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Here’s What to Source on Etsy

We’re excited to chat about one of our favorite sources for all things unique, handmade, and downright delightful: Etsy. Let me tell you, this online marketplace is a goldmine for those of us who crave something a little more ‘unique’ than your run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter décor.

One of the things we love most about Etsy is the opportunity to support small businesses and independent artisans. As a small business ourselves, we’re all about championing our fellow creatives and incorporating their beautiful designs into our projects. There’s something truly special about knowing that each piece has been crafted with care and passion by someone halfway across the country … or the world.

I’ve developed a serious obsession with Etsy shopping. It’s so easy to fall into a rabbit hole of browsing, and before you know it, you’ve stumbled upon a multitude of other gems you never even knew you needed. But that’s all part of the fun, right?

So, whether you’re on the hunt for a statement piece to elevate your space or simply searching for that perfect finishing touch, Etsy has you covered. Let’s take a look at how we, as designers, rely on Etsy.


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Vintage Artwork

Ah, vintage art on Etsy — where do we begin? It’s a world of history, nostalgia, and artistic brilliance. The allure of vintage pieces lies not only in their aesthetic appeal, but also in the stories they carry. Each piece has a rich narrative; a glimpse into a bygone era that adds depth and character to any space. 

As designers, we’re drawn to the authenticity and uniqueness of vintage artwork available on Etsy. These pieces aren’t typically churned out by machines in mass quantities; instead they’re lovingly curated by independent sellers who share a passion for preserving the beauty of art. Plus, there’s the thrill of the hunt — scouring through Etsy listings in search for that one-of-a-kind find that will elevate our designs. 

Here are some of our fave pieces: original river landscape painting vintage oil painting 


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Handmade Throw Pillows

When it comes to finding perfect pillows to cozy up a space, we have Etsy as a go-to destination in mind, especially for those irresistible pillow covers. With an abundance of talented textile vendors, there’s no shortage of options to explore. 

Shop all pillows here: rose pillow cover, hand blocked pillow cover, brown striped linen pillow cover, floral patterned pillow cover, botanical pillow cover with exposed leather zipper

What sets handmade pillow covers apart is not just their affordability, but also their versatility. Instead of investing in expensive pillows that may only suit a specific season or occasion, opt for interchangeable pillow covers. This allows for easy customization and flexibility with storing during the off-season. I love the idea of refreshing my space as the seasons change, without breaking the bank or cluttering up storage space, and I encourage you to do the same! Handmade pillows often boast unique textiles, patterns, and details that add personality and warmth to any room.


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Vintage rugs

Not only are vintage rugs durable and easy to clean, but their timeless appeal makes them a perfect choice for any room, from high-traffic areas to cozy corners. Whether you’re in need of a small bath mat or a statement-making area rug, Etsy’s selection offers a treasure trove of colors, patterns, and sizes for every style. Make sure to always confirm sizing as vintage rugs can have unique sizing due to the fact that they are handmade. 

When sourcing through listings for rugs, we always rely on these specific keywords to find those hidden gems that perfectly complement our vision: vintage, overdyed, Turkish


Custom Drapery

Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Etsy’s customization options are a game-changer, especially when it comes to drapery. Finding sellers who offer a range of sizes and the flexibility to create bespoke pieces allows you to achieve that designer look without spending too much. Customizing drapes and curtains ensures they’re tailored to fit each window/door perfectly, with the right length and ample coverage for a polished finish. 

With drapery being so crucial to the overall aesthetic of a space, this approach ensures that every detail is considered to suit the unique requirements of each home. While custom drapes can come with a hefty price tag, sourcing them from Etsy offers a more budget-friendly alternative without compromising on quality or style. It’s all about that perfect balance — just make sure your measuring game is on point!

Keywords to search: custom, pinch pleat, linen


Design: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Hardware

Hardware has been on my mind big time with our current reno. One vendor that has never failed to impress is Paso Robles Ironworks, whose exquisite craftsmanship elevated our café curtain hardware at our previous house. Now, I’m itching to incorporate their designs for drapery hardware into our Tumalo project. As a details person, I believe that hardware plays an essential role in enhancing the existing design, adding that extra touch of sophistication and cohesion. 

Keywords to search: antique, luxury, unlacquered brass 

Clouz Houz tip: Always order a sample before committing to a full set. It’s hard to gauge weight, finish and quality solely from online images. So, getting up close and personal with the hardware ensures a perfect match for the design vision.


Designs: Clouz Houz | Photography: Zee Wendell

Lighting

Lighting is a crucial element in our Tumalo project, and Etsy has been our go-to source for finding unique sconces and fixtures. From brass sconces to exposed fixtures and vintage-inspired lighting, there’s a diverse range of options to suit our aesthetic. 

Here are some of our trusted vendors: Smile Lamp WorksMullan Lighting

Prioritize vintage or handmade options from independent makers. While there are plenty of affordable options inspired by distinctive designs, opting for the authentic version ensures both quality and longevity. Investing in authentic pieces may require a bit more upfront, but it’s an investment that you’ll treasure for years to come.

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While wear is normal and imperfections can add charm, make sure you aren’t buying anything that is falling apart. Always ask for more pictures if you are unsure about color, lighting, or damage. Etsy sellers are always ready to help find you what you need. Additionally, I always like to check shipping costs as more of these sellers are overseas artisans. As such, shipping can start to add up, especially if you have to send something back. Or, for that matter, some vendors might not take returns, so always check the return policy. Otherwise, happy treasure hunting!

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Hi! We are Clouz Houz.. Follow along for home renovation tips, interior design inspo, living a slow lifestyle, and of course making time for simple pleasures like cooking, entertaining and some self care..

We have changed our lives realizing our motto : Life is Short. Make it Beautiful. ✌️

About 5 ½ years ago, we had a real eye-opener experience. After 20 years in the financial industry,, Derrick lost his job. If it hadn’t been for that, I’m not sure we would be on this journey today. But it was then when we truly realized we were not happy with where we were in life. Our life was moving at an extremely hectic and fast pace and we were having a hard time keeping up. We needed to find ways to slow it down. I truly believe the universe had a plan for us because our life trajectory was forever changed. It was then when we came up with our motto and promised ourselves to live by it that day forward.

We picked up our family and moved to Bend, Oregon for a simpler way of living and a fresh perspective on life. We had always dreamed of what it would be like to live here, so we took it as an opportunity to make it happen.

We realized our passion for investing in our personal homes over the years was real… we’ve lived in nine homes (soon to be 10) and flipped three houses over our 26 years of marriage. Each home holds a special place in our hearts…full of memories made in them. Ha, we can’t say it was always a walk in the park- designing and renovating homes involves not only time, energy, money and sweat equity; but also lessons in patience, diligence and grit.

Derrick set out and studied for his General Contractor and Real Estate license so we could continue to invest in homes for resale, but also to partner with me acting as Principal Designer for client projects. I am a self-taught interior designer that has worked in the industry for the past 20 years. We founded Clouz Houz in 2021. Some may think starting a business in our 50s would be just as hectic, but for us, doing what we love makes it all easier.
Transport yourself to spring in Italy ☀️ A year ago this month, I had the opportunity to go on an unforgettable journey to Firenze for a @boxwoodavenue retreat. 

Surrounded by like-minded creatives, I immersed myself in the rich history of Italy’s streets, indulged in cooking classes, scoured antique markets for hidden treasures and learned from local artisans about their centuries old techniques. That trip left an indelible mark on my creative soul, reshaping my design perspective and inspiring me to embrace timeless classics and heirloom pieces. Italy truly is a place where creativity thrives, and I’m forever grateful for the experience. 

If you ever have the chance to visit, seize it! And if you’re already planning a trip, here are my top 5 must-do’s: 
1. Learn the art of making fresh pasta.
2. Lose yourself in the vintage flea markets for unique finds.
3. Experience the charm of Il Salviantino hotel - every corner is a photo op!
4. Savor some of the best espresso martinis (IMO)!
5. Join a guided walking tour to learn and soak in the sights effortlessly.
Join me behind the scenes as I add the finishing touches to our Tumalo kitchen! We sourced these brass pulls from @sumnerstreethardware. We then stumbled upon the coolest brand, @walnutstudiolo, known for their handmade leather hardware.

We opted for the the Tilikum + Flanders handles and the Oswego leather wraps for our kitchen. And let me tell you- these wraps are seriously ingenious! You simply wrap the leather around the handles for an instant rustic vibe. 

I’ve been itching to infuse a leather element into our kitchen design, and I have a feeling this is going to be just perfect. Stay tuned for the grand reveal – it’s all coming together so beautifully!