A few months ago I discovered the wonderfully rad home of New Jersian turned Texan @Rosie.Case and I was spellbound. Rosie’s home is filled with eclectic vintage pieces from Vladamir Kagan sofas, to custom designed memphis inspired mirrors, to Homegoods and Craiglist scores. She puts them together in masterful ways, and her instagram feed is truly a delight! Rosie was raised in NJ, before majoring in Journalism and Advertising at Northeastern University. She spent the next decade in NYC as a magazine editor writing and editing for publications like Celebrity Style, Shape, and Fit Pregnancy. Rosie and her family now live in her husband’s native Texas, where she continues to work free lance and where she trolls the local vintage stores on the regular.
She describes her love of interiors as a “slow burn over 16 years,” she first fell in love with design after a break up allowed her to fully design her own space for the first time, and now she has spent several years honing her aesthetic, which she says is grounded in neutrals but also always theatrical and ridiculous. She only buys what she can’t live without, she says, and then she forces the pieces to live together. Her tastes range from Art Deco to 70s and 80s post modern, but the one thing that always draws her is shape. “I cannot resist sculptural pieces—whether it’s sculpture itself, or furniture. I prefer more shape in a room, rather than more things. I have tons of stuff that I put in and out of rotation, but for my sanity, I can’t have too much out at once.” Design is now “an all consuming passion” which she is constantly being asked to do professionally by people in her life. (DO IT!)
Rosie and her family purchased their home just over two years ago. It was a foreclosure that sat empty for two years, and not without its share of issues! Rosie describes lumpy, gross carpet (even in the master bath), paintings of fruit baskets and Greek goddess on the walls, mirrored walls, black walls green walls, black walls. “I’m a white wall kind of gal, so I thew buckets of it all over every room,” she says.
We asked Rosie for advice for scoring such unusual and amazing pieces: “Go often,” she says. “My free-time hobby is hitting thrift shop and local antique malls a few times a week. Something amazing may be there tomorrow if it’s not today. Look up, and look down. Sometimes fabulous tables and lighting go unnoticed because we’re looking at what’s right in our face. Keep your eyes moving. With Craigslist searches, keep search criteria simple. Don’t type in Milo Baughman sofa. Type in vintage sofa, used sofa, modern sofa or just plain sofa. Or couch. I’m always amazed at what comes up the more vague I get! Same with Ebay.”
Below she takes on a tour of her house, and if you aren’t already – go follow her immeeds because she’s endlessly inspiring.
I impulse bought the mural from anewall.com…Love the way it turned out, luckily! The mirrored Ello buffet and lucite chairs were purchased on Ebay separately. The chairs are totally impractical because they weigh like 60lbs each… ridiculous! The original 80z cushions are now covered in a faux croc vinyl. The Table is from Craig’s and the primitive busts are from HomeGoods.
This is a moody moment in the tiny dining room. One of the best features about this house is the shutters on the windows both upstairs and down. I hate fiddling around with window treatments when it’s architecturally unnecessary! The chandelier is original to the house…I was going to replace it for something more modern, but I wound up loving the way it looks with the mural and the floors. The mirror is vintage Century furniture, and the stately lion was picked up at a thrift shop in Georgetown, TX.
I designed this mirror and had it made by a local carpenter (Derek Reyna) about a year and a half ago. I knew I wanted something natural, large and sculptural for the space…and I’m just kind of obsessed with mirrors in general. (Not for gazing)! Unfortunately, It’s actually not large enough…it arrived a foot too short all around. But I still love it.
The Vladimir Kagan for Room and Board sofa is from Chairish…I like to look at it, but my husband actually likes to sit on it. The formica Springer-esque coffee table is from Lula B’s in Dallas. The shape drew me in there. As was the case with the weird black chaises. I watched them on Ebay for like four years before I had a few glasses of vino and offered the seller MUCH less than he was asking (they were stupidly overpriced). I love them. My daughter likes to jump from one to the other and treat them as slides. The Sarreid locker was a Craigslist score…I got that and a matching low chest for $150 total. The painting was the result of me waking up one morning with the inexplicable decision that it must be done. I went to Michaels and bought that really crappy craft paint, watered it down and went after it. After living with it for a week, I’m digging it! It doesn’t photograph very well, though…sorry about that!
And thats all folks! I’m sure you were as fascinated by @Rosie.case as I am. Every day she posts more little details around her house and I can’t wait to see what she’s up to! GO FOLLOW! Looking forward to seeing more design by you Rosie! Thanks for sharing.
(Photos courtesy of Rosie Case.)