We have some fun news we’d like to share with ya’ll. Â Our friend, Martha from Opendoor Studio was featured over at the Etsy blog. Â Her home is bright, happy, full of love, inspiring, creative and loaded with vintage finds. Â Check it out and get ready to be inspired.
Get the look decor: Warehouse Chic
Story byÂ Iheartmoustaches
Published onÂ May 29, 2011Â inÂ Shop
Photo byÂ opendoorstudio
This weekend’sÂ Get the Look Decor is inspired by theÂ 1920’s Cape Cod-style home of MarthaÂ Layton Smith, where she lives withÂ her husband, three kids, cats and an old pup named Sadie.Â About 30 years ago, Martha’s home was put on wheels and moved to its current location in Warrenville, a small town about 30 miles outside of Chicago, where her family has lived happily ever since. Visit Martha onÂ Flickr for more photos of her bright and cheery home.
Clockwise from top left:Â Vintage Decorative Urn fromÂ MossyRockInteriors;Â Mannequin Head fromÂ kimsco;Desk Chair in Blue Linen byÂ LandLDesign;Rainbow Plumeria Painting byÂ kauaiartist;Â French Vintage Settee Sofa fromÂ KelseyGraukeInterior;Â Pleated Turquoise Cushion Cover byÂ pillow1.
Describe your home decorating style.
I call my style “warehouse chic,” a phrase I coined some years back. It all began when I was visiting my sister. As she cleaned out her garage I found a great old metal Shell gasoline sign. When I asked about it, she said she’d uncovered it while helping to clean up the Gulf in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I then turned my attention to some old lube drums she was discarding, intrigued by their graphics and color. I thought they would make wonderful side tables. That was the beginning of my industrial style.
Clockwise from top left:Â Jumbo Wooden Candlesticks fromÂ BingoBox;Â By The Shore 8×8 Print byEllogovna;Â Vintage World Globe fromÂ zelda110;Â Original Large Floral Painting byÂ marysworkshop;Â Large Plastic Letter S fromÂ vintagebutterfly94;Â Pheasant Upholstered High Back Arm Chair fromÂ VeriteVintage.
Where are your favorite places to shop for home items?
I have to be honest: I think the last time I set foot in a retail store to buy something “new” must have been about five years ago. I prefer flea markets (Elkhorn, Wisconsin is my favorite), antique shops and grabbing things from the curb. I may have worn the brakes off of my car stopping to collect things along the road. And of course, I love browsing Etsy vintage shops for great finds. I have purchased some unusual pieces from the nicest sellers around.
Clockwise from top left:Â Set of 7 drinking glasses fromÂ ModishVintage;Â 1940’s Fiestaware PitcherfromÂ lisabretrostyle2;Â 8 Whistle for Your Drink Cocktail Stirrers fromÂ SilverCrow;Â Folksy Fruit Vintage Trim fromÂ Splinkville;Â Red 4 piece setting of Fiestaware fromÂ junquedujour;Â Chalkware Carnival Clown Bank fromÂ exploratorywonders.
What inspires you when it comes to decorating?
I am inspired by color: the brighter, the better. I love mixing in things you would not usually see in a home, like my oil drum tables or the industrial table I repurposed in my dining room, which proudly sits under a beautiful crystal chandelier that I paired with some folding chairs from an old camp town.
From left to right, starting at the top:Â Farmhouse table with benches byÂ matthewholdren;Â Romantic Crystal Chandelier fromÂ sheriscrystals;Â Milk glass vases fromÂ FreeRangeGoat;Â Rustic Wooden ShelffromÂ TheVintageParlor;Â KEEP CALM recycled wood sign byÂ WilliamDohman;Â Spartus Electric Backlit Mantel Clock fromÂ VintageShelfAndWall;Â Cram Enviro-sphere Globe fromÂ CopperAndTin;Â I AM Letterpress Woodblock Letter Set fromÂ driftingby;Â Egg basket pendant light fromÂ TibaultAndToad.
What is your favorite part about your home?
I love my family room; it’s where I create my artwork. It’s also where I display my collections of family snapshots, vintage painting supplies, old books, cameras and globes. I love my kitchen as well. I have to admit, I have photos of my parents and grandparents in their kitchens, and I have been meaning to enlarge them and hang them on the walls. I always remember the family gathering in the kitchens of days passed! Great memories of my childhood.
From left:Â Milk Glass Vase fromÂ spancyketosherosh;Â Orange and Yellow Bouquet byÂ LKWeddingBouquet;Green Enamelware Teapot fromÂ vintagejudy.
Does your home hold any strong memories?
Oh yes! Almost everything in our home has a memory to be shared. I would love nothing more than to put on a pot of coffee and tell the rich stories of every object in my home. I love our bright surroundings! I believe people feel right at home here… I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Clockwise from top left:Â Arrows Set of 5 in Bright Colors byÂ verlaivans;Â Rustic Tool TotefromÂ havenvintage;Â Eco Friendly Candle byÂ GreenLeafCandles;Set of Wooden Candlesticks byÂ theshabbychateau;Â Vintage tennis rackets fromÂ rustyvintage;Â Crown Imperial World Globe fromÂ 3CorneredMoon.
If you love your vintage with a splash of color, then you’ll definitely want to visit Martha’s Etsy shop,Â opendoorstudio, or stop by herblog for even more decorating tips and vintage inspirations. Martha is also the captain of the flourishing 1000+ memberÂ Vintage Etsy Society Street Team. Browse their team tag “vestiesteam” to find over 470,000 items for sale by its active members.
Now, wasn’t that fun!!
Check out her etsy store and blog for more inspiration. Â I swear, that lady always keeps me on my toes. Â That’s one of the greatest things about owning this little shop of ours. Â We are constantly surrounded by such creative, inspiring people.
Cheers to a vintage life well lived.
Jessica and Julie