Bungalow 47 (the brand and the store) began as a mix of styles from both of us, Jill and Chantelle, along with our love of vintage and repurposing. Although we had known each other in our community for years, it was this that brought us together to start a business. At Bungalow 47, we have always been about home telling the story of your life, or at least through creating that look with vintage finds and repurposing current home decor. Paint began to play a leading role early in our business, and soon overtook our main focus, to where we closed our retail location to focus on our nationwide distribution. If you’re creative you know that you can’t keep those fun collecting obsessions down for long, so we continue to build our brand with a product to help you create something meaningful in your home with Bungalow 47 Furniture Paint, but in our personal lives everything centers around our love for design.
Jill and her husband Dennis purchased and renovated, from top to bottom, a home that serves as their little empty nest. With married children living across the country, the new house focused on a paired down version of the classic look Jill prefers, mixed with touches of vintage and many heirlooms.
As each of their children married, Jill and Dennis took the opportunity to pass down furniture for their kids to style their new homes, keeping their favorites and necessities for the life they live.
A mix of old and new makes the living area a cozy place to hang out, watch television, or get inspired reading from Jill’s library of decorating books.
With all the children married, Otis the puggle enjoys his status as “only child” left at home.
The basement stairwell provided a perfect canvas for Jill to place pictures of her children, coupled with their spouses, filling the ceiling over the stairs. A dutch door makes for daily viewing each time you walk by,
The renovated master bathroom features an old buffet turned vanity, along with a gilded mirror that was purchased in the house’s estate sale Jill attended before ever knowing that she would later buy the house! Along with vintage rugs (one shown here), she remembered where the items had come from and brought them back to the house they had lived their life in.
When the weather is good in Michigan and Jill needs some time away, she heads north to their summer lake cottage. We have done retreats here for paint retailers in the past, and it’s a fun place to relax and get inspired for the next project down the road.
The cottage is set up for easy summer living, with an outdoor shower, enclosed porch, and all activities centered around lake living.
Jill is available for local design consultations and can be followed on her blog at The Life That’s Lived There