This Yunky House by Zach & Hugh.
Decorating a home to be authentic or striking is not always about getting the “moment-furn” or how much your sofa cost. Obviously, many pieces become instant icons, especially with the help of social media, but this massive consumption has little to do with building a home.
By the way, there are people who use social media to give tips on how their house can be more you, where to find pieces that represent your essence, like ZACH and HUGH do on their Instagram and blog This Yunky House.
The “design enthusiasts, home renovation-attempters, and backyard chicken dads,” as they describe themselves on the blog, live in an 1800s row house in Philadelphia and give home styling tips to help you build a real home with creative freedom. In a short chat with us, they talked about how furniture choices make all the difference and the dedication involved in building a living gallery house.
You have a house full of personality, each piece of furniture is very different from the other, but despite that, they're all in harmony. Tell us a little about the match of the wall gallery with the leather sofa.
The gallery wall started first. We had both been collecting pieces for a few years and had started assembling them in a previous house. When we moved, we started acquiring more pieces and changed the layout a bit to fit our new space. The right leather sofa took us a while to find — we were wary of purchasing a large piece of furniture online, but the Napa Sectional from Poly & Bark has worked out well for us for over two years now. We thought the leather texture tied in really well with the warm hues from the brown and gold frames on our gallery wall.
What is the favorite space in the house for each of you?
Our favorite space is probably the living room/kitchen. It's all one big open area, and just so happens to be where we've done the most DIY work. It feels very rustic yet classic and is very cozy at the same time.
From the photos, we can see that you like a lot of vintage finds. Is this collection more motivated by aesthetics, durability, or a little of both?
It's definitely a little bit of both. Vintage charm is really an unbeatable aesthetic in our opinion, though when something is antique it isn't necessarily the most functional — that is why when we chose our sofa in the living room, we wanted something new and comfortable but would easily tie into the vintage vibe of our gallery wall. That being said, vintage, thrifted, and antique finds always have a unique story in their different textures and wears, and it's nice to give them a second life.
A real home is a place where your creativity can live. They have it.
Small budget + thrifted furn = Melbourne home.