Picture perfect in Pennsylvania, Autumn Stauffer of Steel City Farmhouse puts a modern spin on a vintage style by creating a home that’s a culmination of old and new. She is frequently writing her home’s story, expertly crafting the contents and chapters in “Pursuit of a Pretty Home in Pittsburgh”.
We recently collaborated with her for a huge window shades project, and were so interested in her designer style that we asked her to be our next Inspiring Decorator! So grab a sammich from Primanti Bro’s and read our interview with Autumn below!
1. How would you explain your style and aesthetic?
When designing our home, we wanted a retreat, a gathering point, and a space that inspired our passions. That has slowly unfolded into a timeless yet clean eclectic style as we design and decorate our newly built home. I love a blend of old and new, pieces that tell the story of time mixed against the backdrop of a newly constructed home. This, for me, is what has given our home some soul.
2. Where/Who do you get your home inspiration from?
Most recently I was very inspired by rummaging through my grandmother’s attic. While she is no longer with us, I love incorporating meaningful treasures that remind me of her into our home. Think beautiful sea glass jugs, designer vintage rattan chairs, and intricately designed dishware. It has given a nice balance of old in a new home.
Traveling the world has also served as a huge point of inspiration for my designs and perhaps why my style is a bit eclectic. And this is why you’ll see a side of travel on my predominantly home blog.
3. What personal project are you proudest of and why?
Right now, my head is still in the clouds on the completion of our custom built home. It was something we dreamed of doing, and it was such a special experience to be able to design our home and build top to bottom what works and serves our lifestyle best.
4. What’s your favorite trend right now?
I love how color and pattern is making a bold, new come back. For me, I want to be wrapped in a happy, cheerful space so I’ve been finding ways to pack a little punch throughout whether it’s the backsplash, wallpaper, rugs or furniture.
Just as in our lives we are all multi-tasking and juggling all of life’s little demands, we need our homes to do the same. I love how more and more the expectation is for a space to flex and be multi-functioning. Doubling benches as storage, or transforming what would normally be a home office into a multi-purpose room all through the design and layout of furniture. This reflects a major shift in how people want usable spaces for their families.
5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about interior design/decorating?
Let’s learn together! By day and trade I work in Corporate America in business. Unlike others I can’t sit here and tell you I’ve been doing this for a decade. It’s something I stumbled upon and realized I loved after I got my first place. I guess my best advice is to experiment on your own home/space or take some pro bono projects to build your portfolio (queue mom and dad, or friends.)
Thanks so much for letting us take a closer look at your home, Autumn! We love learning a little more about all of our influencers and hope to work with you again in the future! If you love the window treatments in Steel City Farmhouse, here’s a couple links to the products in this post:
–Classic Roman Shades in Simply White (Bedroom, Bathroom)
For more details on her custom window treatments, amazing DIY installation walk-through and even insider some tech tips, you won’t want to miss her Select Blinds blog post!