sneak peek: kelly of kelly oshiro design

Designer Kelly Oshiro spends her days creating beautiful events, so it’s no great surprise that her home feels like the perfect backdrop for a party. She’s lived in this Santa Barbara house for just a year and a half. For both her events and her home, Kelly loves to layer new and old items, and this house is the perfect canvas. It was a vintage doll hospital in the 1960s and is filled with great details — plank floors, picture frame moldings and vintage windows that swing open — that provide the perfect backdrop for the punchy colors she loves. Thanks, Kelly & Sam! And thanks to Beaux Arts Photographie for the lovely photos! — Amy A.

Image above: As soon as we signed the lease on this 1920s bungalow, I knew I wanted an orange accent wall in the kitchen. My father had given me a print of a Madame Butterfly poster he designed in the ’80s with a navy mat, and I always thought it should go on an orange wall. To bring in more navy, I recovered some chairs I had bought at a local thrift store here in Santa Barbara with fabric from Michael Levine’s. The tablecloth was a remnant from a rainbow-themed photo shoot. I love the colorful zigzags!

Image above: I got the chair from the Pasadena Flea; it was the perfect shape and scale for the room. The prints are from Blancucha’s Etsy shop. The red crochet pillow is lacasadecoto also from Etsy. I picked it because it reminds me of the big red balloon in Blancucha’s print. The oversized grain pitcher is from an antique store in Arroyo Grande and holds Mira’s toys. The metal letters are also from the Pasadena Flea.

The rest of the home tour continues after the jump…

Image above: A detail shot of my collection of colored glass in my office. I have a serious obsession with colored glass.

Image above: My nightstand is from Ikea. I painted it Dior Gray, added custom scalloped decals and bought reproduction milk glass hardware to finish the look. The lamp was my mom’s and originally black. I spray painted it hot pink for a spot of color in my otherwise neutral bedroom. The print is from the Pasadena Flea, and the vintage fan was left over from an event. The bed frame is also from the Pasadena Flea, but I spray painted it copper.

Image above: Coasters a friend made for me, based on the Mira mural in my living room.

Image above: The flags I made for a state fair-themed event; calligraphy is by the very talented Betsy Dunlap. I designed the cake for an Anthropologie-themed photo shoot.

Image above: This was my childhood dresser. I painted it to match the bedside tables and added notched decals to give it a vaguely French feel. The cardboard reindeer is named Tobias. I got him from Urban Outfitters, spray painted him hot pink and added a white plaque. Old books I collected for a wedding with a vintage schoolyard theme decorate the dresser.

Image above: The ever-changing ribbon wall in my office. In front is a gothic container I got from the Pasadena Flea for a Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed wedding. The BS and little bird print are by a book artist friend, and the black and white print is from 1863 and illustrates a royal wedding. There’s also a vintage postcard of what was the Arlington Hotel in Santa Barbara, Kate Spade shoes, a book about illuminated manuscripts (which I studied at UCSB as an art history major) and a book on Moorish architecture, which I adore. My favorite piece is the kangaroo with the party hat and cigarette, printed by Pistachio Press.

Image above: The Mira mural, based on a photograph of her profile, was traced and made into custom decals. The sofa I had custom made by Couch Santa Barbara. Pillows I made from various fabrics from Michael Levine’s.

Image above: Vintage metal chairs with a cane pattern. They were originally black, and I spray painted them hot pink (I am a spray-paint-aholic).

Image above: The backyard deck, my favorite spot for a cup of tea. The patio set is from the Pasadena Flea, and the side table from a antique store in Paso Robles. The succulents in colorful containers were left over from a rainbow-themed photo shoot.

Image above: Ms. Mira, a.k.a. Buggles, on my favorite rug.

  1. Kathy says:

    Anyone know the name of the navy print pattern on the chairs? I want it for my dining room :)

  2. Bipasha says:

    this post is a DIYer’s dream! thanks for sharing :)


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