"Modern Eclectic Glamazon" Is Our New Favorite Decor Style Thanks to This Bungalow

Photos by Jessica Brigham

For some people, closing on a house two days before your wedding might sound crazy, but for photographer, blogger, and designer Jessica Brigham, and her soon-to-be husband Christopher, it just felt right. It's that same adventurous spirit that guided Brigham as she decorated over the past five years. The house, a 1934 Craftsman bungalow in New Haven, Connecticut, was spotted by Brigham's mother, a realtor, and had everything the couple was looking for, including lots of land and period details. "We knew before we stepped foot in the house that it was ours," says Brigham. "We looked at one other house for good measure (and only because my Mom insisted!)"

When it came to decorating the house, Brigham went for bold colors and graphic prints. (She describes the style as "modern eclectic glamazon.") "I'm an avid thrifter who collects statement pieces (and plenty of tchotchkes, too!) in which I'll design an entire space around," she says. "It takes time to build a home on vintage finds, but I love the process and the unique stories each piece tells." She scoured local estate sales and online sources — including Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, estatesales.net, Letgo, and eBay — to find just the right pieces. While there's still work to be done — Brigham sees a kitchen and basement renovation in her future — it's all part of the home's gradual evolution. Fortunately, these homeowners enjoy the process as much as the results.

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The Craftsman Bungalow, which Brigham shares with her husband, two cats, and a dog, is on a double lot and borders a city park with wooded trails.

Living Room with blue velvet couch
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Brigham painted the walls of the living room in Benjamin Moore's Super White to create a blank canvas for the colorful accents, including the Article sofa, vintage tropical rattan swivel chairs, and assortment of seascapes. One of her favorite thrifted finds in the home is the almost 400 pound marble-and-brass console, which she bought for just $44.

dining room with palm wallpaper
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Brigham has become a self-taught carpenter during the decorating process and installed the board and batten in the dining room. The removable wallpaper tiles by Justina Blakeney for Hygge & West are complemented by the array of plants in the space. (Brigham has over 70 plants in the house.) Article chairs are pulled up to a custom table built by Mason Dixon Handmade.

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The couple's cat Marla sits by the well-stocked Hollywood Regency bar car. Vintage plates decorated with monkeys are displayed on the wall.

forest green paint in office
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The walls of the office were painted in Benjamin Moore's Hunter Green and display a collection of thrifted artwork. The arm chairs were found at World Market, the desk chair is from West Elm, and the desk is vintage.

yellow bedroom yellow wallpaper
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Their other cat, Sylvester, rests in the master bedroom, where a wall was covered in Best Fronds by Wallshoppe. A vintage bench from Midcentury Collective coordinates with nightstands from Target.

Guest Room
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Brigham piled graphic pillows on a vintage brass bed in another guest room. The jute rug is from Rugs USA and the sconces are from Schoolhouse Electric.

Guest Room
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Geometric shelves were backed with wallpaper from the master bedroom and guest room.

bedroom with palm wallpaper
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Removable banana leaf wallpaper from Etsy adds a tropical touch to one of the guest rooms, which is decorated with a midcentury modern bedroom set purchased by Brigham's grandparents when they got married in 1957.

bathroom with stenciled tile and unique shower curtain
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The bathroom's tile floor was actually painted by Brigham using a stencil. The Tommy Bahama shower curtain gives a nod to the guest room and dining area.

Hallway
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The skull painting in the hallway, which the couple found in an upscale dive bar in Santa Barbara, is nicknamed "Edgar."


Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp

Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer splitting her time between New York and Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, ... more