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Kelly’s Home Made Lovely



Welcome to Home Made Lovely, a special home tour series.

Hello folks! My name is Kelly McCants, otherwise known as Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict. I’m the owner of Modern June, the Oilcloth Addict. My team and I make handmade housewares with specialty fabrics such as oilcloth, laminated cotton and chalk cloth. I’m a pattern maker, designer and author of two sewing books too.

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In honor of my second book, At Home with Modern June, I’m going to take you all on a little tour of my 87 year old home that my husband and I moved into almost 16 years ago. When we bought the house it had been a boarding house for almost 2 decades–calling it a fixer-upper, i.e. hot mess, wouldn’t do it justice.   What I like best about my older home and my retro style is the act of preservation, taking something sad and turning it into something bright and delightful. My style is just a mix of everything I love–old and new colliding. Deco bedroom furniture dukes it out with the 50’s. 1960’s Danish Modern mixes it up with current pieces. If I were on Design Star I’d call it Retro Eclectic. Fancy, right? Nah, it’s just home!

In, 2011 Hurricane Irene dropped a massive tree on the back of our house. The fallen tree stretched from our backyard, over the roof to the front of the house. The fallen tree was so big, that as it lay on our roof, you couldn’t see our home from the back alley. Do you know what happens when a tree like that is removed? You get lots and lots of home repairs done. Home repairs require new paint, and new paint means make over!

So for the next year I went from room to room, sewing up this and that, all the while writing patterns for each project. Thus my latest book, At Home with Modern June, was born. Come along with me while I show off some of my sewing projects that now update and my little retro home.  In the photo above, you see part of my milk glass collection that sits upon 3 very cool shelves from CB2. The shelves were a present to myself when the contractors were almost done. The reno took seven months, so as you can see, I needed/deserved a treat!

In my new book, I walk you through how to make simple cafe curtains to fit your windows. But why stop there? I was inspired to apply a collection of vintage pot holders to my curtains, when I saw a display of these crocheted beauties in an antiques dealer’s booth. A few were hanging on a rack for sale, and I loved the way the light flickered thought them. Hunting for more was half the fun!

My kitchen is filled with presents, handy-downs and found objects. The bread box is the same bread box my grandmother-in-law fed my husband from when he was a tyke. When it came to us, it needed a little bit of love, so I gave it a coat of red paint to make it my own. The Gripstand bowl was given to me by my betrothed many years ago–it came filled with fresh strawberries for Valentines Day. That was the first time I’d ever had strawberries out of season. And my little ceramic apple is a new acquisition.

I am totally in love with old feed sack prints, and large pieces of the vintage fabric can be pretty pricey. But thanks to Etsy and eBay, you can find collections of feed sack fabric in small cuts. These bits of fabric were great to use with my pot holder pattern.

For years I’ve been collecting vintage trays. One day when my hubby was safely at work I went to work hanging them on the large dining room wall. Since we have a picture rail we (the royal we) have a no nail policy! Whatever!

Our dining room table was a real score, my MIL found it at a local shop.  She was really surprised that I talked the guy down to 1/2 price–she hadn’t seen how scarred the table top really was or how wobbly the silly thing is. But, it had good lines and it was cheap.

When it came time to take photos of my chalk cloth placemats I finally had a reason to paint the old tired brown table a fresh bright white. What a difference a few coats of paint makes. I also treated myself to the mod blue chairs from Target.com.

I believe in using what you have when you get a creative urge. Sure, I could go to the hardware store and by the right kind of wood and a can of chalk paint, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, I used a big piece of particle board from our shed, a staple gun, and a whole lot of chalk cloth, which I sell at modernjune.com (shameless plug). You can see the how to make your own chalk cloth board at my The photo above is from my oldest childs last birthday. Sweet 16! As part of her special day, I made strings and strings of the felt dot’s that frame the chalk board to hang in her bedroom.