If you're a lover of all things vintage and antique, there's one Instagram account that you absolutely must follow: @thebakerandtheboys. Behind this enchanting page is Anaga, a woman with a keen eye for interior design and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the past. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at Anaga's extraordinary home, her unique design aesthetic, and some of the inspiring elements that make her Instagram feed a must-follow for vintage and antique enthusiasts.

A House Steeped in History

Anaga's home is a testament to her love for the past. The architectural elements of her house are a striking blend of vintage, modern, and floral designs. Her attention to detail is evident in the exquisite crown molding, transom windows, beveled panes, and prisms that adorn her living space. These architectural features create a sense of timeless beauty, giving her home a unique character that's truly enchanting.


A Treasure Trove of Antique Finds

One of the most captivating aspects of Anaga's design style is her impressive collection of antique and vintage pieces. "Everything I buy is very well-maintained antique pieces," she explains, and her home is a living testament to this philosophy. From the vintage mirror (below) from the 1900s that hails from Sweden to countless other treasures, her home exudes a sense of history and nostalgia.

Anaga's passion for antique hunting is clear, and she frequently attends estate sales to discover hidden gems. Her dedication to curating an environment that reflects her love for the past is evident in every corner of her home. Estate sales are a great way to find unique pieces for your home at a reasonable price.

A Style That Evolves

Anaga's journey into her current design style was not an overnight transformation. She admits, "Before moving, I had a very different aesthetic." However, her new home allowed her to explore and discover a style that resonates deeply with her. She cites Jean Stoffer from Stoffer Homes as a significant influence on her evolving design sensibilities. She also loves the Indian-Inspired creativity of account "Kin and Kasa." These sources fuel her creativity and help her evolve her style. In fact these board and batten panels were a DIY project Anaga did after being inspired by Kin and Kasa. 

The result is a beautiful mix of vintage and modern, creating a harmonious balance that feels both fresh and timeless. Anaga has successfully adapted her style to her home, embracing the antique charm and vintage allure that define her aesthetic.

A Grand Home Filled with Personal Touches

Anaga's home is nothing short of spectacular. With 10,000 square feet of space in Illinois, it boasts five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, providing ample room for her family and her creativity to flourish. Beyond the conventional living spaces, Anaga has added a plant room (below) where she tends to her 30 lush, green companions, watering them once a week. This space not only adds to the aesthetic of her home but also serves as a personal oasis for her.

Additionally, her home features a puja room (below), adorned with brass idols and bells that she sourced from Etsy. A gallery wall displaying black and white family photos further adds a personal touch to her design. We hope to add more puja decor products to the Marble Lotus curation to help you source and decorate your home while paying homage to your roots.


A Passion for Baking and Cooking

It's not just the aesthetics that define Anaga's Instagram page; she also has a passion for baking and cooking. Her feed is filled with delectable creations that showcase her love for the culinary arts. The combination of her vintage-inspired kitchen and her delicious treats is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. She says “It helps to have three boys that will eat anything I give them!”

Anaga's Instagram page, @thebakerandtheboys, is a testament to her passion for vintage and antique design. Her home, with its architectural splendors and antique treasures, is a feast for the eyes, while her personal touches and culinary delights make her page truly unique. Her journey from a different aesthetic to the antique-inspired style she now cherishes is a testament to the transformative power of interior design and a reminder that our homes can be canvases for self-expression and creativity. So, if you're looking for inspiration to infuse vintage charm into your living space, be sure to follow Anaga for a daily dose of nostalgia and creativity.

Saundrya Mehra
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