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Monday, April 19, 2010

Thrifty Styling- Blending Old with New!

For most people (ourselves included), one of the biggest challenges of thrift store shopping is imagining the pieces styled in your own home.  You see items stacked on shelves, usually with no rhyme or reason, and it is easy to get overwhelmed or think, "This is all junk."  But try to think of each piece you like in isolation from the rest of the store.   And then think of how you could use it in your own home.  In our minds, a room without some older objects or antiques just falls flat.  Not that we are designers or perfectly decorate rooms, but a room containing 100% new furniture and accessories just doesn't have the joie de vivre of a room with touches of the past.  Mixing old with new is one of the keys to a stylish room.

We posted last Wednesday about our fun thrift store finds in Washington last weekend, so today we'd like to share with you how we styled them in our homes!

Remember this pair of colorful monkeys that MoS Washington found for $4 each?

Here they are styled on her gold etagere, flanking a stack of books.

And this little black foo dog dish/ tray?



Perfect to sit atop a stack of books on my Ikea Malm console table that I posted about here.  

While the console and stools are obviously new, the vintage lamps and tray add some depth to the look.

This pair of little trays from Japan...



Sitting atop my new living room coffee table, paired with vintage silver candlesticks, old books, and a new cloisonne goldfish magnifying glass.

My favorite of the bunch, a little milkglass urn...


Perfect to hold elegant long matches in my den, per MoS Washington's brilliant suggestion!


A few folks have asked me about my sofa fabric- it's Robert Allen Khandar Jewel and is available at Calico Corners

The $10 Tiffany bamboo crystal bowl...



Just right in my living room on a directoire table, paired with a little Herend tureen.


The hand-carved wooden box with an inlaid brass elephant....


Sitting atop a white wicker elephant table in baby boy's nursery, paired with a white croc Jonathan Adler frame.


Remember my sterling compote from St. Albans?


People traditionally use them to hold nuts or candy on a coffee table, but I decided to use it on my desk to hold our MoS business cards.


The $20 shell mirror...


Hung in my yellow and white striped guest room, with a (rather sick looking) plant in a vintage ceramic bamboo planter, stack of books, and Kate Spade green enamel clock.


MoS Washington's fabulous elephant end table!

He got a coat of peacock blue paint and now serves as a cocktail table/stool next to her sofa.


Do you have any tips for styling your "cheap and chic" finds? 

3 comments:

Julie said...

I love the peacock blue elephant! It looks fantastic!

Lacquered Life said...

MoS Washington, amazing choice of blue on the elephant. I would never think to paint a ceramic! What type of paint did you use? I also can't tell if its flat, matte or glossy ... ? ? ?

The Matters of Style Girls said...

LL- I will check the paint when I get home! I think it was a Semi-gloss from Ace Hardware but I will verify! And I primed with Kilz.

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