This weekend’s Get the Look Decor is inspired by the gorgeous home of vintage seller Aye. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and two dogs in a neighborhood that blends city and country living. At nearby Rock Creek Park, the couple enjoy foraging for mushrooms, yet downtown DC is close at hand for strolls through museums and galleries.
[Clockwise from top left: Pair of Japanese Landscape Panels by lavintagefurnishings; Elbow Settee by WarrenChairWorks; Chinese Inspired Coffer by garrettfurniture; Abstract Tree Wall Art Tapestry by groovygirl60; Industrial Rustic Bookcase by leecowen; Set of 4 Pyrex Mixing Bowls by ModishVintage.]
Describe your home decorating style.
I would say our home is ethnic-eclectic with some modern accents. I’m a believer that the elements of old and new can marry well together, and likewise, East and West. I love the clean spare lines of Japanese interiors, and I also love the cozy clutter of an English cottage home. I enjoy blending together elements of varying styles.
[Clockwise from top left: Hanging Pot Rack by ArtisansoftheAnvil; Old World Style Maple Cutting Board by TheChicagoBenchCo; Vintage Pyrex Polka Dot Mixing Bowls by sassboxclassics; Wooden Apple Server by HausProud; Pair Tall Apothecary Glass Jars by MisterTrue; Wandering Mountain Path Tea Bowls by WaxingResistance.]
What is your favorite part about your home?
Mostly, we all hang out in the kitchen because I like to cook, or in the garden when the weather’s nice. During the winter months, we spend more time in the living room because the fireplace is going and the dogs love it so much. We move along with the seasons. I guess our nomadic lifestyle applies to the house also!
[Clockwise from top left: Wooden Ice Bucket by OlsenVintageMarket; Glass Insulator Pendant Lamp by SouthernLightsTN; Wood Bowl by VintageRetrievers; Vintage Mortar & Pestle by cottage farm; Pair of Pyrex Nesting Bowls by GallivantingGirls; Walnut Slat Dining Table by HawkAndStone.]
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
My husband and I travel a lot, so I tend to poke around in obscure shops and weekend markets in the various countries we visit or have lived in (mostly in Europe and Asia). In America, we have discovered some really interesting finds in thrift stores.
[Clockwise from top left: Japanese Inspired Coffee Table by Celetto; Turkish Anatolia Kilim Rug by bitanem; Companion Silk Table Lamps by earthsteps; Vintage Pagoda Planter by bellalulu; Paper Mache Mask by artspell; Pair of Folding Chairs by AMBIANIC.]
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I often find inspiration from my travels. The way people live in different parts of the world and what people choose to surround themselves with is very interesting to me. And sometimes, it’s the small things that can be inspiring: a piece of driftwood, a textile remnant – whatever catches my attention.
[Clockwise from top left: Tall Dresser Enso by tarikyousef; Ilmari Tapiovaara Teak Rocking Chair by Hindsvik; Objectify "Sapling" Coat Stand by ObjectifyHomeware; Custom Watercolor Pet Portrait by SchulmanArts; Primitive Black Step Stool by EastabrooksTreeWorks; Crams Universal Terrestrial Globe by lamastronaut.]
Does your home hold any strong memories?
The strong memories in this house are of our dogs. We have raised four spunky dogs here, and although two are gone, we still feel their presence hanging about. In this family, dogs rule!
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