Okay, I know I say this for every Your Gathered Home Tour…
But I’m seriously so psyched to share this one with you today!
This series has been one of my favorite things to come out of my five years of blogging so far. Getting to connect with fellow kindred spirit gatherers and hear their stories and pick their brains and, at times, actually tour their homes myself…
A year ago, this introvert would have balked at the idea of driving to the home of someone I only knew from online interaction to meet them in person, step inside their home, and start snapping photos, but I can’t tell you what an amazing experience it has been. If I could come up with a way to do this for every tour, I would!
I first came across Rosie’s home in the #thriftscorethursday feed on Instagram. (If that isn’t a killer plug for our weekly hashtag party, I don’t know what is!)
I clicked over to visit her Instagram account, @rosie.case, and fell hard for her incredible home decor style and killer vintage finds! (And what would you know, I discovered she also lived in the DFW metroplex!)
As I started brainstorming this series for the year, I knew I had to ask if she would join in… And thankfully, she said yes and let me show up at her front door with my camera equipment in tow so I could gush over her treasures in person! (Sorry for the drooling, Rosie!)
Only wouldn’t you know, it turned out to NOT be the first time we had met!
When we started texting to set up the day and time for the photoshoot, we discovered that Rosie had actually bought a faux burl coffee table from me off of Craigslist several years ago! (Anyone remember this guy?) I’ve always been amazed at the crazy coincidences I encounter through Craigslist – it truly is a small, small world!
I’ll let Rosie introduce herself and the story behind her gathered home:
Rosie: Hey y’all! I’m Rosie — mother of two, and a New Jersey native, transplanted to Texas six years ago. Prior to that, I lived in New York, working at Vogue as a copywriter on the advertising side. When I met a dashing pilot from Texas, I left all that behind to call the Lone Star State home. We rented two houses in the Austin area before settling here in Fort Worth — this is my first whirlwind experience as a homeowner.
Our house, (which we dubbed “The French Palace” when we first saw it on the MLS), was a foreclosure in need of a ton of work, but I fell in love with its architectural details and pretty view. After something of a fight to get in to see it, I decided it was the only place for us, and basically stalked both the listing agent and our agent until we got it! (When I want something, I’m pretty motivated).
Once the keys were in my hot little hands, I set to the basics—paint and flooring. The walls were mirrored, black, green, yellow, papered (badly) — you name it. I painted every room white for a little calm and continuity. The floors were a patchwork quilt of tile, hardwood and nasty, lumpy carpet — even in the master bathroom. We removed that and installed wood-grain porcelain tile downstairs, and hardwood upstairs.
Three years later, we still have tons of projects, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Why do you gather?
Rosie: I gather because I love to bring interesting things into my home that I can’t just go out and buy anywhere. It’s such a joy to discover something truly unique — and inexpensive if the stars align. Half the time I go home empty handed, but it’s such a thrill to discover pieces with personality to enhance my space.
You’ll find Rosie’s home tour below, as seen through the lens of my camera, and her answers to my interview questions sprinkled throughout…
Rosie’s Gathered Home: Restrained Hues & Fearless Form
I don’t know how else to describe the magical home of this talented woman. Her color palette is understated, controlled, neutral, which allows a symphony of shapes, textures, and impeccable styling to take center stage!
If you follow Rosie on Instagram, you’ll start to notice that her home is a constantly revolving gallery of decor pieces moving from one room to the next, regular art switches, and furniture swaps.
And because the overall color story is the same – white and muted beige, black and grays, natural wood tones, and mixed metals – it all works in every room of her house! Talk about inspiration for nailing down a whole-home style aesthetic, right?
When you step inside Rosie’s house, you’re treated to the gorgeous view above – a grand curved staircase, with the dining room off to the right.
The Dining Room
This dining room is the space that first hooked me on Rosie’s style! Lucite + brass + those herringbone floors + the grisaille wall mural!
The lucite chairs with alligator faux-leather seats (easily wipeable!) make this a surprisingly kid-friendly space. When I picked her brain further about kids and decor, she advised me to make peace with things breaking occasionally, but summed up her philosophy as, “Why not have beautiful things?”
Music to my ears!
The tabletop and mirrored console frequently host Rosie’s new finds. (Catch my favorite look so far on her Instagram here!)
And we swivel back to the entryway, with another shot of this amazingly chunky demilune table topped with a striking pair of stork sculptures and a peek into the living area…
The Living Area:
The living room’s huge windows overlook the back patio and back yard, with an incredible hilltop view!
Rosie’s use of neutrals make the space feel so cool and calming, but everywhere you turn there’s a fascinating medley of textures and contrasting shapes.
I particularly love this tone-on-tone 3d wall sculpture over the zebra bench!
Rosie says she has future plans for this room – the built-ins aren’t exactly what she would have chosen – but she has made everything work perfectly with her style with the monochromatic color palette and bookcase styling.
The kitchen and kitchen eating nook are just through this arch on the other side of the living area.
Kitchen Dining Area:
I’m going to say this a lot through this tour, but this sun-soaked spot just may be my favorite in Rosie’s home, with those sculptural vintage chairs, brass-based table, and enormous triangular mirror!
Who knew plywood could be such a stunner?
This green glass collection on the table is one of the select bursts of color in Rosie’s house – a beautiful echo of the landscape outside.
Or is this my favorite view? The vintage art, the spindly-legged table…
Now let’s head down this hallway to the master bedroom…
You simply have got to see the “before” of this space – shared here on Instagram! Bright walls and the tiled floors make such a difference and allow the huge windows to shine. It’s a pristine backdrop for this visual feast!
Rosie created this seating area in the master bedroom with some of her favorite vintage finds. Here, mod finishes meet curvy silhouettes in front of a soft pastel mural she painted herself!
Do you have a favorite gathered find or story?
Rosie: I watched the wacky black rubber chairs in our bedroom on eBay for something ridiculous like five years. The seller had them priced insanely high. One night I had a little too much wine and offered him less than half—and he accepted. They’re still some of my favorite pieces in the house.
What’s a favorite home decor piece you’ve made?
Rosie: I’m pretty happy with the painting I did directly on the wall in the master bedroom. I get sick of things pretty quickly, and I’ve not yet tired of it. But when I do, I guess I’ll just start over!
I’ve been obsessed with this mid-century mosaic walnut piece from Lane for ages, and Rosie scored a complete set – long dresser, armoire (in her daughter’s room), and matching nightstands! The jaw-dropping tortoiseshell floor lamps were a consignment store find.
I love these layers of neutral bedding, and we all know what a fondness I have for canopy beds!
Front Sitting Room:
This is where I do the whole, “No wait! This is my favorite part!” thing… Because just look at the curves and angles in this gorgeous sitting area!
A few months ago, I came across a pair of lamps with similar plaster/stucco draped cloth bases at the Habitat for Humanity Restore and I knew they could be fabulous in the right context, but the $70 for the pair price tag made me leave and hope they would stick around long enough to be marked down to 50% off… I checked in on them a few times, and was tempted when they hit 25% off, but still couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger.
Sadly, someone else snagged them before they dropped any further, and this fabulous scene in Rosie’s house is a big, blinking neon light reminding me of what I missed out on!
Rosie paid just $15 for her lamp, after leaving it behind at the thrift store and experiencing similar regrets – thankfully, it was still there when she went back for it!
Oh how I adore this gallery corner full of vintage and thrifted original art – especially that green piece! Another hint of color that echoes the vibrant money tree across the room.
What is your best advice to others on creating a gathered home?
Rosie: Buy what you love. Keep doing that over and over again, and the next thing you know, you’ll have a daily view of things that delight you. Dash into your local thrift store a few times a week, if possible. Shop everywhere—you never know what will pop up and grab you. I’ve gotten great pieces from Ross and Hobby Lobby. Keep an open mind.
My father used to say sarcastically, “Rose, not everything in your house needs to be unique.” Sorry, dad—disagree. 😉
The upstairs den is another space Rosie’s itching to tackle, but this console styling on the back wall is absolute perfection! The giant floating acrobat sculpture was a HomeGoods find, if you can’t believe that!
The tall Lane mosaic armoire ended up in Rosie’s young daughter’s room. I love the combination of the mature modern design with the whimsical canopy bed!
Right across the hall is Rosie’s son’s room. The upstairs hallway is an ever-changing exhibit for art and little treasures.
In her son’s room, an eclectic collection of animal masks, a simple abstract painting with a desert feel, and the camel throw pillows found at At Home give off subtle safari vibes.
So many wonderful lessons and inspiration points to take away from Rosie’s home!
The power of neutrals…
As much as I looooooove bold color in my home, it’s truly breathtaking what a much more tightly-curated neutral color palette can accomplish! It really highlights and brings emphasis to interesting shapes and finishes that could be lost in a riot of color.
The power of strong shapes…
Secondly, I’m going to start paying intense attention to the geometry of my home and look for ways to juxtapose angles and curves in a more studied fashion. And triangles. My house definitely needs some of those.
Share Your Gathered Home
1. If you are a “kindred spirit” gatherer with a love for photography and a home full of stories to share, I would love for you to get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by posting pictures using #yourgatheredhome on Instagram! I can’t promise to share every space, but I do promise that I will be absolutely thrilled to hear from you and connect over our shared love of finding and making!
2. If you live remotely near the Dallas/Fort Worth (or surrounding Texas cities) area and you would be interested in participating in the “Your Gathered Home” series and having me photograph your home for a home tour, I would LOVE for you to reach out! We’ll have a blast hanging out in person, taking pics, and I promise I’ll let you laugh at the funny positions I get into when I’m in the photography zone 🙂
I’m so looking forward to hearing from you – either to share your own gathered home, or your thoughts on today’s fabulous tour!
What inspiration are you taking away from Rosie’s fearless space?!