collections and pieces of history. You're a girl after my own heart. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures of your home with the Etsy community! I especially enjoyed what you said about your "favorite part" of your home.

  • QueenBeeVintiques

    QueenBeeVintiques said 5 years ago

    Love your home...I too understand purchasing a piece without knowing where it will go...sometimes it's just meant to be...your home is an inspiration!!

  • thepressgang

    thepressgang said 5 years ago

    It looks so warm and welcoming. The mirrored bathroom is genius.

  • pamelam

    pamelam said 5 years ago

    Very creative decorating. Love how you use pieces in an unconventional way.

  • PrettyNeatDesigns

    PrettyNeatDesigns said 5 years ago

    love the use of vintage school items. Looks like a great space to curl up with a book and a mug of cider.

  • catnapcottage

    catnapcottage said 5 years ago

    love it! especially the wall of mirrors! thanks for sharing!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Interesting!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • allthebestvintage

    allthebestvintage said 5 years ago

    I love your style! Gorgeous jewelry as well.

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 5 years ago

    I adore your bathroom - what a great idea!! Congrats!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    Beautiful home! Nice to see a Tennessean in the spotlight. :)

  • emichats

    emichats said 5 years ago

    The dark colors seemed to wrap the rooms in warmth. Very cozy looking!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 5 years ago

    love it all!

  • hollyberry67

    hollyberry67 said 5 years ago

    How lovely!

  • trixzstreasures

    trixzstreasures said 5 years ago

    I love your style , a gorgeous mix of vintage for a contemporary look -Thanks for sharing !

  • TeaAtHomeWithOlivia

    TeaAtHomeWithOlivia said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I love the electic mix. Being surrounded by color, texture and vintage finds is so happy and cozy.

  • HoneyThistle

    HoneyThistle said 5 years ago

    this is one of the most gorgeous homes featured ever! I love all the rooms, and the fact that your rooms are filled with vintage & history. <3

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 5 years ago

    groovy style. i must get one of those old sewing machines made into a table. i've always wanted one :)

  • SneakyPoodle

    SneakyPoodle said 5 years ago

    I think we are design soul sisters. My husband and I bought a house in June and refuse to buy any furniture/decor at commercial retailers. Instead, we visit the local antique auction every Sunday and frequent barn sales. What I love the most about our approach is that every item has a story behind it. Love your treasures! ~SneakyPoodle

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 5 years ago

    wow! that bathroom looks very nice! and unique. many items to want!

  • kamsteps

    kamsteps said 5 years ago

    Love this look. It's very similar to ours. History, antiques and a mix of vintage and modern

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love all the mirrors in the bathroom, such a great idea.

  • TouchTheMoon

    TouchTheMoon said 5 years ago

    Can you people feature a home that is N O T retro, just once, just for a change?

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    Your jewelry is so pretty!

  • kikisthisandthat

    kikisthisandthat said 5 years ago

    Love, love, love!! You and I share the same decorating style, If I love it, I buy it, and somehow it finds the perfect spot! I would kill for your bathroom, very inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • cartonBois

    cartonBois said 5 years ago

    love maps, love mirrors

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS! I love the multiple mirror idea, the see through sofa bench, and the old maps!

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 5 years ago

    Unique home! Love it! Especially love the bright bathroom with all the mirrors! Wish I could live on a farm!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Feel like I could browse this house ..for-Ev-or! So many great pieces, it's like a vintage lovers paradise!

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 5 years ago

    I love the decor.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    I love this - wonderful collection!

  • Vintagemepretty

    Vintagemepretty said 5 years ago

    Such an interesting home :)

  • timelessNchic

    timelessNchic said 5 years ago

    Love that it is FULL OF COLOR AND LIFE ! Not just white and neutrals... fabulous eclecticism and eccentricity ! Brilliant taste....

  • timelessNchic

    timelessNchic said 5 years ago

    And I have that EXACT DESK in my shoppe !!!!!!! Craziness !

  • timelessNchic

    timelessNchic said 5 years ago

    I have their exact same desk in my shoppe! Craziness !

  • timelessNchic

    timelessNchic said 5 years ago

    Love their style and that they EMBRACE COLOR ! My fav! Full of eclecticism and eccentricity ... Brilliant ! Love it all ! Ironic... I have almost the exact same art easel desk in my shoppe (as pictured in their home)....

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 5 years ago

    Love this! you have some really nice things in your home. ;-)

  • beevintageredux

    beevintageredux said 5 years ago

    What a marvelously eclectic and homey home! There's nothing quite like the character and warmth storied vintage pieces can bring to a space.

  • peshka

    peshka said 5 years ago

    So pretty! love it

  • scandivintage

    scandivintage said 5 years ago

    Etsy is my one stop for home-inspiration! And your home is no exception! Quirky and fun! Thanks for inviting us! :)

  • mountainvintage

    mountainvintage said 5 years ago

    Love your home! I completely agree about purchasing items you love and then finding a place for them. It's more important to love the things in your home, and somehow it becomes cohesive.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful & unique home. I luv the bathroom with all the different sizes and shapes of mirrors. Thank for sharing with us!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    Great decor! It has so much character. I love how it looks like it has been decorated slowly.

  • TheCookieClutch

    TheCookieClutch said 5 years ago

    love all the mirrors in the bathroom! I added it to my pinterest Terry

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 5 years ago

    Loving all those mirrors in the bath...spectacular design!

  • chifinds

    chifinds said 5 years ago

    Love the sewing room!!! ♥

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Love your style, very unique, it all works together, nicely done! Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us :)

  • Rewoodtoys

    Rewoodtoys said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! We have an old home filled with pieces from the past (and many from the future). I love imagining what stories come from all the pieces we have acquired.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous home and a lovely story. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! your home is so colorful and full of comfort! love using the old glider in the home !

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Love the old singer sawing machine, my mother in law has one, they are very vintage looking.

  • fussygussy

    fussygussy said 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness! Gorgeous. I especially love that bathroom. Very cool.

  • solocosmo

    solocosmo said 5 years ago

    I too adore the bathroom!!!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 5 years ago

    I LOVE the use of the mirrors in the bathroom. How clever!!!!!!!!!

  • coreythegirl

    coreythegirl said 5 years ago

    totally in love with the bathroom and mirror combo platter.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed my peruse of your home~ like the mix of antiques, flea market eclectic as well, your bathroom rocks....!!

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 5 years ago

    Love the vintage inspired bathroom...thanks for sharing.

  • twentynineten

    twentynineten said 5 years ago

    I just saw that you used our chairs for your article...it makes us really happy and proud!!! We are currently working on a few new pieces, so keep an eye out...thanks Christine!!! Loved everything you chose...you have great taste!!!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 5 years ago

    I LOVE the many mirrors idea... lovely!

  • MollCutpurse

    MollCutpurse said 5 years ago

    This is my kind of house! Bright colors, quirky collections... I'd totally live here!

  • SewMuchMoreDecor

    SewMuchMoreDecor said 5 years ago

    I love the mirror collection in the bathroom! Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 5 years ago

    amazing house! so jealous :)

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    Each pieces does tell a story! Awesome feature - thank you so much for welcoming us into your lovely home!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful house, I love the bathroom mirrors and the sink! thanks for sharing with us, and thank you Christine for one more beautiful Sunday article!! :>)

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    ...Oh, and I just looove the blue armchair!!! I want one now too!! :>)

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Kari Beth your home has been put together with love. Thank you for letting me stroll through.

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 5 years ago

    I'm officially head-over-heels in love with the Mirror World. This is the greatest thing ever.

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 5 years ago

    I love the idea of the mirrors in the bathroom. What a great way to take advantage of wall space to create more light. I may have to use that idea in my home. Thanks!

  • VagabondSoulVintage

    VagabondSoulVintage said 5 years ago

    I love your eclectic taste and use of such wonderful treasures in your home decor! It just feels so much like, well....like a home should feel!!

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 5 years ago

    Superb! Love the washroom! i have never seen mirrors done like that before.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    your bathroom is very cool! love the maps too :)

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 5 years ago

    What an interesting mix! I LOVE you bathroom!!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 5 years ago

    Adaptive re-use of traditional items in non-traditional ways is the way to go. Lovely home! Thank you!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Lucky is the lady who has her own barn. Comfortable looking home, so inviting.

  • threadmonster

    threadmonster said 5 years ago

    This really inspires me!

  • PersonalizedGiftsbyJ

    PersonalizedGiftsbyJ said 5 years ago

    Love the washroom.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great home! Love your personal vintage style!

  • indulgeyourwhimsy

    indulgeyourwhimsy said 5 years ago

    Wow! I love your house! That bathroom is to DIE for! Fabulous!

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 5 years ago

    love the mirror idea

  • rhapsodyattic

    rhapsodyattic said 5 years ago

    I particularly LOVE the map with bench below. So thrilled to have my sewing machine table included in the "get the look!!"

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago

    So creative and original!

  • berthabrightmarke

    berthabrightmarke said 5 years ago

    I like you're use of colour.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    I just love the things in your home. Everything has character, not the new starched look of new showrooms. Love it!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    The individuality rocks in this colorful and cozy home!

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 5 years ago

    I decorate with pieces from the future ;)

  • SeaSand

    SeaSand said 5 years ago

    This is my dream home!

  • aeliosdesign

    aeliosdesign said 5 years ago

    Your bathroom is my favourite! What a great idea!

  • CynsibleCreations

    CynsibleCreations said 5 years ago

    I love all the mirrors in the bathroom. Nothing like loving yourself.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful look! I really like the vintage feel to your home its lovely. I really like the magpie approach of just picking things you like because well you like them : )

  • UnadillaWoodworks

    UnadillaWoodworks said 5 years ago

    Dig all the mirrors. Thank you for sharing.

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 5 years ago

    great article! love all the bathroom mirrors that bouce the light all over the room. I really want the bulletin board, especially if it has a blackboard on the other side.

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp said 5 years ago

    I love the bathroom best..you can never have too many mirrors there! You need them especially when blow drying or curling your hair. I've thought of getting one of those angled mirrors...but I look this look better besides you're using antique mirrors. As for the collection in other rooms, I like the sewing machine (but I'd like to see the machine actually displayed, it's usually quite beautiful). The sewing mannequin is quite nice..and a great way to display clothes.

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 5 years ago

    fabulous home! I adore the bathroom!!

  • TreasureBoxJewels

    TreasureBoxJewels said 5 years ago

    I just love your bathroom. I have always loved mirrors, now I have a place for all my old mirrors I have been saving. Thanks for sharing!

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing. your home looks so cozy.

  • jtbmetaldesigns

    jtbmetaldesigns said 5 years ago

    I am telling you having a thrifty disposition, an eye for design, and resourcefullness can be a major asset.

  • littlewhitechapel

    littlewhitechapel said 5 years ago

    What fun style! I love all of it. Excellent work!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    I love your decorating style!! I, too, buy what I love and somehow it just blends together and works!! Congrats on being featured!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed seeing your home here in TN! Your style is wonderful!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    ... and I love the jewelry in your Etsy shop! :)

  • dearraindrop

    dearraindrop said 5 years ago

    i quite enjoy your eye for design. thanks for sharing!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 5 years ago

    You did a great job mixing the old with the new! I love it! Great shop too!:)

  • FalconandFinch

    FalconandFinch said 5 years ago

    Love that bathroom with all of the vintage mirrors... I'm inspired!

  • KariBeth

    KariBeth said 5 years ago

    Thanks for all of the wonderful comments!

  • forrestinavintage

    forrestinavintage said 5 years ago

    Love your story about the land and your dog. The mirrors in the bath are great, too! :)

  • SISTERBATIK

    SISTERBATIK said 5 years ago

    I just love that bathroom with all the thin mirrors! Sucha great decor idea.

  • SISTERBATIK

    SISTERBATIK said 5 years ago

    I just love that bathroom with all the thin mirros - what a great decor idea!

  • whiterobinvintage

    whiterobinvintage said 5 years ago

    I love your eye for detail, your home is beautiful

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  • rosemreyes

    rosemreyes said 5 years ago

    Love the decorations and the blue chair!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 5 years ago

    I love the mirrors! I have a wall very similar in my home and love it! It adds such nice reflected light for my low-light room.

  • aristocratandthat

    aristocratandthat said 5 years ago

    I love it all .. speaks to me .. its all great !!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 5 years ago

    lovely place!

  • LookBackVintage

    LookBackVintage said 5 years ago

    One of the most eclectic homes I have ever seen, yet it works! I admire that you have created such a personal, unique style!

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 5 years ago

    Love the maps :)

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 5 years ago

    That bathroom!! Those mirrors!! Brilliant!!

  • littlekittenvintage

    littlekittenvintage said 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous home, filled with so much character & so many beautiful collected pieces. Really inspiring, thanks for the tour! xo Little Kitten Vintage

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 5 years ago

    Love the chalk boards

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

    love the mirrors in the bathroom. I've always wanted to do that.

  • truebug

    truebug said 5 years ago

    Love your home and your shop, good luck xxx

  • YourVintageHouse

    YourVintageHouse said 5 years ago

    Very cool. I really like the feel of the rooms... Will soon be designing the interior of my photography studio and may have to look here for some ideas. Thanks!

  • quiltitems4u

    quiltitems4u said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Fabulous Interview! Right up my alley... I, too, love the collecting/decorating with Family History Items or Finds.

  • vlmccauley

    vlmccauley said 5 years ago

    I am not sure what I love the most. The mirrors in the bathroom, the rocking blue couch, so traditional but so cool with the mod strip, or the glidder on the inside. Love, love, love.

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    ToosDetectiveAgency said 5 years ago

    Beautiful home! I love the way you are reusing pieces to flaunt your personal style!

  • wmalexalvarez

    wmalexalvarez said 5 years ago

    I dig that boat room

  • KCWyoBling

    KCWyoBling said 5 years ago

    That bathroom is AMAZING!!!!

  • chiquiita

    chiquiita said 5 years ago

    Hi neighbor! I love your decorating style, it is beautiful...so many detailes you have truly make your home a unique one! Congratulations!!!! From Franklin, TN!!! Tania

  • AccessoriesByHand

    AccessoriesByHand said 5 years ago

    Finally! I love love love it! I just remodeled my kitchen and most of the decor in it is vintage. Who knew I would use my grandparents things from the 60's and 70's to completely decorate my new kitchen? Thank you for doing this interview. Jenny

  • lenamiller

    lenamiller said 5 years ago

    You really have a talet to be an interior designer. Very creative aproach to decorating. My favorite is your bathroom. I would have never thought to decorate a batroom with so many different mirrors. But it made the room so unique! Thanks for sharing!

  • wils2616

    wils2616 said 5 years ago

    I love it all!

  • marieowltoinette

    marieowltoinette said 5 years ago

    You have such a gorgeous home! You have brilliant ideas (I especially like the chalkboard--so clever and cute!) and beautiful antiques! Such treasures! Thanks for sharing :)

  • TastefulThings

    TastefulThings said 5 years ago

    Splendid! Your place is a unique combination of inspiring and enchanting objects put just in right places! Kudos!

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 5 years ago

    WOW Beautiful!!!

  • EnterpriseAmericana

    Enterprise Americana from EnterpriseAmericana said 5 years ago

    I had that blue chair but in lime green. Miss that chair.

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