Room Tours: Callie's Home

Are you ready for photo overload? Callie emailed me a couple weeks ago and I saw a little peek of her house. I practically begged her to show me more! And I'm so glad she agreed to do a full tour here. I think her home is the *perfect* way to do neutrals. I'm always harping on the finding balance with warm and cool tones in a room. That's true for neutral rooms too! This means you should mix your black and brown tones, your creams and grays. And if you want to throw in a random splash of color by way of a vase or small piece of art - well that's all the better!

I hope you enjoy Callie's house tour as much as I did. Here she is sharing some of her approach to decorating her lovely home (with a list of sources at the very bottom):

We built our home about a year ago, and I really took a lot of time to think beforehand about the look I wanted, both in the design of our home and in decorating it. Looking at images on blogs really is what gave me inspiration for my home, and I spent A LOT of time doing it. Images that I kept on coming back to were rooms by Ryan Korban and Mary McDonald. I really didn't want an overload of anything TOO bloggy or trendy though, because I knew I would get tired of looking at it!

-I signed up for emails from a bunch of sites... then I waited for the sales to happen. :) Because I live in an area where there aren't a ton of different stores, I bought a lot of items online. And because I was (mostly!) patient, nearly everything I ordered online I either got on sale (sometimes MAJOR sale!) or free shipping. Even the items I picked up at local stores were mostly on sale.

As much as I love the look designers create, I LOVE getting good deals! Nothing is better than telling someone, "Originally that was $XXX and I got it for $XX!" I've tried to see decorating my house as a marathon, not a sprint.

-I really only tried to purchase something that I could see in a specific spot in my home-- what I found was that when I didn't have a particular place in mind, I ended up not really liking what I picked up and felt like I wasted my money.

-Antique stores! And antique stores! And antique stores! I typically found a similar look to what I had seen online by going to a ton of antique stores... sometimes it took a little digging and patience, but I usually found what I was looking for at a fraction of the price I would have spent online (and usually even cheaper than on etsy, eBay, or One Kings Lane, although I have found some awesome deals there). AND I love the fun little things I came across as I was looking for something specific! That is where I got my instant gratification as a reward for all that waiting I'd done for online purchases. :)

-Where I really saved-- accessories (by doing what I typed above), artwork (Hobby Lobby does custom cut mats for really cheap and I did most of the artwork by myself... and I am NOT an artist by any means!!), drapes (discount fabric sewn by my mom), and dressers/consoles (again, mostly all from antique stores and painted by my me or my dad).

I splurged on both of my sofas and on my coffee table-- I saw the Hutton sofa from Room & Board and immediately knew it was the one because of its look and length (even though I looked for a cheaper version for about five months), and my husband sat on the leather sofa from Restoration Hardware and there was no changing his mind. I'm still a little uneasy about those splurges though!

navy dresser- antique store (paint is Benjamin Moore, pulls from House of Antique Hardware)
gold mirror- craigslist
W mirror- Pottery Barn Kids
black lamps- Target
white shades- Target
greek key trim- Walmart
gold Asian bust- antique store
zebra wood frame- Pottery Barn
blue bowl- World Market
silver plated bowl- One Kings Lane
navy rug- One Kings Lane (Thom Filicia)
drum shade- Andrews Lighting in OKC
bird box- Anthropologie

media console- antique store (painted by my Dad with black automotive paint)
gold lamp- Horchow
blue vases- antique store
antler- my parents' barn
pink orchid- TJ Maxx
small sunburst mirror- Hobby Lobby

coffee table- Horchow
burl wood tray- ebay (Williams Sonoma Home)
horns- Jayson Home and Garden
silver lacquer box- One Kings Lane (can buy at Plantation Home)
foo dog- etsy
blue vase- Goodwill
gold bamboo frame- One Kings Lane (Lunares)
floral notebooks- Anthropologie
lucite nesting tables- CB2
foo dog lamp- Tuesday Morning
wood root- antique store
horse statue- etsy
burl wood box- Teavana
Chiang Mai print tray- Furbish Studio

gold vintage chair- antique store
mink fur pillow- Restoration Hardware
leopard pillows- made by my Mom from fabric from Interior Fabrics in OKC

cream nailhead chairs- Gilt and Overstock (Safavieh)
blue handblocked pillows- West Elm
greek key side table- One Kings Lane (Worlds Away)
grey ginger jar- Williams Sonoma Home
Asian gold horse- antique store
zebra wood box- ebay (Williams Sonoma Home)
white vase- Mockingbird Manor in OKC
leather tray- World Market
white coral- Pottery Barn
blue vase- antique store

velvet sofa- Room and Board
pink Insignia pillows- Furbish Studio (Windsor Smith fabric)
wool and coral cotton pillows- Anthropologie

large gold sunburst mirror- Williams Sonoma Home
black jars- Pottery Barn
coral ginger jars- Williams Sonoma Home

silver task lamp- Williams Sonoma Home
brown rug- Wisteria
cream drapes- my Mom made from fabric from Interior Fabrics in OKC
curtain rods- Target
black frames and grey mats- Hobby Lobby

dining table- Williams Sonoma Home
chairs- Horchow
silver ginger jar- One Kings Lane
graphic rug- Williams Sonoma Home
cream pendant- Horchow
black frames- Target

black bamboo dresser- craigslist (paint is Rustoleum, pulls from Lee Valley)
cream porcelain lamps- Williams Sonoma Home
Asian ladies- antique stores
gold box- antique store
green vase- Pottery Barn
gold bamboo frame- antique store
white vase- Pier 1
lines paintings- me, frames from Garden Ridge, black mats from Hobby Lobby
eagle mirror- antique store

lucite counter stools- CB2
blue vases- Wisteria
silver rim utensil holder- Pottery Barn
circles painting- me, frame from antique store
coral butter dish- Anthropologie
blue pot- TJ Maxx
Silver bamboo frame- TJ Maxx
Cream frames- Target
fuschia orchid- TJ Maxx
copper greek bust- etsy
white pineapple- White Barn
ikat bowls- Anthropologie
various white, glass, and metal serving pieces- Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Target, and antique stores
black and gold mums paper- Paper Mojo
silver sphere pendant- Horchow (Solaris pendant from Crystorama)

leather sofa- Restoration Hardware
red plaid pillows- Ralph Lauren
wheat rug- Pottery Barn

round coffee table- Pottery Barn
brown leather tray- Pottery Barn
decanters and glasses- Pottery Barn, antique stores
vintage National Geographics- antique store
patch- Rugby by Ralph Lauren

wood side table- made by my brother-in-law Roger
silver lamp- picked up by my husband Russ somewhere before we met!
marquetry frame- Williams Sonoma Home
metal R on wood stand- Anthropologie
silver microphone- from my Dad
small white H letterman's patch- antique store

duke painting- antique store
vintage baseball print- antique store
large red H letterman's patch- antique store
fox hunt print- etsy
black mirror- Target
small black and white print- picked up by my husband Russ somewhere before we met!
metal W- Anthropologie

NYC Census Bureau map- One Kings Lane (Barbara Cosgrove)
subway sign- Pottery Barn
curtain rod- Target
cream drapes- my Mom made from fabric from Interior Fabrics in OKC
all books are from random places


April Louise said...

Your place looks really lovely, well done :)

Christy said...

Oh my goodness I am not normally a fan of neutrals - I LOVE color, but this house really shines! I love all your design choices - the unexpected acrylic bar stools and modern light fixture in the kitchen are awesome. And your home-made art LOOKS professional. Love this! said...

Utterly beautifully done. The accessorizing is over the top -- so lovely. I love the mix of pieces. Thanks for the tour. Super inspiration.

Albertina said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful home! I love the art work that you did yourself...amazing.....and the combinations are very cool. I especially love the preppy/manly area with the leather sofa and red accents! COngrats!

Laurie said...

Classic with just enough modern. Lovely home!

pve design said...

Does Callie need work? Does she have a business card?

My Crafty Home Life said...

Good for you. All of your patience is as impressive as your home!

Tippi said...

Room on a budget perfection- and not too "bloggy"(lol!)If I came to this house- i'm afraid I'd never leave. This might be my favorite!!

Mabiel said...

hi new follower here, your blog is amazing.. the tour above is exquisite!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful job decorating!! I wouldn't necessarily call this a neutral room, though. All kinds of beautiful colors thrown together & work so well! Thanks for the inspiration, Callie!

Dara {Habersham Haven} said...

I LOVE this house! It is perfect, not trendy, but classic with a twist!

Amanda said...

this is BY FAR the best room tour EVER!! WOW! and on a budget-she's my kinda gal. Thanks for sharing

A Perfect Gray said...

whoa. wonderful. the grouping around the tv is pretty remarkable. thanks so much! donna

lemondropdreams said...

That is a BEAUYIFUL home!! I need to take a lot of her advice...patience, marathon, etc... I love that she sopped at a lot of the same places I do, it just proves that just because it doesn't cost a lot doesn't mean it won't look great when styled correctly! I'm so glad you shared!

Landi {The Lifestyle Guide} said...

Okay, wow... LOVE all the fun patterns used -- the leopard pillows, mwah! The kitchen bar stools are to die for right along with the chandelier/pendant above the island... it's amazing!! Anyway, she did a lovely job with her entire house & so glad she shared it with us!! Have a wonderful hump day!

Beth said...

Your home is so beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. :)

Bethany said...

Aw I love the bamboo, rosewood and laquer finishes!! Nice job!!!


Ashley said...

What a gorgeous home! The nailhead trimmed chairs are gorgeous!

Andrea J said...

Wowzah! Thanks for sharing. I love the depth of the accessories, really lovely.

(Eileen) a creative day said...

This is STUNNING. Gorgeous. So well done.

Thanks so much for sharing Jenny!


Emily Davis said...

Callie, whoever you are, I just pinned your whole house!


xoxo, Emily

AmytheGreen said...

I adore the spherical light fixture in the kitchen!!

Anonymous said...

Love. Love. Love. Callie, is the entry dresser BM Hale Navy? It's such a great color.

Julie (Middle Maintenance) said...

I could not be MORE in love with this house OR her method to decorating. I'm such a huge believer in taking time to save money and create a beautiful space on a budget! Is it excessive to pin every single image!? ;)

sevprez said...

i just got that sexy couch in teal. it is so awesome.
in addition: sexy side table! sexy kitchen pendant! nice work.

house of earnest said...

This is so beautiful and well curated! I love that you did it yourself and took the time and patience to look for exactly what you wanted!

Staci@asaltbox said...

I am in love with every bit of this house. You can tell a lot of thought and creativity when into this home!

Rachael said...

Wow - love it. So tasteful and interesting. For me, this is just the right mix of color for excitement but these spaces allow the eyes to rest and linger. There are many pieces that are tops on my covet list! Beautiful job. And that kitchen ... oh my.

Susan said...

Wonderful! Especially love all the accessories, so well done.

Kimberly said...

This isn't remotely my style and I LOVE what you've done with your home. Excellent job. Thanks for sharing!

Michele said...

Great tour! Loved it all!

Nancy said...

Beautiful home. Callie is my kind of shopper. I love hunting for deals. What color are the walls in the living room and dining room? Love it all.

Nuit Hernandez said...

this house is a dream. LOVE the impeccable use of grey, i love it all. So much detail too!!!

Emily V. said...

Love it all! So gorgeous!

Pips said...

So so SO inspiring! Thanks Jenny for posting this and sharing the love.
I just started painting a room at home the same colour and was having doubts, now I can't wait to rush home and finish!

McKae @kaescornerdesign said...

This is amazing! Great mix of classic and modern. Perfect!

Jo Way said...

I love that comment "it's a marathon, not a sprint" need to remember this and not stress that my home doesn't look this lovely already!

Ashleigh said...

What a gorgeous, sophisticated, personal, inspiring home you've created! I could pin every picture. Love the mellow color palette - goes to show that those of us more comfortable playing it safe with color can still achieve an amazing result! Thanks so much for sharing.

Lucía Sánchez said...

Lovely and beautiful home!

Tracy said...

Very nice!
I'm dying to know what color she used on the walls?

Shawna said...

It's beautiful. She has achieved livable glamour.

Lekalia Interiors said...

Love this! I'm definitely keeping this in my files as a resource! Thanks for a great post!!

Perry said...

OMG I also just pinned your whole house. Thank you for sharing it with us! Now, let's see the rest of the house :)

soyphet said...

Oh my goodness! It is so gorgeous! Completely jealous and using this as inspiration.

Louisa said...

What a beautiful home!
I would love to know the fabric on the Room & Board Hutton sofa - I know Callie mentioned it was a velvet but that color is perfect! Could she please share which fabric she chose??

Louisa said...

What a beautiful home!
I would love to know the fabric on the Room & Board Hutton sofa - I know Callie mentioned it was a velvet but that color is perfect! Could she please share which fabric she chose??

Heart of Gold said...

Your house is glamorous and just beautiful! So much inspiration!

Kathleen Dames said...

Really lovely! I can't wait to pin all of it and show the photos to my husband. Congratulations on a job very well done. And thanks for sharing it with us.

Barbie said...

So much eye candy here! Really loving everything. Great post! She says she's not an artist but she obviously is. So tasteful, interesting, and warm.

Danielle said...

Soo pretty! If you hadn't mentioned the neutral theme, I wouldn't have even noticed! Thanks for sharing!

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the gardener's cottage said...

oh my goodness. i'm blown away. she def needs to be doing this for a living!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Wow! That lady has MAD skills! If she doesn't have a blog, she should! Everything is beautiful and *proof* that good things come to those that wait and those that aren't too snobby to mix super low with medium and high. Lovely, just lovely!

Lady J said...

Love the pictures! And oh my, thank you for listing where you got your items from--makes me feel better to know I'm note alone in mixing Walmart with antique. You created a beautiful space.

Dr. Wheel said...

Great post! The home decor accessories look amazing! I really like that golden statue on the shelf, looks like something similar I bought from World to

mom23 said...

thanks for sharing! Callie needs to start a blog if she hasn't already! She needs to show us how she made her art. I really am attracted to her style...LOVE! She is very talented and I'm like her -- Love a good bargain!

Sasha Benear said...

Callie, the moment I read "Andrew's Lighting in OKC", I got so excited, I wanted to reach thru the screen and hug you! It's nice to see what you've done with our limited local resources. I also love your wall color. I work for a local builder, who has looked at me like I was an insane person, for mentioning using gray in a spec house. It's just not that "accepted" here. Enjoy your new house. It's lovely!

email Meg said...

LOVE what you've done!! well, well done.

I'd love to know which pulls you used from house of antique hardware for the entrance dresser, and also which color of benjamin moore paint.

designstiles said...

Wow! She did such a fantastic job. Love a girl who's a bargain hunter. Smart shopper and great style.

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Callie Wolfe said...

Everyone seriously thank you SOOO much for all of the wonderful, thoughtful comments!!! If being featured on my favorite blog didn’t make my year, reading all of these sweet comments DEFINITELY did!! :) A few of you asked about my paint colors, so here they are!
-living and entry: Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray
-dining and man room: Sherwin Williams Dovetail
-navy dresser: Benjamin Moore Polo Blue

pve design said...

Question,,,,do the CB2 stools show scratches...?
I love them and am thinking of them for my kitchen.

White Lacquer said...

Wow wow! Her home is ridiculously fabulous! I love all the details, perfection.

Dying for so many elements, especially those cb2 stools!

Xx. Patience

Kerry said...

I am in love. I love neutrals but my house is bit blah - this is stunning. Can you come to my house and give some pointers? :)

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Sarah Roads said...

Favorite House Tour to date! love all the lacquer and that little gold patterned chair....I need it, bad! Wonderful styling and excellent taste.

Jill said...

Callie, your home is amazing. I love how you use texture and layering. All of your little vignettes have amazing details that I want to keep looking them over. Beautiful home, thanks for sharing.

lena said...

that's just wonderful. I love it

granite worktops said...

Little Green Notebook
Many thanks, fairly refreshing, I enjoyed reading your article, You are wonderful!
Thank you!

granite worktops said...

Little Green Notebook
Many thanks, fairly refreshing, I enjoyed reading your article, You are wonderful!
Thank you!

The Salvage Snob said...

What a beautiful "home" you have created!!! Congratulations, may your home be filled with love and happiness always!!

pam {simple details} said...

Truly stunning style!!

jessicaraesommer said...

Your house is beyond! I love it. You've done such a beautiful job. I love the layering of different styles and textures... and the colors palette, those are the sorts I've found myself using in my art lately!


Come take a peek at my paintings if you like, thanks again for sharing your home... dying,

Jessica Rae

Lesley Zhang said...

very very nice! I love it very much.

Terra Verde said...

I am *in love* with this room! Thank you for the great tips.

Anonymous said...

Love everything; patience is the key; finding what you love not just what you need. I think the patterns and textures takes away the "blah" of a neutral scheme. Your rooms are definitely full of movement and style. Thanks for sharing.

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Perfection! Love it all!! Thanks for sharing

Annie @ House on Rene said...

Callie you are amazing!!! I love your approach to your home. This is what my home wants to be when it grows up! Absolutely fabulous job!

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Jenna at Homeslice said...

There is absolutely too much beautiful to list all the things I love- thanks for sharing! Gorgeous.

P.T. Macias - Author said...

Wow, I truly loved the kitchen, it is what i always dreamed of. Very awesome ideas. I love the black, the gray, and the white colors used. I will be looking forward to getting ideas from you.

Jennifer W. said...

Callie - your home is GORGEOUS! You mention the paint on the black bamboo piece is Rustolean...did you use the lacquer spray by them? Try as i might i can never achieve that lacquered look with high-gloss paint OR high-gloss poly. Any tips would be SO appreciated!

Jenny at LGN said...

Jennifer - the Rustoleum enamel line is really great and looks just like lacquer - both the spray paint and the little quarts of premixed. I feel like it's easier to get a really high gloss finish with the quarts where you roll and brush the paint on, but I've had really good luck with the spray paint too. Just make sure you get the oil based enamel line.


Jennifer W. said...

Thanks SO much, Jenny! Love your blog!

Palingkomplet said...

Suka banget dengan desain ruangan anda, sangat indah dan fantastik, love your blog..

Anonymous said...

I am a design blog lurker -- so thanks to all of you for doing such brilliant stuff. That said, after years of neck and eye strain this is the most personally inspiring posting I have come across. And your DR rug even validates my recent decision to purchase a similar one (but indoor/outdoor Safavieh for my DR -- tile floors and living in FL)and your spiral painting looks like one I got from the talented Flourish Gallery Wall but your framing is perfect for me. It's not all about me -- no matter how much it sounds like it -- but about your lovely taste and how inspiring it is to me. And maybe I will get the courage to paint some wood furniture I know I would love if only it was painted and lacquered! Beautiful -- thanks.

kensington bliss said...

What a lovely home! Your unique sense of style, mixing various traditional and modern motifs is very inspiring. I recently started a design (among other things) blog to share interesting design ideas and photos....I love discovering such talented designers such as you! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I love your use of gray, black and white and that couch is perfect. Can you tell us what color fabric is the couch?

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Sarah said...

Beautiful home! Just my style. I would feel so at home here.

Pixie said...

Wow. Love that kitchen.

Dee said...

I LOVE Callie's home - thank you and her so much for sharing! I've come back to look at this post more times than I probably should admit, noticing new details each time. It's so well done and I'm dying to see the rest of her home...Please Callie!! I bet your master bed and bath are amazing!


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