To find beauty in imperfection…within unconventional objects and places, takes a discerning, lovely eye. To celebrate such beauty…to elevate it, requires a joyful spirit. To invite others to join the feast and thereby discover the treasures of the tumbledown, demands a gracious heart.
Our designer in today’s spotlight indeed possesses all three of these gifts of grace.
Meet the Heart Who Dreamed Up A Beautiful Mess Home
It has been so long, I cannot seem to remember precisely how I became acquainted with this designer’s inspiring work. I only know it has been pure pleasure watching success bloom for California-based, Kymberley Fraser. She is a treasure seeker…yes, but more importantly, she is the treasure.
The unique, chic, and modern rustic shop, A Beautiful Mess Home, she founded offers industrial, primitive, and European antiques as well as unusual gifts, lighting, art, and so much more for infusing character into a home.
Interior designers who frequent the shop, rely on Fraser’s artful eye for curating one of a kind items, many from Europe, and customers often become clients since she offers design services.
A Beautiful Mess Home has a brick and mortar presence 30 minutes west of LA in Agoura Hills (28861 Agoura Hills Rd.) as well as an online presence right here.
Staying True to Her Roots
In the early days of A Beautiful Mess Home, Kymberley Fraser was designing her signature pillows and handbags created from an amazing collection of antique French linens and German grain sacks. While we stopped seeing these custom beauties for a stretch, they reappeared to the delight of her loyal customers!
Here’s my favorite…her EVERYTHING bag which just happens to feature my favorite number (and maybe yours!):
German Grain Sacks
You may recall seeing a certain German grain sack from A Beautiful Mess Home float about my own home in various spots (and various homes!). Table runner, pillow cover, wall art, these pieces bring rustic European country flavor and imperfect lovely while also adding a slightly modern vibe. Let’s face it. Lettered everything is still very now and going strong.
These handbags embody perfectly that spirit of ‘a beautiful mess’ and seem to reflect the heart-fullness of their designer.
Today, we will journey into the modern rustic magic that is A Beautiful Mess Home and get to know its founder a bit better through her very own lens. If you love the designer’s aesthetic, you will certainly want to follow Beautiful Mess Home on Instagram!
Images: Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess Home
A Beautiful Mess Home: Rustic Modern With Heart
Rustic & Refined
Simple & Sophisticated
Wonky & Wonderful
One of her favorite design moments in the shop is in the dressing room which sports a most charming look. She dreamed up this idea to cover the walls with a few antique textiles from her collection. The ceiling light is made from antique Victorian lamp parts found on a buying trip. They are hung at different levels, and the ceiling plate is an antique French brass scale plate.
This is my idea of couture!
Kymberley Fraser: Her Own Home
What’s her style?
“I guess you could say it’s ‘my look’ but it’s filled with everything that’s touched my life over the years or spoke to me one way or another on my travels. I don’t follow many trends in my own home and believe so much that styles can be mixed… I’ve always believed that you should make it your own and if you love it and it speaks to you, then own it.”
Her style imparts such personality and warmth…and there are all of these delicious contrasts happening. Not just with black and white, but in unexpected pairings of the understated with the bold that keep you intrigued.
Kymberley Fraser: Interior Design Projects
Kymberley’s work has been featured in: The New York Times, The Orange County Register, Romantic Homes Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Washington Spaces Magazine, Romantic Country Magazine, Santa Barbara Magazine, 805 Living Magazine, Souvenir Lifestyle Magazine, Calabasas Style Magazine, Hidden Hills Magazine, Flea Market Style Magazine and French Country Style Magazine.
What Inspires the Designer?
Or as she likes to call it, “her church.”
Things of quality.
German Grain Sacks.
Contrasts…black and white.
Creating beautiful things.
What Can You Find in Her Shop A Beautiful Mess Home?
Isn’t her eye for beauty an exceptional one?
This three-legged side table from France from her shop tells such a charming story about messy beautiful, oui?
Do visit A Beautiful Mess Home in person or online and deliver hugs for the designer from this admirer!
Thank you, my friend, KF, for bringing forth all of this beauty.
Peace to you right where you are.