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The McKays based many of the rooms' color palettes around specific textiles or pieces of furniture. "But sometimes I just find things I love when I'm out shopping and think, 'I'll make this work,'" Jessica says. Although all the pieces in the dining room were purchased separately, the brown, white and blue all blend seamlessly.
Light: eBay; table: vintage
Jessica likes to combine vintage pieces (either thrift finds or hand-me-downs) with more contemporary elements for an eclectic look. "I want to keep everything fresh and not like a decorated set for an old house," Jessica says.
The quirky and colorful living room is a great example of this look. Vintage accessories, modern art and colorful textiles combine in a unique and personalized space.
Curtains: custom, with fabric from Greenhouse fabrics; table lamps: vintage; Lucite chairs: Overstock.com; coffee table: custom by Peter Cales
Although they would love a bigger kitchen — particularly since Christopher is a brilliant baker — the couple has managed to make do with the space they have. A movable island at the end of the space allows for extra storage when stationary and becomes another work surface when wheeled into the main kitchen space.
Island: Bed, Bath & Beyond; gray lamp: Target
The basement family room is one of the couple's favorite rooms in their home. Designwise, it initially presented some dilemmas, and the budget was tight. The walls in this room were an unattractive knotty pine that the couple couldn't afford to completely replace, so they decided to paint them navy and keep the grooves white for a pin-striped look.
Vintage chairs were recovered in a Southwestern-inspired fabric for a colorful touch. "I'm originally from New Mexico, so I can't pass up a good Southwest print," Jessica says.
Chairs: vintage; couch; Nebraska Furniture Mart; wall paint: Naval, Sherwin Williams
The couple reworked their home's attic into a cozy master bedroom with slanted ceilings and plenty of nooks and crannies. Jessica made the headboard herself because she wanted a bold material that looked like leather and couldn't afford the ones she saw out there. This DIY vinyl headboard has the same look for a fraction of the cost. The side tables were found at a garage sale and painted a bold and glossy red.
Bedding: Dwell Studio; table lamps: Lamps Plus
A dormer window in the master bedroom became the perfect dressing area for Jessica. A turquoise chaise from the previous home was tucked underneath the window for a luxurious touch.
Chaise: Target; ottoman: Arteriors
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