Lauren’s Home Tour: Main Floor

If you’re anything like me, you love peeking into the lives of other people homes. It’s part curiosity (nosiness?) and part a desire to be inspired by others’ ideas.

I have a treat for you! Katie Prestemon recently visited and took some beautiful images of our home for our Airbnb listing. That’s right: we Airbnb our entire home! I can do a whole separate post on Airbnb, but the most common question we get from friends is “But where do you go?!”

When our house is booked, we go on vacation or visit family. It works out well for us, as it pays for our trips, and then some. If you are visiting St. Louis, MO or have family visiting and need more room, we’d love to host you in our Airbnb.

I just love our home, and the history of it. It was built in 1897, and as you can imagine has seen many families call it home throughout the years. I’ve had several former owners reach out to me after finding the shop online, and they have shared pictures and stories with me about their time growing up.

Here’s a shot that a sweet woman shared with me of our home from the 1950’s. You can see the shop before it was Bonboni on the left side of the picture behind the house. It looks like the garage hadn’t yet been built. The exterior looks very similar, except our sycamore tree sure is a lot taller now!

Here’s a glimpse into my home. We’ll start with the living room.

Most of my furniture is vintage or thrifted. I don’t think I have more than 2-3 pieces of furniture in our house that we’ve bought brand new! I’m always on the hunt for new pieces, and furniture gets moved around often. The beautiful wooden staircase is one of my favorite features. They certainly don’t make houses today like they did 122 years ago.

Next is the dining area and kitchen at the back of the house.

The dining area is open to the kitchen. Our island has a bar. One thing that I would like to change in our home is making the island all one height. The bar is so high for the kids that it doesn’t get used much.

Last but not least, we have a tiny powder room off of the living room. It has the World’s Tiniest Sinkā„¢(I’m guessing). I found this roll of wallpaper on clearance at Anthropologie last year, and snapped it up in a hot second, and figured for $20, I could definitely learn how to install it. (I did!) I thought I was going to have enough wallpaper to finish this room, but I ran out and have one wall left.

After lots of phone calls and emails, turns out I bought the literal last roll of this pattern ever made. Cue deep sadness. I check eBay occasionally to look for an extra roll, but so far no luck. If anyone happens to see a roll of Sketched Ikat wallpaper from Antrho, please let me know!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek inside of our home! I’ll be back soon with a tour of our other floors. You can read Part 2 here.

PS- Have you heard that I’m expanding into a collection of clothing in early 2019? The clothing will be whimsical and fanciful pieces that are ready for your adventures, whether scouting a new playground or adventuring in a foreign land. Embrace a mix of colors, patterns, and textures to create a style that is uniquely you. To stay in the loop, join the Bonboni Style Facebook Group.

About Lauren Thorp

Having "retired" from the world of fast-paced tech startups, Lauren instead sought to exercise her creativity by opening a home and gift boutique. When she and her family bought a home in the Historic Shaw Neighborhood in South St. Louis City in 2016, she was ecstatic that it came with a retail space on the side of the property that used to be a candy shop over 100 years ago. She is renovating it into dream shop filled with a rustic bohemian mix of vintage home decor, gift items for the family, and launching in early 2019, a selection of women's clothing. For more information on her clothing, join her Facebook Group at http://bit.ly/bonbonistyle

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