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An Eclectic Home for an Energetic Family in Indiana

by Quelcy Kogel

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With so many Instagrammers sharing inspiration images, it can be difficult to discern whether or not designers are showcasing their own work. When I stumbled upon Jen Streeter’s account, each square presented such a vastly different style, I thought she surely was sharing the work of several designers. I thought wrong. Jen, the fiery red-haired, energetic mom of five, who aptly dubbed herself “Blissfully Eclectic,” collages so many different styles together in her Hebron, Indiana home. Each room becomes a separate experience, but beyond that, each room exudes an invitation to enjoy and discover the many details of the space, so get ready to be energized by design!

Jen and her husband Dave, who together run Jade Construction, were driving around a neighborhood they loved when a for-sale sign led them to a screeching halt. They reversed into the driveway and immediately fell in love with an old, spacious cottage style bungalow whose breathtaking property felt like a getaway. It was the ideal location to raise their five children, who range in age from a high-school grad to a four-year-old. The nearly 7000 sq ft of the late 1800s home meant plenty of room for their kids to be kids. It also meant plenty of room for Jen to unleash her creativity.

The family moved in around Christmas time, and a little over a year later, they began making the home their own, starting with the main living spaces. Jen added personal touches with paint and small renovations, embracing many of the accent features like the brickwork, which she initially planned to hide but decided to embrace. “Sometimes embracing those quirky features can just add eclectic personality that makes your home uniquely you!”

The old home came with plenty of charm, some oddities and a few challenges as a result of additions built over the years. The more unusual aspects of the home include an indoor lap pool and elevator. The more challenging aspects include the kitchen. “Our home actually has two working kitchen areas that are side by side. One of them has a gigantic wood-burning pizza oven that feels more like an eyesore than a perk. Many hours of planning have gone into trying to renovate this rather large area of our home on both a budget and a limited timeline.” Challenges aside, in three years time, Jen has been able to achieve her goals to make the home modern and functional for a big family, with a glam, eclectic feel. –Quelcy

Photography by Nick Feliciano

Image Above: The Streeters’ home has multiple sitting rooms, and the black and white schemed room is a favorite of her teenagers and their friends. Jen painted the black triangle accent for her gallery wall, then added graphic and saturated touches like the rug and the Novogratz green sofa.

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Jen says, “I wanted our entry to be fresh, earthy and eclectic. I love coming home to this space! It’s so inviting and happy!”

SOURCE LIST

wallpaper – D.Marie Interiors  wood accent – white washed pallet wood
chairs – Ginger & Bailey
artwork – Lana Gibson Art
rug – Target
macrame curtain – Urban Outfitters
capiz hanging light – thrifted

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Jen converted a hallway into another seating arrangement opportunity, layered with vintage pillows and textiles for extra texture and color. The boucherette textile, draped over the end of the chaise lounge, is from Flea Market Fab. “Jenn is one of my fave designers. I love having her textile in my home!”

SOURCE LIST

dresser- thrifted
teal paint (dresser) – Pool by Devine
hanging wall tapestry – Fat Rabbit Tapestry

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The large bench seating in the dining room provides plenty of space for family and friends to gather at the table. Jen says her dining table is “usually filled with earthy elements like a wood slice serving tray or cut wood stumps to hold food platters. I also love incorporating unexpected items like a disco ball that add a touch of glam and make the room sparkle when the sunlight is just right.”

SOURCE LIST

paint – Black by Behr
table – thrifted
dresser – thrifted and painted Black by Behr
cow hide – Pier1

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Initially, Jen wanted to hide the brickwork of the fireplace, but instead, she decided to embrace it. She painted it black and adorned it with a vintage Turkish rug, and created a seating area in the adjacent window nook.

SOURCE LIST

gold dome floor lamp – thrifted
basket gallery wall – thrifted
trunk – vintage

 

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Many of Jen’s accents come from Society in Valparaiso, Indiana. Jen gushes, “The shop owner, Carey Keenan-Rowell, is the proprietor and meticulously picks the most amazing things for her store. Every time I go in, I feel like a little girl in a candy store! My home is sprinkled with many goodies from her shop, like this rug and pottery.” The head planters are by potter Melissa Monroe.

 

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A detail shot of the sitting room, featuring Jen’s bold and graphic gallery wall. “My favorite piece on the wall is my sons electric guitar because it lends such a personalized feel to the room. And I always love adding vintage textiles with pillows to try to keep the place classy!”

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Jen schemed the geometric accent wall, and her husband brought her idea to life. “I wanted a wall that had a free-form triangular shelf installation that also felt very laid back, beachy chic. It’s one of my favourite features in my home…mostly because my husband followed along with my crazy idea and did an amazing job of it!”

SOURCE LIST

living room

couch – craigslist
quilt & pillows – vintage / Target
trim color – Devine Mirage from Target
area rug – Target

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Jen’s geometric shelving idea allows her to change up the space with assorted plants and books. “I also love stacking beautiful books on the floor to fill awkward corners and double as something to set a coaster/drink on. Creativity is key to decorating on a budget!”

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Jen appropriately dubbed herself “Blissfully Eclectic.” She mixes so many styles in a natural way. This detail of the coffee table shows more of her earthier elements.

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Everywhere you turn, there’s more to discover! Jen says, ” I love that neon heart on the wall because it’s just another unexpected touch to our eclectic space.”

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Jen tried her hand at a hand-painted mural in the stairwell. “It took about two days and endless cups of coffee, but I’m so proud of how it came out! I love trying out new design concepts in my home, and this colourful floral wall mural that wraps around into the adjoining hallway is one that has brought our home so much happiness.”

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Jen chose a tropical oasis feel for her master bedroom. “The wallpaper is a removable paper from Rocky Mountain Decals, and it’s so delightful! I kept my bedding soft with beachy creams, and my shaggy mammoth throw from Urban Outfitters gives a cozy touch.”

SOURCE LIST

blue glass lamps – Home Goods
tassel pillows – Target, TJ Maxx and vintage
wallpaper – Rocky Mountain Decals

 

 

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Jen and Dave Streeter with their five kids, David, Dylan, Colton, Jazlynn, Dashyll, and Declan. Jen says she is most thankful for the amount of space in their home. “There’s over 4,000 sq ft to this old home, and it’s perfect for a family of our size with children of all different age groups.”

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Comments

  • I’m almost embarrassed to say that I just bought that couch in blue (after seeing this post). I’m not a fan of disposable furniture. But the 3 year old in my house doesn’t discriminate even when vintage, precious fabrics are involved. Thank you for including homes with kids…it’s inspiring.

    While way more “stuff” (cool stuff, but still) than I could ever tolerate, this is so fun and seems livable and lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  • wow that is one bold room that Jen has put together in the first picture and it looks great i will be sure to start following her instagram page – i love all of the natural fabrics, cloths and plants she uses aswell! Very creative individual :)

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