Boho living room full of houseplants and macrame wall hangings Light Life on a beautiful background
Abbey Wells, a local photographer, and her husband Kevin share their farm in 1959 with their two dogs (Lucy & Ladd) and cat Birdie. The couple moved home a few days after their marriage and now has been living there for more than two and a half years. We did the Abbey with Q&A and its beautiful, colorful house tour below – enjoy!
What do you like most about your field? This is a huge bond between our spacious, open-front living room and all the windows in our house. We don’t have a single room without a window (we even have a small laundromat!) And a lot of life as a photographer (defined as someone whose light goes to the word). Also, windows are very important for the 70 plus plant we have.
What is your favorite home project you have completed? Although not super exciting, I can say that it took the cake to paint both our living room and our kitchen, our bedroom and my office. The living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms all had tanning and / or red paint; all of them greatly changed the air of the room. When I painted our back living room, where I had my TV and where we spent the most time, Kevin would not stop telling me how calm and peaceful the room was. Paint makes such a difference and I’m glad we spent a lot of time on it. I also wanted to get more of our photos in our home in a concrete way. I didn’t realize I was really good at this goal until I started preparing for this home tour, so I’m proud of this project, but I still have plans to add more.
You are decorated with objects with meaning and history. Tell us one of these special pieces. One? I can’t choose – so I’ll share about three (sorry). First of all, my grandfather has a vintage chair that he found and bought for my mother when she was pregnant with me. I used it as a baby and now she sits in our dining room. Since we don’t have children, it usually becomes unusable, but our youngest nephews and our neighbor Petra used it all when they had dinner at our house. I imagine when our own child will use it. Second, there is a cabinet behind our dining table that was given to me by my grandfather (the same as the one who bought the high chair). They found a real estate sale in a craftsman’s house, and it was one of the two closets that surrounded the fireplace. You can still see where a column sits. This locker used to be in my grandfather’s house, in the room where I stayed with my cousin Hailey as a child, and now I love it being part of my house. Third, there is a coffee table sitting in our front living room. Now, the day after my first date with my husband, I bought it from River City with my mother. I didn’t tell my mom about her and our history until you put her in the car, but I didn’t tell her that I already knew I’d marry her. Ah! And when he stopped at a random real estate sale after work, my husband brought me this precious cat teapot and made me think. I love it more than bringing me roses (Kev, though beautiful!). I also have a collection of teapots presented by my grandmothers (including a coveted Jewel Tea), a wedding picture of my great-grandfather-grandfather in the original art deco frame, and a cameo necklace wearing my grandmother’s photo. my grandmother was part of the turtle collection, and for my high school graduation, my grandfather gave me the first camera they had as a couple, the Brownie Six-16 (as a photographer about the family story) a GREAT super emotional gift. There are also many tracks that were once in their friends’ homes, and they remind me of the time I spent with them. Okay, that was one or more. I’m sorry, but I’m very emotional about the pieces in my house and I love the stories behind them.
We know you love exciting and antique shopping – tell us your favorite product. Sitting in my front living room, I would say there are three things in my opinion right now – my 8-foot dining table in Retro Den (this was definitely the best offer ever), my Steelcase couch and my love – camel-colored vinyl pillows from Retro Den and about Four years ago, I found a locker on the way to the entrance I found in River City and it was painted white. The cabinet was a coffee bar, a plant stand, and now a place where we can put our keys and mail and store the overflow decor that I love but I haven’t found a place for yet. I was also watching Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood a few weeks ago with some kiddos. I watched it this summer, and when he threw the pan on the dining table, it looked just like mine! That’s why Mr. Rogers and I had the same dinner table.
What are my favorite places to find furniture and home decor in Tulsa? At least seeing my 70% of my furniture and décor from Retro Den is my favorite. I grew up in Jenks, often called “The Ancient Capital of Oklahoma,” and that’s why I literally grew up in the antiquities surrounding Main Street in Jenks. My mom and I used to be on Abbey Road, which I often adore (can you guess why?), But it’s gone now and Miss McGillicutty, but the River City Trade Center was our favorite, and it is. Even though I don’t do much there anymore, I like to spend hours with my mother, wandering the many corridors of River City, always starting from the far right of the store and working to the left.
Where do you get inspiration to decorate your home? Most of my style comes from my mother who mixes old and new as much as I can remember. The vintage pieces inside me instilled his love and this certainly affects what I choose for my home. I spent hours on Pinterest dreaming of what I wanted for my home before I had my own home, but now I can’t really find myself to be inspired. On the contrary, I think I have allowed my space and my beloved parts to be my inspiration. However, if I get inspiration from everywhere I would say it is Retro Den.
How would you describe your decoration style? Medium-industrial-eclectic blues, with warm colors and plants? I don’t focus on staying in a certain “style” when I decorate it, but make sure that everything I add to our house is something I love, something Kevin can’t care about, something I can imagine.
Why do you think it’s important to have old pieces in your home? It’s nice to have a piece that few people have and to know that they live a full life in other homes. I love to think of what kind of place it is in a brand new environment, and then I appreciate that it is used differently in my home, adding character and warmth from all of your life. I have nothing to say about the quest for the perfect track. It’s exciting because sometimes you can’t find anything, and then sometimes you just find something you have to take – because who knows you’ll ever find something like this again! On the one hand, I can count the number of non-classical pieces in my house. Even though I like the new tracks, all the new vignettes (as you can see in big box stores) seem to be missing something, and for me these vintage tracks. Also, most of the new decor pieces in my house are handmade by friends or myself. Looking around my house and seeing the pieces I found in my friends’ shop is a wonderful thing that my family has passed away, that my friends have done or that my friends have taught me to do!
Why do you think it’s worth having a nice house? As an introvert, which should be recharged in my own space after going out of the world, I really need that space to rest and renew me, rather than to tire me further. It took us about two years to get to our home; hunt a large number, replace parts that are not perfect for the right ones, do thorough cleaning, get rid of the mess and rearrange. There is still work to be done in our bedroom and guest room, but there is some nice and pleasant element that brings me peace and comfort even if the dishes and laundry are stacked in every room we spend time. Now that I’ve worked from home, I’m especially grateful for finding the right pieces, adding a lot of plants, adding more family photos and trying to get around the decor until it’s right. I didn’t really like the look of our house for a while, but now I like to go through all the rooms. I love coming home and being home and this is very important for my mental health.
What do you love about Tulsa right now? Well, the Venue just opened … so … But really, Tulsa is great for a lot of reasons – not just the super cool new park. The biggest thing I personally love Tulsa at the moment is the community, especially the small business community. As a small business owner, I am very grateful to the other small business owners I met (usually through Retro Den) and now looking for friends. It’s not easy to start and have a job, and being surrounded by other people who work for their dreams of working for them is very encouraging and something I love a lot. I like to know that I can walk right next to that community (Makerage’s Drew + Mel is my neighbors), going to Retro Den to find five women-owned businesses and many other local producers, or going to the Foolish Things I usually meet. More friends. Tulsa is a wonderful and supportive town for small businesses, and I love to see small businesses growing here.
Bringing macromeles of the 20th century here and now
I have to admit that until recently, the list of things I want to hang on my macrame walls will be at the end – when I grew up, it brought back memories of the moldy brown pieces I found in dozens of thrift stores. A particular macrame find – an owl made of twine – comes to mind. However, if you take the time to them, as proof that the flavors and trends have become a complete cycle (I’m betting the owl gets a nice penny in some old vintage boutiques right now) I’ve found myself with pleasure recently (not like that) Art.
Finally my example – my friend Jess recently bought the most beautiful wall hanging in Etsy (as you can see below) and it is full of neons to add a modern cool touch. After seeing this, I was desperate to know more about how these pieces were created – and I was very happy when Himo Art May agreed to stop running out. May did a great job of bringing the macro of the 20th century here and now (the last macromeles became perfect for me), and I was delighted that she decided to look at it – it turned out to be quite complicated – the process. It’s time to Improve your knotting skills, kids!
Things that you need:
- Wooden Dowel
- Wooden Breads
- Paint Brush
- Masking Tape
It can attach dowels to the wall – it uses a removable hook, because it’s a great way to not make holes in the wall.
It can cut the rope into 14 x 4 yard pieces and 2 x 5 yard pieces. It then begins tying the rope to the head nodes of the larvae and compiling the dowel with 5 yard pieces (one at each end) into a book.
The rest can continue with ropes.
Then it makes double half axle knot.
And it goes on and on.
By the end, May begins tying them diagonally across the ropes.
You can add wooden beads here and here before connecting the nodes.
Then each starts to connect the switch nodes using 4 ropes.
Can connect 8 of them.
And he brings them crosswise.
You can add more beads and bring the knots to the end.
It can then cut the ends of the rope.
Covers a portion of the dowel ends to paint and add a hint of neon (a woman from my own heart!)
Finally, he adds a watermelon pop to the end of the rope.
And there, hung a magnificent macrame wall. I can appreciate the work that goes into these pieces – not a craft for withered or ham!