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Get the Look Decor: Radical Simplicity

Dec 9, 2012

by Christine Domanic handmade and vintage goods

This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the modern Idaho home A Merry Mishap’s Jennifer Hagler shares with her husband, their three year old son, and a fish named Gil. Her minimalist aesthetic and limited color palette have created a calm, soothing environment that perfectly suits her family’s busy lifestyle and her home-based business.

For even more incredible photos of Jennifer’s clean and simple home, visit her blog, and be sure to check out her Etsy shop for modern geometric jewelry.



[From left to right: The Nedwhin – Chrome Faux Human Head by WhiteFauxTaxidermy; Black White Pillow Cover by Mazizmuse; Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair for Knoll by BeeHavenHome.]

Describe your home decorating style.
My style is fairly minimal, and I strongly believe that less is more. I don’t have much color in my home; since I process so many images every day, I want my home to feel calm and free of chaos. I believe in fewer, better quality products and only filling my home with things I love.


[Clockwise from top left: Gold and Black Painted Antler by SMCreative; Candle Holders by LoverlyVintage; Black Porcelain ‘Plissée’ Vase by 1001vintage; Mini Round Concrete Pot by roughfusion; White Splat-on-Green Bamboo Modern Wall Clock by pilotdesign; Vintage Replogle Lunar Globe with Apollo Landings by bitofbutter.]

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
There has been a bit of an evolution as our lives have changed, become busier. I need my house to work for me and it has changed the way I view interior design. Though I think my style has always been somewhat modern and simple.


[Clockwise from top left: Let Ordinary Things Thrill You Andy Warhol Print by taraphotographics; Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table by ChristopherOriginal; Paper Mache Bowl in White and Gold by etco; Pouf Brown by Laebl; Natural Grey Chevron Herringbone Cowhide Patchwork Rug by LifestyleByCara; Chunky Throw Blanket by tricotaria.]

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I love buying from Fine Little Day, Huset and DWR, but Etsy is still one of my favorites. I love mixing old and new and Etsy is a great source for vintage pieces. Thrifting locally is something I try to do as well, when I have the time.

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I’m inspired by materials and textures. My latest obsession is concrete, and I’ve been making candle holders and planters from it. The texture and color is really inspiring. I love the porous, imperfect form, and the great industrial contrast it has to the flat white surfaces in my home.


[Clockwise from top left: Black Goose Nagoire Feathers by HeartyArtSupplies; Origami Paper Lamp Shade by FiberStore; Small Black Basket by Lilena; Black Chevron Pillow Cover by TheWatsonShop; Turkey Feathers Archival Print by amberalexander; Galvanized Steel Rolling Clothing Rack by PipeDesigns.]

What is your favorite part about your home?
The thing I like most about my home is that it fits my family. I think people know who lives there just by seeing it. It’s such an extension of who we are and how we live. We haven’t lived here for long and, since we rent, there have always been areas we don’t like and would change. But if I thought about moving, it would be hard because this is where we lived when my son was born. The amount of time we spent sleeping, laughing and playing during his youngest years will always be associated with this place.


[Clockwise from top left: Hank the Daschund – 14 x 11 print by Shyteeth; Cloud Wall Shelf by ShopLittles; Knitted Triangle Pattern Baby Blanket by YarningMade;Modern Himmeli Ornaments Set of 8 by AMradio; Vintage Children’s Book Collection by MaisJamais; Apple shaped cushion by studiomeez.]

Can you share a few of your favorite design tips?
It’s so important to be true to yourself. I love the trends as much as the next person, but I don’t want my house to blend in with everyone else’s. Certain treasures and collected things make this feel like ours. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Let yourself be inspired by various things — photography, fashion, objects from other eras, and items with sentimental value can all be great places to start building your interior style.

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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3 Featured Comments

  • pamela1061

    pamela1061 said 6 years ago Featured

    What a beautiful home. Your home is living proof that minumalist does not have to be cold or sterile. Very welcoming and sends a strong message that interesting things and fun conversations happen within this space. Thank you Christine for the feature and Jennifer for sharing your home with us.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 6 years ago Featured

    This brings to mind the idea that we humans have the power to manifest our realities, and nowhere is that more true than in our own homes. By carefully curating our living spaces, we are all able to surround ourselves with beauty and the virtues we value most. Etsy allows each of us to become active participants in our environments, not merely passive spectators of our surroundings.

  • VintageNChic

    VintageNChic from VintageNChic said 6 years ago Featured

    The simplicity can really make you appreciate what you have. The books look like treasures on the wall, displayed and ready to explore!


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