Right chaps, we’re on to the Style Files No. 45 this week with Susie Brown’s Mid Century house tour. Susie lives in the US with her husband Scott and soon there’ll be a little one joining them too! Together they’ve created a home filled with vintage finds from places like Craigslist, making it a unqiue and eclectic space that’s evolved over the years. Scroll on down to find out what amazing second hand finds Susie has acquired and see how they work beautifully.
2. How would you define your style?
My style is definitely eclectic – but in a cleaner, vibrant, more masculine way. I’ve always loved plants (I’ve got them in every room), and I love bold, saturated colors, clean neutrals, and natural woods and textures.
3. What was the design process behind your home?
I’m a firm believer in letting the design of a home inform the décor and in the case of our home, we’ve slowly changed and tweaked bits at a time. Letting the décor evolve as we learned how we live in and use this space. I’m a huge fan of experimenting, so some of the rooms in our home have had countless “versions” before the ones you see here!
4. What was your inspiration?
I draw decor inspiration from just about everything – travel, food I’m eating, vintage furniture designers, textures and colors from clothing etc. Most of my inspiration though comes from what’s already in my home or what I find when thrifting or combing Craigslist. I’m truly inspired by so many things that most people wouldn’t give a second glance. I see potential for modifications that could make a unique piece. It pleases me seeing a piece designed by Steve Chase or Milo Baughman on 1stDibs for $5,000 and then combing resale outlets to find something in a similar. Be it similar in shape or colorway, I think about how I can tweak it to make it look more fabulous.
5. What would be your advice to someone wanting to create a home like yours?
My advice would be to let things evolve and don’t rush! Accomplished designers with huge budgets can create the perfect mix in no time without having to consider cost…but if you’re not that, good quality décor and design elements take time to accumulate and create. Ikea showrooms are great, but if you don’t want your home to look like everyone else’s, be patient. Let the search for unique furniture & decor be as fun as the end product itself. I also firmly believe that your home reflects so much of who you are. Spiritual and emotional “renovation” is as important in the home design process as the décor and design elements.
5. If you could only own one homeware item, what would it be?
That’s a tough one! I’d probably have to say my giant tree philodendron; I could literally have a completely empty room with that lush green baby in there and be completely happy!