Friday, February 1, 2013

Home Exchange and Vintage Finds


In late December I decided to explore the website HomeExchange.com in hopes of finding a likeminded homeowner on the Oregon coast to trade homes with for a long weekend. I was fortunate enough to find Chelsea and Brandt Kaemingk's super cute home in Lincoln City, Oregon.  The Kaemingk's own a small construction company that specializes in home remodels. Their own home, built in the 1940s is full of the most unique vintage finds and other items the couple has made over the years. The pictures online were great, but as soon as we arrived, I fell in love!


As a matter of fact, I called Chelsea immediately and asked if I could take photos for editorial submissions. This is your chance to see some of the unique details of their home before you see them in the pages of one of your favorite magazine (stay tuned for more on this later in the year).


Can you guess what these kitchen shelves are made from? Bunk beds! They have two sets of them in the kitchen on either side of the sink and they hold numerous treasures from Chelsea's trips to various antique and second hand stores. Silver platters, vases and other serving items- all functional, but they serve an aesthetic purpose as well by tying the stainless steel appliances and brushed cabinet hardware together.


There are so many fun ideas in this photo, starting with the unfinished dresser. They removed two of the drawers for more storage space; perfect for this blanket Chelsea's mom made from old sweaters.
The frames on the wall were either second hand finds or inexpensive new frames on sale. Clustered together with vintage newspaper clippings and other fun vintage finds.






In the guest bedroom they've added this old closet mirror to the shelf  to make a cozy workspace. Using a collection of old bottles, I like to imagine Chelsea found while walking on the beach, and more vintage newspaper clippings, images and accessories.

Staying at the Kaemingk's home made me feel like I had found kindred spirits in the salvage world.  Chelsea and Brandt simply took inexpensive items and made them look like high end accessories. By using multiples of one item, like the bottles or the picture frames, you can make a statement in any room of your home, without spending a lot of money. Easy decorating! What kind of inexpensive finds have you used to make your home more uniquely your own? I'd love to hear from you.





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