Home Tour — Marianne Brown’s Denver Dwelling

When Marianne Brown emailed me out of the blue and said, “Hey, my home is unique, cool and eclectic, would you like to feature it on your blog?” I said, “Heck ya I would! Home tours are hella fun.” 

Why do I like featuring homes that don’t belong to me? If you guessed, “Kyla, you’re that total weirdo that looks into homes on evening walks…not in a creepster way…but in a I want to see your pillows kinda way,” you’re completely right. Gotta home tour you think I should feature? What are you waiting for??? Sharing is caring, so email it over for review, and be sure to visit Ashley Redmond’s Tiny Treehouse home tour.

Marianne Brown Home Tour - Mid-Century Modern Minimal Home Decor

Today we’re touring Marianne Brown’s home in Denver, CO. She’s an incredible photographer and claims thrift stores are her sanctuary…my kinda gal. As most of you know, I’m a chair hoarder. Well, Marianne one upped that sich. She’s a sofa hoarder. Don’t believe me? Check out her Etsy shop chucked full of vintage beauties (and some great photography prints as well, I love the bull print). But mitts of that green 1970’s channel back…because that should be mine, LOL.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

Marianne Brown Home Tour - Mid-Century Modern Minimal Home Decor

WHO: Marianne Brown
WHERE: Denver, CO
WHAT: 600 sq ft apartment

Who lives with you? Boy? Girl? Cat? Dog? Llama? 
Dog. Cali (Cal Pall) a 90 lb. black Russian terrier.

(According to her website, Cali is also a unicorn.)

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Tell me a bit about your home and what inspired you for your minimal decor.
My apartment is a small one bedroom in downtown Denver. Not among the tall buildings of downtown, but just on the edge, in the neighborhood setting of Denver. A whopping 600 square feet. I’ve lived here for a year, after moving several times over the past few years. Each time moving into a smaller space, and each time cleaning out and purging myself of more and more ‘stuff’. Each move I also migrated toward a palette of less and less color.

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I moved into this small apartment with minimalist ideals and plans to travel and get outside more. I have the tendency to be somewhat of a homebody a times. White walls and minimal furniture makes my home and life in general seem more simplified.

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What would consider your style to be?
Mid-Century Minimal

Marianne Brown Home Tour - Mid-Century Modern Minimal Home Decor - white minimal bedroom eclectic

What made you start crushing on the vintage vibe?
Growing up, the women in my family were big antiquers. Every summer, I would take a trip with my grandparents and aunt up the east coast and these trips were centered around antiquing. So, I have always had an appreciation for objects that are well made and unique.

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I didn’t realize the obsession had been passed on to me until later in life, and really until I moved to Denver. There is just so much stuff in the city! My vintage hunts began around the many yard sales, estate sales, and vintage shops. At first, I was looking for props to use for my photography business, and then I keep finding more and more unique pieces. Eventually, my Etsy shop emerged.

Do you have vintage treasures you regret parting with?
All the time! Sometimes I have to pop my own hand. Living in a small space forces me to part with some of my favorite cushion finds. The only downside to living tiny is that there is usually only room for one sofa at the time.

Marianne Brown Home Tour - Mid-Century Modern Minimal Home Decor

What is it the reflects your personality in you space?
I am always trying to simplify my space and life so that I have more time for the things that are important to me: friends, family, walks with my dog, cooking, outdoor time, bike rides, travel. I think my space and the items I collect and then choose to display reflect the way I like to live my life.

What is your most favorite piece of furniture in your home?
My sofa 😉

Marianne Brown Home Tour - Mid-Century Modern Minimal Home Decor

Ummm, ok, that might be mine too! That yellow is crazy beautiful plus it’s tufted and velvet to boot. 

Marianne Brown Home Tour - Mid-Century Modern Minimal Home Decor

Where do you find yourself spending the most time?
In the kitchen.

White vintage kitchen - Eclectic – Marianne Brown Home Tour - Mid-Century Modern Minimal Home Decor

Your kitchen, although super simple, is incredibly gorgeous! I love how you embraced it and found beauty in the old. That vintage sink is to die for! And the chandelier??? WOW!

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Before I wrap up interviews, I like to throw out a few rapid fire silly questions. They’re cheesy and fun. Care to partake?

Favorite food:
Cheese. And Vegetables. Cheesy vegetables.

Awe girl, you’re speaking my language. I’m a Wisconsin girl. Cheese is my jam.

Favorite color:
Purple

Favorite band:
Right now, the Cave Singers

First car you ever owned:
A silver Pontiac.

One item and human you’d take with you to a deserted island:
Beer and JTT.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas? Of Home Improvement? Oh goodness, now I love ya even more. 

Wanna see more of Marianne Brown? Follow her adventures over on Instagram.

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Cassie Bustamante March 29, 2017

    ooooh yes! this home totally grabs me.. and that sofa, too!

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  2. Mary March 29, 2017

    Sweet place! Anyone that hangs a skull over her stove would be my BFF.

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  3. Karen Smith March 29, 2017

    Love this tour! I could accomplish a serious nap on that velvet sofa 🙂

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  4. Charlotte Lindsay March 29, 2017

    This space is stunning! I completely agree with her when she says that the less stuff you have the simpler life feels. All of her carefully and craftily found home decor pieces make this space even more special and unique!

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  5. gosh, yes! So cool and fun.

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  6. Jean Clements March 30, 2017

    I also live in Denver and would love to know Marianne’s favorite thrift shops. Thanks!

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  7. CGinAZ March 30, 2017

    That kitchen is the most beautiful and quirky thing I have ever seen. Skull over stove. Love it.

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  8. Karl April 3, 2017

    Beautiful and stunning! Keep up the amazing decoration work and the blogging! Greetings from Europe!

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  9. Madison April 9, 2017

    What a stunning apartment, Marianna has clearly perfected the art of designing for a small space. The white and muted colours make the rooms seem much bigger and open, and the statement pieces like the skulls or the couch (so beautiful!) create a very ecclectic, western vibe and bring warmth to the rooms. We love what Marianna said: “I think my space and the items I collect and then choose to display reflect the way I like to live my life”, we completely agree and this is the approach we take with every bespoke design we make.

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