Decor: Modern shabby chic in the suburbs

By Columbus Alive
From the December 27, 2011 edition

When Britt Lakin decorates, she focuses on making her house a home.

“I like to try to incorporate some things that have meaning to me and my family,” she said.

Photos of her kids abound (it helps that she’s a professional photographer). White coral, reminiscent of the family’s annual beach vacations, is perched on tables and countertops. A painting by Lakin’s grandmother hangs in the living room.

To complement her family’s story, Lakin decorates her house with unique vintage pieces and a minimalist’s editorial subtlety.

DIY diva: The collage of art behind Lakin’s couch includes family photos, framed fabric left

over from when she made the living room’s pillows, a frame hung on another frame with heavy-duty ribbon, and a window repurposed as a mirror. “I just made a big old mess painting it,” Lakin said, “and then scraped the paint off the glass with a razor blade when it dried.”

Stockings: From Pottery Barn and hung with care.

Deck the halls: Lakin bought the train underneath the tree not for her toddler-aged children, but for her husband — in May. “He had one at Christmastime as a kid, and that’s all he wanted for his birthday,” she said. Lakin turned a tin ceiling-tile photo frame she found on Etsy into a mirror for the hallway.

Bread box: This vintage bread box from Bloomsbury Loft sometimes acts as a mini toy box on the Lakins’ living room coffee table.

Mantelpiece art: “The fireplace is the thing I’m most proud of,” Lakin said of her renovated living room. They replaced the old wood number with Carrera marble and tile. A builder they found through eBay custom-made the all-white mantelpiece, which they decorated with white decor and a few pops of teal. Lakin’s 6-year-old son made the seashell and sand hand for his mom.

Adding dimension with color: She made the pillows with fabric from Calico Corners in Dublin. “The pattern and colors — that raspberry, and it pulled in some blue — offset the green and red furniture I already had so it didn’t look like Christmas all year long in here,” Lakin said.

Office within an office: Lakin shares an upstairs office with her husband, who works from home. To divvy one room into two work spaces, they installed a laminate countertop in the closet to double as a desk. A long sheet of coordinating fabric hides his work space when necessary and creates an element of privacy. The burlap chair block is from The Collection in Powell.