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sneak peek: liz demos of @home

by anne


we first got a look inside the savannah, georgia home of the lovely liz demos of @home in one of katie runnels’ guest blog posts and it was a huge hit. today liz opens up even more of her gorgeous place (photographed about a year since the last images we saw). between architectural salvage finds to great pieces from fairs and flea markets there’s so much to discover in her home. liz recently took part in the SCAD home tours which happens every spring, and while it would have been awesome to see her place in person, we’re so glad we can share her sneak peek with you today. and if the full post isn’t enough, you can find tons more images right here. [thanks a million, liz!] anne

[above: This image shows the back of the flat file we use for a coffee table and a view of the mantle with a group of blue plot maps.  Also on the mantle: a collection of old chemistry funnels, a bird print, miniature globes, a doll chair and some hotel silver vases. ]


This image shows the living room.  This is the best overall view of the room shot from the dining room.  I love metal furniture and you can see why, lots of drawers and great surfaces.  They look modern but not totally out of place with all my other old things.  The faux wood grain metal cabinet next to the sofa is from an old library.  The drapes are from Ikea (about 5 years ago) and we bought extra to upholster valances.  I think this is a great trick to get a custom look from off the shelf draperies & you get lots of extra fabric if you decide to make pillows later.  Other notable pieces:  I bought the over sized wrench (between the windows) at an estate sale for my husband.  We loved it so much it is now treated like art.  The old school globe is one of those ones you can write on with chalk to learn about geography.  It is one of my favorite possessions. The white country cabinet houses the TV and lots of our son’s toys.


On left: close up of library cabinet and on top a vintage bingo spinner, an arts & crafts lamp and a 19th century fabric sampler.  On right: a view of the top of the coffee table and beyond the painted pine cabinet.  Another collection of mine can be found on the top of the cabinet: glass battery jars.  I think you can tell I like to collect but I don’t feel it overwhelms us.  I try to keep my stuff contained and organized.  Hopefully it feels curated and not crazy.


This is the dining room.  I adore Swedish painted furniture so when I spotted this 1920s dining table and chairs set I scooped it up.  I later found a set of brown slip covered side chairs that we use when we have a big group for dinner.  The sideboard is also a vintage find from a central Florida antique fair.  I made the drapes from wide striped ticking yardage.


On left:  this is a view from the upstairs hallway of one of my husband’s paintings.  He is a bespoke furniture maker but he studied painting in college.  He still finds the time to paint and create in between furniture commissions.  On right:  this is a shot of the tufted chair in our library/office.  I made the pillow from two napkins from Anthropologie.


This picture shows the wall of art and objects I have hung in the library/office.  Some vintage, some are my husband’s and the rest is just random things that I thought were cool.  The “vintage” imac got me through college but is now my son’s preschool “video game machine.” : )


This is my son’s room.  We have a matching pair of twin beds for his room because it doubles as a guest room when we have visitors.  Above his bed we hung an old educational moon chart.


This is a view of the top of a cabinet in the hallway.  In the assortment: tin purses, a print of a pigeon, an old mirror and an alabaster lamp.


On left:  our cafe table in the garden with a peek at the petite green house my husband built for me. On right: the entryway console with venetian mirror above.


This is a shot of our bathroom towel hooks under a shelf that houses a collection of pond boats and one of my many apartment for rent signs.  I also like antique wire hangers so you can see two of them hanging near the window.  The are like sculpture and all so different.


On left: another view of the dining room.  On right: the pine step back cabinet from the dining room.  Inside, an absurd amount of antique transferware china collected for more than 20 years.


On left: the painted cabinet at the top of the landing upstairs.  On the surface a blue sprinkler that resembles growing flowers and a collage from one of my employees.  On right: a view of our 1/2 bath cabinet built by my husband based on a picture of an 18th century Swedish cabinet.


Chemistry test tube holders on the coffee table.  I use them for flowers.

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  • beautiful and amazing;) I love the coffee table . . . can’t wait to go thrift-hunting when I move for furniture I can remake/recover/repaint!

  • Well, this comment outs me as a total library nerd, but have you noticed all the awesome school-like stuff in this apartment? Test tubes! Odd-sized, archival-looking drawers! Something that looks like an old card catalogue! This is my dream apartment. I bet there’s something interesting and unusual in every corner, and tucked away in every odd place. Beautifully done.

  • As a Savannahian, I regularly visit her store @home for inspiration, gifts and treats. I’m not surprised that her home is just as inviting and fantastic! Her eye for vintage finds is incredible. I’m coveting the moon map!

  • This place has captured all the elements that make a home feel welcoming and bright. What I especifically like is the use of the chemistry set and the metal cabinet. Now I know what to do with the wheels and cabinet that I have kept for so long thinking I will use them some day!

  • Beautiful house! It really inspires me to contain my collections of vintage bits. You have a great eye for color and display – I will be sure to check out your website.

  • haha, I accidentally read “sneak peak: liz lemon” and got really excited, then thought hey wait, that’s a fictional character… however this sneak-peak is really good and countered my disappointment.

  • I will never get the appeal of the ‘distressed’ look taken to the extreme. That dining cabinet? I would not want to eat on any dish that came out of there. My father would have used that for tools in the garage. Yes, I KNOW, I am in the minority here, and that it’s not a popular point of view, but it is mine.

    Not everything old is ‘antique.’ Sometimes old stuff is JUST OLD STUFF.

  • love the mixture of the metal cabinet, the painted furniture and the cane chairs. it looks so beautifully curated – not at all crazy! :)

  • I was so inspired by the flat file-as-coffee table I immediately tracked one down on Craigslist. And in effervescing about it to one of my nearest and dearest (a SCAD alum, like me, and Savannah business owner), we realized that she slipcovered the rattan chairs in that very room!

  • The swedish style you love som much is called “Gustavian” (Gustaviansk in swedish), after our king Gustav III who lived 1746-1792 and introduced this and much more into our culture. This style is still really popular in Sweden today.

  • I love that you have customized the ready-to-go curtains by making matching valances (pelmets!) Not only does this look more slick and professional but valances greatly improve the insulation of your windows, therefor needing less heating in winter!

  • I can’t get these images out of my mind! I love this interior. Interesting observation … I think that the window treatments really finish these rooms and give them a certain maturity. I am obsessed with this as I prefer a very clean, minimalist look; however, these images are undeniable proof that a finished window adds a certain sophistication to a room … off to consider my new window treatments!

  • Your home is so lovely!
    Quick question! The petite greenhouse that your husband built — did you use specific plans? I’ve been looking for some and am wondering if you could share if so?

  • love the test tube flower holders! too cute and creative! i’m a vintage junkie! you’ve given me a few ideas…thanks

  • I have loved all of your comments. It is so nice to hear people say such nice things about our home. I will answer as many comments/questions as possible.

    Melissa: I wish I knew what the paint color in the library was too. We need to do some touch ups. I can’t find the paint chip. I think is was a Ralph Lauren or Martha chip called wheat.

    Mouse: I am obsessed with old school supplies, so you are not the only nerd out there.

    Kate: Thanks for shopping in my store.

    Annmarie: I don’t expect to tire of him anytime soon. : ) Sorry.

    PJ: We don’t eat off any of those dishes. : )

    Jennifer Peake: unfortunately, we drew that little greenhouse out on a scrap piece of paper. My husband is a really gifted furniture maker/ carpenter so he just has this stuff in his head. We did a lot of research online and then made up ours based on all the salvaged goods we used. Check the link in the post. It will take you to my flickr page and there are more pictures of it there.

    Kristen: My husband has had several independent shows of his paintings here in town but if you are after anything special you can email us through my shop’s website.

    Thanks to everyone!

  • Hi Liz,

    Is the metal on the coffee table/flat file just distressed a bit or is it actually distressed wood around the drawers? It’s a little harder to tell from the pictures, just curious.

    PS is your last name Demos? mine’s Demo :)

  • This person has absolutely amazing taste. i love the idea of using old everyday objects as sculpture/art. beauty in what was once mundane. love the globe, the chemistry set, the little boats….

  • I am dying to know where those drapes in the living room are from!! I’ve wanted those forever and can’t seem to find it. Please someone help :)

  • Heidi: the drapes came from Ikea (5 years ago) but you should check Ebay.

    Gina: I found my test tube holders at various antique fairs. You might look on Etsy or Ebay.

  • I was so inspired after the first photo, I had to stop and make a little display with my test tube and put it on my bookcase. Thanks for the views of your home. I love the funky pieces, the wrench, the globe.

  • Gina:

    I’m not sure where your location is but here in Milwaukee we have a science and surplus store..it’s always fun to check out those places, they have so many neat things.. maybe your area has something similar?

  • I’ve been so inspired by your house! I have a question – – in the picture where it’s labeled “view from the upstairs hallway of one of my husband’s paintings,” what is the off-white color (if you know the brand and color name) you used on the wall? It’s the wall with the 5 cent painting on it, which is also very cool!

  • my favorite sneak-peek so far..
    because: I too possess and love vintage school supplies, vintage educational charts and metal furniture. Like the cool palate, sets off the ‘hints’ of aqua blue found in every photo.
    I also have a Denoyer-Geppert globe like yours.. last year, I narrowly missed one that had been sitting on the curb for free dispossal for two weeks, finally the owners tossed it out!!
    that story haunts me still :(

  • Hello,
    I know this post is really old but stumbled on it today via another blog. Wondering about the sheets in the boy’s bedroom. I’m guessing they are Garnet Hill but can’t find anywhere online. Any info would be great. Thanks!

  • It would really make my day if you told me your paint color and technique on your dining room table. Thank you, and aloha from Hawaii.

    • This is so clever and your home is just lovely!! I have been searching for that type of test tube holder for about 5 years! Where did you find them? Thank you for sharing your gorgeous home with us all!

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