It's time for another colorful and kid-friendly Show & Tell Home Tour inside the home of stay-at-home mama and photographer Amy Furstenau. And away we go to Salt Lake City, Utah!
Come on inside...
I can't remember how I found Amy Furstenau and her pretty, pretty home, but I did. And when I found her home, I clasped my hand over my mouth because I couldn't believe how pretty it was. All those flashes of bright colors! Lots of wonderful vintage collections (I heart good vintage Pyrex) and mighty fine used furniture scores. Plus, the most incredible lamp collection, maybe in the world. And a kids' playroom that you should never ever show your kids lest they die of jealousy. Let's go on in.
Amy, tell us a little about your family and your home.
We live in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a gorgeous, quiet neighborhood just outside of the city. We just moved here about five months ago, so there is still much to do as far as decorating goes. The house itself is gorgeous. It is a Craftsman home built in 1912, and the previous owners updated most of the home — kitchen, bathroom, finished basement, and a fantastic attic that we have made into a playroom. We love the character of the home, the stained glass, built-ins, and the beautiful wood throughout. My husband Chris and I have two little girls, Estee who is 4 and Simone who just turned 2 on Sunday!
Lovely vintage glass collection, kept out of the kids' reach
How do you approach decorating in your home? What's the most important thing?
Since I stay at home with my girls, my home is VERY important to me. Lucky for me, my husband recognizes this and gives me complete freedom in decorating. I try to have fun with my decorating. I don't take it too seriously, and I don't think too much about what others will think about it. I love to have pieces that remind me of the people I love, and really my goal is to be able to look around every day and find joy in what I see.
Master bedroom: Dresser found on Craigslist; large painting by Amy's mom
You have two young daughters. How do their opinions, tastes, and STUFF influence the look and feel of your home?
I always wanted to have a beautiful home that I love to be in — even after kids (especially toddlers!) came along — so I try to have plenty of space that the girls can call their own, where they can just play to their hearts' content. This is why we love our attic so much. The attic playroom is such a great space for the girls to play, imagine, create, and make memories. My whole house is very kid-friendly, but for the most part, we spend a good portion of our time at home in the playroom. My girls are so young they have yet to really voice their opinions on what they want their rooms to look like, but i can see it coming soon... Estee just wants everything pink! :)
Kids' playroom: Everything has its own place, making it easy for the girls to clean it on their own.
The girls love the IKEA swing in the playroom
The chalk wall is another smash hit in the girls' playroom
Painting by Amy's daughter Estee
Great design can be expensive. How do you get the most bang for your buck?
Thrift stores, Craigslist, and antique stores! So many of my favorite pieces are from thrift stores — all of my lamps, and I got the Danish slat back chairs in my den for $15 each. I got the long mid-century couch, the dresser in my room, and the Eames armchair in my den on Craigslist.
Den: Painting by Amy's mom's, rug from Anthropologie, antique desk found on eBay
More den: Painting was Amy's grandmother's, lamp is thrifted, shade found on Craigslist
Tell us about the best deal you have gotten lately for your home.
The best deal I got lately is the two tiered fiberglass lamp shade for $10 (they are an investment on eBay). My husband drove 90 miles to pick it up for me! Also, I got the big sketch on my mantle at a consignment store when I was on vacation in St. George, Utah. It's of the red cliffs, and I fell in love right when I laid eyes on it. I felt like I was stealing when I walked out with it for only $20... I would have paid much more for it!
Living room: red cliffs sketch in the middle; B&W photos by Amy; two small prints by Ashley G
Tell us about one DIY project you have taken on recently and love.
About six months ago, I took an upholstery class and reupholstered a chair that is now in the playroom. I love how it turned out and can't wait to do more upholstering.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture or decorative item in your home? Tell us about this item.
I have many! There are lots of special, sentimental pieces around our house, but aside from those, I really, really love my Amelie sofa (pictured above) from Anthropologie. It's a piece I know I will hang onto forever.
Dining room: Red chairs from Anthropologie; end chairs found on eBay
Amy loves styling her Thomas O'Brien open bookcase from Target and the built-ins
Collections: China was Amy's grandmother's; gifted salt and peppers shakers
You are a photographer. What household chore do you tend to back burner most so you can tend to your creative life?
I have turned into a total clean freak, so my house is almost always clean... but doing laundry is always at the bottom of the list. I get it done. It's just the folding and putting away part that I struggle with.
Main bathroom: Concrete countertops throughout the house.
What is your most important everyday ritual at home?
Dinner with the family. It's the absolute best part of the day. Also, laying with my girls at night, hearing their stories and reminding them how loved they are.
Girls room: Diamond-shaped pictures found in antique store; bottom duvet is IKEA; chenille blanket is vintage; big pillow is Anthropologie
Girls room: Simone sleeps on a pull-out trundle
In your home, what is one indulgence you give into?
My collections, chairs, and hand soap (Cucina hand cream from Anthropologie; it's the best!).
Vintage kitchen treasures
Detailed shot of vintage kitchenware, includes lots of Pyrex and more salt and pepper shakers
What are your favorite stores to shop for home?
Thrift stores, antique stores, eBay, Craigslist, and Anthropologie, to name a few.
What Home & Garden blogs or websites inspire you the most?
You're great, Amy. Thank you so much for showing us around your lovely home. I want your lamps — every single glorious one!
Amy Furstenau grew up in Northern California and started her journey in photography in high school. She has always loved capture everyday moments. She photographed professionally for about two years and got a bit burned out. Now that she's home with her girls, she just takes photos for herself. Keep up with Amy on her blog Everything I Love...
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