At Home With Rachel Denbow

At Home With Rachel DenbowThe next guest in our "At Home With" series is our close friend Rachel Denbow. Rachel is one of our favorites when it comes to decorating, and we are so happy to have her sharing her space today! Rachel Denbow's lovely living room via A Beautiful Mess"Our 100-year-old Craftsman sits about one mile outside of downtown Colorado Springs in a beautiful neighborhood with those coveted mature trees that get close to making a tunnel as you drive down the street in the spring. It's the only rental we were even able to look at when we relocated from Springfield, MO, last February, but we instantly fell in love with the huge dining room and great light throughout the house. It's the third home we've lived in in five years, but the challenge of redecorating a whole new space always thrills me—at least after most of the boxes are cleared away. Our living room is much larger than our last two places, and we love having a fireplace with built-ins and a deep mantle. I love white walls and trim but the dark brick and wood trim are growing on me."  Lovely repainted piano"My favorite find in our mostly thrifted, vintage living room is our piano. I found it last Mother's Day weekend and was so excited about its price that I didn't really think about how we'd get it home. We ended up renting two different U-haul trucks. And after enlisting the help of a neighbor, we realized it was about 1/4" wider than our back door. It sat in our garage for months collecting dust until I finally decided to sand off the front lip to see if that would help. I then tried removing the security door to no avail. It was actually Elsie's husband, Jeremy, that told me that pianos were built to be taken apart for tuning and that we could remove a few pieces to get it inside. Brett and I finally got it apart and relocated to the living room where I sanded, cleaned, and painted it a minty blue. I added sweet little knobs to the front to make it easier for the kids to open the lid and placed some plants on top, so all it needs now is a tune and we're ready for piano lessons!" Lovely original french doors Lovely living room area"The 3-tiered lamp shade next to the piano is probably the most unusual item in this space. I thrifted a few lamp shades trying to find the perfect size for another lamp and ended up with a few too many in the end. One day it just hit me that I could turn them into a sculptural lamp shade if I rigged things right. It hovers over a utility cart in my favorite shade of green and balances out the vintage lamp on the opposite side of the piano." Lovely living room vignette At home with Rachel Denbow via A Beautiful Mess"We love to relax in this room but it's also large and open enough for the kids to get a little rowdy when it's too cold outside to play. The extra floor space works well for Sebastian and Ruby's impromptu dance-offs! I do most of my writing at night on the couch after everyone is asleep and my husband and I like to catch up on Downton Abbey or watch documentaries on Netflix on the weekends. We keep board games stashed in the sideboard drawers and Ruby likes to hide her My Little Ponies in the built-ins so I'm forever finding vagabond toys. I'm looking forward to the piano side getting some use soon!" Adorable mantle Gorgeous painted piano"We've almost been in this home a full year, so it's funny to me that I've only just figured out an arrangement that really works for this space. I remember sketching out ideas for furniture placement before we even signed the lease thinking I'd know where to put everything the first time. It's a long space with a lot of windows, walkways, and a fireplace. It took me a while to set things up so that we could enjoy the fireplace and the tv in two different places, incorporate both couches, utilize my two favorite chairs, and keep our long coffee table without the room feeling completely awkward. Once we were able to include the piano into the mix things finally made sense to me." Wonderful cozy living areaThank you so much, Rachel, for this peek into your living area!  Be sure to stop by Rachel's blog Smile and Wave and say hello!  xo.

  • That’s a vintage looking space. I love the combination of white walls, vinyl floors and dark accent.

  • I love the furniture, and how everything seems perfect for the space it’s in! I can’t wait to decorate my future house!


  • Can’t get enough of the mint piano. And that chandelier lamp shade is pretty cool.

  • I love how everything is set up. It’s tidy, but looks lived in and cozy and not like a stark and minimalist place where you fear touching anything or sitting down :-p (though, I do admire those types of places!)

  • Beautiful, Rachel! I also love how you use plants in your home. I’m a military wife who has moved 15 times in 13 years. I used to use plants and move them in our car back and forth across the country, but my kids had to replace the plants. Maybe you inspired me to run out and get a few to give away before we leave again. Take care!

  • rachel–i had lost track of you. great to see your lovely home and hear your musings again! you have a knack for making homes home-y and cozy!!!!

  • I love everything about this home! I am a fan of the coffee table, there is one just like it in my family…if I could just get my hands on it! Gorgeous home!

  • I L-O-V-E her combination of Bold patterns and colors mixed with vintage items. Swoon!

  • Such a beautiful and perfect home! So many cute ideas and I love all the details.

    x Sara

  • Completely adoring her home! Thanks for sharing!

    xx Alexia of Sweet Bird + Beautiful Savage

  • It looks like a home to relax in, to be yourself in and that’s what a home should be in my opinion.

  • This space is gorgeous! Especially in love with that piano and those sheer curtains!

  • Such a lovely home with special touch!

    xx Kaisa

  • This is such a lovely space. The piano is beautiful! xx

  • I am about to be given my mothers piano this summer. Seeing the piano painted has given me an idea that I will be painting it when it gets here. I love how it looks painted.

  • This is my favorite space you’ve featured so far! I love white walls, but dark brown wood just makes a space feel so cozy. That three-tiered lampshade is so clever, too!

  • wow. i am in love with every square inch of her home in these photos–the perfect balance of vintage without being overwhelming. love it lots.

  • How does Rachel always make it look spacious, yet cozy? She has a gift!

  • What a great space! I love the couch, and of course, the piano! Thank you for sharing Rachel.

  • The piano is so perfect! Absolutely love this space!
    xo Heather

  • This is how I want my future home to look! So beautiful!
    x Lonneke

  • Perfect home! Love the space and that mint colour piano!!<3

    Lulu xx

  • If I could step into this home and just live in it, I would not change a thing. So carefully put together, but in a way that is so warm and inviting. Perfection. And that picture of Ruby drawing is SO sweet. I love it all, Rachel!!

  • Wow, such a beautiful space. This looks better to me that the homes in magazines. Whimsical, yet the dark coloring grounds the entire space.

  • That piano is amazing! I love when you guys showcase different homes.

  • I like how she makes everything work. Who would of thought all those patterns would go together.

  • That look so nice and I love that piano. I would like to have a piano at home too. Have a great day.

  • Yay! I love Rachel’s blog, have been following for a while now and was so excited to see this here today! What a lovely home!

  • her space is fantastic and so very cozy! love all of her little decor like the heart with the word hello in it. thanks for sharing it! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • Love the idea of the fireplace with the cabinets on the sides! Lovely place! xx


  • I just love her style. Completely in love with her fireplace xxxx


  • So. Freaking. Perfect.
    Give me all the things!

  • The rug is amazing! I love the graphic pattern, it makes such a nice statement

  • Simply gorgeous home! Love the soft yet fun colors! We had a heck of a time getting our free piano into our old house with narrow doorways. LOVE pianos…but dang they are hard to move!


  • wow, really cool to see how much a rental can be personalized. the piano is adorable– love the anecdote about Jeremy explaining how pianos can be taken apart… and the sculptural lampshade is awesome!

  • Such a lovely room and decor! I especially love the built in book cases on the sides of the fireplace. Lovely!

  • how the all the colors that are in this home. But i especially love that piano!


  • Oooh I love that piano! I bought a piano from the recycling centre last year & have been dreaming of painting it a pastel colour, think I might have to take the plunge now I’ve seen how good it looks. 🙂


  • Love the built-in book shelves and french doors. Such a beautiful home!

  • love mint everything, but the painted piano is especially amazing!

  • The piano is perfect! Such a lovely space!

    Juliette Laura

  • I really like the graphic rugs with the vintage couches- sort of remind me of the way elsie’s funny how style works with friends.

  • I love Rachel and everything she decorates, but this space is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Yay!! I’ve been waiting on these for a while now! I absolutely love Rachel’s sense of style!!

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