417 Home: How do you describe the style of decor in your home?
Ron Johnson: It’s about as casual as you can get, and most of the decor is antiques. The look is super-cottagy.
417: Looking around, it’s clear that your accent color is definitely green.
R.J.: I like green because it’s such a neutral, and it looks good with every season. It’s great in the spring, and it’s great in Christmas.
417: When did you start collecting antiques?
R.J.: I started when I was a little boy. It was rocks, fossils or sticks. I’ve always been a collector, and once you find something you like, that’s how it starts. You see something you like and then the next thing you know you’ve got a big collection.
417: Do you remember the first real antique you bought?
R.J.: My first antique item… I remember I bought it when I was in college. It was a wood crate that had a cool label on it. From there I started collecting wooden duck decoys.
417: When did you start adding in the figurines that are apart of your decor now?
R.J.: They’re called Staffordshire; it’s English and is from the mid 1800s. My first piece would have probably been in the early ’90s. I like to think about where they’ve been and the things they’ve seen.
417: Is there a certain style of item you look for when adding to your collection?
R.J.: I like anything that’s botanical or dog-themed or deer-themed. You’re attracted to what you like. But I don’t have a place in mind when I find something I like. I just mix it in.
417: What’s your tip to layering different styles?
R.J.: I like using trays to gather collections together. I also like using books to elevate. I'm really big on coffee table books. They add a great texture, and they’re also fun to sit around and look at.
417: Do people ask you about how to pull off the cottage style?
R.J.: All the time. One thing people need help with is layering. People are afraid to mix things together a lot of times. But I just think that the more you mix, the more interesting things become.