Home decor that brings the outside in

"Little by little it's changed into my dream home."

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

Home decor that brings the outside in

Written by: Julia Perla Huisman
March 21, 2018


The dawning spring season evokes a sense of brightness, newness, fresh color palettes and budding natural things. When we bring these elements into our home, it’s no surprise that a renewed energy almost always follows.  

No one knows this better than Kim Yettaw, who owns the decor shop Nest Number 4 in Michigan City. The symbolism of a nest itself means new life, which is a theme that emanates throughout both her store and home.  

Kim fuses the natural with industrial in her LaPorte home, combining her background with that of her husband Scott. “We are a true case of country girl meets city boy, so I like our home to reflect us both,” she says.

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The dawning spring season evokes a sense of brightness, newness, fresh color palettes and budding natural things. When we bring these elements into our home, it’s no surprise that a renewed energy almost always follows.  

No one knows this better than Kim Yettaw, who owns the decor shop Nest Number 4 in Michigan City. The symbolism of a nest itself means new life, which is a theme that emanates throughout both her store and home.  

Kim fuses the natural with industrial in her LaPorte home, combining her background with that of her husband Scott. “We are a true case of country girl meets city boy, so I like our home to reflect us both,” she says.

“If I could describe my style, it would have to be ‘modern farmhouse.’ It definitely has a cottage/farmhouse feel, but I love adding industrial items like lighting, metal bar stools, and a cool old industrial rail cart as a coffee table to keep it a little modern, too.” 

Over 13 years, Kim and Scott have “pretty much changed every square inch” of their home, she says. “When we moved in it had tan-colored tiled floors and navy blue countertops. I’m thankful to have a husband who has done almost all of the work. Little by little it’s changed into my dream home.”  

Kim walks us through said dream home and shares her ideas for achieving a spring look that refreshes and renews. 

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf

DINING ROOM: 

“The table is from Pottery Barn, and the wooden centerpiece is an antique tool box that I repainted and stenciled with a number 4. The cabinet is an antique. You’ll see bird nests and sea grass chargers on the table and always all white dishes.” 

Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Dining room
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Dining room
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Dining room
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Dining room

LIVING ROOM: 

“There’s a sea grass chair from Pottery Barn. We also have an antique buffet that was my husband’s grandfather’s, and an antique cabinet that belonged to my grandmother. We also DIY’d a chicken cage into a coffee table.” 

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Living room
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Living room
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Living room
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Living room

FAMILY ROOM/EAT-IN KITCHEN: 

“In the family room you’ll see an industrial rail cart we use for a coffee table, shiplap walls, lots of greenery and all neutral pillows. In the kitchen area we lightened the space with bright white shiplap, rusty wall buckets with greenery and warm wood chairs from Nest Number 4 with a distressed white painted table from Pier 1.” 

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Family room/kitchen
Photo Credit: Brad Wolf
Family room
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Family room/kitchen
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Family room

DAUGHTER’S ROOM

“The furniture is all by Magnolia Home and the bedding is Pottery Barn Teen. We made the wall shelves from pallets. The jars and hello sign are from Nest Number 4.” 

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Daughter's room
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Daughter's room
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Daughter's room
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Daughter's room

ADVICE FROM THE EXPERT 

Take these tips and tricks from Kim: 

  1. 1. Some decor trends I’m seeing this coming spring are actually a little more modern. Grays and tans are still covering the walls, but navy is showing up more in decor items like pillows and bedding.  
  2. 2. I think if you can create a look that doesn’t scream one particular style, you’ve met the newest design trend.  
  3. 3. To achieve a look similar to ours, start neutral with furniture pieces. Add color in less expensive items like pillows and throws. I also decorate with a ton of greenery, which is inexpensive and can completely transform a room.  
  4. 4. Add items that you really love. Search for them, take your time. Your home should be a reflection of the people that live there, not what’s set out on display in a big box department store.