East Sacramento 1940's Craftsman-style Bungalow in Vintage Modern

When we approached Kerrie Kelly Design Lab to publish this project, we had no idea it was Kerrie’s own home! Sacramento Interior Designer, Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, understood what her clients went through after she bought and renovated her craftsman-style Bungalow, built in 1945. With many accomplishments including running her own design company, creating a furnishings line, becoming director of interior design at The Art Institute of California, Sacramento, and authoring Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide, it’s no wonder that her own home emulates all that is fabulous and glamorous in the vintage modern style. Says Kerrie, “I never thought my look would be eclectic, but that’s been the fun part.”  Also of note are the dramatic displays of black and white, soothing earth tones, and eye-catching touches of garnet and midnight blue.

So we’re ecstatic to feature her home on today’s blog. Her inspirations for the project? Family history. “The style is vintage modern because I have modern elements, like the white leather chairs in the dining room, but then there’s all this family history.” Bookcases house her grandfather’s trumpet (she’s also got his pocket watch collection), family photos, her grandmother’s typewriter, books and other mementos.

Her attention to detail transforms her home, starting with the lighting by Zack Rosson of Lumens Light + Living. She explains it as “jewelry for the home” as demonstrated by the centerpiece chandelier with old iron ventilation grates in the dining room. When lighting specialist Zack Rosson of Lumens Light + Living in midtown first showed the dining room chandelier to Kelly, her reaction was simple and immediate. “That’s it,” he remembers her saying. “It’s a Craftsman house, so we were making it more contemporary in a sense,” he explains. Kelly was hooked on the glamour factor. “When I say that lighting is the jewelry of the home, I’m talking about fixtures like this one,” she says. Tip: Rosson often suggests complementary fixtures when rooms are open to each other, such as Kelly’s dining and living rooms. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s the same manufacturer or something that has the same look and feel with a little bit of a twist,” he says.

Other pieces to note are family history elements like her grandfather’s trumpet serving as bookshelf decor, modern white leather chairs, the photographer’s tripod floor lamp in the living room, and the sofa pillows with custom Ralph Lauren fabrication which are seen in the living room. (Some even have the chocolate suede fabric from a skirt that was too big for her.)

Sacramento Eclectic Living Room Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Unexpected element: Photographer's tripod floor lamp

One of the big changes to this home were the bookcases which now flank the fireplace, creating storage and display spacing in the dining and living rooms.

Sacramento Eclectic Dining Room Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Table: Restoration Hardware, Modern white leather chairs: West Elm, Rug: Ikea

In the dining room, you’ll be dying to know that her table is from Restoration Hardware. White leather chairs are from West Elm.  “It’s round, but with the leaf it becomes an oval. I wanted to fit as many people as possible.”

Sacramento Eclectic Reading Nook Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Bookcases housing her grandfather's trumpet, family photos, grandmother's typewriter, books and other mementos

Additional changes made were adding crown molding, remodeling three bathrooms, and updating the existing black brick inset on the fireplace with Basketweave Honed Contempo White tiles from Daltile’s Stone a’ la Mod collection.

Sacramento Eclectic Bedroom Room Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Rug: West Elm, original oak floors, Voluminous comforter with high snuggle factor for the master bedroom from the Legacy Collection, Kerrie Kelly Design Studio Line

Sacramento Eclectic Bathroom Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Vintage modern bathroom with a dramatic display of black and white

Kerrie’s takeaway from this project: “As a designer, you need to go through this process every once in awhile to understand what you put your clients through all the time!”

As she says, “I’ve lived in at least five houses in Sacramento, but I feel like this one is home, and I’ll probably live here forever.” We can understand why.

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