Sunday, January 12, 2014

How I Found My Style Sundays- must love junk


From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

Hi, everyone!  I'm Susan from 'must love junk' and I'm so excited that Pamela has asked me to be here!
I really enjoy this series, and I'm honored to be a part of it!

Come on in to my 1929 Colonial home...


From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

My home is an eclectic mix of styles.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

In it you'll find a lot of rustic, some farmhouse and vintage, a touch of industrial and a little bit of whimsy thrown in for fun!

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

My style has really evolved over the last few years, even though I've always loved using vintage items in my decor.  To me they just have so much more character than anything shiny and new.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

I think the most dramatic change in my decor was about 4 years ago.   I used to use a lot more color (think painted furniture in pinks and greens) and 'cottagy' accessories.  But when we had our carpet pulled up to reveal hardwood floors underneath and had them refinished in a dark stain, I was drawn to start replacing my pastel color scheme with more natural, rustic wood pieces and accessories in cream and brown tones.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

I do still like a little green especially in our dining room where the walls are painted a pale celery color.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

I've even recently started to add a touch of blue here and there!

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

(Blue even made it onto our back stoop at Christmas!)

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

I love to shop flea markets, antique shops, garage sales, and thrift stores.  I'm definitely a bargain hunter! I've gotten most of my decor at unbelievably low prices.  However, if I find something really unique or it's something that I truly can't live without then I'll occasionally splurge (like I did on this little unusual cabinet.)

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

My mom and I have a little shop called 'Home Sweet Home' so we're always on the hunt for great treasures.
The shop really comes in handy because I'm always swapping things out.  My hubby says that he never gets used to where something is because it probably won't be in the same spot for very long!

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

One of the most commented on pieces in my home is this huge, heavy coat rack. It came out of an old library and was given to us by my mom.
It's in our hallway and one of the few items that won't be going anywhere anytime soon! (This sucker is heavy!)

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

Another favorite is my stack of suitcases.  I've been collecting these babies for awhile now, and I never tire of them!

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

Anything rusty, well-worn, chippy, or weathered gets my heart beating faster!  The shabbier the better!
(Hence 'must love junk' :)

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

To create a beautiful, interesting home I recommend using things in unconventional ways, like I've done by hanging this old pair of shears.  To me that adds interest, and makes your space unique!

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

I love when I find a fun, quirky item like this menu board!  Again, adding these kind of things here and there keeps your decor from becoming too boring, and gives you a look that no one else has!

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

Sometimes I like to add a touch of industrial, like here in my kitchen.  It mixes things up a little, and gives your decor a bit of an edge.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

I have a lot of pieces that I love but my one of my very favorite finds is this industrial factory cart.  We use it as a coffee table in our sunroom.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

It's extra special because it came from the company that my dad worked for for over 40 years!  He started as an apprentice and worked his way up to upper management.  When the company closed a few years ago there was an auction, and I was SO thrilled that my parents purchased this cart for us!

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

Not only do I love the look of it, but it has sentimental value, too.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

I believe that if you buy what you truly love then it will all work together to create a space that makes you happy, and that reflects the true you.

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

 And isn't that what a home is all about?

From My Front Porch To Yours- must love junk

Thank you for joining me on this little tour of my home, and thanks again Pamela for having me! :)
I just love Susan's home and all of her amazing treasures! Thank you so much Susan for coming over today and sharing your style with us and giving us so many inspirational ides for our own homes. 

41 comments:

  1. Wow. I love Susan's home! That cart is amazing. Well, all of it is! Thanks for sharing! ~ Angie

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  2. Really enjoyed the tour!! I love the neutral color palet and all your neat accesories!! Beautiful! Elaine

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  3. Pamela,
    Thanks for featuring Susan's delightful home. It is a warm evolution of loved accessories and furniture to make you feel happy and welcome.
    Vera

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  4. Oh how I love Susan and her blog and her gorgeous home…I could spend hours and hours in her home just looking at her gorgeous and unique items…she displays her treasures in the most beautiful ways!…Great feature Pamela…Have a great day!!!!

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  5. Susan has a keen flair for vintage picks and styling them uniquely. Bravo, Susan!

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  6. Susan has a wonderful home and has truly filled it with wonderful treasures. Her home was a great pic for your series, Pamela. Well done.

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  7. I have followed Susan from the beginning - love her style and her use of the unusual and quirky.

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  8. Great Choice Pamela. Susan and I are bff's and I love her style and her sweetness. She is just as genuine and sweet as her blog and style portray. Her home is unique and cozy and Susan is the queen of vignettes. I have never meet anyone in blogland like her that can put together such beautiful and unique vignettes like she does. Thanks for sharing Susan in How I Found My Style!!!!
    Kris

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  9. I really enjoyed this tour of your home. You have collected some beautiful and fun vintage things. Thanks for sharing! Pamela

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  10. Susan is a sweetheart...I just LOVE her style and beautiful home!!

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  11. Oh I love her home and her style, what a great tour. Hugs, marty

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  12. It was a WONDERFUL tour!!! Love your home and love your style!!

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  13. Wow, Susan. I love your home and your sense of style. My favorite is the numbered cups, I don't know why but they just strike me as so much fun! Thanks for sharing her with us, Pamela!

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  14. Susan has a beautiful home! I loved seeing pictures from some of my favorite areas of her home in this post. She has lots of good ideas and I love that she finds most of her treasures on a budget. Thanks for sharing Susan's style with us, Pamela!

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  15. I have always been a huge fan of Susan's style! She is so super creative and talented!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  16. I'm so glad you featured Susan! She truly is the queen of vintage...at least the worn vintage look I love. And she is so genuinely sweet. You are really missing something if you don't visit her blog. Thanks for featuring her, Pamela!

    XO,
    Jane

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  17. Susan has such a fabulous style, and she finds the most interesting and unique treasures to make her home stand out!! She's also as sweet as can be and I feel privileged to call her Friend!!
    Mary Alice

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  18. Pamela, thank you for featuring Susan. She has a lovely and personally unique style. She has a talent for putting the unexpected together is interesting and pleasing ways. Her home is beautiful. Thanks again for featuring her.
    xoGinger

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  19. Love, love, love Susan's style...these photos are full of beautiful eye candy and inspiration...

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  20. I really want to shop her house! Let's see, I'll take that cute black and white Antiques 3/4 mi. sign in her foyer and............I could go on and on. I love her family room. The huge map over the sofa and the cute numbered pillows. It has a great vintage industrial vibe to it. I would love to have a room like that to be used as an extra tv room. Her home is definitely not boring!

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  21. I love Susan's home, I used to be so into the fleamarkets where you can get stuff at really low prices, she does a wonderful job!

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  22. Susan has amazing collections and a real knack for displaying them. I love visiting her blog. Thanks for sharing the tour today, Pamela.

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  23. Beautiful home! Susan is a pro with her collections and she's such a sweet person. Thanks for sharing!

    xo
    Pat

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  24. Pamela, it's such an honor to be your feature- I'm overwhelmed by all these kind comments! Thank you :)
    Susan

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  25. What a beautiful home! I am a new follower of Must Love Junk! What a great blog!
    Heather @ Ever Evolving Life 4-5

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  26. susan has the greatest style! love all of her vintage finds:)

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  27. Susan's style is always an inspiration to me. I love the way she's decorated her home with so many unique treasures. I keep telling her that I want to come over and shop in her house.

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  28. Love Susan's style!
    She is so talented and I love to visit her blog and I always leave inspired!

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  29. You always share the most amazing bloggers on 'How I Found My Style Sundays' that I'm so happy to see and gain inspiration from. I just love this weekly post of yours!
    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

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  30. LOVE Susan's style...and love visiting your front porch, too Pamela.
    -Revi

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  31. Susan has an amazing style! She is talented and creative! Her home is full of lovely treasures that she displays beautifully. I loved reading about how her style changed when she took her carpet up. Thank you for sharing her wonderful blog and story!

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  32. Susan, you have such a beautiful and unique home. I LOVE all the white and neutral colors but probably wouldn't work for me since I have a black haired dog that sheds like crazy!! Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

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  33. I really loved your feature Pamela. What a beautiful tour of Susan's home and style!

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  34. Lovely tour and the cart is awesome!

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  35. Susan's decor is unique and fun. Each room tells a story....Anytime you need any vintage inspiration to add to your own decor, stop by "must love junk". Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Pamela,
    I'm visiting from Must Love Junk!
    I adore susan's eclectic mix of decor.
    Thank you for sharing her amazing home decor with us!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  37. Hi Pamela, what a great person to feature! I love Susan's cozy home. It's filled with so many interesting items and is just so cheerful, isn't it?

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  38. What a great post! I love Susan's style and hopped over to see what fun you're having! Happy weekend and thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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  39. I love Susan's blog and adore her style! I find that I'm slowly adding more vintage items to my home and going with more rustic and browns. I love mixing styles too. Her home is so interesting. I find myself studying every detail in her photographs. She's right. Using items in an unconventional way really does add more interest and cause you to slow down and take a good look. I love Susan's unique personal style. Thanks so much for featuring her. Your blog is lovely too!

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  40. Love Susan's style and her home has such personality and charm! Thanks for sharing her over here, Pamela!

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