3 – a knock your socks off home tour of The Graphics Fairy

A knock your socks off personal home tour of Karen, The Graphics Fairy. via Funky Junk InteriorsI’m back from Lucketts. What. A. Trip! I’m still trying to adjust to the time change, but the trip was wonderful and the flights uneventful.

There wasn’t time to blog while on the road, but if you were a follower of Funky Junk’s Facebook, you were bombarded with current instagrams as they transpired! While it’s tempting to jump ahead and show you all the Lucketts junk and stuff, let’s back up a little, because you just won’t want to miss the rest of the story!

This one’s for the decorators.

Part 3 – Home tour of The Graphics Fairy

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Oh goodness. I was about to meet The Graphics Fairy. And STAY with her! GUYS!!! Thrilled beyond words.

Looking frightfully frightening from a long LONG day of travel, I sucked it up and luckily forgot all about it when I spotted Karen and hubby Paul at the end of a long hallway. I’ve never had someone pick me up at an airport before so this was a triple treat!

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - Karen outside

Karen is drop dead gorgeous. Petite and with the kindest eyes and voice, you immediately knew you were in the right hands with the perfect person.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - Karen outside

After driving to her stunning home,

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - girl's bedroom decorating with green walls

she settled me into the loveliest of rooms. Being that it was dark out, I wasn’t able to capture the true beauty until the next day.

And I wasn’t disappointed. I woke up to a sun dappled lit room with sun streaming through the sheers and refreshing light mint green walls against white distressed furniture. Gorgeous!

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - girl's bedroom with mint green walls

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - offwhite gathered window treatments

 

The tiniest of touches made the room extra special, such as that small vase with flowers on the windowsill.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - rustic angel wings on distressed white armoire

 

Isn’t this wardrobe amazing?

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - rustic angel wings on distressed white armoire

 

The angel wings give it so much personality!

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - rustic angel wings on distressed white armoire

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - white kitchen, trophy topiary

Karen had already fired up a smoothie for herself but I started slow with just coffee in a pretty white and monogrammed Anthropology (I asked) mug. Can’t remember which Keurig coffee she had on hand, but it was the best I’ve had yet. Gave you a REAL good, yet smooth hit! Strong coffee drinkers know what that’s all about. I’ll admit, I do believe she has me sold on the smoothies for breakfast.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - kitchen old box storage

Karen’s kitchen was warm and charming, decked out with vintage touches everywhere you looked.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - white distressed chair

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - tin framed french wall art

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's interior decorating - distressed black kitchen table and mismatched chairs

I gasped when my eyes landed on the black, distressed kitchen table. Isn’t it stunning against the checkerboard floor?

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - antique silver platter

A tarnished silver plater layered with stoneware made for one pretty centrepiece.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - stoneware with hydrangeas

Beautiful, dried hydrangeas added the perfect, quaint touch.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - trophy with hydrangeas

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - antique wooden tool box
Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - a white kitchen

I must admit, I felt right at home, with surroundings and company. Karen carried on with her work while I slowly woke up. Then you KNOW I had to grab the camera (after my smoothie) and shoot the rest of her home, right? Right!

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's interior decorating - hallway with checkerboard kitchen floor

Decorators, get ready to swoon. And feel a need to clean your house.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - livingroom decorating

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - big rustic clock

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - large over the mantel clock

This oversized clock was magnificent. If I were a thief with a VERY big purse, this would have gone missing.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - white chair and ottoman with coffee bean sack pillow

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - british flag pillow

Cool pillows themed the seating areas.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - trophies

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - trophies

I’ve never really focused on trophies before visiting Karen. Now I want to! Maybe I can find a nice rusty one… yeah! Aren’t they a stunning visual grouped together?

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - old boots

I loved the contrast of the dark boots against the light carpet.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - elaborate stairway woodwork

Isn’t that scalloped stairway trim amazing? A truly vintage woodwork feel.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - doilies on diningroom table

And boy, can Karen stage. I’d say her style is vintage minimalist.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - gold mirror with angel wings

She knows when the story has been told and therefore knows when to stop.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - antique chair stacked with books vignette

Which makes her home a dream to photograph.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's interior decorating - white pitchers and coral

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house -pitchers

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - vintage horse picture

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - terrarium on x framed coffee table

I know… that giant terrarium hiding succulents sitting on that cool coffee table is beyond beautiful.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house-0014

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's interior decorating - wooden stairway steps

I commented on the woodwork. I thought the floors were old hardwood. They are actually new floors chosen extremely well for desiring a vintage era. I love the narrow slats!

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's interior decorating - vintage beaded chandelier

Breathless yet? Me too! I didn’t want to leave!

But we had sights to see and things to do. But not before I took a quick shoot of her home office.

Karen’s passion is paper. She specializes in sharing vintage graphics on her blog, The Graphics Fairy, that she finds in old books wherever she goes. I run for rust and reclaimed wood, and for Karen, it’s vintage graphics no longer being produced.  She also edits them frequently, giving you a choice of several colours.

When I saw how she was storing her paper, I asked if I could show you that as well. You’ll love her little hideaway!

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - antique books on a shelf

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - bookshelf

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - vintage display case

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - vintage display case

Cool piece!

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - string and frame bulletin boards

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - vintage drawers

Crazy about the wooden drawers and wire baskets.

Karen - The Graphics Fairy's house - clipart stash

And here’s a stash of that infamous paper.

Curious about the work that Karen does?

The Graphics Fairy - vintage clipart

This is her main blog where Karen shares 2 new FREE cliparts a day HERE.

The Graphics Fairy DIY blog
Karen’s DIY blog is where she and her contributors share what they create with the vintage clipart HERE.

If you love typography and designs on nearly any surface, you’ll love what you’re about to discover! I’ve borrowed a fair amount of her graphics as well. Here’s a sample…

Ball-Jar-Vintage-Image-Graphics-Fairy2

I found this delightful mason jar graphic HERE.

burlap sand bags

burlap sand bags

 Then I further embellished the jar with my own twist to create fun labels for these sandbag giveaways from the Hometalk Meetup Out of Africa event.

Well! I know! You totally need to investigate those blogs! And you’ve got some time. I’ve taken SO many pictures on the Lucketts trip that I had to divide Day 3 into a couple of sections…

Next up… Part 4 – taking in the sights with Karen and making a last minute drop in on another famous blogger… stay tuned!

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  1. Lovely~I visit Karen’s site daily~Great photos of her home Donna!
    I want to take time off next year to meet you all at Lucketts! Looks like a fun girls trip!

  2. Karen’s home is lovely! Thank you for sharing photos of her home with us. I actually met Karen on Sunday at Luckett’s and when I said hello to her, she greeted me with a hug. So sweet…everything she touches is magical and that comes across, especially when you meet her. You also were rocking Lucketts Donna…building things out of “nothing” and creating before everyone’s eyes. Loved it!! Thank you for taking the time to do that and to share a bit of yourself with others…

    Michele

  3. Wow! What a beautiful home of a beautiful lady! You both must have had a blast – I am so glad you are sharing such a wonderful time with us all… it’s the next best thing to being there! Thank you!

  4. Excellent tour. You captured the lady behind the graphics. Or is that the fairy of a lady? Either way you put a warm home with the person, makes all the graphics she shares with us that much more personal.

    Bliss

  5. How FANTASTIC!!! Just slightly jealous over here!! Looks like you had a terrific time and Karen’s house is to die for!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Jenny
    Ava Blake Creations

    • Donna, thank you for the beautiful TOUR. Her home is lovely and awesome! You do a beautiful job of decorating. I understand why her guests would not want to leave. Keep up the good work and let us be able to enjoy it along with you.

      At one time I had the “gift of design”, until I fell and it resulted in a head injury – an inner ear concussion, leaving me with brain damage, balance – GONE, organizational skills – GONE; ceativity – GONE; decision making – GONE! But you know it is people like yourself and others that bring the beauty of creativity to those of us “who crave it so much”. I know that our wonderful GOD and Savior, Jesus Christ has His plan for us! He is always Blessing me with people like “YOU”! God’s Blessings to you.

      I will keep up with your Blog.

  6. Beautiful tour Donna! All the natural woods made the house so warm and her collections are amazing. That stair detail, the chandelier and so much more were a delight. Thanks for the peek inside Donna and Karen. It was a real treat 🙂

  7. I’ve been a fan of Karen’s hard work for years, she’s so generous and amazing…Donna thanks so much for giving us this peek into her lovely home, very inspiring!! And it’s really exciting to think about two of my favorite bloggers EVER hanging out together!! It really validates me and my taste!! Hee Hee!!!

  8. WOW, what a beautiful home and her decorating style is just amazing…its so nice to see more of her lifestyle, especially since I have been going to her website for years….thank you for sharing!

    Can’t wait to see the rest….

  9. Beautiful home, thanks for sharing. Sometimes you wonder what someone’s home looks like and now I know!!

    Love the pics…thank you so much!

  10. Stunning home!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos with us. Sounds like you had an amazing time at Lucketts. I’ve been using Karen’s graphics for a couple of years. She really has some amazing collections. Greetings from Australia!

  11. GREETINGS FROM AUSTRALIA!!

    Love it all!!Great photos Donna. Beautiful home Karen. Thank you for sharing. Especially love the coffee table and I am going to drag out that old silver tray that I salvaged (it and other things were destined for the tip), get the soup tureen down from the dresser and fill it with some faded hydrangeas from the garden…….

  12. Sigh… so pretty! You, Karen, the house… all of the above!
    Thanks for the amazing peek into a very talented gals beautiful home! If she were closer I would try to hire her for my interiors business… she has a fantastic eye for balancing scale, texture and a collected eclectic look that warms my heart!

  13. Visiting your home was wonderful. You seem to have the same taste as I have. Or would have if I had the nerve to rid myself of 40 years of accumulated “stuff” and start fresh.
    Loved it!

  14. What a wonderful treat to meet up and be able to share such gorgeous photos with us, love EVERYTHING in Karen’s gorgeous home!!!!
    xo, Tanya

  15. Thank you so much for taking us through Karen’s house – it is truly lovely. Now when I am grabbing images from her, I will picture Karen in her work space drinking a smoothie.

  16. Just to fun to look at and wonderful ideas.
    I live in the boonies of Wyoming and at 73 am just getting in to re-doing furniture. I love bright colors. Some think I’m loony but i think i am ” in happy” . Thank you for sharing

    sally