Fifties House on a Budget

A '50s rancher becomes home to a worldly collection of decorations.

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The interior of this '50s rambler offers a mere glimpse of the personality that was infused into it by the homeowner, Kelly Burns, when she and her family moved in. Burns has mixed her travels into her decorating scheme to create an eclectic home with an international flair. Her husband is from Iran, and her adopted daughter is from China.

  • First, walls in one room are painted red and yellow to bring in an Oriental feel. Burns has a large collection of accessories brought back from her travels. She has many mantel and wall accessories from China and Iran. A China tea set graces the coffee table.
  • Burns uses furs, carpet remnants and accessories to create an impact at very minimal cost. She tied the red in the walls with a huge red rug. She saved hundreds of dollars by purchasing a carpet remnant and having the edges bound.
  • Animal furs are casually strewn over the back of the loveseat and on the floor for a rich look to the traditional furniture.
  • Burns wanted more impact to the original black fireplace. She designed an oak mantel using scrap wood to create in interesting focal point.
  • Above the mantel, she saved hundreds on the cost of a new mirror by restoring an old chipped bathroom mirror. She used crown molding around the edges and sponge painted it in gold and red to coordinate with the room.
  • Burns designed her own dinning table around garden stones and chiseled Chinese words meaning happiness, peace, longevity and prosperity. Underneath the base is simply an old file cabinet draped with a piece of fabric from India. Above the table is a beautiful wrought-iron chandelier dripping with amber-colored beads, which completes the elegant look of the dining room.
  • Burns also used cost-saving ideas in her small, dark kitchen like opening the doorways on both entrys. She added pictures and painted the cubboard. Old corner shelves received a facelift with simple wood frame doors filled with chicken wire. She rejuvnated her old stove with bronze spray paint to pop out the hood. She mixed green and white on the panel for a marbleized look to tie win the green countertop.
  • Burns made a family room out of the porch by knocking out the support wall. She used the green color scheme she used in the kitchen. She tied the whole thing together with old furniture pieces from her parents and a leather chair from Iran. Matching cushions are strewn all around.

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