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Vintage Treasures Create an Ever-Changing Home for a Family of Six

by Sofia Tuovinen

While many of us try to find that one right spot for our favorite pieces, Chi Yang is busy moving things around. There is rarely a day when her home looks like it did the day before — most of the time something that was there on the last visit has been replaced by something else on the next. Chi, who shares her ever-changing home with husband Jerret and sons Jerret Jr, Maddox, Liam and Charlie, runs online vintage shop on Etsy. Her constant flow of inventory and items shipping out has resulted in a home with a truly fluid look and feel, where nothing stays the same for long.

When Chi and her husband Jerret found out that they were expecting their third son, they decided to move to their current, quieter neighborhood in Antelope, CA. Although their growing family needed more space, Chi and Jerret still wanted to keep things cozy. They opted for a remodeled house in a calm court, right across from an egret reservoir. With three bedrooms and 1,400 square feet, their house is big enough to cater for their family’s needs, but small enough to allow them to focus on each other, rather than excessive amounts of house chores. Despite pieces from Chi’s shop on display, the family has created a space where all four boys can play freely. The open floor plan has turned out to be exactly what Chi and her family needed. “With the boys, we wanted to be able to still keep an eye on them yet be able to do our own things, and this house provided that,” she explains.

Chi loves having friends and family over, and her open-plan home is ideal for entertaining. Visitors always have new things to admire — and sometimes be creeped out about! Chi loves to collect old mannequins, dolls and portraits, and on more than one occasion guests have been surprised by a torso displayed in a corner and a random antique photograph mixed in with the family wall collage. Chi’s inventory is what gives this home such rich character, from impressive wall basket collections to bohemian textiles. It also adds to her own style, a mix of earthy tones, lots of plants and quirky, “jungalow” inspired pieces. With Chi’s online business expanding, the family has thought about eventually purchasing a larger house, but they’re in no rush. At least for a few more years, their small home will do double duty as an inspiring — and often unexpected — vintage treasure display.

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The kitchen dining area is where Chi’s four young boys love to color. Evidence of artistic endeavors adds to the eclectic space. “They've literally colored all over the table. I used to wipe it clean, but now I keep it that way because it seems to give that spot more character. It's their space,” Chi says. For a more modern look, the 90s style upper kitchen cabinets were replaced with open shelving.
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The black walls in the kitchen nook prove that darker colors don’t necessarily make rooms feel dark. “This was the first time we ever used black paint, and we have loved it since,” Chi says. The clear chairs are from and keep the room feeling spacious.
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View from the kitchen. The open floor plan allows Chi to easily keep an eye on her four boys while working from home. “My house is really an eclectic mix of everything,” she explains. Many of the decorative pieces throughout Chi’s home are available in her Etsy shop, .
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The huge IKEA shelves were the perfect purchase for Chi’s vintage collection. “I store basically all my vintage baskets and pots here. The boys climb on it like it’s a mountain, and they've held very well,“ she shares. When the family first moved in, all walls were painted tan, a color that Chi isn't too mad about. The living room and bathroom are the only tan rooms left in the house, and are on the to-do list.
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Wall baskets create a stunning installation on the living room wall. “I've been called 'The Basket Queen’ before, so I know I have a thing with hoarding baskets. My wall basket collections can be monstrous at times. When I see a good woven vintage basket, it's hard to pass up on it,” Chi admits.
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Different materials and textures add depth to the living room decor. The expanding table from IKEA seats several guests and has lasted for years despite the boys climbing and jumping on it. A large antique mirror was recently replaced with this round mirror from Target, which gives the space a modern update.
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Chi created a mini jungle for herself in the living room corner, and the nook is now her favorite spot in the house. The plants accentuate the space and add a bit of privacy.
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“The hoarding room” is where Chi keeps most of her inventory. Brass bird wall art, a painting and vintage wall hanging adorn the hallway walls leading to the room. “Since the room itself is a mess, I made sure that the walls going to it looked [their] best,” she says.
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The master bedroom is Chi’s serene sanctuary, a place where she has displayed all her most cherished items. Tiny wicker chairs repurposed as quirky planters add a fun touch. “My favorite thing about this room is the tropical blanket from . It really livens up the room,” Chi says.
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The mustard colored wall hanging above the bed ties in with the antique chair in the corner of the bedroom. “Yellow mustard is my favorite color, and I had originally meant to sell this piece, but just fell in love with it, so often times I'll use it for my photos for my ,” Chi explains. Currently the chair serves as a stand for a Monstera, Chi’s favorite plant.
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The bamboo shelf was one of the first pieces Chi bought on Craigslist. Back then she wasn’t comfortable haggling, and ended up paying full price. “It's always a reminder to me that I need to learn to haggle better if I want to succeed in this business,” she shares.
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As Chi’s shop inventory is spread around the house, it was only fair that Jerret got dibs on the walk-in closet, which is now his personal space and the only room where Chi’s vintage finds haven’t reached. Chi’s clothes hang in the bedroom closet, framed by a small collection of wall baskets. Chi has a love for old mannequins, and they can be found in random spots around the house!
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A stunning tiger print hangs on one of the walls in the master bedroom and adds dimension to the tropical-inspired space. It may look like wallpaper, but it’s actually a large piece of vintage fabric that Chi found! “[…] My heart skipped a beat, and I knew I had to put it up somewhere,” she recalls finding the fabric.
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Chi with husband Jerret, and sons Maddox, Liam, Charlie and Jerret Jr. “The boys are a crazy bunch, lots of energy,” Chi says. The open-plan layout of the family’s house makes it easy to keep an eye on all four boys.
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The walls in the boys’ room have recently been painted in Chi was inspired after finding some peacock feathers, but was hesitant to use such a bold hue in the house. The boys wanted a bit of change, and painting their room turned out to be the perfect opportunity.
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The boys’ room is constantly changing, as they grow and have new likes and dislikes. “Before it use to be filled with all my cute vintage toys, but now that they're getting older, they're wanting more sophistication,” Chi shares. “Maddox has taken after me in decorating, and is always taking my vintage items to decorate his room."
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The backyard sitting area is shared with all of Chi’s beloved plants. “I'm a plant lover, but many of my plants are potted. During the summer the cement gets real hot, so I thought it was a great idea to sit them on a vintage bamboo couch I had found, and was originally going to restore, and sell.”
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“Because of what I do, there's a constant flow of things coming into our house, so things are always changing, but we love that about this place. It's never boring, and there's always something to see and to discuss when people walk through our front door.” — Chi

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Comments

    • Hi Jina. If you want to hang a wall set of your own try using clear tacks. They’re less visible and won’t cause too much harm to your wall. Just tack the basket up or hook the back of the basket to the tack. Sometimes I’ll loop a string through the basket or use double sided tape on lightweight baskets. If possible I’ll even just sit a basket on top of another. Rarely do I use nails! Hope that helps!

    • Thank you so much! I definitely have a weird way of putting things together sometimes….at least that’s what my friends say.

  • I love your home Chi. Do you have a blog or more pics of your place? We live in a small home (1000sqft) with 2 kids and I wondered what your layout is like and the rest of your kitchen is like. I’ve been trying to find a style I like and need to update our very 90s home and yours is the perfect inspiration :) I love the plants, the fabrics…all of it.

  • Hi Lely! I have an Instagram account: Simplychivintage. I haven’t added too many house pics, but I do have a few. I’ll be adding more now that this home tour was published.
    My kitchen and living room is very open. I like to keep it that way because the boys are crazy, and like to get into everything. I’ll try to post more pics of the layout in the next few days.

    • Hi Margaret! Thank you for the sweet comment. I believe the black paint was by Behr semi gloss just black. The white was a semi gloss same brand I think.

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