Kristin and Michael DeKay purchased their home in the Morton Meadows neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska, in September 2009. Four months later, Michael was laid off from his job, and the couple — in the midst of renovations — decided to start a company. Grain & Mortar is a brand strategy and design company that Kristin and Michael started with Eric Downs. Their remodel was put on hold for a while, but the sacrifice seems to have paid off — the work they do pushes the boundaries of design and technology to find fun and unique solutions, and their home is in great shape, too. As you’ll see below, “thrifted” is a popular theme in this house. It shows that creativity can go a long way and that you don’t need a lot to make a place homey and comfortable. Thanks, Kristin and Michael, and thanks to Daniel Müller for the photographs! — Anne
Image above: The kitchen is my favorite place in my home. I love my tall white cabinets. When we purchased the home, the floor was carpeted in a horrible blue and white tile-like print. We re-tiled it with 16 x 16 slate gray tiles with dark grout. The light fixture is from Ikea. The cast iron was a gift from my late mother-in-law, who greatly inspired me to cook and create fun things in the kitchen.
Image above: This is my favorite little corner of my living room, and I’m sitting here with a mug of hot tea as I write this. The side table was built by my grandfather and given to me as a wedding gift. He is an amazing woodworker. It even folds in half! The lamp is from Target, and the handmade basket was thrifted at The Imaginarium here in Omaha’s Benson neighborhood.
See more of Kristin & Michael’s Omaha home after the jump . . .
Image above: I love these crystal glasses on our thrifted yellow bar cart. I found six of them at a garage sale for only $2. When bringing them home, I broke one on the way into the house! Sad! Now I have five.
Image above: My husband created this typographic print as inspiration when we first went out on our own to start the business. It was a challenging time, but having little motivators like this around the house was helpful. The buffet was thrifted for $5, and I stained it a dark walnut. It holds holiday china, placemats and tablecloths. The typewriter was given to us by Michael’s grandmother.
Image above: I love this old mail cubby. I found it, again, thrifting and paid $10 for it. I considered painting or stripping and staining it, but I sorta fell in love with the rugged look of it, so here it sits, corralling random odds and ends. The photo was taken by me on a trip to San Diego, looking out over the harbor.
Image above: I have two of these teal Ethan Allen wing chairs, purchased on Craigslist. The pillow was sewn by yours truly, as well as the roman shades on the little window. The ottoman is from Target’s holiday collection. I think I will keep it here year-round.
Image above: Our bedroom consists of the entire upstairs, and we are lucky to have a bathroom up here, as well. When we moved in, it was carpeted, but we were fortunate enough to find beautiful condition original oak flooring underneath.
Image above: This nook upstairs is another feature of my home that I love. It hosts our other Ethan Allen wing chair and is a cozy little area to read a book and watch the snow fall. The light fixture is from Ikea, and the curtains were sewn by me.
Image above: Our home was built in 1930. The people who lived here before us took great care of it and lived here for 45 years! I really don’t know what style our home is, so if anyone knows, I would love to find out. Bungalow, possibly?