Vintage Indie would like to welcome you to another My Vintage Pad Home Tour. We are very excited to show you the gorgeous home of Lisa J. from Oregon.
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What is your favorite part of each room?
Living room: It's really hard to say what I love most. I love my rose oil paintings, my mantel featuring all kinds of mirrors and frames along with some other fun things. But probably my favorite part would be my old barn wood cabinet that features my wedding topper collection and other vintage wedding related items.
Master bedroom: I am so lucky that my husband doesn't mind the girly stuff, because my bedroom is definitely girly. Here you will find an assortment of hand painted rose tole trays, trinket boxes, hat boxes, vintage floral hats, (some from my grandmother) more rose oil paintings (one painted by my other grandmother), vintage flower pots and many other little do dads I pick up on my thrifting adventures. My favorite thing in here though is probably Manni. She is a dress form I bought from my good friend Bobbie and she was recently featured in the latest issue of Artful Blogging Magazine. She is a lover of vintage jewelry, dresses and lingerie and likes to change her look frequently.
Sewing room: This room is packed to overflowing with all sorts of little vintage cabinets, boxes, etc. I love all the rose fabrics in here. When this room is clean, (which isn't often) I love to lay on the bed and just look at everything. Sometimes my husband will walk by and ask me if I'm enjoying my "haven." As you can see, I have lots of vintage storage items and believe me, they are all put to good use.
Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?
I have so many influences it would be impossible to name them all, but my style is very much influenced by magazines such as Romantic Country, Romantic Homes, Country Home and Country Living. I am also lucky to have several friends who are a constant sources for inspiration. I find inspiration from attending the many antique shows that are held in our area. I am inspired every week when I go to the antique mall where I have my booth. There are a whole slew of dealers there that are amazing at finding the perfect combination of items to create "the look." My most recent source for inspiration are the many blogs I go to on a daily basis. It's so much fun to find ideas that I can use to make my own.
As you can see, vintage items play a huge role in my home. Most of the furniture/decor I own is considered vintage. I love the whole idea of re-cycling and I have always felt that vintage items have so much more character than new items. The price is usually a lot better too. I get great satisfaction knowing that I have created a cozy and comfortable home on a very small budget. The vintage items in my home are not just for show. I use many vintage items on a daily basis, whether it be vintage linens on my bed or vintage dishes that we eat off of, I can't imagine living any other way. I also love to re-purpose items such as using an old garden gate as a fireplace screen or using vintage frames on their own as art.
My advice on how to create your look is very simple. Buy what you love and it will all go together. That's what I do and it has always worked for me. Some people will go out looking for just the right thing for the right place. I usually do it the opposite. I find something I really love and then bring it home and find a place for it. Another thing I would suggest is to shop at variety of different places. I go to thrift stores, shop garage and estate sales, go to auctions, antique malls and flea markets. The bigger variety of places you shop, the bigger variety of items you will find. But most of all, have fun with decorating and living with your vintage items. Your home should be a reflection of you and should make you smile.
A special thanks to Lisa for sharing her beautiful home with us. You can see more of Lisa's home and her current projects at her blog A Thing for Roses.
All photographs in this feature are copyright Lisa Johnson