At Home With Kelley Howley

At Home With Kelley HowleyWe are excited to welcome our next guest, Kelley Howley, to the blog to share her gorgeous home with us! Kelley Howley in her gorgeous living roomLove the colorful accents in this roomAt Home With Kelley Howley via A Beautiful Mess"My husband, Troy, and I purchased our home in the spring of 2011 right before we got married (some of our wedding guests actually stayed in our house before we even did). It is a three-story (renovated attic) colonial home in an area of Grand Rapids, MI called 'Heritage Hill', which is one of the largest urban historic districts in the country. It's also only a mile away from the small business we own (Hunt & Gather), so the location couldn't be any more perfect. Our home was built in 1915. And because we live in Heritage Hill, we have to historically preserve the exterior elements of our house. The interior, however, is fair game, and we have finally started to settle into what I really want our home to look like.

My goal in styling and designing our home was to infuse modern comforts with some standout, unique vintage pieces (like our hanging chair, credenza, and dining room table). I love art, so we have a number of 'found' art pieces throughout the space as well as some framed prints of artists who I admire (a lot of impressionist artists). I also am very inspired by mid-century pieces, but I like to mix and match them with newer or reupholstered pieces, so it doesn't feel too kitschy. Most of the walls in our home are white, so our favorite pieces can stand out like our vintage locker basket shelving unit that we use for our dishes or the painting we bought in the Dominican Republic while on vacation. We also have a great feature wall in the living room that we covered with gold/white peony wallpaper." Ooohhhh that wallpaper!"My favorite room in our home is the sunroom. It is a long, narrow room on the back of our house that we designed to be extremely relaxing. The room is pretty minimal when it comes to design elements (mostly a few seats and some plants), but going in there always makes me feel like I am on vacation in my own home." Beautiful dining space Love all the matching dishes Beautiful bar"We have lived in our house for about 2 and a half years now. Our house was built in 1915, but somebody did some not-so-awesome renovations in the 1990s (fake brass EVERYWHERE). That meant our place needed a major overhaul with the exception of the wood floor and the Frank Loyd Wright-style stained glass windows. We pretty much did all of the renovating by ourselves or with the help of our family: repainting/rebuilding the fireplace area, tiling backsplashes, stripping/painting cabinets, etc. We have become quite the handymen. I have a beer-budget & champagne-taste, though, so furnishing & remodeling has taken longer than I expected. Bedrooms & bathrooms still under construction." Love the tile and countertops in this kitchen!Beautiful kitchen with window herbs"Because of our vintage home decor shop, I am constantly swapping out furniture pieces here or there that would look better in the store or our home, and vice versa. Although I swap things out a bit, I can generally tell when a piece of furniture or art has found its forever home. For example, we have a painting in our living room that sat at the shop for a while. But when we hung it up next to the built-in bookcase, it just 'fit'. That bad boy isn't going anywhere. Ever." Love everything about this spaceThe perfect attic officeVintage antlers and old photographs"Our goal when buying a house was to be able to have a place where family, friends, neighbors, and pets could relax, feel welcomed, and experience life together. Currently, Troy and I live here with our dog Harper, but we are rarely alone due to weekend house guests, long-term guests (friends/family who have needed a place to stay for 1- to 7-month stints) and pet-sitting. We LOVE dog-sitting our friends' pups. I swear we would have 10 dogs of our own or a hotel for dogs if we didn't own the shop. The rooms we use the most are the living room, sunroom, and attic. They are perfect for both large and small groups of people to be together. We entertain from our home (a lot). We work from our home. We play in our home. We love in our home." Such a beautiful sunroomThe sweetest pup!Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us, Kelley! You can find more of Kelley over at her shop Hunt & Gather or on the In Good Company Blog. xo. *photos taken by Jill DeVries

  • Hi,
    House looks really beautiful with combination of vintage and modern furniture. All furniture pieces are really awesome.

  • Really thanks for sharing this post. I love that all home decor designs.

  • ooo love the space. The black and white drapes are my favorite!

  • This home is just lovely! It’s clean, yet very collected. Hard to believe they’ve only lived there a few years!

  • Hailing from GR, MI, imagine how excited I was to see a house from my stomping grounds! Heritage Hill is sacred to everyone from Grand Rapids — the houses are beautiful, typically wonderfully maintained and ALWAYS such a great reminder of the history of GR! It’s such a joy to drive through the neighborhood, but to get a sneak peek into one of the actual houses? Overwhelming!

  • Love the backsplash ! Divine ! I just wrote about backsplashes & kitchens in my bloggy today too ! Now I want to switch it out for that one ! So puuuurty.

  • Beautiful! I have that same exact Matisse print, the Blue Dancer. I’ve never seen it anywhere else before!

  • SO beautiful and inspiring! I’m in the process of decorating a new little house from the ground up {husband is about to deploy to Afghanistan for 10 months and so we’re staying in a new little house near family while he’s gone}. Anyway, definitely going to use these photos for inspiration… Thanks so much for the post, linked to you here:

  • Wow!! I want that kitchen! I love how the white dishes are stored in the open, kind of feels like anthropologie!

  • Love this house! … and her beer-budget & champagne-taste. My grandma has long said that she has champagne taste on a beer income, and it’s especially funny coming out of her 88-year-old mouth. 🙂

  • I love the attic space! The antlers on the wall, the awesome couches. I wouldn’t ever leave!

  • I LOVE this! This is exactly how I would want to decorate! vintage, great lines, relaxing!

  • Perfect in ever way! So jealous of the collection of dishes!

  • Love love love the hanging cane chair in Kelley’s home. I can just imagine sitting in that for hours. I would love one in my apartment!

  • This is absolutely lovely. Just enough vintage and tons of white. Love it. Also love the wood in the fireplace. I have a nonfunctional fireplace and am always wondering what the junk to put in it.

    Also… Shout out to Heritage Hill. By far my favorite place I have ever lived. It is chock full of historic and beautiful homes.

  • Most definitely my favourite house yet! I love every little detail from the kitchen wall tiles to the curtains in the sunroom. Amazing!

    Turquoise Flamingo

  • Love this! Totally reminds me of my Grandparents house in Tennessee!


  • What a stunning home, gorgeous photos too!

  • Their sunroom IS gorgeous & I love that they have so much found art. Those are the best pieces.

    xo Ashley

  • I absolutely love her home! I’d like to achieve something like this when I buy my home. I love how airy, artistic and eclectic it is.

  • My husband and I just bought a chair from hunt and gather! We are in love with it. So excited to see a GR home on here. It’s beautiful and that kitchen! AMAZING!

  • How lovely! She’s got such a great, eclectic eye! Beautiful paintings and pieces! Love it.

  • Kelley – I love all the different pieces of artwork in your home, and the logs (or wood circles? Wood pieces?) stacked in your fireplace are awesome! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  • My favorite part is definitely the white fireplace with the wood mantel. I also really like the black and white curtains.

  • That sunroom is to die for! Absolutely fabulous – have to check out their shop online, too!

  • I’m obsessed with hanging furniture, so I love that swinging chair. And the white kitchen is absolutely beautiful!


  • I love how sweet this girl is =) and the idea of a dog hotel would be rad!
    <3 Annejelina

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  • best one YET. stunning. i love the not-so-brightness of these pictures, too. looking at them was like the still quiet house shots in the movie “Junebug”…. so beautiful and ethereal, and so honoring the house and its history. truly. my favorite one so far. just beautiful <3

  • No way! This home is amazing! I think my favorite so far. There’s just SOOO much character. I bet it’s even more fun to step inside and notice all the little details. Thanks for sharing. We have a historic house in Chicago and are working on renovating/decorating…so I love seeing other character homes. 🙂

  • LOOOVE the living room!
    and I want a sunroom in my house.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Wow wow wow wow wow! Now this is a GORGEOUS home! I don’t even know where to start– I just love it all so much! So inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Gosh you’re so lucky to discover places like that. She’s so tasteful ! I love this house…
    Differents items and atmosphere !

  • I’m in love! The paintings, the wood, the rustic feeling, the bohemian 60ies charme….how very, very beautiful!

    Love from rainy Germany,

  • this place is AMAZING! ah, my fave so far! so many great pieces of furniture


  • This house is so well balanced between vintage and modern.
    Very inspirational 😉

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  • I love the combination of rustic quirkiness and pops of color in this home. Very well curated.

  • I want to stay in your home too! What a beautiful and cozy home. I enjoy decor that makes a space inviting instead of cold (you know the type you feel like you can’t sit anywhere or touch anything.)

  • This is such a gorgeous home. I love places that have character, and Kelley has made it feel both chic and cozy.

  • Wow, its beautiful. I love the attic. The whole house is so nice. Very clean but it looks like people actually live there, which is awesome.

  • i say this a lot, but this might be my favorite. i love the gallery wall in the attic- totally an inspiration for what i want to do in my sons’ room. so excited to have found another great blog as well.

  • I think this might be my favorite At Home with… yet. I LOVE the contrast in textures between the brick wall, smooth wall and tiled fireplace. So good, so super good. This is definitely going to the forefront of my home inspiration folder.

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