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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Home Tour with DeNai of Petunia Pickle Bottom


Posted by Ali | View all posts by Ali
11 Comments » | Published in Decorating Modern, DP Designer Posts, House Tours, Kids Rooms, modern inspiration, nature study, Nursery, Real Rooms, Thrift Shopping, Vintage Modern  |  11 Comments

Petunia Pickle BottomPetunia Pickle Bottom co-founders DeNai and Braden share an incredible tour of their home and design style. Keep an eye out for the school map of the United States, the oversized Chinese ceremonial mask and the mushroom collection. Without question, I could live here and feel well traveled, educated and at peace. Beautiful job, guys! If you want to learn more about PPB, check out our designer interview. Enjoy!

Maybe it’s the fact that in my professional life vibrant color and pattern are my signature style at Petunia Pickle Bottom that make my personal life at home a monochromatic world.  My rule of thumb when putting together a room usually begins with one object.  I am a fan of flea markets or something with a little history.  So when I begin to style a room, it is usually a unique found object that sparks my imagination.

Our home was built in the 1920’s and still has a considerable amount of the original details.  Our family room is where we like to hang out by the fireplace, read books to the kids on our comfy couches, take a nap or set up train tracks to circumnavigate the room.  When I first saw this room, I was struck by the 8’ window and high exposed beam ceiling. It was light and bright so I chose colors that would naturally illuminate.

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The focal point I designed around was the natural wood Roost buck head flanked by archival school charts (lobster and bird) that stem from my father’s days as a college biology professor. My recent obsession with mushrooms covers the fireplace mantle.

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Friends joke our kids will have nightmares from the oversized Chinese ceremonial mask that hangs in our dining room. Found at an antique store in historic downtown Ventura, she’s become part of the family. We think it was used in the movies or carried in a Chinese parade.

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The red lips of the mask were the perfect color to pair the walls, a vintage red wood telephone booth door filled with glass, and our custom table crafted by my husband.

My 3-year-old son Sutton’s room was recently converted to a “big boy” bedroom.  Years ago I found a stunning oversized school map of the United States (chalk printed so you can write on it) that I knew would be perfect for a child’s bedroom. We held onto over the years and it served as the perfect centerpiece for the “Traveler’s odyssey” theme for my son’s room.

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Complete with a flying ship, globes, suitcase, guitar, army blanket, old books, and oriental rug, we dream of all the far-off places we will go together.

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My youngest son Miller’s room began when I fell in love with the Cole & Son’s wallpaper “Trees.”

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I went with a grey palette and used yellow as the pop color, archival sketches of birds, and a big comfy chair for books and cuddles.

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I often retreat to this room when I need a moment to breathe; life with two boys is very loud and rambunctious. Miller loves the serenity of this room, especially since our days are jam-packed with play dates and outdoor activities.

Because we live in California we get to enjoy the outdoors. The patio off our master bedroom is a Moroccan-inspired retreat complete with the best (in my humble opinion) umbrella Anthropologie has ever offered.

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The patio has a quaint sitting area and oversized hammock the whole family can cuddle on. I love the way all the bright whites in varying textures play off the sun.

Thanks, DeNai! If you ever need a housesitter, let me know. Ha! You can see all of the Petunia Pickle Bottom pieces on DP.

About Ali:
I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.

About Ali

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I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.



  1. visualingual says:

    August 18th, 2009 at 4:21 am (#)

    What a lovely home! I especially love that a little boy got a pale grey room — it’s so incredibly sophisticated! The funny thing that it sort of reminds me of my own [grown-up] bedroom, right down to the antique oology prints; see what I mean here. Well done!

  2. Marcella says:

    August 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am (#)

    Love it!!!
    Beautiful home..and Great people! 🙂

  3. Brenna Booker-Rouse says:

    August 19th, 2009 at 6:45 am (#)

    Your home is beautiful… I love the nursery!

  4. Bella says:

    August 19th, 2009 at 3:57 pm (#)


  5. Amy P. says:

    August 19th, 2009 at 8:08 pm (#)

    I love the color of Sutton’s walls! I’d love to know what color that is!

  6. DeNai says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 9:53 am (#)

    Thanks for all the nice comments.

    Amy, I will look it up in my binder for you. I believe it was a Dunn Edwards color. More later. 🙂

  7. DeNai says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 12:44 pm (#)

    Amy: Here is the color.
    Dunn Edwards
    1C1 “Neo-Mediterranean” 30gg/54/045

  8. Leslie says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 1:03 pm (#)

    I’m dying over the love birds mobile…is this one of a kind or store bought? If the latter, could you please divulge where you found it? PS- love that I got to peek inside your home…it’s gorgeous!

  9. kathleen says:

    November 2nd, 2010 at 6:48 am (#)

    What color paint did you use in miller’s room?


  10. dovjaku says:

    February 2nd, 2011 at 3:11 pm (#)

    poglejte si tole Roène svetilke

  11. Monica says:

    August 22nd, 2012 at 6:26 pm (#)

    Beautiful! Where is the nursery rug from? Sweet and soft looking!

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