Jessica McKay is an interior decorator and owner of Birdhouse Interior Design, and Christopher Van Buskirk bakes at a gourmet foods supermarket while in culinary school. Living in the Country Club neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska they have backyard chickens (Salt, Pepa, and DJ Spinderella) and a large vegetable garden that Christopher uses to make delicious dishes. It only seemed appropriate for the couple to start COOP, a blog combining their interests and focusing on accessible style and sustainable living. They’ve been in their brick tudor home built in 1940 for three years now. They love original art and have been fortunate to receive some incredible vintage and antique hand-me-downs from their families. Jessica wanted to blend the old and new in an interesting way and highlight their collections as well as integrating and layering some Southwestern and Native-inspired textiles influenced by her New Mexico upbringing. The result is an inviting mix of styles. Many thanks to Jessica, and Dana Damewood for the photos! –Anne
Image above: Our guest bedroom is small so I wanted it to feel cozy. We painted it in Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze, added a contrasting bright bedding from Dwell Studio, and placed a vintage textile from ebay at the foot of the bed. I paired new black drum lampshades with vintage white lamps I found at a thrift store for bedside lighting.
Image above: We have a ton of books and thought it would be a welcoming sight for guests to walk right into our “library” along a front wall in our living room. I inherited the Kachina dolls from my grandfather after he passed and they are very special to me. I found the Persian runner on ebay.
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Image above: The Eames-inspired dining room chairs were a flea market find which originally were used in a Nebraska school. The vintage wood pedestal table was found at a local antique shop. The Sputnik chandelier is from ebay. The paint color is Sherwin-Williams Powder Blue.
Image above: Our dog, Lisey, in our living room. The art is by Rey Cantil, Andrew Hershey, and Andrew Johnson. The couch was Christopher’s mother’s and I love the lines of it. It makes the rest of the room feel more put-together.
Image above: I use the dormer window in our bedroom for a small dressing area. I store shoes, bags and jewelry here. The wooden piece in front of the window stores necklaces and is by a local designer, Peter Cales. The chairs are vintage and recovered in a Southwestern Naugahyde fabric.
Image above: I found the wingback chair at an antique shop and had it reupholstered in a gray vinyl with a brass nailhead trim. The pouf is from Arteriors Home. The art is by Caolan O’Loughlin. I had the curtains made and the rug was a great find from Marshall’s.
Image above: We converted our attic into a master suite. I love the angles that it created and it is a little retreat from the rest of our house. The bedding is Dwell Studio, but the plaid blanket was my grandparents’. I made the headboard and also painted the vintage nightstands (that were free from a friend!).
Image above: We love our Christina Renfer Vogel painting in our dining room. It took me a little while to find the perfect spot for it, but once we painted the walls blue, it found a home above the CB2 console. The lamps are from Jonathan Adler.
Image above: We painted the stairs leading to our bedroom in Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black and Behr Red Tomato. The collage on the dining room wall is by Adrianne Watson.