Currently, I am living in a 1970s era house on my family's farm. It was built by my grandparents in 1973 and it is definitely not your typical Kansas house. Big windows, large square footage and a mod-ish flair make this space all the more special to me (aside from the fact that, growing up, it was "Grandma & Grandpa's house"). Now, over 40 years later, the years have taken their toll. I moved back to the farm and into this house over two years ago, and one of the things I have enjoyed most has been renovating this memory-filled house.
Not only do I love creating beautiful outfits, but I also love to curate unique spaces. This house has provided me ample opportunity to do that. Since the installation work is done by my dad and I, we are able to keep costs down, plus I have learned a lot about reno work. I have always enjoyed designing spaces in my mind, so seeing these visions come to life in a place that is so special to me is simply amazing.
My bedroom turned out better than I ever imagined. Nasty stained carpet (that was originally white) was replaced with engineered hardwood floors in a black oak finish. The avocado and mustard-colored filigree wallpaper was stripped down, sanded and replaced with a cool, flat grey paint. Dad stepped in and installed a huge sliding glass door to the back deck. This is one of my favorite elements of the room--the large windows with views to the pines make it feel like a treehouse.
The most fun part was filling the space. Since Dad and I did the labor ourselves, the project took longer than normal, so during this time I accumulated the decor for the room with finds from all over the country! The white macrame hanging chair was discovered in a shop window in the South Congress district of Austin, TX. I picked up the marble and gold scented candles from a House of Harlow pop-up shop in The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles. Two quartz crystal geodes adorn the space; I brought them back from a shop in Vail. On the wall, I have framed artwork from my favorite albums and some of my own photography. I love how nearly every piece is so meaningful to me.
For style, I challenged myself to stick to a theme. Boho, natural, glamorous--those were my key elements. Blending macrame, chandeliers, and natural crystal elements I feel like I was able to achieve that balance. The result is a space that is a tranquil retreat and a reflection of myself--which is what decor should always strive for.
Let's not forget about the two true stars of these photos--my French Bulldogs! Indiana Jones is the black and white. Oskar is the brindle fatty. They were such camera whores for Tori! If only I could get them to pose so nicely for me.
Photography: Tori Swafford, TC Photography
Location: Bowman Creek Farms