Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Open House: The Babs Blog

A couple of weeks Kari from The Babs Blog sent me an email with some pictures of her home and told me that her design style was “college chic”. Kari and her husband don’t plan on being in this house for a long time so they decorated with mostly hand me downs, thrift store finds and clearance items. To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect when opening the pictures, but I must say I was floored.


Take a peek for yourselves:


Entry Way: Everyone needs a lovely tufted chaise to rest when they come home from a hard days work.

I spy my favorite initial plates from Anthro:


- That amazing fainting couch that can still be purchased at Urban Outfitters.

- Chic end table

- Chiang mai dragon pillows from ebay!


Living Room: Look at all of that amazing sunlight that streams in. I’m totally jealous.


-Thrift store sofa purchased for $175! I love it. Kari had it recovered in white duck cloth.

-Gallery wall made up of ebay frames


Other side of living room:



- White chair use to belong to Kari’s grandfather. Kari gave it a new lease on life with some new fabric.


Coffee Table Vignette:


-I love the milk glass. It’s quite easy to start a collection on your own. I normally find them in my thrift stores for $1-$3.

-Fireplace filled with candles. What a great way to make an impact for little $.


Looks like Kari had a green thumb. Every room needs a touch of green in it.


- Amazing end table on clearance from Target! Wish I grabbed that one myself when it was on sale.


Living Room nook:


-This artwork was a quick DIY project. Kari used two pieces of canvas that she clamped together, painted grey and wrote out a poem in French with a white sharpie marker. Love this!


Dining Room: Love the touches of black all throughout the home.


-Fun capiz chandelier.

-Oversized artwork. This piece is from IKEA, but you can do the same with any pictures you may own. This piece is partially special to Kari, because her old NY apt is in it.


A big thanks to Kari for showing off her space. If you have a home you think everyone would enjoy please email me with pictures at cpavone0107@gmail.com.



Blogger Lindsey said...

Wow! SUCH a beautiful home!! Love everything about it and the pops of color with the flowers!! I especially love the gray piece of art with writing!!

July 28, 2010 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

What a pretty home! They did a great job decorating and bringing in color but not overdoing it. I especially love the entry seat and the console with the chalkboard.

July 28, 2010 at 3:02 AM  
Blogger Anne-Marie (10 Rooms) said...

What a wonderful space - full of things nobody else has and pulled together perfectly with color and accessories.. love it!

July 28, 2010 at 4:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

July 28, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic said...

That couch is to die for. I'm still annoyed that it isn't available in Norway..


July 28, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger pve design said...

I think all "Babs" have fun in life!
Fun home!

July 28, 2010 at 7:50 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

This is one of the prettiest houses I've seen in awhile, I LOVE it! Am simultaneously impressed and jealous!

July 28, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Teresa Meyer said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! She's one creative girl. I love everything in this room.

July 28, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Umm...what college did she go to if this is "college chic"?? This place in stunning!!

July 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love love love! so fresh! PLEASE where can I get the capiz chandelier????

July 28, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

College chic, I think not! This is a beautiful home.

July 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovin' that green sofa in front of the window and the turquoise lamp. Great color combo for a room!


July 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger liz @ bon temps beignet said...

If this is "colege chic" I wanna go back to school!

I -L O V E- that gold lamp in the living room nook. Any one know where it's from?

July 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

I'd say this isn't "college chic", it's just CHIC! Lots of great ideas here! Especially the DIY art!

July 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow said...

I'm in love! Kari's home is gorgeous! So many personalized details!


July 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Visual Vamp said...

Cute as a button and neat as a pin!
Totally enjoyed this tour!
xo xo

July 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

I love this house! I only live in an apartment right now, but Babs home is how I would love to decorate my own some day. She was able to make everything work so well together, I especially loved the big furniture pieces. Thank you for sharing!

July 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Aja said...

Gorgeous! I love that thrift store sofa she found!

July 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Maggie Rose said...

I would definitely not describe this as "college chic" - just plain "chic"! Love that the design is cohesive throughout the open rooms. I'm dying of jealously over that thrift store settee (seriously $175???). And I'm impressed with all the simple details that were inexpensive but really bring it together.

July 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

So happy everyone is enjoying Kari's home. I loved it and now itching to see more of my readers homes so send in your pictures!

The tall gold lamp is actually by Candice Olsen, but was purchased on ebay.

Will ask about the capiz chandy.


July 28, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Erin @ Slipcover Your Life said...

loving the green urban couch!

July 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Hardwood Flooring Gal said...

Hi there! Just stumbled upon your blog and totally love your taste and design ideas. Especially liked this one, as it is original and includes some fun projects (loved the canvas with the white letters). These rooms look so cozy, yet airy and modern. Love the designer's touches of color (green plants, and pink in the dining room), which contrasted with the beautiful flooring. Thanks for sharing! Great inspiration :)

July 28, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Ms. Pink said...

wow this is simply stunning! love the blog <3


July 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

She's done a great job, on what appears a sane budget - gorgeous!

July 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

I've been eyeing that urban outfitters settee for months -- it looks so cute in her place!!

I love this new feature, I may have to send in pics of my apartment some day ;)

July 28, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

I love the idea of chic Sharpie art! Thanks for the inspiration!

July 28, 2010 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

That is SO cute! I am in love with the dragon pillows + fainting couch... wondering if I should re-do our bedroom just to make it fit. LOVE.

July 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

OK if that is college chic then my house is garbage chic- I LOVE it!! She has amazing style for any size budget- beautiful home for sure!

July 29, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Katie said...


July 29, 2010 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this house!! The pops of color, the clean classic pieces. Just love!

July 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
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July 30, 2010 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

That is a great home. I like her little pops of color and pattern throughout. Nicely done. The handwritten poem art is pretty cool too:)

August 1, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

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