sneak peek: amy & erich mcvey

Three years ago Amy bought this home, located in Salem, Oregon. It sits on a hill surrounded by sweeping, breathtaking views of Pacific Northwest scenery. Although well maintained, it was in dire need of cosmetic renovations–it was a nightmarish hybrid of the worst of ’70s and ’80s decor, complete with mint green walls and bright blue shag carpet. Even though Amy and Erich were not yet married at the time, Erich saw this as an opportunity to impress his future wife with his handyman skills and took on all the renovation projects – from tearing out carpet and laying hardwood floors, to rewiring fixtures and painting walls. At this point, Amy described the house as design purgatory, where everything was nice and new, but lacking personality. Once they were married and Erich moved in, the space gradually transformed into their home. The one guiding principle driving their decorating style is: if it makes you smile, it’s the right choice. As a result, they’ve combined Erich’s rustic, Southwest aesthetic with Amy’s love for all things vintage and bright splashes of color. Erich is a wedding, editorial, and portrait film photographer. He travels frequently for his work with Amy by his side as film loader and assistant. She’s also the office manager and a talented photographer in her own right. Thank you Amy and Erich! – Shannon

Image above: Our fridge is a bit outdated to say the least. We decided to dress it up by painting the handle and various attachments in the same coral color as our living room wall. The Polaroid photos are from our trips, parties and adventures throughout the past year. The salmon chair was my dad’s desk chair growing up, and the bear cookie jar was found at goodwill and painted by Amy.

Image above: We found these mid-century Danish modern chairs at our favorite local antique store. Amy sewed the cushions herself.

See more of Amy and Erich’s Oregon home after the jump!

Image above: Amy painted this giant map over the couch! She’s never painted anything before. I was amazed. She painted linen fabric with watercolors, spray-mounted the fabric to Plexiglas and then my dad built a custom frame for the piece and installed LED lights behind the whole thing. It’s wired to our light switch, so in the evening we flip on the lights and it illuminates the map, lighting the whole room. It’s one of my favorite things in our home.

Image above: Amy’s family owns a number of farms, and with farms come barns full of fun treasures to be found. We built this coffee table using wood we found in a barn on her grandparent’s hazelnut farm. The postcards on the table were used in lieu of a guestbook on our wedding day and are filled with messages from family and friends.

Image above: We call this old kitchen table full of terrariums and potted plants “The Terrarea” and it’s one of our cat’s favorite places to inspect. They’re indoor cats, so it’s as close to the call of the wild as they can get.

Image above: Amy created the light above the dining table by hot gluing coffee filters to a Chinese paper lantern (she saw the idea on Pinterest). After 2,500 coffee filters, two full days of work and a dozen blistering hot glue gun wounds, it hangs in infamy. Amy and Pinterest currently aren’t on speaking terms. The silver antler is from Z Gallerie.

Image above: Our kitchen is very open, connected to the dining room with just the island separating the two spaces. We love enjoying time with family and friends in our home, and the open layout of this area is perfect for entertaining.

Image above: This bar table is from World Market and holds a random assortment of old and new with vintage flea market finds and our wedding china.

Image above: Amy discovered this 1960s oil painting at our favorite antique shop and eyed it for months. We didn’t know where we’d put the oil painting lady, but after Amy made this canopy for one of our guest rooms, it seemed like the perfect fit. Now she greets all of our houseguests and maybe freaks them out a bit, but we love her. The pillows are from Restoration Hardware.

Image above: We made our bed out of more barnwood finds on Amy’s grandparent’s farm. We created two sections for the headboard by attaching the boards to two pieces of 4×8 plywood and installing the sections to the wall using lag bolts. The reading light surface mounts are from Hippo Hardware and the metal cages are from Schoolhouse Electric. The bedding is from Restoration Hardware and all of the pillows and the curtains were handmade by Amy. Shout out to Will and Sally Bryant, whom Amy stumbled upon while searching the Internet for bed building tips. Will is a talented artist and Sally is a sweet Southern blogger. Sally’s blog documentation of their bed-building journey was a huge help to us. They don’t know us, but we love them (and we know that’s creepy).

Image above: Our nightstands were another result of our barnwood adventures. The carafe and glasses are from Schoolhouse Electric and the clock is from one of our many antique shop visits frequently made along the Oregon Coast.

Image above: This dresser is an old antique piece Amy’s aunt gave us. We wanted to add a few modern touches, including the silver gorilla piggy bank and the white votive candleholders, to keep the space from looking too rustic.

Image above: Our second, smaller guestroom we simply call “Rufus’ Room.” Here’s Rufus acting perturbed after being woken from his all-day nap. He can be found here the majority of every day and actually uses the pillow like a person, resting his head on it. It kills us. This bed was a Craigslist find for a photo shoot that we then transitioned into our home (we always have a hard time letting go of things after styled shoots), and the two portraits are yet another set of painting finds from a local antique shop.

Image above: We love this Moby print by Terry Fan. It’s a fun pop of color against the monotone wall/dresser combination. We purchased the dresser from Goodwill and then painted with the same paint as our bedroom walls so that it blended and made the room feel more open.

Image above: Amy has become obsessed with buying super weird oil paintings every time she goes antiquing. So far, we’ve had the wall space to handle the addiction. Fingers crossed it doesn’t become a real problem.

Image above: Here’s our other cat, Penny, in the living room. We found the vintage rug from Turkey on Craigslist, and used it as our “dance floor” for our wedding last year. We love having this rug as a reminder of our incredible day.

Image above: We loved the idea of displaying these wedding photos of various family members from the past and present in our entryway. My family has owned picture-framing stores for almost 30 years, and Amy and I are wedding photographers, so it was a fun way to display family memories with a nod to our trades as well. We made the pendant lighting out of old iron sculptures and metal hooks with simple pendant lights hung through them from the ceiling.

Image above: We always appreciate the few good months of weather we have here in Oregon, so when its even remotely nice, you can find us out on the deck eating, entertaining, reading, etc. My dad and I built this outdoor seating area, and Amy sewed the seating cushions. The table is another barnwood creation we made and the rug and pillows are from World Market.

  1. Denis says:

    Absolutely amazing! The idea of entryway photos is so cool, we had on in Dubai! Thanks for sharing! Love x

  2. Steph says:

    Beautiful and unique! Can you tell me what color you used on the wall in the entryway?
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jessica says:

    Wedding photo collage is perfect! Where did you buy the frames with mat? What size is the total frame? What size is the picture?

  4. Amber Studio says:

    I love the colors and photos!


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