At Home With Andrea McArdle

Lovely living room setupWe are happy to welcome Andrea McArdle to the blog today to share her home with us! So much great vintage in this room!At Home With Andrea McArdle"When my partner and I bought our home last year, we knew right away that it was special and only later found out that although the house is 60 years old. It only had one previous owner. A couple that bought the house shortly after they were married raised their family here, grew old here and passed away here. When I found this out, it made our dream home that much more romantic and special. For some it may seem odd that a 1100 sq. ft home in the heart of east Austin could be a dream, but to us it is. We have lovely neighbors and are in walking distance to four local farms! It is the perfect home to raise our family in—well, after pulling up the linoleum flooring and knocking down a wall. Room by room this special house is becoming our home." In love with this vintage beauty"My favorite part about this space is the furniture. Almost all of it belonged to people who are no longer with us. Of course I have a couple pieces that I picked up antiquing or thrifting.  But most of it belonged to our loved ones, and you can't use it without feeling overwhelmed with love and gratitude. The piano, for example belonged to my partner John's sister. Neither me nor our children ever had the opportunity to meet her, so having the chance to sit down and play her piano daily with my son is more special than I can ever put into words." Andrea McArdle via A Beautiful MessLovely pops of colorIn love with that blue door!"In the evenings John and I will turn off all the lamps except for our favorite orange one to read or watch a movie. This little slice of peace and quiet is such a wonderful escape (for both me and probably the room too) from the running, tumbling, ball throwing, car racing that happens in it during the day. I love beautiful spaces and can never make up my mind how I love this room more, in the morning with the sun bursting through the windows and my son frolicking around  or in the quiet evenings I spend with the love of my life."Love the box shelvesLove all the pops of color in this roomPretty wallpaper in the back of a bookshelfThank you so much for sharing your home with us, Andrea! You can find more of Andrea over at her blog Strawberry Mohawk. xo.


  • What a beautiful home, thanks for sharing with us!

  • Looks so Good love it !

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  • I love the bright colors shown throughout. My favorite piece would have to be the wire star clock– so unique!

  • this home is absolutely beautiful! i love all of the colors and the different unique, vintage pieces are incredible! serious decor envy happening right now!


  • This home looks so cozy and warm. I thought that those two pictures with the piano and the boy was one picture, so I was loving the “small” children piano, haha 😀

  • I love it! And totally my favorite colors: turquoise, black and white, brown…only the green is not mine but matches really good with everything! Great inspiration!

  • Oh my gosh, just the decor alone makes me want to be her friend!
    There’s so much to swoon over! One of the standout homes thus far!

  • These are my absolute favourite posts. They make me green with jealousy too. Such a gorgeous space. xxx

  • I’ve loved this house and the decoration!!! It’s so much my style! I wish the owners many happy days and sweet memories in this lovely house!

  • I love the way creative folks style their smaller sized homes. I’m getting lots of ideas from this blog.

  • This is awesome! I love everything about her house! I especially like the wall/contact paper in the bookshelf! Such an easy way to update a old piece of furniture. Thanks for the constant great content!

  • Andrea’s comments about her home are so touching! She used antiques and past treasures so well with updated, quirky, & fun pieces to liven up the space into their own. Really inspiring post!

    Thanks for it!
    Rustic Rummage

  • Wow, that’s a lot of vintage to pull off, but I love how eclectic and fun it is! Also…I want that wood/aqua sofa and coffee table!

  • VINTAGE!!! Love love love this era!!

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  • She has a very colorful and design aesthetic to you Elsie! Very nice!
    Leah Faye
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  • This is one of my favorite tours so far. I think it’s the eclectic mix of furniture and unexpected pops of color that really appeal to me. I love the romantic anecdote as well, such a beautiful story to accompany their home.
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  • So. Much. Amazing. Furniture! What a gorgeous home!


  • That houndstooth rug is sort of changing my life right now. Such a fun space!


  • Wow 60 years old! They did a really good job of revamping the space into a stylish retro home

  • I love the ‘mad men’ era furniture with a punch of quirkiness! The pops of yellow are great too!

  • Those chairs in the first picture are to DIE for! I loooove them! I also always love wine crates as shelving! I hope to get some of my own.

  • What a lovely house! I love all the extra added colours with the papered shelves and those chairs in the living room have such a great shape!

  • LOVE all the love and appreciation and gratitude in this home. That makes everything so much more beautiful.
    My mother used to have a teal couch nearly identical to that one. I would love to have it back, one day. 🙂

  • I love the 60ies style living room, the bright colours and (even though it’s not exactly a part of the house tour) the kid’s costume!

    Love from Europe and good night,


  • I really love this series!!! Please keep posting these home tours, they are so fascinating! Thanks!

  • Such a lovely home, one of my fav’s so far! it feels inspiring no matter what your space is like. ahem, London one bed flat here 😉

    Esther x

  • Andrea’s home is so gorgeous! I love all the pastel colours! x

  • beautiful space!! I love the aqua door and couch. We have a similar sized home and I think its just right xo Julia

  • So lovely. And I love the idea of being able to walk to local farms – glad you found such a wonderful home, Andrea!

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