Featured Project: Our Last Home

Garage doors and shutters are Sherwin Williams Porpoise.

Garage doors and shutters are Sherwin Williams Porpoise.

All images by the wonderful Michelle Leach of Magnolia Adams Photography.

It's an incredibly odd feeling to wrap five deeply felt years of your life into a few words. Surely I'm not alone in the inability to separate the memories from their wrapper, as this home was so much more than just a house.

This 1950's ranch is only two miles away from where we have moved, still in Oklahoma City. We loved this house for the open layout, the natural light, the wood floors (that were actually fake, put in place by the previous homeowners), and how much original charm was still present. There were countless projects I tackled over the years, and an infinite list of hopefuls that remained. While there, we did no remodeling, but extensive landscaping work, updated all paint and lighting, and I experimented more than one might think is possible with furniture + layouts + any budget-friendly tricks that might bring the vibe we sought. 

On a style note, my husband leans Rustic Modern, and while I implement all ranges of tastes, I most like to live in spaces with modern lines infused with vintage character and a heavy dose of sophisticated whimsy.

The first view upon entry was of the hallway, living, and dining. Three bedrooms were to the left. Living Room is painted Dusty Miller by Glidden. Dining is Pure White by Sherwin Williams.

The first view upon entry was of the hallway, living, and dining. Three bedrooms were to the left. Living Room is painted Dusty Miller by Glidden. Dining is Pure White by Sherwin Williams.

A box-armed charcoal velvet sofa anchored the room under the bay window, over a jute rug by World Market that gave this large pass-through area some definition. Throw from West Elm, as well as flocked curtains and striped pillows. All others were handmade. Vintage brass lamp, credenza entertainment center, and greyhound statue.

A box-armed charcoal velvet sofa anchored the room under the bay window, over a jute rug by World Market that gave this large pass-through area some definition. Throw from West Elm, as well as flocked curtains and striped pillows. All others were handmade. Vintage brass lamp, credenza entertainment center, and greyhound statue.

A Living Room with two large openings and a bay window makes for a layout challenge extraordinaire. We chose to arrange it in such a fashion that allowed for conversation, and could easily be tweaked for movie night. Black recliner is the Spencer in Nero from West Elm. Two ivory chairs are vintage.

A Living Room with two large openings and a bay window makes for a layout challenge extraordinaire. We chose to arrange it in such a fashion that allowed for conversation, and could easily be tweaked for movie night. Black recliner is the Spencer in Nero from West Elm. Two ivory chairs are vintage.

In all honestly, Brandon and I never used this desk. Nora learned to write her name here though! Vintage campaign desk found on Craigslist and painted in Martha Stewart's Sharky Gray. Vintage brass lamps have Nate Berkus for Target shades. Art by local artist Bob Palmer. Mango wood mirror and planters in foreground from Target.

In all honestly, Brandon and I never used this desk. Nora learned to write her name here though! Vintage campaign desk found on Craigslist and painted in Martha Stewart's Sharky Gray. Vintage brass lamps have Nate Berkus for Target shades. Art by local artist Bob Palmer. Mango wood mirror and planters in foreground from Target.

Though extremely reluctant to believe all those House Hunters couples who say they entertain a lot, we really do! This vintage table extends to seat 10. Chairs from Overstock. Curtains and lamp from Target. Vintage rug, buffet, and stool. Capiz light fixture from West Elm. Another piece of art from local Bob Palmer.

Though extremely reluctant to believe all those House Hunters couples who say they entertain a lot, we really do! This vintage table extends to seat 10. Chairs from Overstock. Curtains and lamp from Target. Vintage rug, buffet, and stool. Capiz light fixture from West Elm. Another piece of art from local Bob Palmer.

Quite frankly, the room that most stressed us out. I painted the Formica countertops using a kit from Rustoleum because they were an icy blue speckle that did no one any favors. The floors constantly looked flithy, even when they weren't. We did enjoy the open shelving! Pendant light and cabinet hardware is from Ikea. Mix of vintage and West Elm dishware.

Quite frankly, the room that most stressed us out. I painted the Formica countertops using a kit from Rustoleum because they were an icy blue speckle that did no one any favors. The floors constantly looked flithy, even when they weren't. We did enjoy the open shelving! Pendant light and cabinet hardware is from Ikea. Mix of vintage and West Elm dishware.

The built-ins housed Nora's book collections and some of my favorite collections. Cardbaord deer available at Blue 7 in Oklahoma City.

The built-ins housed Nora's book collections and some of my favorite collections. Cardbaord deer available at Blue 7 in Oklahoma City.

The Master Bedroom was a study in all things West Elm, I guess. Bed, bedding, rug, curtains, and side tables hailed from the local store. Long pillow is Anthropologie. Lamps are Target. The gorgeous wall color is Sherwin Williams Mount Etna.

The Master Bedroom was a study in all things West Elm, I guess. Bed, bedding, rug, curtains, and side tables hailed from the local store. Long pillow is Anthropologie. Lamps are Target. The gorgeous wall color is Sherwin Williams Mount Etna.

The hallway gallery wall featured my maternal grandparents in burl frames, geometric art, vintage paintings, and a large graphic piece from West Elm. Bonus: Nora was born right here! Planned homebirth, but not hallway.

The hallway gallery wall featured my maternal grandparents in burl frames, geometric art, vintage paintings, and a large graphic piece from West Elm. Bonus: Nora was born right here! Planned homebirth, but not hallway.

The middle bedroom was my office on one side and our painting studio on the other. Almost everything seen here is vintage or our artwork. Sconces from Urban Outfitters. Curtains from West Elm. Walls are painted Sherwin Williams Studio Blue Green. 

The middle bedroom was my office on one side and our painting studio on the other. Almost everything seen here is vintage or our artwork. Sconces from Urban Outfitters. Curtains from West Elm. Walls are painted Sherwin Williams Studio Blue Green. 

Artwork is our own. Desk and Chair from West Elm.

Artwork is our own. Desk and Chair from West Elm.

Hall full bath. The previous homeowners LOVED beadboard! Vintage art, original tile. Laundry stand by West Elm. Necklace shown is available at Collected Thread!

Hall full bath. The previous homeowners LOVED beadboard! Vintage art, original tile. Laundry stand by West Elm. Necklace shown is available at Collected Thread!

Nora's bedroom! I believe in kid bedrooms that grow well with the child. Vintage headboard and stool as nightstand. Roman shades made by Brandon's mother from my mother's vintage fabric stash. Desk by West Elm. Bertoia replica from Overstock. Pillows from H&M and cb2. Lamp from Urban Outfitters.

Nora's bedroom! I believe in kid bedrooms that grow well with the child. Vintage headboard and stool as nightstand. Roman shades made by Brandon's mother from my mother's vintage fabric stash. Desk by West Elm. Bertoia replica from Overstock. Pillows from H&M and cb2. Lamp from Urban Outfitters.

Midcentury dresser found on Craigslist. Chair, laundry hamper and dhurrie rug from West Elm. Art from Etsy and frames from Ikea.

Midcentury dresser found on Craigslist. Chair, laundry hamper and dhurrie rug from West Elm. Art from Etsy and frames from Ikea.

Walls are painted in Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. Clock from Target. Wedgewood glass is vintage.

Walls are painted in Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams. Clock from Target. Wedgewood glass is vintage.

That's the most simple recap I can give, it feels. Detailed projects from the home will be shared along the way.