What better way to start the week than with the vibrant
Vibrant Colourful Mid-Century Home of Kara Brown
When you look around Kara’s wonderful rainbow colour filled, eclectic home, it comes as no surprise that Kara has a major in art with a focus on printmaking. After graduating, she went on to specialise in painting and working in special events. Today Kara works part-time as a Creative Director for a remodeling company called Imagine Renovations. Married for 16 years with three wonderful boys, Kara has recently started homeschooling full time. A feat in itself don’t you think?!
Mid-Century Modern Style Gem
In 2014, Kara and her husband stumbled across an open house of a beautiful mid-century style gem. It was to be love at first sight. The property had stayed in the same family since it was built in the
Past, Present, Future…
With a huge open plan living area with lots of natural light and an abundance of storage, it was perfect for their growing family. There was also a musical connection with the property too. When they viewed the house, there was a piano which they got to keep with the house. Kara has played the piano since she was 3 and is an
Creating a bond with your home isn’t always about the architecture it’s about connecting with our past, present and future
We got to keep the piano from the original owners (who were very talented musicians) and it always makes me feel like I have an extra bond with our home.Kara Brown
We’re often told that how we decorate is comparable to how we dress. I for one have never been able to see the connection with my own style. Subtle, calming shades of green have always been displayed in my home but are non-existent when it comes to my attire. I do, however, believe that for some of us, (myself included), we consciously/subconsciously intertwine of lifes experiences/memories and project them into our interiors.
The spectacularly vibrant colors and modern scenes of Miami had a lasting effect on my style and preferences and I’ve never quite been able to break my love affair with bright pinks and blues!Kara Brown
Kara’s, love affair with vibrant
Kara’s eye for
I’ve always been drawn to modern spaces, lots of color and the lines of mid-century design.Kara Brown
Introducing colour and pattern into your home can feel intimidating to some. One design trick that Kara has used is
There’s also a play with pattern here as this particular rug with its herringbone design creates the illusion of space as the eye is drawn outwards making the room feel larger. And, in this case, brighter and more vibrant. The differentiating textures Kara has used throughout contrast beautifully too.
Kara’s ability to layer texture to add warmth and
Being true to herself, Kara’s style is influenced not so much by outside factors but through her own personal experiences. From her love of art to childhood memories of living in vibrant
There’s also a sense of personalization through her
The neutral walls that predominate throughout are a blank canvas for Kara’s
Perfect Colourful Vignettes
A great way to start injecting
They may not be able to afford their dream kitchen just yet, but Kara’s displays of defined and sorted
Style Tip: If you’re on a budget seek smaller objects/accessories and group them together to create visual impact. It’s much more cost-effective than larger scale items such as rugs. Choosing objects such as tableware that you use
Great Homes Take Time…
With a limited budget, Kara and her husband are tackling smaller projects within their home. Mostly painting until they can afford to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms to their dream spaces.
Kara also has an eye for a bargain. Often up-cycling pieces she finds from garage sales, eBay and the like. It definitely pays to keep an open
Using accessories, rugs, and artwork, especially in a home of this size, helps provide definition to their open-plan living areas. Kara’s brilliant use of
On A Final Note…
Kara and her husband have created a home that they not only love but more importantly have had fun.
We have thoroughly enjoyed making this house our home and bringing it new life with punches of color throughout.Kara Brown
Photo Credit: All images were taken by the incredibly talented @kimwardphotography
Have a beautiful week and as always, thank you for stopping by!