Desperado Decor by Karin Cody

Home decor is an important part of Desperado’s commitment to creating beauty in our lives. Karin Cody is not only a long time client of Desperado Boutique she helps us keep our home decor section looking great. She’s also a wonderful addition to our sales team and is always willing to personally help clients with decorating tips or picking that perfect something for kitchen, bath or bedroom. We wanted to dig a little deeper into the decor style of Karin and share some of her personal collection.
Here are some of her styling tips and decorating philosophy. Desperado Boutique carries an extensive collection of Central Oregon artist, Barbara Slater as well as Wall & Table art by Vintage Sculpture. You can also always find a vast collection of vintage western pieces throughout the store. Enjoy!
Q: Your style is so unique, how old were you when you first discovered your passion for Interior design?
Karin: Well, I actually think it is part of my DNA.  My father was an artist and my mother was very artistic and thus, I came by it naturally.  My childhood home was really cool and…as they say “the nut doesn’t fall from the tree”. 
Q: What are your favorite pieces from Desperado that you have decorated your home with?
Karin: I have quite a few favorite pieces. I just purchased the Indian head from Vintage Sculpture. I have been in love with Vintage Sculpture art since my husband bought me a cigar box with a horse on it for Valentine’s Day a few years ago.
My second favorite piece is a Barbara Slater custom painting of my now deceased dog, Stormy.  I just love that picture of Stormy, as she captured him perfectly.  He was such a love.
I have another painting of Barbara’s of a mare and foal, that I adore as well. I can also add the children’s vintage cowboy boots on the fireplace mantle and the “grateful” sign over the office doorway as pieces I bought at Desperado that add joy to my life.
Q: What inspires you when furnishing/decorating a home?
Karin: Over the years, it does not matter where I have lived….in the suburbs, in the country or in the city, I believe art is what really makes a well decorated home.  In my opinion, art actually makes a house a home and it is even more fascinating when I  meet the artist that makes the piece; then there is a memorable story to it as well. 
I also like to mix in antiques with whatever decorating style, as antiques have such soul and a mystery of their history. I really enjoy repurposing items.  When I lived in Portland, I purchased an old “hotel/motel” bedroom set from a liquidators on NE Grand.  I proceeded to have an artist repaint the pieces and I’m still using one of the pieces in our master bedroom today!  Just a month ago, I was looking for a tiny table and found one on Craigslist for $5.00 and then had my favorite artist, Colleen Brown, of Raven Haven Vintage, paint it with an tipi.
Q: What are some of your next big plans for your property?
Karin: The project that we are working on now is giving our chicken coop a face lift.  A couple years ago a tree fell on the roof, and even though it was still functional, it is time to replace the roof.  While we are at it, we are remodeling it to match our theme with an “old western town” faux front.

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