Kelli and Sam Larson have been living in their northern San Diego home for four years. They both are well-traveled, but this home is the place they always want to come back to. These days they share it with their one year old daughter Rylee and their cat, Bam. Many of you may know Kelli better as , the name she goes by for her blog, (illustration and graphic design), and . Kelli has always been drawn to a lot of different interior styles, but particularly loves “vintage meets modern” and their home is filled with DIY projects the couple has done together. Personally, I love looking at , and seeing how her style has translated into the spaces around her. Thanks so much Kelli, and for the beautiful photos! –
Image above: My office was the last room to tackle in my home (talk about a two year procrastination), but I think it has turned into my favorite. I work out of my house as a graphic designer and illustrator, so it was important for me to feel inspired in my space. And to have it be somewhat set apart as a place I could focus and be creative. I painted the walls using a fresh bright white. I had a terrible time finding a desk and a drawing table that went together and hit my price point, so I decided to just mix a bunch of different wood finishes together to make it look a little more “unplanned.” My desk and are both from Ikea. My one office splurge was my by , and I can’t say I regret it. My floor lamp is from and the shelf above is from . It holds two of my favorite prints by and and a small gold succulent sculpture by .
Image above: One of my favorite pieces in our living room is this industrial light by . If there’s one thing you’ll learn from this sneak peak, it’s that I’m a sucker for Etsy, or more importantly, vintage and handmade goods.
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Image above: When we moved into our house, there was no good solution for where to put a television in our living room. It was really small and ran right into our dining room. We ended up placing the tv right above the fireplace and backing our couch up as close to the stairs as we could, to give the room a bit more breathing room. We worked with a local carpenter to build a custom bookcase that fit perfectly under our stairs. And I think it really finishes the room. Sam’s dad is also a wood worker by hobby and he hand made our side table and coffee table out of old barn wood and metal scraps he found in Minnesota. We couldn’t be more in love with them and think they add just the right industrial touch to the space. Our and are from West Elm and our pillows are a mix of Etsy, Anthropologie, and Restoration Hardware.
Image above: In the long hunt for the perfect drafting table, I finally stumbled upon at World Market and couldn’t pass up the price. I love it’s vintage design and functionality. I bought the wood table top, now mounted on the wall as my inspiration board, from Ikea to use first for my computer desk. But after arriving, I realized it was much too small and ordered another larger size for my desk. Needless to say, it came in handy and I like how the wood visually ties the two work stations together.
Image above: For a solo art show I did several years ago, Sam built me a ton of these reclaimed whitewashed wooden back drops to display my art on. I loved them so much, I didn’t want to just throw them away after the show was over. So we saved them in our garage for over a year before we decided to move them inside. This is my favorite use of the wood in our house: a backdrop for our television in our bedroom. The trunks below the console are thrifted finds.
Image above: My office is a mix of modern, vintage and industrial style. It was originally a guest bedroom, but we ripped out the closet and built in our own shelving and cabinets to make it more useful. I like the contrast of old wood and metal against the clean, stark white walls. I found the metal storage baskets from , the wooden desk cubby and braided cotton baskets from , and the vintage wood block letters from .
Image above: Busy wallpaper usually really scares me. But I fell in love with this charcoal lace print by and had to have it for our bedroom. It’s definitely the focal point of our room. Our bedding is from Anthropologie, the hand crocheted throw is from , and our pillows are from and .
Image above: This French style buffet cabinet was a lucky Craigslist find. I bought it from a sweet old man who wouldn’t let me give him more than $30 for it! Talk about a steal. I love the open shelving that exposes my favorite dinner and glassware.
Image above: My upcycled childhood dresser! This guy has been with me since I was 10. We painted and distressed it in white and switched out the knobs with prettier one’s we found at Anthropologie. It’s amazing what a little paint and hardware can do.
Image above: My daughter Rylee’s room is probably the most calming in the house. I wanted to create a space for her that was soft and inviting, but that wasn’t too girly. We first painted the walls in a soft grey (Smooth Stone by ). I scoured Etsy for months for just the right handmade details. The poms hanging above her crib are a mix of some that I hand made and some from . The old quilt bunting is from and the custom crochet “Rylee” garland is from . The is from Anthropologie and the foot stool I found at a local antique store. My favorite piece in the room is probably the by Nurseryworks. It’s pretty giant for such a small space, but I can say now that it’s been well worth the investment. The large wooden “R” on the wall is form .