Home Tour: Kim Ludy of Trampoline

Sheri Reed | Feb 23, 2010 Home & Garden

  • Meet Kim Ludy

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    Kim Ludy, owner of the shop Trampoline

    Meet Kim Ludy, creative woman behind the art and vintage shop Trampoline. Kim is a homebody, gardener, vintage collector (and seller), and mom to her son Ethan.

    Today, Kim gives us a Show & Tell Home Tour inside her house in Framingham, Massachusetts.

    Come on inside...

  • Kim's family & home

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    Kim's son Ethan and dog Ollie

    Kim, tell us a little about your family and your home.

    I live with my son, Ethan, 7, and our cuddly, neurotic 14-year old 'puppy' Oliver in Framingham, Massachusetts, a city about 20 miles west of Boston.

    Our home is a 1920s cape/bungalow mutt, which has been in a constant state of renovation since we moved in five years ago. It's small-ish, charming, and has a huge yard. We're completely smitten with it. 

    I've been obsessed with creating a home ever since I was little. I seem to have passed this trait onto Ethan, who loves to decorate and collect, rearrange, and nest as much as I do. We are a great pair, and together we are carving out our own little space in the world.

  • Decorating style

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    The living room mantel changes with the seasons...but the silhouette stays. 

    How do you approach decorating in your home? What's the most important thing?

    Because I am a single mom with a new business, my decorating approach is one that developed out of necessity. I had no choice but to shop thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets. Many of my finds for the shop do double duty in the house, spend some time here, and then the things I can live without are eventually sold.

    I'm finding as time goes by, I need so much less than I thought I needed. My style is becoming a bit more edited, but a lot more homey. Besides art, I don't usually buy something if it doesn't serve a purpose.

    I have also embraced decorating with color a bit more in the house since having a color-loving child.

  • Kid stuff

    bookshelf child art supplies storage

    A corner of the dining room where we store our art supplies: shelf was thrifted for ten dollars, and I hope to add some doors and mount it to the wall.

    You have a young son. How does his STUFF influence the look and feel of your home?

    Every parent knows that our kid's stuff ends up everywhere. I tried, in the beginning, to designate separate areas for just his things...a playroom here, an art area there. But over time, I realized that Ethan just wanted to be wherever I was.

    He likes his books with my books, his desk next to mine. So now, his things are intermingled with my things, and I think it creates a nicer feel for the both of us... like it is really 'our' space and not just a kid living with his mom's things.

    That said, I think the look I try to create for the house is pretty casual and fresh, but kid-centric. I figure I'll have plenty of time after he's older and grown to live purely amongst my own things, and I'm in no rush.

  • Favorite family space

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    A recent thrift store find — one of the many, many chairs that feed my mini obsession with them. This one is perfect in the dining room...it's 'mama's chair'.

    In which room in your home does your family congregate most often?

    Definitely the dining room. It is central to the house, has a big old table that is my desk, a homework table, and it's where we gather for all our meals.

  • Thrift love

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    The music and playroom.

    Great design can be expensive. How do you get the most bang for your buck?

    Everything in our music/playroom (shown here), minus some of the toys, is thrifted or vintage....some of which may end up in the shop someday. To make the most of my entire home, I shop thrift stores and yard sales and use my superhero power of visualization...

    I'm pretty good at convincing myself, for instance, that the chair in my living room that has gone without a cushion for over a year is the prettiest, most stylish one in the house.

  • Best deal

    bathroom sink

    The new bathroom soapstone vanity top was supposed to be a pretty greyish, blue green, but I kept the mistake in exchange for a deep discount.

    Tell us about the best deal you have gotten lately for your home and love.

    Because I spend so much time shopping for my vintage store, I come across bargains all the time...really too many to count. I consider the best deals to be those you get on the things you really need or would have to spend a ton of money on otherwise. 

    We recently remodeled our bathroom and the soapstone manufacturer delivered the wrong vanity top...so instead of returning it for the original (and first) choice, I decided to settle and keep it at a huge discount.

  • Rooms of one's own

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    The inspiration board in my studio. I try hard to put only pretty things up here since the rest of the space is mostly utilitarian and overflowing with 'stuff'. It's a breath of fresh air amidst the chaos.

    You are an artist and a vintage shop owner. Do you have a room or space of your own? If yes, tell us about it. If no, how do you find the space for your creativity?

    Being a vintage shop owner presents a whole list of challenges when designing a space for work, but the first on the list is the sheer amount of storage space needed.

    I consider myself really fortunate to be able to claim not one, but two whole rooms for my studio space. One area, which was originally a bedroom, has a big walk-in closet where I store all my vintage goods, and plenty of room for work tables and shipping supplies storage. The other space is just off the bedroom, and I use this as a photography studio and staging area. I've tried time and again to make the space look 'pretty', but in reality, it ends up being very utilitarian.

    I ended up with one inspiration board above my work table, so that I can at least see some beauty while I clean all the grime and grit off of things.

  • Everyday ritual: morning tea

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    Morning cup of tea...can't start the day without it.

    What is your most important everyday ritual at home?

    My morning cup of tea. After all the morning chaos, the thirty minutes or so in which I enjoy my morning tea is the time I claim for myself and prepare mentally for the day.

    Dinnertime runs close second...there is hardly a day where we don't share a meal, talk, discuss, sometimes argue, and act silly...it's where life happens.

  • Household chores

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    Neatly made bed and the bedside table.

    What household chore do you hate? What household chore do you love?

    I'm probably in the minority here, but right now I really don't enjoy making meals...or rather, planning for them. It's unfortunate because I love making and sharing good food. I think it really comes down to a time issue and having to balance work and single parenting with the rest of life.

    I actually don't mind cleaning so much...it helps me to feel organized and clears my mind. I often clean the bathroom while my son is in the tub, and I love to vacuum!

    My son Ethan and I approach bed making in different ways. I like a nicely made bed to climb into at night...

  • Bedmaking

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    Ethan preparing his bed before sleep.

    Ethan prefers to mess his bed up a bit first before climbing in for the night.

  • Indulgence: plants & flowers

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    I never feel guilty about buying plants for the yard.

    In your home, what is one indulgence you give into?

    I usually don't think twice about buying plants for the yard or flowers for the table. They provide me with food, fruit, and flowers for the table all year long, and tending to them is one of my greatest joys. Simple pleasures...

  • Kim's favorites

    tray vase plant collections

    I love thrift stores and Etsy, two of my favorite places to shop.

    What are your favorite stores to shop for home?

    Thrift stores, of course, and the Sandwich Flea market..and oh, Etsy, what we would do without that?

    Some recent purchases (shown here): a thrifted Danish wood tray and vase, pottery from zwyner, a felt trivet from bookhou, and an oeufling from everyeskimo. In back is one of my Polaroid collages that I sell at Trampoline.

    What Home & Garden blogs or websites inspire you the most?

    Remodelista for great design inspiration, 3191 Miles Apart for living beautifully and simply, and Chocolate Flower Farm for the garden.


    For more from Kim Ludy, visit her Etsy shop Trampoline for original art and vintage finds. You may also see more Show & Tell Home Tours on CafeMom.

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