This 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.
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