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A Pretty, but Not Precious, Mid-Century Home in Dallas, TX

by Garrett Fleming

There was a time when it was in vogue to cover your sofas in plastic, keep the formal dining room spotless, and strive for perfectly-visible vacuum lines. It was the age of tupperware and pastels, when keeping things preserved was obviously the way to go. Times are changing, though. We are seeing more and more homes built to be truly lived in. No rooms are off limits, decorations are less precious and kids are more free to be creative and (dare I say it) mess things up a little.

There’s such freedom and joyfulness that comes with this feeling of letting go. And that’s exactly what Katie Sarokhanian of  and her husband Nicholas strive to infuse into the Dallas, TX home where they’re raising their three daughters. By setting a certain tone with the decorations they bring home, Katie and Nicholas let the kiddos know that messing up a little something there or getting something dirty here isn’t a big deal. Instead of being focused on how they’re making a mess, they want their daughters to focus on things that bring them joy. In order to keep themselves from stressing when stuff gets broken or blemished, they eagerly pick through vintage shops and browse Craigslist listings. Not only is it fun, but since these thrifty finds don’t break the bank, their wear and tear is much easier to take. “My most important goal is to never be attached to any thing in my home. I want my friends’ kids to run around and have fun. I like having the house full of people, and I never ever care when wine is spilled or things are broken,” Katie tells us.

Just because these affordable finds aren’t shiny and new doesn’t mean Katie and Nicholas have sacrificed their personal style. On the contrary, their collection of pillows and textiles seems right out of a bohemian dream. Rich red blankets, patterned pillows and an eclectic mixture of layered textiles help guests and the family alike feel at home from the second they walk in the door. Click through to see just how well the couple has managed to craft a pretty home that isn’t afraid to get a little dirty. Enjoy! —

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Every morning, the Sarokhanian family wakes to the sound of birds chirping outside the windows of their lofted bedrooms. These pretty planters and side table -- which Katie found at an estate sale -- may seem like just decorations, but they actually discourage Katie and Nicholas' daughters from climbing on the walls.
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Katie and Nicholas met in law school and moved to Dallas, TX after graduation. "We are so thankful to have a safe place for our kids to live and grow. Katie's mother was born in the Philippines, and Katie's grandfather grew up in a remote village there. Nick's father is an immigrant from Iran whose own father lost his leg being tortured as a political prisoner. We never forget all the sacrifices our families have made and the sufferings they [have] endured [in order for] us to live in a safe home in a city we love," the couple tells us.
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The bedrooms in the home are far apart, so Katie and Nicholas turned their lofty bedroom into two rooms in order to be closer to their little ones. You can see a peek at the nursery on the far right.
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Initially, the couple imagined sipping on morning coffee or enjoying a bit of quiet time in the loft's lounge. Instead, it quickly evolved into their go-to space for reading bedtime stories and a little family time. The chairs from and Restoration Hardware are paired with a pouf from Instagrammer Jennifer Harrison's shop .
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To give Rosie's nursery a bohemian vibe, Katie opted for this vintage shell chandelier as opposed to a more traditional crib mobile. She also cleverly used a vintage headboard to give it even more flair. "I try to pick pieces with character: vintage over new, handmade over mass-produced, genuine over replica. Those things give your home soul!" Katie says.
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The living room was an ever-evolving, thrifted mix of harmonious textiles, patterns and colors before Katie landed on this look. Now -- on the rare chilly day -- the southerners curl up on their Z Gallerie sofa amidst warm decor with a glass of wine in hand and a fire blazing. Abstract art by .
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Typically, we see trim painted white. The thought is to make it stand out against walls painted in a darker tone. Katie has flipped the script in her home by splashing hers with Its darker tone makes the trim a decor element and gives the living room a unique touch. The painting above the fireplace is by Charlie Sisson. Katie tells us, "It was painted standing on a tall ladder over canvas, which force[d] the artist to let go of control. To me it represents that: the [realization] that you must accept your inability to control things in order for beauty to happen."
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Luckily an abundance of light streams into the family room, so the couple knew bold black walls would work to enrich (and not engulf) the space. The table is a Mexican antique, and the accompanying chairs are from .
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Finding the right way to mix florals for the family room was a fun project for Katie to tackle, and she got lucky when she snagged two vintage sofas in this striking pattern. She and Nicholas spend most of their time here reading and listening to music while the kids chase the dog around and around.
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The kitchen needed a major overhaul when the Sarokhanians moved in. To get the galley-style space into tip-top shape, they worked alongside Rusty Perkins of Perkins Construction. His team installed new cabinetry from and fresh countertops by . The couple loves how easy cleaning and cooking is in their new kitchen.
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Part of the three-month-long renovation was the installation of this striking backsplash made from pieces. It was a bold choice, but a decision they'll never regret. The sconce was handmade by .
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Katie has strategically offset the dining room's glitzy chandelier and table from Amazon and Craigslist with rustic accessories like a cowhide rug from One Kings Lane and a vintage statue from Mexico.
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"What do we love about our home? Its joyful spirit. Our home is full of beautiful things that bring us joy, but most importantly, those things are never the source of our joy." -- The Sarokhanians
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The two-story home's floor plan.

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