Transitioning from discount furniture to styling your space with high-quality pieces can be exhilarating, and incredibly satisfying. Taylor O’Sullivan invites us to revel in her own journey from mass-produced, mediocre furniture, to curated, custom, high-quality home decor.
When designing my California bungalow, I wanted to cultivate a space that reflects my sunny, energetic surroundings and personality. My decor is comprised of vintage mid-century modern styles, contemporary mid-century modern, and unique accents picked up on my world travels. I intentionally pieced together each corner of the house to create a mixed aesthetic I call “mid-century meets global contemporary!”
My place feels bright, airy, and minimalist with pops of color, but it wasn’t always that way. When I was younger, before I prioritized saving up for quality furniture, most of my pieces came from Ikea or Target because they were affordable and looked relatively decent for the price. The quality wasn’t excellent though, so it only took a few moves before the furniture began to fall apart.
I hunted for the perfect mid-century bed, but couldn’t seem to find the one I had been dreaming up in my head. Customizing Joybird’s gorgeously tufted Hughes Bed made my dreams a reality. After years of having my mattress sit lazily on the floor, I was thrilled to finally have a real bed that looked well-made and would truly last me a lifetime. That luscious, cozy, vibrant bed brings me so much joy. Plus, I don’t have to worry about it going out of style, because mid-century is always in style.
For years I lived with lively roommates who always had friends over. I wanted to invest in higher quality furniture, but between being a recent college grad with a very modest income and feeling apprehensive about roommates not caring for the furniture, it didn’t feel like it was the right time to invest in my dream furniture.
When I finally had the ability to move into a small apartment on my own, I knew that it was time to step it up and put on my big-girl-interior-design-pants. I was ready to invest in a few staple mid-century modern pieces that I knew would remain stylish and last me a lifetime.
I fell in love with mid-century modern design when I laid eyes on a Vintage 1960’s Danish Arm Chair at a flea market. It was perfectly preserved, like something from a time-capsule. It cost more money than I had ever spent on a single item of furniture, but I had to have it. This chair spurred my love for mid-century modern, and the deeper I explored, the more I was certain that this look would be the foundation of my decor style. It’s iconic – a timeless look that will always remain desirable.
Now, after a few years and a few incredible investment pieces, my home is my sanctuary. It’s where my life happens. It’s where I work, where I cook, where I practice yoga, and where I spend time with my friends and family. I couldn’t be more grateful to live in a place that brings me so much joy.