This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the playful and quirky home Sarah Harvey shares with her pets, Kuma and Ronin, just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Her split-level ranch is overflowing with personality. Collections of designer toys and plush add pops of color and a hint of fun to every room throughout her home.
In addition to actively growing her toy collection, Sara works as an illustrator and graphic designer. You can check out her artwork at MultiplePersonality; visit her blogs, For the Love of Toys and Art Empathy, for a closer look at her toy collections and art inspirations. Visit Sara on Flickr for even more photos of her playful home.
[Clockwise from top left: Custom Hand Painted Skateboard Deck by punkrockparti; Cassie Mini Munny Custom Vinyl Art Toy by mytinystudio; 84 inch Veronica floating shelves, set of three by jwhitney100; Ventura Dining Table in Solid Quarter Sawn White Oak by hedgehouse; Gerard by Horriblesweet; Sputnik Chrome Ceiling Light Fixture by GallivantingGirls.]
Describe your home decorating style.
I wanted my home to represent who I am and the things that make me happy. I have always loved modern furniture and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture and homes have always been what I gravitate towards, but I like unique, interesting, and well-made products of any kind. I tend to decorate with both vintage and new items, blending together things that I like. Rather than getting hung up on things matching, if I like it, I try and incorporate it somehow. I love color since it can help change your mood, and while I use it wherever I can, I do so sparingly since my collections are so colorful.
[Clockwise from top left: Teacup cushion throw pillow by HenriettaAndMorty ; Plush Faux Taxidermy Deer Head by AICreatures; Cuckoo No.1 Silkscreen by imprettyinspired ; Leonardo the Elephant by HandmadeDreamers; Eames for Herman Miller Fiberglass Arm Chair by SweetGoodsNYC ; Pink Whipped Cream Girl Plini Figurine by magicbeanbuyer .]
Did you decide to decorate in this style or was there an evolution to your decorating process?
My decorating style revolves around my collections. I didn’t want to feel like my collection was consuming me. I guess it’s the designer in me, but I have to make sure colors, patterns, and objects are arranged in a way that is pleasing to the eye. I have such a large collection that everything had to migrate throughout my home. I started organizing things by color and height, and combining toys with other objects that I collected. Decorating is fun for me, so trying to decorate with lots of “things” was a challenge that I enjoyed taking on.
[Clockwise from top left: Balloons by jenniferdavis; Mid Century Modern, vintage upholstered chair by GreStuff; Spring Heralds - Print by myfolklover; Wooden art doll hand painted - Daphnee by zime; CLASSIC II: COFFEE Table by MSTRF; Distressed Red Metal Industrial Shelf by FindFurnish.]
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I shop anywhere for home items and usually like to find antiques or older items that you wouldn’t be able to find in every store. Craigslist, antique stores and independent shops are were I search a lot for items. When I purchase furniture new, I tend to shop at Crate and Barrel, CB2, and West Elm for nice modern designs. Most of my art prints and handmade items were purchased from sellers on Etsy or independent shops.
[Clockwise from top left: Breathe Wood Sign by OhDierLiving; Vintage Chartreuse Lamp by jojosvintagecupboard; Gothic Mother Goose Art Print by pinkytoast; We Are Trying To Break Your Heart by PalmerandJane; Boston Terrier 11 x 14 Print Space Rangers Set by rubenacker; House Shelf Shadow Box by SeeDollyRun.]
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
As cheesy at it sounds, everything inspires me when I’m decorating. I love color, art, patterns and texture, and I try to use that in my home in ways that represent who I am and what I love. I love to research, and I’m constantly doing that for my day job, as well as just for fun. I’m always saving photos I like for inspiration.
[Clockwise from top left: Tea Elephant- art toy by UDOT; max the pilot painted art doll by lolka; Plush Cat Fabric Doll by MaishopCuteThings; Art toy - Mister Tiger by MarieChou; Henri Owl Soft Toy by wassupbrothers; Plush Monster Yalloup Von Racletten by ninon.]
What is your favorite part about your home?
My dining room, because that’s where my wall of toys is located. It just makes me happy being in there, surrounded by what I love.
[Clockwise from top left: Flower Moon Bun - Amigurumi Bunny Rabbit by MoonsCreations; Ghoul Boy Mini Munny by knopfe; Despicable Minion Plushie by Zoobliez; Videogames poster by CristinadeVicente; Zombies of the Deep by MATTYCIPOV; Glass Fronted Retro Display Cabinet by InspiritVintage.]
Looking for more styles and interiors? Check out our video series, There’s No Place Like Here, where creative types show us their unique spaces — infused with their aesthetic and filled with the treasures they collect. Get involved and show us your amazing space in this Flickr pool.