We sat down with Claire Thomas, food blogger and business owner, to talk about how she uses vintage decor and color schemes to tell an amazing style story.
Claire Thomas is the woman behind the wildly popular food blog, The Kitchy Kitchen, and the co-founder of Los Angeles’s Sweet Laurel Bakery. Food, family, and storytelling are all great passions in her life and she has established a career that centers around them. She comes from a family of creatives and has always been encouraged to see the beauty in different aspects of life and highlight them in exciting ways.
One of the ways she does that is to design spaces that are full of beautiful and bold color palettes. She loves to embrace vibrant hues in her designs so she can craft an amazing story for the people who enter her space.
“Creatively, what brings me joy is the idea of telling stories. I love the challenge of telling stories, whether it’s something on a plate, something you’re listening to, something you’re watching, or even spatially.” – Claire Thomas
Claire was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, so she had a passion for the real estate and architecture of the city. She, admittedly, bought her current home on a whim, but she knew it was perfect for her family. The property was built in 1953 by the two previous owners who lived there for over 65 years. Interestingly, her last three homes were single-owner, mid-century modern houses. While it wasn’t intentional, she loves that she can get a strong sense of their personality and what the house has been through. Now that she owned the home, it was time to decorate it to match her style exactly.
Whenever Claire designs a space, she is very intentional and highly detail-oriented. For example, in her second home, a 1962 cabin she affectionately calls the Kitchy Cabin, one of the most ambitious renovations she did was her fireplace design. Before, there wasn’t anything in the living room that acted as the centerpiece. To change that, bought an avocado green fireplace and installed it in the front of the living room. She then used a beautiful green and pink tile to surrounding it and give the area even more personality.
“I took every green sample and put it next to the fireplace to find the perfect color. I found that Key Largo Grass was the exact color of the fireplace! It was so exciting to find an exact color palette and it worked out great!” – Claire Thomas
When designing her home, Claire focused in on the time period when the house was built to try to find elements of it that would fit into her eclectic, yet livable design aesthetic. She researched colors and textures that were relevant to 1953 specifically and, luckily, received inspiration for her bedroom design from a painting her friend created. The painting contains rich colors like yellow ocre, tangerine, and deep green, and she found that those colors aligned perfectly with her vision. She looked high and low for furnishings that would fit into her overall vision. She eventually found a combination of vintage-inspired decor items and gorgeous furniture pieces that tie her color scheme together with Joybird.
Claire had previously used Joybird pieces in several of her redesigned in the past, but since this was a fresh start in a new home, she wanted to handpick everything to ensure they fit perfectly. Some of the pieces that Claire was able to incorporate throughout her home were the Eliot Sectional, the Eliot Leather Chair, and the Eliot Bench. The Eliot collection of furniture at Joybird is designed to be streamlined and functional so it can fit into any home.
“I chose pieces that specifically reminded me of pieces you would see in the 1950s and I was able to find that easily with Joybird. The Eliot couch in the office is amazing. It’s incredibly comfortable and it’s our first time actually having a good couch to watch television on. We’re so happy with it and everything else we got!” – Claire Thomas
Claire was able to create an eclectic design that is livable and cozy, which isn’t easy to do. Her way of using color to tell the story of her home and the decade it came from is masterful and we couldn’t love her design more!