If you spend as much time as we do combing the Internet for the best of mid century interior design, you might have already seen this home. If so, isn’t it fun? If not, we know you’ll love it.
The tale of this mid century home starts when designer Jeff Barfoot came to speak at Fossil, where Shay Ometz is the senior art director for lifestyle photography. The creatives hit it off, and two years later married. Their shared love of books and like-minded design aesthetic made for a great match, especially when it came time to house-hunt.
According to D Magazine, the couple immediately fell for a Mid Century Modern home in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. “It was the first house we looked at, and we knew it was the one we had to buy,” Shay says.
A Love of Mid Century Interior Design
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What made it so great? Well, as for renovations, the majority of the heavy lifting was already done. “It was move-in ready,” Shay says. “The original owner had lived here until she was in her 90s. When she moved out in 2003, this cute couple bought it and redid the kitchen and built what was to become our studio in the backyard. They managed to keep the integrity of the house.” New touches such as stainless steel appliances and terrazzo marble mix well with original details like the light fixtures—all of which are controlled by a unified panel near the kitchen. “That took some getting used to,” Shay says with a laugh.
Once they moved in, they set about making the space their own—they changed the tile in the master bathroom and started thinking about paint. “Where we lived before, things were very bright. When we moved in here, we wanted the colors to be a little more sophisticated,” she says. They mixed subtle colors with their art collection—Jeff favors graphic posters while Shay is drawn to paintings and collage art. Many of the pieces are works of their own creation.
The headquarters for Bee Things (bee-things.com), the couple’s screen printing business, is located in the backyard. “We knew when we bought the house that we wanted to make the shed a studio,” she says. “A year after we moved in, Jeff spent a summer putting in insulation, and we brought in electricity. We’d like to build a real 700-square-foot studio when we win the lottery.”
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