On the hunt
An underloved 1950s ranch home gets a new timeless look with a vintage touch.
BUILT IN 1951, THIS RANCH HOME IN BRYAN, TEXAS, had become, shall we say, underloved. “This house was so bad, the realtor said, ‘At least please go in,’ because the last people had driven up and then left,” says
Kim. She and her husband, Todd, had been on the hunt for an older home and were going through a list of probable No’s when they got to this home. “We did half a lap around the place, and Todd said, ‘I’ve seen enough.’ I figured he was totally not interested. But we got back in the car, and he said, ‘I think we need to make an offer.’”
Todd has a degree in landscape architecture and works for a home building company. “I think other people were just scared and could only see what [the house] was and not what it could be,” says Kim. “It’s really solidly built; it was just not taken care of.” The home had tons of appealing details, such as original parquet
and red brick floors and plenty of built-in closets. The couple pounced.
Renovations took about four months, before the family of five moved in five years ago. “We gutted the bathroom and kitchen to the studs,” says Kim. For the décor, Kim went with a timeless, classic look with a vintage touch. “I don’t decorate with anything I don’t love,” says Kim, a blogger who covers DIY projects, décor and her Christian faith at
Hunt and Host (huntandhost.net). A seasoned vet of shopping the fields at Round Top, garage sales and thrift stores, she savvily fills her home with affordable décor and upcycled creativity.
“My passion for flea markets and thrifting came in more as an adult,” says Kim. “I’ve always liked older stuff, older people, older houses. But when we became home owners, I
began to love stretching a budget and the thrill of using my creative brain. And once you start, you can’t go back. Once you know you don’t have to pay a bazillion dollars, it’s more fun, and it’s more personal.” Now, when she wants to paint the living room blue and Todd is off on business,” his standard answer has become ‘I trust you.’” With a design talent this big, we’d trust Kim, too!
FOR THIS WALL IN THE DINING ROOM, Kim chose a dramatic black paint. “It was kind of glam, and went with anything ... The little deer picture is from a garage sale, and the bigger frame was a flea-market find.”
KIM WHIPPED UP THE PILLOWS from coffee sacks and made the tray on the white table. It was a roasting pan lid that didn’t have a bottom. “I spray painted it and flipped it over.”
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THAT IS THE ORIGINAL MIDCENTURY door above. “I have zero musical talent,” laughs Kim. “I think if we have the piano in our house, someone will magically become musical. It is 100 years old. I painted it. It was not in fabulous condition, but it was a...
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