A Vintage Feel for a Boston Home

A Vintage Feel for a Boston Home

A Vintage Feel for a Boston Home


Sue and Garnet Ronstrom


Although the Ronstroms are a young couple, they wanted to outfit their living area with vintage and second-hand finds. Homepolish's Shannon Tate helped achieve a sense of history, while keeping their fun energy.

Photos by Joyelle West.

For anyone who has ever tried, antique hunting is not for the faint of heart. Rummaging through piles of knick knacks and worn furnishing to find the perfect piece can get tiring, especially when you’re trying to fit a certain aesthetic. And sometimes you find the perfect piece, only to have it snatched when you look away! But the trade off is that antique, second-hand items bring spaces together in a unique way, creating a visual story.

Homepolish designer Shannon Tate is hardly a stranger to this. When she met up with Sue and Garnet Ronstrom in Boston, they specified that they were interested in sourcing from Craigslist and second-hand stores whenever possible. This was not without a fair amount of heartbreak. When the team found a beautiful Kilim rug on Chairish, it was bought before they could make up their minds. And then the same happened to their original choice for the coffee table.

But they weren’t defeated! They kept on the lookout for more, and eventually found some midcentury pieces. Shannon also added in paint details and made the throw pillows for the sofa by HAND. Now Sue and Garnet have a comfy space… as do their two dogs. (Not pictured: a 4-foot-long dog memory foam bed for their Mastiff and pug.)


I can organize things, but I can’t make them look good. We had eclectic, but not in a good way. Kudos to Shannon who did all the magic in this space!

- Sue Ronstrom, Homepolish client
In this tour:
Living Room