March 29, 2012

Where did she get that?


I love when people come into our home and ask me where I got this piece or that piece. I usually have an unexpected answer like Craigslist, or even Walmart. Actually, its unexpected to some, but completely expected if you truly know me. As I have said before, my first job is a stay at home mom, so I have to be creative with my design budget. That being said, I don’t settle, ever, and am constantly on a quest to make my home exactly “right”.

In my opinion, a home should be a reflection of its owners style and life experiences. Ben and I have lived a lot of places in our lives and are lucky to come from parents who really value travel and therefore took us all over the globe when we were young. Both of our upbringings shaped us into the people we are today. We both have a very, very, very diverse group of friends, and interests, and our house absolutely reflects that. I say all that, but in reality, if I were not in the picture, my sweet husband would probably have a room straight out of the Havertys circular, complete with the biggest TV he could find. I am lucky though that he appreciates tolerates, my sense of style. Not that it is without the occasional eye roll.

I definitely have an eclectic style and love all colors, except purple. (As a side note, I am inherently suspicious of people whose favorite color is purple. Similarly, I am also suspicious of you if you prefer cats over dogs). I never purchase something because it matches. I only purchase items I love and if you love something, you will find the perfect place.

So below I have chosen a few vignettes to showcase and answer the question ” Where did you get that? “. Enjoy.

Front Foyer. photo by Carter Rose.

  • Draper Chest – Craigslist
  • Lucite Chair – Sketchy garage sale on the wrong side of the tracks, with chain link fence and pitbulls. Yikes.
  • Cushion on chair – Standard size bed pillow from JCPenney covered in an Urban Outfitters rug. Yep, a rug.
  • Black/ White Greek Key pillow on chair – H to the Goods.
  • Cowhide – Found a cowhide dealer on Craigslist
  • Foo Dog Lamps – Craigslist (Can you believe it?)
  • Gold Mirror – Was my grandmother, Bebby’s.
  • White perforated screen behind mirror – Some of you DFW girls may have gone to the crazy lady’s warehouse in Fort Worth who advertises mid century furniture and cowboy boots. Well this came from her and I got the hell out of that rat hole!
  • Turquoise Plates – Estate Sale


Living Room Looking Out to Backyard. photo by Carter Rose.

  • Sofa – The sofa is the Axis Queen Sleeper in Iron from Crate and Barrel. It was actually a hand me down from my friend Jackie. I bought it from her because they were not wild about how firm the down filled cushions were. I actually like firm sofas, and a plus was that this was also a pull out.
  • Sofa Pillows – These pretty girls came from my sweet friend Emily’s booth at the White Elephant in the Design District. You may remember Emily from this post on her home.
  • Ottoman – Purchased at Ballard’s Backroom in Atlanta. Underneath the slipcover is a really ugly Cabbage Rose print and my sweet dad added casters to the bottom. I had the slipcover made for hardly anything from a fabric I found at a fabric store in Montgomery, Alabama. It has since gone out of business but I still love that zebra and wish I could find it again.
  • Throw Blanket – Hey big spender. This was a whopping $12.99 at Ikea. I am not sure they still sell this style, but I fell in love with the Jonathan Adler look of it 🙂
  • Coral Lamps – H to the Goods.
  • Balloon Shade – My friend Kerrie Davis made this for me. Kerrie has an awesome window treatment business and can provide anything from fabric panels to plantation shutters. Email me if you would like her info 🙂
  • Peacock Wall Hanging – White Elephant Antiques in the Design District. This was an anniversary gift from Ben. When he asked what I wanted, and I told him, his response was “Why can’t you ever have a normal answer?”. Well, he asked…

Direct View of Fireplace. photo by Carter Rose.

  • White Sofa – I bought this sight unseen from I am not going to lie, working with them is a pain in the ass. While its a pain in the ass, it really is the only way to get a truly custom sofa using designer fabric (COM available) at less than half the price. We designed mine to include a slipcover with contrast piping and brass casters. I do recommend the company, but beware it will take much longer than you are quoted.
  • Chrome Console Table – Craigslist
  • Gold Garden Stool – Homegoods
  • Purple Peacock Cushions – Homegoods
  • Antique Bust Lamps – Scout Interiors at the White Elephant in the Design District
  • Moving back to the mantle…..
  • Big Ass Clock – Ballards Backroom in Atlanta
  • White Chinoiserie Panels – White Elephant in the Design District
  • Coral – Storehouse “Going Out of Business Sale” 5 years ago 🙂
  • Turquoise Lions – My aunt Melanie made these for my mom in a ceramics class 30 years ago!
  • Star – Homegoods
  • Fireplace Screen – Geometric from JCPenney. This guy is seriously a bargain at $50!

Media Area. photo by Carter Rose

  • C Jere brass starbursts – Craigslist
  • French Chair – My dear hubby  spotted these at Bienvenue in Miramar Beach. We have had these since right around when we got married in 2004. The upholstery is from Fabric Factory on Inwood.
  • Pillow on Chair – H to the Goods.
  • Media Cabinet – This is my #1 favorite large piece of furniture in my home. I bought this last year at an estate sale and had planned to use it in our bedroom. That plan was derailed when my delivery guy told me it was the heaviest piece he has moved in 40 years and it didn’t make the turn in the hallway 🙂 So in the living room it went! I cannot love this guy any more. Hint : Leslie at Again and Again snagged the nightstands and she has them for sale at the store now!
I hope you enjoy seeing all the sources for our home. Now, I would love to see yours! Please send any home tour submissions with sourcing info to, and I will showcase it for all our readers to see.
Lastly, disregard the aesthetics of the site for the next couple of days. I am working with the web designer on a new look!
Have a great week and Happy Shopping!!!!



  1. I could not love this post any more! I love to do this when people come to my house– my fave is my Karl Springer goatskin console that I found at the Salvation Army in Lexington, NC. It wasn’t for sale, so I helped the ladies in the store find and move another piece of furniture from another part of the store to put their tv on so they can watch their shows while they smoke cigarettes and check people out (yes, really.) It wasn’t priced, and I was fully expecting them fo say $100 or more given how freakin’ excited I obviously was about it. Price at the register….$9.99. Please roll your eyes at Ben for me and tell him he did a good job picking a wife:-)

  2. I have two of the the same peacocks. However, I primed them and still on the fence of what color to paint them. Beautiful place you have.

  3. Just discovered your blog (from other Dallas-ite bloggers) and love it! Had to comment because I have the same random distrust for people who like cats over dogs. (How? Cats are so shady!) I’ve been looking for a chrome console table like the one in your living room – tell me what a good deal you got just to rub salt in the wounds. 😉

    Good stuff here. I’m so bummed we missed the sidewalk sale. Hopefully will see you around for another one!

    • kkilianp says:

      Yeah! So excited you like the blog! Check out my facebook page for more updated finds each week at “GypsySoulInteriors”, also, I have a really great chrome console table available now. Will be posting pics tomorrow and will let ya know!


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