Meet Karla Aberdavis and her family’s vintage ’50s and ’60s lifestyle

Their nostalgic style shines in their 1964 Stone Mountain ranch
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The Aberdavis family (Karla in vintage Pucci) in front of Curtis Jere’s Birds in Flight. A concrete screen on the exterior peeks through a window.

Photograph by Kelly Blackmon

The Aberdavis family—Karla, James, Olive, and Ora—pines for the ’50s and ’60s, when they believe good design was at its peak. Their style, a retro mashup that’s part practicality and part kitschy glam, touches every aspect of their lives, from furniture and clothes to music and kitchenware in their 1964 Stone Mountain ranch. For more of their throwback lifestyle, visit Karla’s Instagram, @mintkarla, where she has more than 200,000 followers.

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The china is Noritake Arunta dating to the mid-’60s.

Photograph by Kelly Blackmon

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“I love the natural light,” says Karla of their clean-lined midcentury ranch. “But my personal aesthetic is probably more Hollywood Regency.”

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When Karla and James met, James was in a ’60s band. He and Olive like to sing to the Zombies.

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They prefer listening to LPs on their vintage jukebox.

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A starburst clock shines in the dining area. Karla and James thrift most of their items.

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The 1965 Thunderbird couch by Flexsteel is the heart of the home.

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They chose Stone Mountain for its affordable, midcentury houses. Theirs features large clerestory windows.

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Karla stands in front of a chair her mother bought from Rich’s department store during her first job as a gift wrapper.

Photograph by Kelly Blackmon

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