Florists Melissa and Sean Stevenson are a bold pair unafraid of zigging when others zag. While others were working for “the man,” they took a risk and opened their own studio, Kaleidoscope Flowers & Botanicals. And while families were snatching up all of their neighborhood’s new-construction homes, they were settling into one of its retro, beachy bungalows.
Drive by on any given day, and you’ll find the family’s pet tortoise, Adele, waddling across the front yard. Maybe she’s headed to her nook under the house, or maybe she’s going to visit her friends: a pair of plastic flamingos. The set’s pink hue pops off of the bungalow’s mint paint job, the two colors coming together in a perfectly 1950s sort of way. Tiptoe over Adele, then up the geometric front steps, and you’ll find yourself in a curated, vintage-inspired home that’s cozy and unique.
This look is achieved with an eclectic mix of secondhand finds, rustic styling and one-of-a-kind artwork — all three of which Melissa and Sean have used to give each room in their home a distinct look. In their bedroom, for example, a wrought iron bed frame anchors the space and sets the tone for its Scandinavian design. On the other hand, the at-home studio, headquarters of Kaleidoscope, leans more heavily into the rustic theme with exposed wood and thrift shop vases. As you click through and take a peek at the entire home, it’s not hard to see why this bungalow is one of my favorite spaces we’ve seen this summer. It has an ease about it that makes me want to move right in. Enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Austin Trenholm