There's no blank canvas quite like a new home, and nothing to refresh your creative juices like moving across the country to find it. At least that seems to be the case for Elizabeth Olson, the creative director of San Francisco's AFAR magazine, who recently settled in Berkeley, California with hubby Preston and pup Oscar Beans in tow. We've been following along closely as Olson settles into her space, her infectious sense of humor informing a particularly idiosyncratic design aesthetic that's equal parts kitsch and colorful whimsy.
The kitchen, with its butcher block countertops and tiled floors, has a retro-chic farmhouse vibe that's fabulous and functional.
Mismatched vintage signage letters serve as a focal point above a midcentury console in the dining room.
A chartreuse damask floral fabric complements an equally funky patterned chair in the living room. The color-coordinating bar cart takes the place of a standard side table.
The master bedroom showcases a small collection of art, including an Ian Stevenson print, midcentury-chic drapery, and a view of the charming backyard deck, complete with lemon trees.
The guest rooms, including one converted into a closet, showcase more of the couple's eclectic flea-market finds, all mixed together with an impeccable eye for color and trademark wit. You can follow their design story on Instagram: @white_lightning & @dirtypreston.