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Get the Look Decor: Upscale Downhome

May 22, 2011

by Christine Domanic

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ChristineThis weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the Wisconsin home of Sarah Ives where she lives with her husband, three sons, a Welsh Corgi named Spencer, and a calico cat named Callie. Sarah is an avid treasure hunter who considers it her duty to seek out vintage discoveries at local thrift shops, antique stores, garage sales and auctions. Visit Sarah on Flickr for more photos of her stylish home.

How would you describe your decorating style?
My style is a mix of classic and eclectic. I am drawn to antiques and love mixing items from the 1800s to the 1980s. I call my style “Upscale Downhome” because it is an upscale look done with decor purchased in downhome places and with a downhome budget.

   
   

Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
I view my decorating process as an adventure. I know what I like — classic, quality, vintage items but I never know what I’ll spot to add to my current mix. It makes decorating fun and interesting to make the treasures you find work in your decor. Another important part of the process is to keep the look edited and uncluttered. There’s always a temptation to want to decorate with all our favorite things at once but I try to avoid that by moving things around in different rooms and rotating items seasonally.

   
   

What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I’ve always been a reader of shelter magazines and an observer of decor in others’ homes or even in movies. I am constantly inspired by the world around me but especially by the use of re-purposed vintage items. Handmade items also inspire me because they bring a sense of spirit and imperfection.

   
   
   

What is your favorite part of your home?
My favorite part of my home is the architectural details from the 1940s. I love the beautiful woodwork, doors, door handles. I love the quality of the workmanship of the time period; it makes it very easy to decorate.

   
   

Does you home hold any strong memories?
When I was a little girl growing up in my small town, I saw the home I live in now and dreamed of owning one like it when I got older. Now I actually live here! We’ve lived in this home for almost five years and it is almost always filled with lots of teenage boys in and out our door. I will remember my back hall filled with tennis shoes and the rest of the home filled with energy and laughter.

   
   

Sarah also runs UpscaleDownhome where she sells a line of curtain accessories inspired by her love for vintage and handmade treasures. Stop by her blog for a small town girl’s perspective on decorating, thrifting, collecting, and living.


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.

More Get the Look: Home Decor Editions.

Housewares Category | Vintage Housewares

Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Large
Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Large
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Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback SET Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Medium
Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback SET Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Medium
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$75.00 USD
Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback SET Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Small
Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback SET Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Small
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$55.00 USD
One Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Medium
One Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Medium
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$35.00 USD
Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size X Large
Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size X Large
UpscaleDownhome
$105.00 USD
One Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Small
One Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland Size Small
UpscaleDownhome
$35.00 USD
Reserved for Yankeet1--Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback - MEDIUM Set - Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland
Reserved for Yankeet1--Antler Curtain Tie Back Holdback - MEDIUM Set - Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland
UpscaleDownhome
$75.00 USD
Antler Curtain Tie Back Spike Set of 2 Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland
Antler Curtain Tie Back Spike Set of 2 Holdback Cabin Decor Primitive Natural Rustic Woodland
UpscaleDownhome
$65.00 USD

151 comments

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 6 years ago

    i love that living room and the color on the walls:)

  • Addy

    Addy said 6 years ago

    I love the colour of the walls in the dinning room and the excellent design on the side, by the window. Very cool!

  • threepeats

    threepeats said 6 years ago

    I must do some "editing" and "uncluttering" !

  • SacredandProfane

    SacredandProfane said 6 years ago

    The way she's decorated the old wooden desk is so smart! The old globe, the shell, the two red lamps and the brass mirror somehow work together and create such an eclectic and upscale atmosphere!

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 6 years ago

    i love the color of the living room walls, great taste, thanks for sharing!

  • SunnyDayVintage

    SunnyDayVintage said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! I could move right in.

  • TheCookieClutch

    TheCookieClutch said 6 years ago

    very nice! i wanna lay on your big leather couch and read a good book!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 6 years ago

    What a lovely home. I like the dramatic dark walls!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Just beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing! =)

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 6 years ago

    Uncluttered ~ my kind of decorating. Dramatic wall colors are right on. Thanks for sharing.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Love those plates on the wall!

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 6 years ago

    I love your style- so dark and rich. Off to check out your blog!

  • TheGildedTassel

    TheGildedTassel said 6 years ago

    Lovely....very comfortable!

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 6 years ago

    Oh, I love the colors--my parents' house is decorated in similar hues and they always feel so warm and inviting.

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 6 years ago

    Oh, I love the colors--my parents' house is decorated in similar hues and they always feel so warm and inviting.

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    Charming! Love your style! Congratulations!

  • kookubug

    kookubug said 6 years ago

    Classic! love the wall art

  • NotYourGrandmasAttic

    NotYourGrandmasAttic said 6 years ago

    Great article and great style. Love it.

  • dustyatticantiques

    dustyatticantiques said 6 years ago

    LOVE THIS LOOK! It really does feel like downhome ;)

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 6 years ago

    Love the term: "Upscale Downhome" - that's great! ♥

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 6 years ago

    So beautiful and classy decor and furniture!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    love it....thanks for sharing!

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 6 years ago

    LOVE the look of your home...I have an antique buffet like that they we've used as a dresser in our master bedroom~one of our favorite treasures!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    I love the Vintage Starburst Clock! Is such a popular piece and always gives such an elegant note to each decor.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Very nice. Love the yellow in the dining room. Thanks for the peek.

  • LingonberriesAndMoss

    LingonberriesAndMoss said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, I love wall colors!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful.

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 6 years ago

    i love the color scheme and overall attitude. So deep, rich and profound. I would love to live in such a place, but who wouldn't, right?

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous things!

  • Yebisu

    Yebisu said 6 years ago

    Very decorative ;-)

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 6 years ago

    Love the look!!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    I`m surprised at how much I like the dark grey walls in the living room. I agree that architectural details of older homes make it easier to decorate them. We love the crown moldings of our 100 year old home.

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 6 years ago

    Love the rich wood furniture, the quality will last you a lifetime. We have a similar buffet in our kitchen where we store all our pots.

  • handmadeUruguay

    handmadeUruguay said 6 years ago

    Great look! Every Sunday I feel like redecorating!! Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I'm in the middle of decorating a new place now with a mix of vintage and modern finds and this gave me so many wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • PapillonParfait

    PapillonParfait said 6 years ago

    love your streamlined style & that beautiful sunny living room. Not sure about the grey walls though, it must seem so dark!

  • mimisrecycledesigns

    mimisrecycledesigns said 6 years ago

    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  • dolcedreams

    dolcedreams said 6 years ago

    What fantastic finds you have in your home! Off to check out your blog and shop...

  • OverstockDeals

    OverstockDeals said 6 years ago

    freakin' love it :)

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Love your home and your style !!! Thank you for sharing :)

  • easycreations

    easycreations said 6 years ago

    Looking great Sarah. You've done a lot of improvements since I saw it a few years ago. It's beautiful. Aunt Marcia :)

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    I would not have thought of that color wall for the living room. Looking at this picture, the room looks stunning; so elegant and different. It works.

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 6 years ago

    nice

  • blubberfatality

    blubberfatality said 6 years ago

    So glad to see this feature. Sarah was one of my favorite junior high teachers! She has always had great style!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    Love your deep rich textures ~ the individualism rocks!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    I must do some 'editing' myself! A very cool home :)

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 6 years ago

    love her mix! adore her curtain tiebacks!!!

  • verdigreen

    verdigreen said 6 years ago

    beautiful home - perfectly edited! thanks for letting us in!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    charming. great look :)

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 6 years ago

    Lovely homey feel. Elegant decor, with a "lived in" appeal. beautiful.

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 said 6 years ago

    Really gorgeous. I'm smitten with those dark walls. It all looks so elegant, but livable. Love it!

  • anythinggoeshere

    anythinggoeshere said 6 years ago

    Love their upscale Wisconsin taste. The best! Joan@anythinggoeshere

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Nice! I have a bad habit of selling my best finds, instead of keeping them.

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 6 years ago

    truly upscale downhome.

  • hgasper

    hgasper said 6 years ago

    very nice!

  • hgasper

    hgasper said 6 years ago

    very nice!

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 6 years ago

    Your planters are especially nice!

  • LisasCraftiques

    LisasCraftiques said 6 years ago

    A kindred spirit! I have always loved design and have never let a small budget keep me from creating a warm and inviting home to live in. Anyone can shop at the major Home stores. Decorating with redesigned yard sale finds and vintage items makes a home unique and very personal!

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully put-together rooms. Thank you for sharing!

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 6 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    Love the mood of your dark walls. Lovely to see spring bulbs, it's cold in Australia. Gorgeous home. Thanks for letting me in.

  • tocijewelry

    tocijewelry said 6 years ago

    Good taste!

  • maggiem09

    maggiem09 said 6 years ago

    Lovely home decor!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    beautiful color pallette!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 6 years ago

    I like how you describe your decorating process as an adventure. Sounds like you are always on a treasure hunt! You never know from where the next find will turn up.

  • CameronsJewelryBox

    CameronsJewelryBox said 6 years ago

    This is lovely! I love to decorate, but sometimes have a hard time getting inspiration to change things up a little. Your colors are beautiful, and the theme is perfect!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    looking good

  • elizabethkelly

    elizabethkelly said 6 years ago

    When can I move in?

  • LittleStudioJewels

    LittleStudioJewels said 6 years ago

    Beautiful decor, homey yet uncluttered, now I have something to aspire to :)

  • Pininkie

    Pininkie said 6 years ago

    Sweet patchwork cushion.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 6 years ago

    a warm and cozy home! love your downhome style!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 6 years ago

    classic and charming!

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautifully designed space! Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love your house and style! Great how you use vintage from different eras!

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 6 years ago

    Love the red lampshades and antiques (my dad used to say "an-ti-ques" meant "Step on the gas!!" My mom loves antiques!!

  • paroliro

    paroliro said 6 years ago

    Great job Christine! Always look forward to your stories...

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 6 years ago

    Great style! Love it!

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 6 years ago

    Smart!!!!!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 6 years ago

    Love this eclectic classic home! Nothing like a large convex eagle mirror to draw in diffused light and expand a space. We have two identical to the one shown and it really adds height, too, in the rooms with low, 7ft. ceiling in our old place. Well done!

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 6 years ago

    those items are very beautiful, i love:)

  • EnduringVintage

    EnduringVintage said 6 years ago

    Eclectic ~ Classic ~ Vintage. Quality that has weathered the storms of life, yet still remains life giving, infused with depth & nuances that it did not have when initially created... Reflective of what we can be. Very Respectable. Richly classy & homey. Gracious, yet strong, & warmly inviting... Very well done,..Love it!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 6 years ago

    Upscale, Downhome - Love your style!!! I think you've started a new trend in decorating!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 6 years ago

    i like i like:)

  • CrownWillow

    CrownWillow said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, I love the colors and the warmth of it all.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 6 years ago

    Your home is gorgeous. I love the grey walls.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    I like your decorating style. Your home has a lot of character.

  • tricode

    tricode said 6 years ago

    beautiful style!

  • tricode

    tricode said 6 years ago

    beautiful style!

  • foundaryvintage

    foundaryvintage said 6 years ago

    Upscale downhome is the perfect depiction of a decorating style that mixes vintage and modern, rustic and modern, simple and fancy. It is a style that emulates opulence, but has the humble beginnings that make a home feel more livable and real. Great post, thank you!

  • BlueMoonRose

    BlueMoonRose said 6 years ago

    Love the beautiful, old wood furniture. Amazing!

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek said 6 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • go2vintage

    go2vintage said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • go2vintage

    go2vintage said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • Littlezozo

    Littlezozo said 6 years ago

    great syle and beautiful home :)

  • TiTiLI

    TiTiLI said 6 years ago

    very nice!

  • TiTiLI

    TiTiLI said 6 years ago

    very nice!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 6 years ago

    lovely home!

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 6 years ago

    "there is not place like here"... FabuleuX!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Beautiful picks, I really like the 'handmade adding imperfection' idea lovely...

  • L2Country

    L2Country said 6 years ago

    Lovely article... I also love the way the home owner has placed her "vintage finds" throughout her home. Great taste! Txs for sharing all these wonderful photos w/ us! L2Country

  • annslights

    annslights said 6 years ago

    It is all so very wonderful...I like her style!

  • kateblossom

    kateblossom said 6 years ago

    beautiful furniture, color combos, very nice home!

  • ItchinStitchin

    ItchinStitchin said 6 years ago

    Very classic!!! It's very beautiful.

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 6 years ago

    very soothing, blessings!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    Awww, I used to have a calico name Callie, too! Your decor style is wonderful. I have a mirror very similar to the one in the top right photo ~ love it! :)

  • LeahSutton

    LeahSutton said 6 years ago

    Lovely selection!!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

    What a beautifully decorated home! Well done!

  • NsewFabrics

    NsewFabrics said 6 years ago

    Beautiful UNCLUTTERED vintage...

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    Lovely home!

  • lazydayz

    lazydayz said 6 years ago

    Great article! I especially love wood, old looking with lots of character !

  • cjbcollectibles

    cjbcollectibles said 6 years ago

    I love the way you tied in decoration into different themes for rooms. I especially love the blue and white ironstone plates with the yellow walls.

  • Prettymodest

    Prettymodest said 6 years ago

    beautiful home! do you have a blog?

  • FeliKiwi

    FeliKiwi said 6 years ago

    The smallest details could spruce up your home and you've accomplished that with your vintage wares. Awesome!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 6 years ago

    I definitely need more quilts in my life :)

  • YardSaleSisters

    YardSaleSisters said 6 years ago

    Really love the color in the living room (I know everyone has said that :) ) Thanks for sharing your home!!

  • northcountryglass

    northcountryglass said 6 years ago

    Wish my house could be so put together... Very nice!

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 6 years ago

    great style - love it!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 6 years ago

    Love this! thanks! Alana

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the post..good inspiration..thinking about co-opting that color for my living room!! :)

  • AllUnwound

    AllUnwound said 6 years ago

    I love the collected but uncluttered look! Amazing.

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • retroattack

    retroattack said 6 years ago

    Just gorgeous! Love everything!!!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 6 years ago

    Great style. Enjoyed your article. Thanks for sharing.

  • amysoldschool

    amysoldschool said 6 years ago

    Get the look is one of my favorite features! Love this fabulous house!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 6 years ago

    Nice style I love metal leg table :)

  • AThymetoSew

    AThymetoSew said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • ligalus

    ligalus said 6 years ago

    Sarah, I love your home! It brings back memories about what a great host you were years ago. I'm so proud of you and like then, I STILL love your style!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Yes your style is very classic and eclectic! Your home looks wonderful!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Tee hee!

  • capurrocustoms23

    capurrocustoms23 said 6 years ago

    I love the classic but modern look! It looks wonderful!

  • deardavy

    deardavy said 6 years ago

    Love this style!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    You have done a beautiful job decorating your home and making as you have always wanted! Very tasteful! All the best!

  • Steoze

    Steoze said 6 years ago

    Truly love the decorating styles simply because of its modern and traditional concepts. So vibrant and cool. You've got it! Thanks for sharing this such an informative post. ~Steoze @ Graphic Displays

  • 2becontinued13

    2becontinued13 said 6 years ago

    I am always struggling to find ways of incorporating all of my "tastes" I love everything from the 1800's to the 1980's too! So good to see someone else pull it off... inspires me to get in there and do some revamping!

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 6 years ago

    Looks so together and homey. I am sooo jealous. I have what my family calls garage sale chic! I need to pull it together. Beautiful home. Thank you for sharing.

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 6 years ago

    here here for mixing it up-- love the ambiance of sarah's home-- and super finds from etsy shops to compliment---- beautiful feature!

  • divinalocura

    divinalocura said 6 years ago

    i like the clock ...

  • CarolMai

    CarolMai said 6 years ago

    I love the colorful walls! And of course the eclectic collection of vintage treasures! Just beautiful.

  • belindajanevitale

    belindajanevitale said 6 years ago

    I love her style, and the mixture of vintage and classic, I have found some great inspiration here, just beautiful.

  • BelladonnasJoy

    BelladonnasJoy said 6 years ago

    I love your tie backs....they are all so pretty, so unique. WOW. I've been meaning to try something for tie-backs on my windows using big shells that I brought home from Magdalen Islands, and soaked, bleached, cleaned, scrubbed, dried, etc.etc.... But somehow my jewelry always wins my time.... Congratulations in many ways and thanks for sharing!!

  • VeronicaCarlton

    VeronicaCarlton said 6 years ago

    Upscale on a budget, gotta love it Veronica Carlton Anthem AZ

  • ReclaimedObjects

    ReclaimedObjects said 6 years ago

    a very lovely comfortable feel to your home

  • Decorating4U

    Decorating4U said 6 years ago

    I love how all of your treasured finds came together. Great job!

  • bresworld

    bresworld said 6 years ago

    Your home and decorating skills inspire me....very beautiful.

  • sparkleandstorm

    sparkleandstorm said 6 years ago

    Love the tiebacks!! Especially the clouds

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 6 years ago

    sometimes it takes awhile for a room to come together as you collect.Then you resist changing it completely.

  • forrestinavintage

    forrestinavintage said 6 years ago

    Just bought our first home--1946 bungalow. Looking forward to using all the ideas from this wonderful series to decorate it. :)

  • mattmurray2

    Matt Murray said 5 years ago

    Hi All, http://www.etsy.com/people/handmadebetty (handmadebetty) is mentioned int his article. Do yourself a favor and do not purchase a single item from her. We bought two benches that are not worth their material cost. Poor cuts and rookie joinery resulting in wobbly benches that are unsafe for our kids. She refuses to help, won't even take them back to resell to the next sucker. We're out a good sum of money as a result and still don't have the seating we want at our kitchen table. It's sad to think that the reviews on her profile are friend driven... their are cons everywhere, even on etsy.

  • armadaantiques

    armadaantiques from ArmadaAntiques said 4 years ago

    Beautiful space, love how well everything blends.

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