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Get the Look Decor: The Modern Bungalow

Jun 5, 2011

by Christine Domanic

ChristineThis weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the Jacksonville, Florida 1930s brick bungalow of Brittni Mehlhoff where she lives with her husband Jeff and two pets, Luna and Nugga. They have lived in their colorful, art-filled home for the last four years, where they have melded their modern DIY aesthetic with the home’s more traditional accents. Visit Brittni on Flickr for more photos of her beautifully curated home.



How would you describe your home decorating style?
I tend to define our decorating style as organic modern with a pinch of eclectic. I love mixing and matching free-styled, DIY, and (very) low cost furniture pieces with the more expensive, modern staples that we’ve purchased along the way. But it’s also been a challenge infusing our design and decorating sensibilities with some of the original elements of the home that we both wanted to keep, like the wood molding and fireplace (which are anything but modern). It’s been a lot like putting a puzzle together, mixing those more traditional accents that we don’t want to change with our style. Luckily though, when it comes to handmade and vintage, my taste is much more eclectic, which has brought in a homey and comfortable vibe.


Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
Well, considering at least 90% of my art collection is from Etsy, I’d have to say it’s my first stop when it comes to art and smaller home decor items. Some of my favorite Etsy shops right now are CoMod, Kari Herer Photography, You Sentimental Idiot, Jean PelleAnnamaria PotamitiWilliam Dohman, and Selflesh.

I pick up most of my vintage pieces from local shops and estate sales, with a few online purchases sprinkled in. And for furniture, we always go to our friend Shaan’s shop, Nest Living, which I’d highly recommend if anyone is looking for modern furniture. When I can’t find exactly what I am looking for, I make it myself, like any “good” DIYer would do.



What is your favorite part about your home?
Without a doubt, my favorite part of our house is my office. I work from home, so I spend an insane amount of time in front of my computer. And I wanted a space that felt inspiring and cheerful. So, I keep my favorite and most special pieces on my desk and on the wall in front of me.


Does your home hold any strong memories?
It’s the first home Jeff and I ever purchased, and so I feel a real sense of attachment to it. The house is not without its faults, but the memories will be hard to say goodbye to when we outgrow it. 

In July of 2008, Brittni quit her job as a high school art teacher in order to dedicate her life to her passion of promoting other makers, designers, artists, and vintage boutiques. She is the founder and curator of papernstitch, an online exhibition site that promotes artists and makers who create handmade goods. Also, be sure to check out papernstitch the blog for crafty business advice, DIY projects, fashion, home decor and features on artists, makers, crafters, and indie labels.


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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  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 5 years ago

    Another beautiful sunday in your home decor christine!

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 5 years ago

    Love the clean modern lines of this home and the light colors used :)

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 5 years ago

    Beautiful decor picks!

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 5 years ago

    I love your home, especially the color palette! (And I love how nice and neat your sticky notes are at the bottom of your computer monitor - much neater than mine, LOL!) Congratulations - great feature.

  • sodagoespop123

    sodagoespop123 said 5 years ago

    I literally sit at my computer from the moment I wake up on Sunday for you to post. Thank you for always inspiring.

  • aarietta

    aarietta said 5 years ago

    Love the colour palettes!

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 5 years ago

    so glad I am not the only one sodagoespop123, my favorite post of the week. it does not disappoint :D

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 5 years ago

    I love the eclectic mix of art prints and the vintage touches. I think Etsy is the best place to buy beautiful art work and vintage treasures!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 5 years ago

    Love the vintage vibe! Fabulous.

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 5 years ago

    Love your beautiful home! Another great decorating article with interesting finds- especially the sleek steel pipe and oak desk. And yes, I think I have that old radio out in my garage!

  • seamariecreations

    seamariecreations said 5 years ago

    Really love this style... so eclectic and interesting. Great little splashes of color.

  • inkstomp

    inkstomp said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I'm definitely going to use some of these for inspiration...

  • minthome

    minthome said 5 years ago

    love the little dog peeking out from the sofa!

  • UnionStudioMetals

    UnionStudioMetals said 5 years ago

    So awesome! "Get the Look" is my fav blog, it always inspires me to clean & decorate my abode!!

  • oddlyeven

    oddlyeven said 5 years ago

    How lovely!!! And I love your blog.

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 5 years ago

    Your office area is very organized and sweet, mine is a real mess in comparison :) I have my globe collection nearby, but your assemblage of art over your desk has inspired me to decorate more in that area.

  • FleaMarketGal

    FleaMarketGal said 5 years ago

    Lovely home! You have a great eye

  • MidCenturyModern

    MidCenturyModern said 5 years ago

    love it! great post!

  • YourBeeswax

    YourBeeswax said 5 years ago

    Enjoying the art collection, very inspiring!

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 5 years ago

    beautifully inspired and inspiring decor from top to bottom-- that wing back chair is the bomb!! great feature!

  • Joliejye

    Joliejye said 5 years ago

    Inspiring decor, i've loved this page ! :))

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago


  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns said 5 years ago

    WHat a fabulous home!

  • SacredandProfane

    SacredandProfane said 5 years ago

    Their entire art collection comes from artists found through etsy; it's lovely that they support etsy sellers so much!

  • Addy

    Addy said 5 years ago

    I love the splashes of colour - and the globe banks! Always my favorite post of the week!

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 5 years ago

    Love your artwork!

  • MilaKeln

    MilaKeln said 5 years ago

    love this home

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 5 years ago

    Beautiful home. Love the wing back chair that looks like it is going to take flight!

  • EyeSigh

    EyeSigh said 5 years ago

    sigh, I love this look and that desk....

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Love your style and simplicity! Great article! Congrats!

  • gumo

    gumo said 5 years ago

    love your office, what a inspirational place to work from x

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! I love th use of colors and such unique items. You must feel such a feelingof home and belonging in such a great space.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 5 years ago

    Wow, something special everywhere you turn! Love your eye for style + beautiful artwork collection.

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Great style! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • misty714

    misty714 said 5 years ago

    I love your "look". I am so glad to see young peole getting away from the corpoarate driven "mall" look in their homes. It is so much warmer and more comfortable to find your own style!! Be true to yourself, always! thanks for the blog! misty

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 5 years ago

    love, love, love all of your art collections! Such a beautiful expression of who you are!

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 5 years ago

    Cheery! ^_^

  • montanagirl

    montanagirl said 5 years ago

    Very cool. Love the vintage finds.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Great ideas for decorating. Love the whimsical prints.

  • rhapsodyattic

    rhapsodyattic said 5 years ago

    Love your framed art! Great article!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 5 years ago

    what a wonderful spotlight her home is so full of art, it is amazing!

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 5 years ago

    First homes are so special. You did a great job of making it look like a home!

  • soule

    soule said 5 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • prettylittlethieves

    prettylittlethieves said 5 years ago

    such a lovely home and wonderful art!

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 5 years ago

    I love this look! It's inexpensive and has personality.

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 5 years ago

    Love the quirky prints on the wall, wish I could get my home featured x

  • threepeats

    threepeats said 5 years ago

    Love this I know what to call it!

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 5 years ago

    Love the look. Thank you for sharing.

  • DiklaFellner

    DiklaFellner said 5 years ago

    a good design is when you get a cohesive look, harmony and plenty of chic- you've got them all :-) LOVE IT !

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 5 years ago

    I love all those picture frame collages.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! I especially love the soft color schemes you have. And I really enjoy your blog!

  • amberike

    amberike said 5 years ago

    Love this!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed this beautiful home! Thanks so much for the peek!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    This is so lovely !! Thank you for sharing !!

  • BrickHouseStudio

    BrickHouseStudio said 5 years ago

    I love the mix of modern and vintage, clean and rustic. The light colors are so refreshing!

  • mamif

    mamif said 5 years ago


  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    Oh, what a nice surprise Brittni, I love seeing your home. Everything is so beautiful!! Gorgeous taste, needless to say!! Thanks for the once more beautiful Sunday article Christine!! XOX

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 5 years ago

    sweet home!

  • CarolMai

    CarolMai said 5 years ago

    So fresh! And I love the way all the artwork is displayed.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    Serenity! I love everything you have chosen! you have achieved your objective of comfort and Homey! I LOVE the illustrations you have collected! Etsy is a great source and you have found some wonderful artists here! kudos to YOU! congrats on the feature!

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 5 years ago

    so lovely..... makes me want to get busy simplifying and de-cluttering!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    i love the papa bear mid century chair! oh and the handmade ceramic owls are amazing!

  • PollyPainting

    PollyPainting said 5 years ago

    What a great look! Love how you have lot's to interest the eyes, yet it doesn't come off cluttered.

  • MyEverAfter

    MyEverAfter said 5 years ago


  • aschwer

    aschwer said 5 years ago

    Fun! It looks like a fabulous home for play!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 5 years ago

    I love how you've created such a visually fresh and uncluttered space with so many unique and interesting pieces. I bet when guests are over they spend lots of time looking at each and every item.......wanting to know the story behind each one. Beautiful!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Really like what you have created in your home. Thanks for sharing.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful picks ! Thank you so much for sharing !

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 5 years ago

    great selection :)

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 5 years ago

    how beautiful and stylish, thanks for sharing

  • JadieBaby

    JadieBaby said 5 years ago

    Love the cozy, welcoming, atmosphere! And I MUST have the Birthday Party (Cowgirl) print! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! ;)

  • AshevilleVintage

    AshevilleVintage said 5 years ago

    moving soon, going to keep all of these amazing idea in mind! i LOVE this!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    A beautifully decorated home! Simple, yet detailed, what else can I say! I can see all your time and thought put into it! Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  • TheWindowArtisan

    TheWindowArtisan said 5 years ago

    Loved the fun artwork. Very nice home.

  • lapetiteposy

    lapetiteposy said 5 years ago

    Love this style & the color combinations :)

  • sweetlittlefelt

    sweetlittlefelt said 5 years ago

    Love that studio!

  • robinseggbleunest

    robinseggbleunest said 5 years ago

    Great fresh and cozy look.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 5 years ago

    Beautiful home, thank you for sharing :)

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

    I love seeing the way different people decorate with vintage, art and the likes.

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 5 years ago

    I love the clean and bright look!

  • rejive

    rejive said 5 years ago

    LOVE this!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Lovely clean lines. Love your art. Thanks for the peek.

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 5 years ago

    Love neat and clean.

  • NiChaPoN

    NiChaPoN said 5 years ago

    Very nice decorating!! Thank for sharing ^^

  • thecolourstore

    thecolourstore said 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful home!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    Lovely home!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    mmmm like your home, colors are fabulous.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    A beautiful uncluttered home with a uniqueness that speaks volumes.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    your living space looks so gorgeous. thanks so much for including my work :)

  • CypressHouse

    CypressHouse said 5 years ago

    Very serene space! Thanks for sharing :)

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 5 years ago

    i just love your space, great job on hanging and grouping all the art!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 5 years ago

    I am a follower of papernstitch. How interesting to see Brittni's living style!

  • lestricotsdeliott

    lestricotsdeliott said 5 years ago

    I love it!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Very MOD! :)

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 5 years ago

    Love it, so airy and peaceful, but still full of fun things to look at.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    i want a bungalow

  • NeedfulNostalgia

    NeedfulNostalgia said 5 years ago

    I love how you can see the home owner's personality sprinkled throughout the home.

  • teconlene

    teconlene said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful spaces to live and work!

  • RetroEyewear

    RetroEyewear said 5 years ago

    beautiful!! love the style=)

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful home!:)

  • Avarae17

    Avarae17 said 5 years ago

    Loving the owls! Gorgeous!

  • robinelizabethart

    robinelizabethart said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous collections. I wish my rooms looked half that good!

  • DitteK

    DitteK said 5 years ago

    Spotted a Danish lamp (PH) and the Bamsestol by Wegner in the 2 top pictures, great style.

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp said 5 years ago

    This look would totally look at home in Chicago, where we've got a motherlode of bungalows...really our pride and joy here. We are all about the authentic bungalow on the outside - restored windows, etc - and modernism inside. I had no idea brick bungalows are part of the Florida scene.

  • createjacksonville

    createjacksonville said 5 years ago

    I've been reading through all the comments with the biggest grin on my face. Thanks so much for all the kind words everyone! And big thank you to you Christine for putting this together. :) -Brittni

  • kapelusznik

    kapelusznik said 5 years ago

    I like this style - it's easier to find yourself in such a place

  • jessalinb

    jessalinb said 5 years ago

    Congrats Brittni!

  • missusfrenchie

    missusfrenchie said 5 years ago

    Love your home - happy, bright and comfy - perfect!

  • BiomedDesign

    BiomedDesign said 5 years ago

    Love your design. Good work.

  • WilliamDohman

    WilliamDohman said 5 years ago

    Awesome post. I have been lusting that small desk for awhile now. Unfortunately, my clutter would require about 10 of them.

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 5 years ago

    I am a follower of papernstitch. How interesting to see Brittni's living style!

  • WesleyAsher

    WesleyAsher said 5 years ago

    Brittni is not only extremely talented & gifted....she is also just plain old helpful, & NICE! :) Congrats Brittni on a beautifully curated home and feature. Nice job on the story Christine, you always know how to dig up the best of the best here on Etsy! Thanks for both of your gals' hard work and efforts to help the rest of us find our spots in the sun. You are appreciated!!! Trish ;)

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Simply charming, I love this style! ..and now I must have a hello in my wall collage :)

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 5 years ago

    This style always looks so neat and clean. My style is eclectic an cluttered, but I like it that way. Keep up the beautiful work, and keep smiling.

  • quant

    quant said 5 years ago

    wow, she has the same picture on in 4 different places in her home! :D

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 5 years ago

    I found a 50's bread box & painted it, my daughters liked it retro natural. It's cute both ways.

  • lumafina

    lumafina said 5 years ago

    Congrats Brittni! Thank you for the Papernstitch exhibition space this month, I'm looking forward to it!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 5 years ago

    The white chairs are just like the ones my grandmother had except hers were orange. I remember my bare legs sticking to them in the summer in Virginia. No AC back then!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    I always enjoy reading this section. That chair in the corner with the lamp behind it looks like the perfect spot for a quilt, a hot cup of coffee and a good book! :)

  • annamariapotamiti

    annamariapotamiti said 5 years ago

    Your home is beautiful Brittni- not that I would expect otherwise! I love the quiet, gentle color scheme- it all looks so relaxed and yet so eclectic, and sophisticated! Thank you so much for the mention- I am really delighted to see my work in your lovely home! And thank you Christine for this great interview- I am running full of inspiration now!X

  • Lilsugarskulls

    Lilsugarskulls said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, very creative! love it.

  • kateblossom

    kateblossom said 5 years ago

    lovely home- thanks!

  • Merrypad

    Merrypad said 5 years ago

    Love it! Such a pretty + peaceful space.

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    I get so many ideas from the different styles and decors in these features - thanks for sharing yours - I love it!!!

  • singletonkate

    singletonkate said 5 years ago

    amazing! way to go brittni! your house is gorgeous!

  • HandiworkinGirls

    HandiworkinGirls said 5 years ago

    Lovely colors...makes me think of a spring afternoon!

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim said 5 years ago

    Love the colors. So soothing and relaxing.

  • PinwheelStudio

    PinwheelStudio said 5 years ago

    I love this series! And I love the studio design here!

  • LaurieLou

    LaurieLou said 5 years ago

    Great interview and thanks for letting me be one of your new exhibitions!

  • marbled

    marbled said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 5 years ago

    great post - I love it all!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 5 years ago

    Love it!

  • Jungle

    Jungle said 5 years ago

    I'm just setting up my new place with a wonderfully vintage 70's kitchen. Your organic modern is very similar to my style. Keep it light, keep it bright :)

  • helloambition

    helloambition said 5 years ago

    I love the the stuff they have on their little shelves!

  • aseismanos

    aseismanos said 5 years ago

    Fantastic post and your place is gorgeous!

  • ExpressingDevotion

    ExpressingDevotion said 5 years ago

    Home is to be decorated in a way that makes you feel happy, content, and peaceful. Find your taste and decorate freely.

  • BeSaltAndLight

    BeSaltAndLight said 5 years ago

    I am a decorator at heart. Four children in the house have forced me to put that part of my life on hold though........something was always disappearing, getting broken, rearranged, or borrowed. I'll take the children for now though.....haha

  • ladyknitster

    ladyknitster said 5 years ago

    Your home is beautiful and welcoming! congrats Brittni!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 5 years ago

    So clean and fresh!! I love it! Great finds!!

  • forrestinavintage

    forrestinavintage said 5 years ago

    Now following you on Flickr...we've just bought our first home and it's also a mid-century charmer. Lots of work going on to make it personal and our own--nice work on yours.

  • ohbuoy

    ohbuoy said 5 years ago

    Wonderful art collection, especially fond of your Matthew Feld, aka Driftwould painting.. I have a few of his pieces myself, you have great taste!

  • Myartspace

    Myartspace said 5 years ago

    Ha ha !! This is soo refreshing and beautiful selections..... I am so happy, so many items from my home I find here :)) I have a navy blue couch, copper like floors, beige drapes, fresh green bedroom curtain, and....white walls that's specially are "inviting" for all my color filled paintings......It's so much fun to have friends over and first they stop to have a look at my walls because I change the paintings every other week :)) Now the trick is to still keep them all matching nicely....but that's a whole new story....

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 5 years ago

    AH! I just adore the decor style and colors, You guys are just BADASS! WOOT :)

  • Alaroycreature

    Alaroycreature said 5 years ago

    AH! I just adore the decor style and colors, You guys are just BADASS! WOOT :)

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 5 years ago

    Wow, great article!

  • modernlogic

    modernlogic said 5 years ago

    Love your article!

  • modernlogic

    modernlogic said 5 years ago

    Love your article!

  • wonbien

    wonbien said 5 years ago

    Nice article. I like simple and useful too.

  • ArtsySandra

    ArtsySandra said 5 years ago

    I'm so inspired! :)

  • LisaMyhervold

    LisaMyhervold said 5 years ago

    Love your style! Lisa Myhervold

  • ElegantPartyBoutique

    ElegantPartyBoutique said 5 years ago

    So warm and cheerful, the little doggie on the wall is so cute!. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • MoreToAdoreVintage

    MoreToAdoreVintage said 5 years ago

    I love the office area

  • chiquiita

    chiquiita said 5 years ago

    So welcoming...I love the mix of modern with old....and your use of modern classic pieces to complement in each room....

  • TheGraveyardGirls

    TheGraveyardGirls said 5 years ago

    very cute!

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