The Style Files No. 32Kelly's ranch style home in Kansas shows you how to do YOU
Last week we took you on a tour of a Moroccan riad, this week we’re going to show you around a ranch in Wichita, Kansas – that’s Kelly’s home. We’ve never seen a house with so much character – every inch of this home is covered in Kelly’s personality and her confidence to decorate in the style she likes, not what the trends decide. So what can we learn from Kelly? It’s sometimes too easy for us to think ‘I want my home to look like that one’ or ‘I want it to be Scandi’, but you should decorate your home using pieces that communicate YOU and make you feel good. I’ve never met Kelly but I can tell what she’s like just by looking at her home! So, who’s cares if something isn’t on trend? If it makes you feel good, keep it. That’s what Kelly did, and look how beautiful her home turned out…
What was the inspiration behind your home?
That’s a hard question to answer because I didn’t seek inspiration from a certain look, time period, place or magazine. If I’m being honest Estate Sales were my inspiration. What was selling now at Estate sales and what I could afford began the rabbit hole of my decor journey.
What was the design process of your home?
The process was simple- I bought what I loved and could afford. It all trickled from there. It was a natural grass roots kind of process if I really think about it. When we bought our home my husband and I had just gone from dual salaries to me staying home with our daughter while I was pregnant with our second daughter. It was a huge shock to go from renting on two salaries to owning a home on one salary. I was very strategic with our big purchases so I was able to have fun with the decor. We chose to invest in our sofas and purchase from place we knew would have well made pieces that would last the test of time.
What’s your best advice for creating a home like yours?
Be a smart shopper! Don’t design your home based on what’s “on trend” buy what YOU LOVE and take your time. If I would have had the money to go out and buy whatever I wanted when we bought our home I would have ended up with a cookie cutter look and I never would have found my style. It took time to piece the house together and I was able to do it with pieces that each have a story.
” My parents took us to tons of antique auctions… they went to London in the 80s & fell in love with English antiques”
What do you think is the single most important thing to remember when decorating a room?
Gosh that’s hard to prioritize one- I personally love balance in design so I’d have to say to keep it balanced but fun. I tend to lean towards wanting everything picture perfect in a room- I’m learning a well decorated room is beautiful when it’s not perfect.
What is your favourite spot in the house & why?
Ahh I like several spots for different reasons- that’s like asking me to pick a favourite child! I love the living and dinning rooms for the color and feel- I love the formality of the room, the brass touches and that it’s the room I decorated for myself. YET I live in our family room. It’s where the black box resides and our ginormous comfy leather sofa so most nights you’ll find me posted up there.
How would you define your style?
I’d say eclectic but I’m not sure that’s the best term. I love mixing antiques & vintage items with new pieces. My parents took us to tons of antique auctions growing up. They made several trips to London in the 1980’s and fell in love with English antiques. In Houston they would frequent auctions to purchase furniture. I remember walking around the warehouses – I loved seeing all the unique hand carved armoires, dressers, trunks etc. I loved the smell and history behind each piece. I always thought it was so cool that a piece with so much history would make a fresh start in our home. My Instagram name “streetflea” came from the idea that you can furnish your home with items purchased from street garage sales to flea markets. Haha…maybe that name defines my style!
We’d like to point out that the colourful cushions featured on the garden chairs and living room are from The Sparrow Studio, an organisation that sells products made in Rwanda by women who learn to sew to support their families – check them out!
Like the look of the self-proclaimed street flea’s home? Head over to the streetflea Instagram.
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