At Home With Kimi Encarnacion in San Clemente, California

At Home with Kimi EncarnacionCacti! At home with Kimi EncarnacionToday we are super excited to share Kimi Encarnacion’s amazing home with you guys! We found Kimi on Instagram and were instantly obsessed with her space. It’s SO fun and colorful, and a vintage-lovers dream! Her personality really shines through. Ready to see more?

Heck yeah! At Home with Kimi EncarnacionFun collectibles via At Home with Kimi Encarnacion“We lucked out when we found this little stucco beauty in San Clemente, CA. You can see the ocean out the front windows. It’s pretty sweet. It was in original condition and just minutes from our favorite surf break. I knew it was our house before we walked through the front door. We weren’t looking for an investment, we wanted a place we could live in forever. We got it from the original owners who came from Chicago to live the California dream in 1965 and spent the rest of their lives here. We got to keep a lot of their furniture and kitchen items. They must have thought the world of this place cuz you can still feel the love within these walls.

Pink couch via At Home with Kimi EncarnacionThis chair! At Home with Kimi EncarnacionLiving room via At Home with Kimi Encarnacion“Everything in the house is vintage. Well, except for the sofas.  I had awesome 1950s couches for years that got voted out of the house by my menfolk due to comfort issues. You have to understand, my guys never speak up like that about any of my crazy ideas, so I finally gave in. Ended up being a huge win win! We had the pink and green couches custom made, patterned after classic styles, only made bigger and way more comfy. I love how they turned out.

Kimi Encarnacion“I collected furniture and tchotchke for years waiting for the day I could turn it all loose in my very own home. It’s all junk! Stuff people throw out that I happen to find. I’ve had a weekly habit of combing thrift shops since I was in high school, so I got in on the glory days of thrifting. Sometimes people just show up with the coolest stuff saying how I’m the only one they know who would appreciate it. The brown plycraft style chair in the front room was from a yard sale. It wasn’t even for sale. I just saw it and made an offer. It belonged to the woman’s grandma. It came with her from Sweden to the US and stayed with her till she passed away. I also have a favorite junk shop that is stuffed to the ceiling with furniture. They buy up estates, and I have found some awesome stuff there. It’s just a matter of looking, really. If you have a strong sense of personal style, it’s not hard to keep your eyes open for the best goodies.

Red and green! At Home with Kimi EncarnacionLove this kitchen! At Home with Kimi EncarnacionLove this wall via At Home with Kimi EncarnacionKitchen cabinets via At Home with Kimi Encarnacion
“I have a big thing for kitschy oriental decor, gnomes, pixies and Christmas stuff. I’m always changing or adding something to the mix. Each time I bring a new piece into the place, it causes this decorating domino effect that ripples thru the entire house. My family says they can never find things. They go to sit in a chair and it’s gone! I love change, but I won’t bring just anything in. I have to absolutely love it. It has to feel really good.

Kimi Encarnacion painted floor DIY“About that kitchen floor. The house came with it’s original linoleum floors. They looked kind of like yellow spam with lot’s of stains and fading. I ended up painting them instead of replacing them. It was way cheaper, plus I’m a small menu kinda girl and floor options tend to blow my mind. And there’s that thing how I like everything done as soon as I think of it. I lightly sanded and primed them first. Next, I laid down two coats of flat interior wall paint. Then I filled a spray bottle with watered-down paint and adjusted the nozzle til the paint landed on the floor just right. It’s kind of a process. You start in one corner and work your way across. After it’s good and dry, top with three coats of water-based polyurethane. This is key and you have to do all three to get it to cover evenly. These floors wear great. I just redid the kitchen after about 8 years of use.

Green bedroom via At Home with Kimi EncarnacionFun vintage via At Home with Kimi EncarnacionWall decor via At Home with Kimi Encarnacion“I’m a total junkie for the way color looks against color. I think all color goes together. For me it’s a matter of putting together the right lightness and brightness, using the properties of color to mix and match rather than following color rules. I got on a green and red kick early in life that hasn’t seemed to fade. Big, bold color doesn’t scare me at all. I’ve since added gold, peacock blue, a little orange and a lot of pink to my beloved red and green and it is totally working for me. I’ve only had the white walls in the front of the house for a few months. The airy feel they have in the daylight and the way the colors pop is fantastic. I’m not crazy at all about the way it looks at night though. While I am digging it for now, I can’t promise it will last. I’m a color junkie at heart.

Red floor via At Home with Kimi EncarnacionBathroom decor via At Home with Kimi Encarnacion“I won’t even begin to pick a favorite room. I love it all. The place is like a time warp. Friends say they get sucked in and can’t leave. There’s almost always music of some kind. I think there’s a guitar in every room and we have big speakers set up in the front and back so you never miss out on the tunes. We’ve raised our boys here. It’s the only house they’ve ever known. I guess we were serious when we said we wanted a place we could live in forever. This is home.”

Thank you so much, Kimi! You can find more of Kimi via Honey of California and on Instagram. xo.

Credits// Author and Photography: Kimi Encarnacion.

  • I have never been so enamored with a space that was the diametric opposite of my own style — kudos to an amazing home, unparalleled sense of style, and lack of fear! I LOVE that!

  • I’m dying over this house! Those floors are amazing! This just blew my mind… I’ve been trying to figure out what do with ours and now I know!

  • I love the colors and patterns in the space. Kimi’s home seems vibrant and welcoming.

    Happy Friday

  • What a fun and colourful home this is!!! I’m so impressed by all the original choices made here; love it!

  • I’m definitely more of a mid century modern girl, but this interior is amazing.


  • I just loved everything last thing about this home and interview! Seriously an inspiration, and a great reminder that your house is YOUR house – make it look the way YOU want it to! Which is why I’m definitely going to be doing some painting soon! 😉

  • This is my favorite of all the At Home With posts. Kimi, I’ve seen your work online before (I once commented on your groovy vintage sewing machine). This house has so much personality. I love it when someone’s home clearly looks like theirs. Kudos to you for putting so much life into your home. I’m an artist and all my walls have color, too…

  • WOW I love all the colors! SO FUN!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  • I love how bright everything is! It makes me happy just looking at the photos. What a fun environment to live in!

    Loren |

  • Beautiful home, I love the small cati! So cute 🙂 xxx

  • Just. Wow.

    Thanks for sharing this. It’s really a HUGE source of inspiration. I love how there are tables and chairs clustered in various spots. Many places to gather and catch up with the family or friends(:

    x Mei

  • This house is my dream! LOVE all the colors …. She’s so right … All colors DO go together!
    x Bex

  • Yay! You guys featured Kimi! Fun fact she didn’t mention: she was a 90s rockstar. For reals! Moonpools and Caterpillars. Look them up! Love you guys!

  • I love this house, every little detail. I love seeing a very colorful and bold house instead of all white walls!! Loooove it!

  • Can we get a catalog of all the plants in her home?! There is so much greenery and such a variety! It looks fabulous.

  • I love Kimi! She’s the lead singer in this 90’s band called Moonpools and Caterpillars! Awesome music!

  • As one who requested to see more houses with color, and less of the bright, white, light walls in every room, THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Love seeing another color junkie like myself. Those oriental wall decor items are my favorite.

  • This is one of my favorite at home posts you’ve done in a long time. Not because it’s my style, but because it’s so unique and different! Love seeing someone with such a strong decor point of view and rocking it! Thank you for sharing!
    ♥ Heather

  • I think every house officially needs a heck yeah sign!


  • omgomgomgomg. Can’t handle the couch or the splatter painted floors. My vintage couch is about to get the boot from me, but only for serious lack of comfort… Maybe she needs to start designing/reproducing her pink couch??? Or it might be time for another ABM couch roundup!!!???? So cute and comfy looking.

  • Wow!!! Absolutely love this! I know this isn’t my own style at all but it’s so much fun, so beautiful, so full of personality! Really appreciate how they honoured the original style of the house, and recognized how the first owners obviously loved it too. What a fantastic home! Thanks for sharing.

  • What an amazing, inspiring space! For a while I thought the “At Home With” features were getting repetitive, but this particular post is so unique and refreshing 🙂

  • I have found my home decor spirit animal! Love, love, love this. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Wow! Love this!! My prints would look amazing in her house, they’re just a bright as her walls!

  • That’s a very interesting and colourful home! I like how she mixes 60s interior with Asian flair, really cool!

  • What a fun home! It is just so full of character and amazing colour.

    xoxoBella |

  • what a fun space! I also really like how at the beginning, you all were like “ready to see more?” followed by a picture with a giant “HECK YEAH”

    it made me laugh. I hope it was on purpose. ha. 🙂

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