Andersen is a talented graphic designer and musician who also runs an online shop, Unanchored Studio, where she sells handmade wall weavings. “When I’m not working, you can typically find me doing some sort of DIY build, whether at my home or a friend’s house,” she says. “I was born in Tulsa, but my family moved away when I was barely a toddler. I came back seven years ago and have loved each second of it!”
Who lives here: Rachel Andersen
Location: Lortondale neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Size: 1,570 square feet (146 square meters); three bedrooms, two bathrooms
Year built: 1956
Andersen purchased the home from a woman who had lived there for 33 years. “She loved her home — and her wallpaper designs!” Andersen says. “The bones of the home were great, considering it was over 50 years old, but the style was very fitting for the owner, with lots of floral and lots of curtains covering up the back wall of windows. So when I moved in, I knew it would need a lot of aesthetic love.”
Thanks to her self-employed single homeowner’s budget, Andersen’s furnishings are a mix of things she found at thrift shops, built or bought on sale. “A lot of the pieces in my home have a story to them,” she says. “For example, the blue bench seats — I found those for $3 when I was 15 and fixed them up.” Andersen found the perfect maritime flag on eBay to hang behind them.
Midcentury fireplace: Craigslist; blue bench seats: garage sale; checkered maritime flag: eBay
Sofa: Mathis Brothers Furniture; area rug: Overstock; coffee table; West Elm
“The smaller living area used to have wood paneling on the walls, and once we ripped it down, we found a surprise from one of the previous owners, perhaps before Margaret even — what appeared to be a children’s dart game, of a painted bull’s-eye target and kids’ names written next to it. Pretty cool,” Andersen says.
Andersen designed the dining table so that she could host family holidays. “I found a welder on Etsy to custom-make the table legs, and a friend’s husband did the woodworking of the tabletop for me,” she says.
Light fixture: LightingDirect.com; farm table: handmade
Andersen’s style can be seen throughout her home, with colorful accents including orange-painted beams on the ceiling in the living room and dining room. “I’d describe the style … as very industrial and midcentury modern, with some bohemian thrown in with textures and colors,” she says.
The wall hangings in Andersen’s Etsy shop were born out of creating some for her own home.
Brown swivel chair: Overstock
The tree trunk side tables were a free curbside find. “I snagged them before anyone else did; cured, stained and sealed them; added furniture feet to the bottom so the wood wasn’t sitting directly on my concrete floor; and placed them in my room,” Andersen explains. “Perfect fit.”
The DIY curtains show off Andersen’s skills in recycling and repurposing. “The windows are such an odd size that I couldn’t find curtains that fit my style,” she says. “I ended up cutting electrical conduit to the size I needed for a curtain rod, creating my own hardware to affix it to the wall and sewing black linen curtains from leftover fabric I had from reupholstering my old couch.”
Woven wall hanging: made by Andersen and sold in her shop
Bright white walls and countertops offer a nice contrast to the gray Hakatai tile and painted cabinetry.
Pedestal sink: eBay
Andersen found some ideas online and drew up a sketch of a design with measurements. With the help of friends, she built a mold out of melamine, poured the concrete tabletop and created a base for the fire pit from paver stones that her brother gave her. “I used some leftover paint to match the exterior of my home, and it now looks like it’s always belonged there!” Andersen says.
Papasan chair: Craigslist; blue Acapulco chairs: At Home
“I just really love the creative drive around the city I live in,” she says of her Tulsa home. “Whether it’s a freelance photographer or designer, a restaurant owner, a floral artist, a food truck owner, a home decor shop … the city environment is encouraging of people to step out and pursue their passion.”