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Bohemian Charm Meets Mid-Century Modern in Sunny Florida

by Lauren Chorpening

Authenticity, personality and charm take time to cultivate. True for people, true for homes. Standard walls and windows evolve detail by detail, piece by piece over time into a reflection of the people who live there. And just as people never stop changing, our homes never do either. Repainting, rearranging and redesigning are just part of the evolution. Today’s home tour has transformed over the years from builder’s beige to a well-loved, bohemian, mid-century space accented with rich tones, textures and one-of-a-kind pieces.

Elizabeth, macramé artist and home-educator, and Tim McTague, a former touring musician and current band merchandiser, moved into this 2,100-square-foot-house eight years ago. Tim bought the home in Lutz, FL while he and Elizabeth were dating, planning to propose a few months later. The great neighborhood and open layout made this an ideal space for their life together, but the standard builder finishes didn’t cut it. “Our house is fairly new, so we didn’t have the advantage of an older home with lots of character and architectural detail. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years trying to turn the considerable blandness of the interior into something unique and special that really feels like my style,” Elizabeth says. Their family has expanded with Maren, Ezra and Ida since moving in and the home has transformed with them. “Our walls have seen many, many colors of paint and the furniture has been moved and removed and moved again. I’ve had the dining room in the living room and the living room in the dining room. My oldest daughter has lived in each of the three bedrooms on the other side of the house at separate points in time. It has taken me many years to finally figure out where to put my furniture, and to realize that white walls are really the best fit for most of the spaces in this house, not forest green, not yellow.”

Personal charm is everywhere in this beautiful space. The layering of mid-century furniture with handmade, global patterns and modern design details creates an intriguing, intentional space that balances old and new, clean-line and handmade. Elizabeth’s intricate macramé pieces are displayed on the walls and collections of art, books and textiles are found in moments, large and small, throughout the house. “I want my home to feel clean, comfortable, and unique. I want people to come in my front door and be really interested in all the things around them — some of my favorite homes I’ve ever been in are ones where I am mesmerized by all the little personal details the homeowner has carefully curated around their space,” Elizabeth says. “It was a long, long process turning this house into a home we are truly comfortable in and proud of.” All of the challenges and changes have been worth it. I love the way this home reflects the personality and lives of the people who live there with style and charm.  – Lauren

Photography by Honey Lake Studio

The master bedroom. "This is the master bedroom and probably the most continuously neglected room in the house. For some reason fixing up my own bedroom is always the last thing on my to-do list! The wall hanging was made by me and the end table was a thrift store find."
Alternate view of the master bedroom.
The master bedroom.
Elizabeth mixes texture, pattern and color seamlessly.
The master bedroom. "These wall hangings were made by my wonderfully talented friend Laken Vanderwall of WovenLaine. They fit the decor in my room so perfectly."
Maren's room.
Maren's room. Detail of Elizabeth's macramé in Maren's sweet room.
Ezra's bedroom. Tim and Elizabeth found this mid-century bed on Craigslist for their son's room.
The nursery. A small glimpse into Ida's room.
The office. One of Elizabeth's beautiful macrame pieces is in process. The natural light makes this such a great workspace.
Alternate view of the office. "This small dresser was another Craigslist find. The chair I bought at a thrift store and kept on my back porch for a few years. I recently repainted it black and changed the cover so I could bring it inside to get more use out of it! The records are from one of my all-time favorite bands, Okkervil River. The guitars in the corner belong to my husband."
Alternate view of the office. "The plant hanger in the corner was purchased at a monthly vintage market held in downtown St. Pete. It's one of my favorite parts about this room!"
Living room details.
The living room, just like the rest of the home, is a curated mix of bohemian modern. Almost all of the furniture is mid-century, but she styles it in a way that doesn't make the space feel retro. "I love this room because even though the space is so large I have finally managed to arrange my furniture in a way that feels comfortable and cozy. This space has seen many variations over the years."
Alternate view of the living room. Elizabeth's love of reading and decorating gives these books dual purpose here and throughout the house.
Alternate view of the living room. Elizabeth searched for over a year on Craiglist before she landed this pair of gorgeous mid-century chairs. These chairs prove that good things come to those who wait.
Living room details.

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