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Get the Look Decor: Classically Cultivated

Jul 22, 2012

by Christine Domanic

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This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the stylish Bakersfield, California, home of Rachel Unger. She lives with her two sweet cats, Tanner and Sam, and one very friendly hummingbird named Tinkerbell, who is hatching her third batch of babies in the light on her front porch.

Visit Rachel on Flickr to browse more photos of her beautiful home, and stop by her Etsy shop, Rachel Unger Jewelry, where she sells gorgeous handmade gemstone jewelry.

 

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: Sewing Machine Table by RhapsodyAttic; Mid-Century Modern Oil Painting Seascape by MissionModster; Black Mexican Hand Wrought Iron Candelabra by BackThennishVintage; Reclaimed Wood Round Mirror by Carpentercraig; Vintage Divided Wood Tray from bonnbonn; Set of 3 Amber Bottles with Sea Life by beautifuldetailswed.]

Describe your home decorating style.
My decorating is hard to pinpoint — it traverses many styles and eras. I love items with unique or classic lines, items with history, items relating to nature, and items that have been lovingly restored or have found new life in an alternate purpose. I am definitely drawn to color first, then form, then function,  but I really only have one criteria — I have to love it! It is amazing how all the little things that make their way into my home end up looking so good together, but I guess maybe that is how it works. When things are too planned out and contrived, they usually feel and look that way, but when a space is filled with well-loved items, it can take your breathe away.

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: Driftwood Mirror by benforgeydotcom; Vintage Mid-Century Lounge Chair from rhanvintage; Tea Stained French Vanity by paintedcottages; Brass and Glass Deco Style Lamp by compostthis; Designer Suzani Pillow Cover by WilmaLong; Cherubs Pedestal Urn Planter by MomsantiquesNthings.]

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
Both, I think. For so long, I was a starving college student, then a starving graduate trying to live on the coast where the costs are sky high. When I moved and finally had some breathing room (a.k.a. cash), I was drawn to the aesthetic that comes from mixing vintage with new, modern with classic, and antique with contemporary. I wanted my home to reflect my attraction to unique, well-made items. I started collecting items for my home eight years ago. I took my time, making investments in important pieces (like the couches and dining table). I am not afraid of investing time and material to rehab a piece, either — each of my orange dining chairs took 6 hours to recover, clean, sand, prime, paint and lacquer. Along the way, I’ve definitely had to edit out some impulse buys. It’s an ongoing process and I find my style is constantly evolving. I don’t think I will ever be done.

   

[From left to right: Set of 5 Mason Jar Planters with Drainage by BootsNGus; Farm House Dining Table by RusticTrades; Vintage Brass Candelabra from KansasKardsStudio.]

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I read a quote somewhere from a famous interior designer that I always fall back upon; it says something like,“Things should be beautiful, they should be unique, and they should mean something to you.”

   

[From left to right: Handmade Candle Holder by ChaseVintage; 1950s Barred Owl Audubon Print from Vintage05; Two Cement Finials by unpotpourri.]

Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
Etsy (of course), flea markets, consignment shops, thrift stores, garage sales and eBay. I also love West Elm for bedding and pillows.

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: Art Deco 1930s Silver Leaf Chest from freshvintagemiami; Wood Sunburst Mirror by FallenWalnut; Milk Glass Candle Holders from TheVintageDaughter; 18″ Wooden Letter R by gracegraffiti; Gold Gilt Chandelier with Crystals from RobertaGrove; Teak Wood Screen Room Divider by fabulousmess.]

What is your favorite part about your home?
I love how comfortable it is and how well it reflects my style. I love all the little touches of good craftsmanship that you find in older homes: the floor to ceiling brick fireplace with an elevated hearth, built-in bookshelves, wainscoting, and the large bedrooms and huge backyard.

   
   

[Clockwise from top left: Live Edge Coffee Table by tablesontheedge; Recycled Billboard Banner Planter by NottyPooch; Primitive Wood Bucket by perfectpatina; Vintage Brass Magazine Rack from NeatoVintage; Silver Plated Vase from TheVintageRoad2Retro; Primitive Antique Wall Mirror from TheOrangeCollective.]

Does your home hold any strong memories?
I’ve been here two-and-a-half years and it’s amazing how far it’s come. When I bought the house, two of the main living areas were literally painted like a cave. That was pretty unforgettable! It took me and my mom six hours to remove the hideous wallpaper in the hall bath. On a positive note, I have an open door policy on my pool for friends and family. I love coming home and finding my friends having a blast in my pool with their kids.

Especially dear to me are treasured “date” nights with my 5-year old nephew. Every Friday, I pick him up from school, we go have sushi (he loves sushi!), and we come back to the house and paint dinosaurs, make dioramas, do science experiments, or build robot animals from coffee cans and empty toilet paper rolls. I hope he will remember my home as a place he was free to experiment, build, create and grow.

 


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 our Flickr pool.

More Get the Look: Home Decor Editions.

Housewares CategoryVintage Housewares

Aquamarine and Labradorite Pendant Necklace
Aquamarine and Labradorite Pendant Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$64.00 USD
Moss Aquamarine and Hammered Sterling Silver Circle Earrings
Moss Aquamarine and Hammered Sterling Silver Circle Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$48.00 USD
Multi-Strand Mixed Metals Labradorite Pendant Necklace, Sterling Silver and Brass Chain Necklace
Multi-Strand Mixed Metals Labradorite Pendant Necklace, Sterling Silver and Brass Chain Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$58.00 USD
Green Prehnite and Pyrite Sterling Silver Earrings, Light Green Gemstone Earrings
Green Prehnite and Pyrite Sterling Silver Earrings, Light Green Gemstone Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$34.00 USD
Green Prehnite, Pyrite and Sterling Silver Chain Layered Bracelet, Chunky Bold Multi-Strand Bracelet
Green Prehnite, Pyrite and Sterling Silver Chain Layered Bracelet, Chunky Bold Multi-Strand Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$72.00 USD
Big Bold Black Onyx and Druzy Statement Necklace
Big Bold Black Onyx and Druzy Statement Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$68.00 USD
Black and White Rutilated Quartz Earrings, Modern Tourmaline Quartz Earrings
Black and White Rutilated Quartz Earrings, Modern Tourmaline Quartz Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$28.00 USD
Extra Long Moss Aquamarine Pendant Necklace, Hammered Sterling Silver Circle Pendant
Extra Long Moss Aquamarine Pendant Necklace, Hammered Sterling Silver Circle Pendant
RachelUngerJewelry
$62.00 USD
Multi-Strand Moonstone Bracelet, Layered Stone Bracelet, Large Link Sterling Silver Chain
Multi-Strand Moonstone Bracelet, Layered Stone Bracelet, Large Link Sterling Silver Chain
RachelUngerJewelry
$76.00 USD
Extra Long Rough Cut Moonstone Slab Necklace, Large Link Sterling Silver Chain and Stone Specimen Necklace
Extra Long Rough Cut Moonstone Slab Necklace, Large Link Sterling Silver Chain and Stone Specimen Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$84.00 USD
Two Strand Green Turquoise Medical ID Bracelet, Gemstone Alert Bracelet, Sterling Silver or Stainless Steel Clasp Replacement Bracelet
Two Strand Green Turquoise Medical ID Bracelet, Gemstone Alert Bracelet, Sterling Silver or Stainless Steel Clasp Replacement Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$30.00 USD
Moss Aquamarine and Gold Heart Necklace, Gold Chain Layering Necklace
Moss Aquamarine and Gold Heart Necklace, Gold Chain Layering Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$64.00 USD
Labradorite and Twist Circle Gold Earrings, Simple Gold and Blue Flash Stone Earrings
Labradorite and Twist Circle Gold Earrings, Simple Gold and Blue Flash Stone Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$40.00 USD
Green  Earrings, Chrysoprase Earrings, Chinese Chrysoprase and Vintage Gold Drop Earrings
Green Earrings, Chrysoprase Earrings, Chinese Chrysoprase and Vintage Gold Drop Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$28.00 USD
Black Tourmaline Modern Minimalist Silver Earrings, Simple Black Geometric Earrings
Black Tourmaline Modern Minimalist Silver Earrings, Simple Black Geometric Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$48.00 USD
Chunky Bold Pink Rose Quartz Druzy Statement Necklace
Chunky Bold Pink Rose Quartz Druzy Statement Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$68.00 USD
Extra Long Quartz Necklace, Rough Cut Gemstone Layering Necklace, Sterling Silver Double Strand Necklace
Extra Long Quartz Necklace, Rough Cut Gemstone Layering Necklace, Sterling Silver Double Strand Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$44.00 USD
Medical ID Bracelet, Clear Swarovski Crystal Detachable Bracelet, Medical Bracelet Attachment
Medical ID Bracelet, Clear Swarovski Crystal Detachable Bracelet, Medical Bracelet Attachment
RachelUngerJewelry
$27.00 USD
Shell Spike Earrings, Sterling Silver Hoops, Tusk Tribal Earrings
Shell Spike Earrings, Sterling Silver Hoops, Tusk Tribal Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$26.00 USD
Moss Aquamarine and Labradorite Gold Earrings
Moss Aquamarine and Labradorite Gold Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$44.00 USD
Extra Long Agate and Gold Chain Necklace, Layering Stone Pendant Necklace
Extra Long Agate and Gold Chain Necklace, Layering Stone Pendant Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$68.00 USD
Pearl and Labradorite Medical ID Bracelet, Blue Flash Alert Bracelet, Sterling Silver Clasp Replacement Bracelet
Pearl and Labradorite Medical ID Bracelet, Blue Flash Alert Bracelet, Sterling Silver Clasp Replacement Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$22.00 USD
Chunky Labradorite Pendant with Large Link Sterling Silver Chain, Statement Silver and Stone Necklace
Chunky Labradorite Pendant with Large Link Sterling Silver Chain, Statement Silver and Stone Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$54.00 USD
Herkimer Diamond Gold Disc Earrings, Simple Quartz Earrings, Gifts for Her
Herkimer Diamond Gold Disc Earrings, Simple Quartz Earrings, Gifts for Her
RachelUngerJewelry
$32.00 USD
Picasso Jasper and Smokey Quartz Wrap Bracelet and Necklace, Chunky Stone Wrap Convertible Bracelet
Picasso Jasper and Smokey Quartz Wrap Bracelet and Necklace, Chunky Stone Wrap Convertible Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$44.00 USD
Prehnite and Jade Medical ID Bracelet, Green Gemstone Alert Bracelet, Sterling Silver Clasp Replacement Bracelet
Prehnite and Jade Medical ID Bracelet, Green Gemstone Alert Bracelet, Sterling Silver Clasp Replacement Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$22.00 USD
Grey Agate Statement Necklace, Large Gemstone Necklace, Quartz Necklace
Grey Agate Statement Necklace, Large Gemstone Necklace, Quartz Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$42.00 USD
Brown Recycled Glass Earrings, Eco Friendly Earrings - Night Sky
Brown Recycled Glass Earrings, Eco Friendly Earrings - Night Sky
RachelUngerJewelry
$24.00 USD
Discounted Moss Aquamarine Sterling Silver Circle Earrings
Discounted Moss Aquamarine Sterling Silver Circle Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$38.00 USD
Larimar and Labradorite Sterling Silver Ring, Turquoise and Grey Shield Ring, Tribal Ring, Adjustable Ring
Larimar and Labradorite Sterling Silver Ring, Turquoise and Grey Shield Ring, Tribal Ring, Adjustable Ring
RachelUngerJewelry
$108.00 USD
Ice Storm Moonstone Multi Strand Necklace, Sterling Silver Long Layered Necklace, Large Link Chain
Ice Storm Moonstone Multi Strand Necklace, Sterling Silver Long Layered Necklace, Large Link Chain
RachelUngerJewelry
$86.00 USD
Red and Orange Agate Medical ID Bracelet, Carnelian Color Alert Bracelet, Silver or Stainless Clasp Replacement Bracelet
Red and Orange Agate Medical ID Bracelet, Carnelian Color Alert Bracelet, Silver or Stainless Clasp Replacement Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$22.00 USD
Purple Chalcedony Earrings, Amethyst Gemstone Earrings, Nugget Earrings
Purple Chalcedony Earrings, Amethyst Gemstone Earrings, Nugget Earrings
RachelUngerJewelry
$38.00 USD
Petite Stick Pearl Bib Necklace, Bridal Jewelry, Modern Pearl Necklace
Petite Stick Pearl Bib Necklace, Bridal Jewelry, Modern Pearl Necklace
RachelUngerJewelry
$36.00 USD
Multi Strand Turquoise and Sterling Silver Bracelet
Multi Strand Turquoise and Sterling Silver Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$44.00 USD
Clear Crystal Medical ID Bracelet, Replacement Bracelet, Detachable Alert Bracelet
Clear Crystal Medical ID Bracelet, Replacement Bracelet, Detachable Alert Bracelet
RachelUngerJewelry
$20.00 USD
SALE. Sewing Machine Table. Cottage Chic Beach House. Grey Blue Entryway. School Desk. Singer Treadle. Farmhouse Rustic. Industrial.
SALE. Sewing Machine Table. Cottage Chic Beach House. Grey Blue Entryway. School Desk. Singer Treadle. Farmhouse Rustic. Industrial.
Sold
Beach Decor Vintage Set of 3 Amber Bottles with Sea Life - Sea Fan, Coral and Sea Urchin
Beach Decor Vintage Set of 3 Amber Bottles with Sea Life - Sea Fan, Coral and Sea Urchin
Sold
Vintage Divided Wood Tray
Vintage Divided Wood Tray
Sold
Driftwood Mirror, Icarus
Driftwood Mirror, Icarus
$295.00 USD
Vintage Mid Century Lounge Chair Vinyl Cherry Blossom Upholstery 1950s
Vintage Mid Century Lounge Chair Vinyl Cherry Blossom Upholstery 1950s
Sold
midcentury deco style lamp - decor - desk lamp - birdie
midcentury deco style lamp - decor - desk lamp - birdie
Sold
Vintage Gold Gilt Chandelier with Crystals
Vintage Gold Gilt Chandelier with Crystals
Sold
Vintage Brass Magazine Rack
Vintage Brass Magazine Rack
Sold
Vintage Tall Art Deco Hollywood Regency Silver Plated Vase
Vintage Tall Art Deco Hollywood Regency Silver Plated Vase
Sold

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