Beautifully layered neutrals, furniture with warmth and patina, and rooms dressed for the seasons. That’s what you’ll find inside Kim Jones’ family home and on her blog Salvaged Living. Today, I’m sharing a tour of her beautifully styled home and I hope you’ll be as inspired as I am by her characterful decor…
As we’re in the midst of autumn and quickly heading toward the festive season, I thought it would be the ideal time to show you around Kim’s Texan home. She decorates it beautifully for every season and I love how she uses natural textures such as feathers and twigs to bring the outside in for autumn.
This time of year always feels special to Kim as her home renovation was completed in November 2013. The couple moved into their home over the Thanksgiving holiday, along with their three young children and a ‘city farm’ of pets including chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and a greyhound, Gigi.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that her budget is endless when, in truth, most pieces have been found, thrifted, upcycled and tweaked to create a home that an interior designer would be proud of.
Based in Texas, Kim’s super-stylish home has made her an online sensation throughout the US and beyond, as she shares her family’s treasure hunting escapades and thrifty projects on her blog. It was the need to cut costs during the renovation of her house, along with the desire not to have a cookie-cutter home, that kick-started Kim’s love of salvaged materials.
‘The old parquet flooring in the building had been ruined, but we were able to find reclaimed planks to patch, repair and re-stain, which saved us a lot of money. We used old wood panelling from the workroom walls as a splashback in the kitchen, which helped to tie in the new cabinets with the old style of the building. We prefer the look and feel of things with patina, and love the way that older pieces give our home instant charm and character.’
When Kim quickly realised that the breakfast table was rarely being used she switched it for a small sofa to create a sitting area instead. A rattan chair from the thrift store, a $1 upcycled chair, a painted table and a garage sale trunk was all that she needed to create a cosy snug in the kitchen.
‘This little spot brings me so much joy because we actually use this space now and it’s become the social hub of the house! I think you should decorate to fit your needs and a space that wasn’t working previously can turn into a room you love. Now I decorate this area seasonally, I have coffee with friends and I snuggle on the sofa with my kiddos in the morning.’
Although she loves rummage through secondhand stores and snap up bargains at garage sales, ever since word got out about Kim’s thrifty decorating projects she’s been inundated with offers of freebies.
‘When people know you enjoy upcycling they tend to call you first when they find things or have leftovers. It’s always fun to get a text from a friend asking if I want something they are getting rid of.’
When you’re planning your autumn or festive décor this year why not take a leaf out of Kim’s book and shop your own cupboards to find items to use in your Christmas decorating? What do you have stuffed in the back of those cabinets that you can layer up or could paint to match?
Kim recommends using neutral pieces for layering such as big white platters, screen doors, large wooden trays and candlestick holders. Add some subtle festive details, like her twig wreath or a couple of baubles, ‘and be sure to include lots of foliage.’ suggests Kim. ‘I rarely spend money on fresh flowers, but greenery from the garden will last for weeks and makes your holiday decor look fresh and festive – and it is free!’
Whether you’re looking for DIYs and upcycling tips or unique interiors inspiration Kim’s blog SalvagedLiving.com is the place to find it so be sure to check out her blog. There you’ll find so many seasonal projects that you’re sure to discover something new to try for yourself.
Thanks so much to Kim for allowing me to share this tour of her gorgeous home and I hope it has inspired you to decorate seasonally on a budget. Let me know your favourite part of Kim’s home and please do share your own tips for seasonal decor in the comments below.