On the hunt

An un­der­loved 1950s ranch home gets a new time­less look with a vin­tage touch.

Flea Market Décor - - Great Finds - BY KATHRYN DRURY WAG­NER

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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