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Fine Vintage: Living Simply in Ventura, California

A busy couple finds simplicity and a connection with the past through vintage decor and family traditions.

Raya chose a smaller-than-usual slip-covered couch from Room & Board ( to help the living room feel bigger (and the couch stay clean with two young kids). Raya’s mom made the chevron window shades.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
Raya found these two shapely chairs on Craigslist. She liked the original goldenrod fabric, but after the chairs suffered an attack from the family's puppy, she re-covered them with slipcovers her mom made. Raya made the matching pillows herself.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
For just $20, Raya bought these old school lockers she found sitting outside a neighbor’s home. Forest repainted the doors, and the kids now store their toys in them, inside labeled baskets from Land of Nod (
Photo By Raya Carlisle
In the children's bedroom, sweet vintage toys and graphic prints lend themselves to a unique, playful aesthetic.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
A tiny shelf with ceramic miniatures and a letter G makes an adorable accent in Genevieve’s closet.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
The kitchen is unusually large for the neighborhood and was a major selling point. Raya and Forest painted the walls and changed the light fixtures to these from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. (
Photo By Raya Carlisle
Forest and Raya decided to convert their former dining room into a play room for the kids. They sold their large dining room table and bought this smaller one at a thrift store, which works much better in the smaller eat-in kitchen space. The Thonet chairs, originally from a church in Santa Barbara, are another Craigslist find.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
IKEA shelves (, an old shipping crate and a big flea market wire basket contain some of Baker and Genevieve's playthings. Raya found the vintage map at an antique store and Forest mounted it to a wood panel.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
Baker's wardrobe is one of Forest's family heirlooms.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
Raya found this lounge chair at an antique store and had an upholsterer patch a few tears and paint the leather.
Photo By Raya Carlisle
Raya and Forest love their home’s laid-back, cozy vibe.
Photo By Raya Carlisle

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