In Kentucky, Color and Pattern Make Up a Quirky Family Home

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When Lexington, KY based photographer Hanna and husband Dustin realized that they needed more space, they knew they wanted to find a house that they could turn into their dream home with a little bit of elbow grease. Their fixer-upper dreams were finally realized in a 2,600-square-foot house from the 50s. The family wanted to comfortably be able to accommodate Hanna’s parents, who frequently visit from Finland, where Hanna grew up. With three floors and four bedrooms, the new house offered the required space for visiting family, as well as an office for Hanna, a music room for Dustin and plenty of room for their daughter Eila to run and play.

In the two years that Hanna and Dustin have lived in their new home, the couple has taken on several projects to make the house look and feel like them. They have conquered everything from tiling and light plumbing to reworking vintage light fixtures. The most exciting thing for Hanna and Dustin has been to see Eila learn from them and pitch in, pretending to paint a wall or hammer a nail. Eila loves to be creative, and when peeking into this family’s home, it’s clear that the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree — decorating is Hanna’s big passion.

Hanna has a special talent of scouting out vintage treasures that most people might not even notice. Plenty of times someone’s trash has become her treasure. She isn’t afraid of color or pattern, something that is evident throughout her home. She loves to use contrast when decorating, whether it’s between crisp white walls and funky patterns, or IKEA furniture and vintage pieces. There has never been one single vision, but as various projects have been completed around the house, the common vibe throughout has become something Hanna describes as “Modern English Retro Cottage.” Special and memorable pieces can be found around the house as reminders of what this family values most about their home  — “It keeps all our most precious and loved people safe and secure,” Hanna shares. Click through to see how this loving family created a colorful sanctuary for themselves and their loved ones! Sofia

Photography by Hanna Salonen

  1. Yelena says:

    Beautiful home! Would love to know where the white light fixture above the bathroom mirror is from.

  2. Margot says:

    Gorgeous. I really love the colour combinations.

  3. Kate says:

    This is one of my all time favourites! Absolutely loved it, especially the bathroom with the baby blue sink! Well done, gorgeous

  4. Jessica says:

    This is adorable. Love the great use of color and pattern. I feel the need to immediately find myself some more large floral patterns. : ) Great job!

  5. Kandy says:

    I love this home. What a great mix of colors.

  6. Rachaeldaisy says:

    I love the way colour has been used in this fun home.

  7. Perfect combination. I love this home

  8. Thanks for sharing beautiful home . i love the colours and home.

  9. Karen Spears says:

    Hanna, it’s exciting to see you and your family–and your wonderful home! –and glad you’re still exploring your creative talents-

  10. I love the wall paper in the bathroom.

    What a cool funk home filled with colour, textures and loads of treasure.

    Love it all!

  11. Wow ! love this. I appreciate for you. Thank you so much…….

  12. Erin says:

    Yay! Lexington representation! I moved here two years ago, it’s such a great town. Beautiful home!

  13. Nicole says:

    Looks beautiful! Where are those red/white rugs in the patio from?


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