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Features 28

COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED Relaxed Bohemian style flows through this streamlined fleamarket home in Antelope, California.

By Stephanie Agnes-Crockett


FROM GLOOM TO BLOOM A couple of artists turn their dark medieval house into a home with quirky colors and creations.

By Monique Van Der Pauw


STYLED FOR SIZE Even with limited space, this charming Venice Beach home stays warm, inviting and clutter-free.

By Lauren Hofer


RESTRAINED RHAPSODY An Arkansan schoolteacher with a gift for designing and love for flea markets shows that the best interiors are studies in balance and composition.

By Autumn Krause


ADVENTURE IN ARTISTRY A Portland artist gives new life to vintage pieces.

By Sarah Yoon


VINTAGE REMIX Reimagine your favorite flea-market finds and cherished pieces.

By Jennifer Gaudet


CANDY-COATED LIVING Kitschy and colorful pieces turn this rented apartment into a flea-market haven.

By Kristin Dowding


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A fresh

Editor’s Letter


Talk to Us!

Jickie Torres

EVERY YEAR, I MAKE IT A POINT TO CLEAN OUT MY JUNK DRAWER—the one miscellaneous things work their way into to sit for an entire year like junk mail, dead batteries, dried-out pens, hair ties, grocery lists and coupons. Every home has one, and I like to start off each year with plunging into that black hole to throw away what’s not needed and arrange the rest. It’s crazy how just that little bit of organization can make it easier to breathe when I look for a pen or pad of paper. That’s why this issue is filled with storage, display and purging ideas to bring you some guidance with a collector’s version of spring cleaning! The new year is the perfect time to make space for new holiday goodies and give your house a once-over to really determine which pieces bring you joy. Speaking of which, after working on the holiday issue, I am thrilled to be taking over Flea Market Décor as Editor! I promise to pack every issue with inspiring interiors, upcycling ideas and, of course, the best flea markets throughout the country. In this issue, we have a shopping guide to help organize your closet (page 26), a garage workshop makeover completed with reclaimed pieces (page 20) and upcycling ideas for old treasures (page 124). Get advice from professional organizers (pages 8, 24 and 114), explore beautiful antiques shops (10 and 122) and tour incredible vintagefilled interiors (28, 44, 58, 74, 88, 100 and 114). We’re also excited to announce that this year, Flea Market Décor has teamed up with Dixie Belle Paint Company to develop our own paint line (see page 6 to get to know our new partner)! So take it easy, work in baby steps and don’t give up. Your can achieve a home that’s both relaxing and junky; just take it one drawer at a time.

#fleamarketdecor Happy organizing!

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Project Prep Meet the paint company behind our new paint line, coming soon! BY KR I S TI N DOWDI N G

PAINT IS ONE OF THE MOST USEFUL TOOLS HOMEOWNERS CAN HAVE AT THEIR DISPOSAL. It can also be one of the most difficult products to pick, as we’re presented with more options every day.

That’s why we’re excited to announce we’re partnering with Dixie Belle Paint Company this year to bring you our Flea Market Décor paint line!


Suzanne Fulford, Founder and CEO of Dixie Belle Paint Company, started off restoring old and unloved furniture, falling in love with the process as much as the result. “Painting furniture was a stress reliever for me,” she says. She became interested when she heard about a kind of paint where you don’t have to sand or prime the piece, but it was too expensive. So, she researched the concept behind it, concocted her own brand and started using that instead. In 2014, her company became official, and Dixie Belle Paint was born.

P h oto cour t esy of Di xi e B el l e Pai nt C ompany

been around for hundreds of years."

They specialize in Chalk Mineral Paint, which uses chalk as a binder. Unlike other paints, you don’t have to sand or prime the furniture before you start—just clean and paint. “It’s more of an old-fashioned kind of paint,” says Suzanne. “It’s been around for hundreds of years. I used to show people how easy it is to use in my shop. It’s instant gratification.” Though Suzanne formulated her paint with furniture in mind, it’s not limited to dressers and tables. “You can use it on wood, plastic, metal, glass, fabric and concrete,” she says. “You can even paint rooms. It’s not specifically for furniture; it just works well with furniture.”


Suzanne’s passion for paint is apparent through her company’s vision and focus on the end user. “We really try to help people accomplish what they want to accomplish, she says. “I wanted to

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GIVE OLD FURNITURE NEW life with colorful paint. It's amazing how mixing colors can transform a piece from dated to desirable.

WHITE IS ONE OF THE MOST difficult shades to choose with the myriad color undertones it can possess. We've picked a shade of white that will be perfect for your vintage makeover projects (announced in our next issue).

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have a good, affordable paint line for other people to paint their furniture and use. Part of my vision when I started this company was to also help small businesses stay open so the owners could follow their passion.” While you can purchase their paint on their website, Suzanne also has 1,500 retailers throughout the country that sell her paint, such as antiques, thrift, hardware, upcycling and craft stores. “We like to keep it to the mom-and-pop shops,” she says. “In this business, it’s very DIY and hands-on. It’s a passion for these small shops, and they care enough to teach you how to use the product.” In our next issue, we’ll reveal our picks for the best neutrals and colors to complement and transform your vintage treasures, so grab a paint brush and get ready! FO R MO R E O N D I X I E BEL L E PA I N T, V I S I T D I X I EBELLE PAI NT.COM .

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A Clean Sweep A professional organizer in Savannah, Georgia, shares brilliant words of wisdom for keeping your home functional and clutter-free. B Y SHEL B Y DEERING PHOTOGRAPHY B Y JOSH MOREHOU SE

MARGE VON LEHMDEN, OWNER AND FOUNDER OF HER BUSINESS, HOUSE OF VON PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZING SERVICES, felt a stirring to pursue a career in helping others while she was working in the fast-paced world of sales. In 2016, she was one of 500 laid off in her company, and she knew it was time to follow her dream—to become a professional organizer. Based in Savannah, Georgia, she assists clients all over the country to declutter and become saner in their spaces. She’s here to share her thoughts and tips for organizing your home in a way that streamlines and simplifies everyday life. FLEA MARKET DÉCOR: IN YOUR OPINION, WHY IS ORGANIZATION SO HELPFUL IN PEOPLE’S LIVES? MARGE: “Stuff, clutter and excess is emotional weight. It weighs you down and holds you back, either to you personally or to your family. A simple way to understand how an organizer can help your life is a quote I picked up from a former client. She said, ‘I used to have to look in three or four places when I was looking for something. Now I have one place to go. No more running around looking! It has sped up my daily routine and helped everyone in our family.’” FMD: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE HOMEOWNERS MAKE WHEN APPROACHING HOME ORGANIZATION? MARGE: “It’s very easy to get distracted, overwhelmed or interrupted

when organizing your own home. These delays add up and projects are left unfinished. Having an outside perspective adds motivation, perspective and time management.” FMD: WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS WHEN TAKING ON AN ORGANIZATION PROJECT? MARGE: “I meet with the client to understand their life, family dynamic and goals for their space. Most organizers are type A and love a checklist. I always have a road map of goals and tasks to accomplish. Many projects involve offloading excess and implementing new organizational systems and containers.” FMD: DO YOU HAVE SOME IDEAS FOR BRINGING TOGETHER VINTAGE OBJECTS AND ORGANIZATION? MARGE: “I love incorporating new and old. If you’ve been given a vintage piece or purchased something from a flea market, incorporate it into your daily life. Don’t wait for someday. For example, so many people save silver or china for special events and holidays. I say, if you have it, use it. If it gets broken, it’s okay. If it starts to tarnish or patina, that’s okay, too. I would rather use and enjoy a sentimental piece belonging to my grandmother than have it tucked away in the attic collecting dust. My advice is to put special items in easy and convenient locations. I have an amazing vintage hutch in the center of my home filled with old and new vases and candles. Having these items organized and centrally located allows me to utilize them daily.”


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FMD: WHAT ARE SOME PRACTICAL WAYS PEOPLE CAN GET ORGANIZED EVERY DAY? MARGE: “Start small. Small successes will give you satisfaction that will fuel you to take on more projects. Organizing isn’t a one-time solution. You have to learn new habits, work on upkeep and stay motivated. If you can start with one small area and have success, you can slowly take

Inside Scoop Dual-Purpose


BEFORE YOU GET RID OF ANY OLD TREASURES, ASK YOURSELF IF YOU CAN TURN IT INTO A NEW STORAGE OPTION. Wall hooks are no longer limited to wood boards and prongs, as people are upcycling all kinds of vintage finds and turning them into something new and functional. Susanne Leasure of the Etsy shop True North Home sells such items, like this vintage-inspired faucet wall hook rack. “I particularly enjoy creating a functional piece that has a deco-

on the whole house. A great place to start is an area of the home without emotional attachments. An example of this is the pantry. It’s super easy to toss expired food versus the attic that contains inherited family items with strong sentimental value, but not necessarily daily value. For me, helping simplify lives with organizing and decluttering gives me great joy.”

rative, rustic look, but will be sturdy and useful. Years of living in small spaces made me appreciate the dual purpose,” she says. “Our granny had those style faucets, so it really took my sister and I back to happy childhood times watering her amazing garden.” Bend a wrench to make a hook or use an old cutting board as a hook base. Whatever your treasure, try to give it new life before you give it a new home.

There’s more than one way to make a wall hook. BY KR I S TI N DOWDI NG PHOTO G R A P HY BY S US ANNE LEAS UR E

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An online vintage-wares shop brings the excitement of shopping for antiques to the comfort of your home. B Y KRISTIN DOWDING PHOTOGRAPHY B Y KAYL A DEVITO

THE THRILL OF THE HUNT IS HALF THE FUN OF SHOPPING FOR VINTAGE ITEMS, but there are only so many fleas and thrift stores in your area. Vintage wares will vary from state to state, and a whole world of new possibilities can open up to you with online shopping. For shop co-owners Kayla and Matt DeVito and their friend Teresa Stanfield of Old Grace Gathering Collection, their vintage-wares online stop is about more than making a sale. “I found that many people adore vintage and antiques but don’t know how to find unique pieces or put them together,” says Kayla. “I wanted Old Grace to be a beacon of light for those who may need a little direction.” They carry a wide selection of vintage goods, such as brass with aged patinas, mismatched candlesticks, one-of-a-kind kilim pillows, antique original artworks, stoneware, clothing, books and

circa1910 jewelry (her previous shop that sold vintage handmade jewelry). “We provide a curated collection of wares that all work together. Your dream home can literally be delivered to your door, and all at a fraction of what home wares would cost at a retail shop,” says Kayla. To stock her shop, Kayla explores antiques shops and flea markets on road trips with her husband, but she’s also developed relationships with local dealers who will sometimes save special pieces for her. “I have an incredible roster of the most lovely humans who deal their antiques to me directly,” she says. “I first began buying antique jewelry from them years ago for circa1910, and now they hold all of their best home wares for me, too.” To go beyond making homes beautiful, Kayla also ensures her business is making a difference


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in people’s lives. “I began circa1910 as a way to honor my mom who is currently battling (and winning) in the war against breast cancer for the second time,” says Kayla. “I’ve always wanted to own a business that does something to help others, so we choose non-profits that are near and dear to our hearts to donate a percentage of sales to.” So if you’re short on time, don’t have the means to travel or need some help in the vintage department, Old Grace Gathering Collection is the place to get your fix.

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Looks We Love


You can also use your bracelet rack to store your hair ties, and you’ll never have a problem finding one again!


AS AN AVID COLLECTOR, you’ll discover that even the most unlikely items have something in common. This room is a collective fusion of colorful items that complement one another.


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the Clutter


Easy and functional organization tips to make the most out of your space SOME PEOPLE SWEAR BY CLUTTER AND CLAIM THAT THERE’S A METHOD TO THE MADNESS, but even just a little bit of organization can transform your home. At first glance, this space doesn’t look like a hub of tidiness, but a closer look reveals a variety of organizational techniques that effortlessly double as décor. Do you have any paintings or pictures hanging around that need a home? All you need is a couple unused hangers and some thumbtacks to create your own personalized gallery! This organization tip will dress up any empty wall in your home and create minimal wall damage, which makes it ideal for renters. Art is meant to be appreciated, so rather than stuffing it into a drawer to be forgotten about, put it on display! You can’t deny how easy it is to lose your bracelets. Get a bracelet rack and stack them all together so you always know where they are, and have a beautiful, eclectic display to help you choose which one to wear!

Never underestimate the power of a bookshelf to help you stay tidy. There are so many different ways to organize your books to keep them in good condition (spine out/in, by color, by author, vertically/horizontally). Not much of a reader? A bookshelf is a convenient space to display anything from plants to pictures or even shoes. Get hooked on hooks! They’re extremely versatile and can be used all over your home. You can use them in a room to hang hats, bags, coats and jewelry, in the kitchen to hang coffee mugs or in the bathroom for towels. This small space is filled with organization hacks that not only maximize utility, but also serve as eye-candy. Everything has a purpose and a place, which makes it stress-free to find what you’re looking for, so you can move through your day with ease.


Bring your family and friends for this wonderful relaxing shopping experience where

antiques meet farmhouse meet traditional.

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Game On!

A Piece of the Puzzle Stop strictly searching for pristine nostalgic treasures, and open your eyes to the value of a broken or not-quite-put-together flea-market find. B Y MIKE  ANTONU C C I


   A game board alone—minus spinners, dice, markers or, heck, all else that’s required to play—could be anything from wall art to a tabletop display under glass. You want an antique globe? My notion of geography is a desktop of multiple Risk boards. That’s going to take some real artisanship from me, or more likely, outsourcing.     Of course, there are simpler inspirations. A friend with great flea-market radar likes to scoop up vintage Anagrams tiles. Five of them now sit elegantly atop the frame of a serene watercolor bouquet

have generated booms

for some kinds of fragments.


OFTEN WHEN I ENTER A FLEA MARKET, I GO TO PIECES. My eyes don’t see objects. Instead, they zoom in on loose parts, incomplete items and dazzling scraps. Hunting for a certain old book? Me, I just want the kitschy dust jacket.     Crafters have generated booms for some kinds of fragments. Think about how many broken-off typewriter keys have been transformed into jewelry that announces people’s initials in retro fonts. And certain search-and-rip missions are classics, like stripping magazines of oldtimey advertisements that beg for framing.     Now let me suggest some additional fun. Got a penny jar? An old coffee can, perhaps? Here’s an idea: substitute a nostalgic Tinkertoy or Lincoln Logs canister. You’ve been looking for those, but with at least most of the pieces included? Forget the innards. The containers are bric-a-brac treasure.

her son created for a Mother’s Day.     My major project for a while has been to pluck the comic-book gold—visual gold, anyway—that most folks ignore. Common sense tells you that the stacks of comics at fleas and thrift stores are not going to be of investment-grade quality. Expect lots of tattered and stained pages. But, ah, then there are the covers.     With perseverance, you’re going to discover copies with iconic, splashy, memorable and relatively clean, bright and presentable covers. Oh, yes, and wonderfully corny. Like the 15-cent-era Action Comics cover teasing a baseball story about the KID WHO STRUCK OUT SUPERMAN. I’ve been gradually creating a mix-and-match wall display of eclectic covers, with a plan to periodically rotate certain genres in and out. If they pass muster as eye candy, the interior condition and collectability of the comics is irrelevant.      Spread the word about these strategies, and your friends are going to start asking you to be their scout for every conceivable remnant and shard of beloved memorabilia. Just the box from a favorite toy, please. Just the Schwinn emblem from the bicycle they once rode.      Even better, they may want to team up for the hunt.


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Simple Solutions 3 tips to turn vintage items into useful storage solutions BY KR I S TI N DOWDING PHOTOGR APHY BY GAP INTERIORS/B RU C E HEMMING

STORAGE OPTIONS ARE EXPANDING, AND FLEA MARKET ENTHUSIASTS are using anything and everything to store their treasures in their home. Here are a few ways to upgrade an item so it’s suitable for your storage needs.

1. 2. 3.

CAMOUFLAGE. If you have a storage piece with holes or slats, and you don’t want the inside showing, simply attach some decorative fabric to the inside of the door. Your things will stay hidden, but the original texture and look of the piece will remain the same. PAINT. Is your trunk looking worn or too plain for your taste? Spruce it up with a new paint color, or paint on a pattern such as polka dots, stars or scripted quotes. Use fabric paint for cloth-covered trunks and furniture paint for wooden trunks (see page 6). COVER. Anything can be used for storage—even a trash can. Simply cover the surface with paper or fabric with an appealing design, and you have a decorative bin. Use the lid to hide your storage or take the lid off to hold taller items, such as wrapping paper, umbrellas or wood scraps.

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A Spoonful of Uncover the ins and outs of collecting authentic sterling silver spoons from floral and interior designer Cynthia Zamaria.

IT WASN’T UNTIL I MET MY HUSBAND, GRAHAM, THAT I CAME TO FULLY APPRECIATE THE USEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL HOBBY OF COLLECTING STERLING SILVER SPOONS. Graham was born in England, the birthplace of the sterling standard, and he is the spoon-obsessed silver master in our home. Lucky for me, I get to benefit from having all these lovely utensils around. With gorgeous craftsmanship, history and patina, antique spoons are my go-to when setting the table, styling a sideboard or stirring my cappuccino. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years from tagging along on spoonhunting expeditions in search of new treasures to add to our collection.



of silver (92.5%) and usually copper (7.5%). Collectors Weekly explains that the sterling standard originated in 13th-century England as a way to ensure quality and prevent fraud. The standard became particularly important in the mid-1800s when electroplating became a popular way of getting the look of silver while using much less of the metal.

PURPOSEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL to look at, sterling silver spoons are easy to collect and lovely to use around the home.

EVERY SPOON HAS A STORY TO TELL The hallmarks, usually located on the back of a spoon, can tell a lot about its

WHAT IS STERLING SILVER? Sterling silver is not entirely made up of silver, rather it is a combination


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origin, maker and age. Sterling silver spoons from England, for instance, have a logical pattern of etched symbols that give you precise information as to the provenance of the spoon. American coin silver spoons may not have the same hallmarks as the English silver, but some have an address stamped on the back


TOP 6 Places to

Find authentic Spoons 1. Estate sales 2. Tag sales 3. Flea markets 4. Online shops like eBay 5. Auction houses 6. Antiques shops

so you can clearly see by whom and where the piece was made. It is fascinating that you can look up that address on Google and see an old storefront in Philadelphia, which may have been the exact location the spoon was made more than 150 years ago. WHERE TO FIND STERLING SILVER Now that you know how to identify sterling silver and how to read its story, you can begin collecting. There are so many different sources for finding spoons, including estate sales, ea markets and online shops. Depending on the vendor, weight, maker, provenance and age of the sterling silver spoon, you can start your collection for as little as $50.00 per item.

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BREAKFAST CEREAL can be fancy when served in a china bowl with an American coin silver spoon.

Keep It Clean ENSURE YOUR SILVER IS ALWAYS AT ITS SHINIEST WITH THIS HOME CLEANING REMEDY. Here’s an easy tip to keep your silver sparkling with on-hand kitchen ingredients like foil and baking soda. Simply line a glass baking tray with foil (shiny side up) and add about a quart of boiling water to a teaspoon of baking soda. Stir it up; then put the silver on the foil and let it soak for a few minutes. Rinse and dry.


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Not to be confused with silver plate, sterling silver has a higher percentage of silver.



• •

• • • THE MARKINGS of a spoon provide a wealth of information. Crack the code and find out if the spoon is sterling silver, where it was made, by whom and when. This American coin silver spoon is stamped with the maker and shop address in Philadelphia.

THE FIRST SYMBOL, the lion passant (also known as the standard mark), is a guarantee that the spoon is English sterling silver. THE SECOND SYMBOL, the assay or town mark, is a leopard in this example, which indicates that the spoon was made in London. (Note that this leopard is wearing a crown, which means the spoon was made before 1820.) THE THIRD SYMBOL, the date letter which is “D” in this case, tells you the year the spoon was made. This one was handcrafted in 1799. THE FOURTH SYMBOL, the monarch’s head, which in this example is George III, indicates a duty or tax has been paid. FINALLY, THE FIFTH SYMBOL is the maker’s insignia and this one shows GB. This spoon was made by George Burrows or by a silversmith in his shop.

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Expert Advice

A Reclaimed WORKSHOP

A blogger and stencil designer uses reclaimed materials to makeover her workshop—without spending a fortune!



“I hope others see that they can make a creative home without spending a bundle.”

ORGANIZATION IS AT ITS BEST with Donna’s approach. “I create different areas with specific duties,” she says. “This one keeps my tools easily accessible and visible.”

ING PLACES TO WORK. That’s why blogger Donna Williams of Funky Junk Interiors and Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils decided to give her workshop a makeover with reclaimed finds. “I only have a single car garage to work with,” Donna says. “I decided to make it ‘my own’ with my salvaged twist.” Despite being offered sponsorships, Donna was determined to only use salvaged items for the project, turning to dumpsters, burn piles, the curb and thrift stores for her items—and committing to a budget of $0. “I wanted to prove I could do the entire project for ‘free.’ I knew I would love and appreciate it all the more,” she says. “I hope others see that they can make a creative home without spending a bundle.” Luckily, Donna’s artistic eye and experience with finding just the right discarded items were all she needed to redo her workshop. “My first move was to collect the larger components I needed,” she says. “Tables and storage bins.” She found an abandoned tv stand on the curb, worktables outside of a church, and a red metal storage bin next to a dumpster. These pieces had all been condemned to the trash, but Donna gave them new purpose. The stand, tables and bin were the base of her new design, and she arranged them to create spaces for work and to keep her tools organized. While many might


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NUMBERS AND SCREWS interplay with Donna’s organizational system and also illustrate an expert tip for anyone trying to use reclaimed items for décor: you may already have what you need in your collections. “I needed a place to store screws,” she says. “So I gathered up every little container and house number I had and just played around until it became this.”

PROJECT WOOD is easily accessible with Donna’s approach. You can organize your rack spaces by wood height, color or strength.

see the preloved condition of the items as a negative, their rustic feel personifies Donna’s signature look. After she had the bigger components in place, Donna used crates, planks and pallet wood to create shelves and cabinets. She made a pallet shelf that keeps her tools within easy reach and a storage cabinet to hold safety glasses and breathing protection. “I stamped the cabinet with my own historic Route 66 stencil,” she says. She added even more personality to the workshop by attaching planks to the walls. They add stylistic detail but are also functional. “The planks are a means of both decoration and stabilization for hanging the shelves and cabinets,” Donna says. Finally, a variety of petite details such as jars and house numbers enable her to sort her materials in a charming, yet effective, way. With her ability to see potential where others see junk, Donna was able to redo her workshop in a way that reflects her style without purchasing materials. “I love working with reclaimed items,” she says. “It lets me express my creativity and build a unique space for very little. It’s an amazing thing that anyone can do.”

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DIFFERENT FINISHES on the planks give depth and dimension and add loads of rustic style to the workshop.


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“I wanted to prove I could do the entire project for ‘free.’ I knew I would love and appreciate it all the more.”

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Confessions of a Collector

Professional organizer Jeanie Engelbach shares the ideas behind her double-duty displays. B Y JEANIE ENGEL BAC H PHOTOGRAPHY B Y RIKKI SNYDER

WHEN PEOPLE LEARN WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING—PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER—they assume I live an orderly, streamlined and minimalist lifestyle. And they’re absolutely correct about the orderly and streamlined, but I am what is known as a maximalist. I can’t seem to buy just one thing when I like it; I have to build an entire collection around it. As an apartment dweller and somewhat obsessive amasser of things—at present I have 12 active collections—I do have to carefully consider how I am going to incorporate these things into my interior décor and home of limited space. That’s why almost every collection has to serve a dual duty. Of course, not every collection can be functional. Some are purely decorative like my Pez dispensers. However, I choose to display them as art. As an organizer, I fully support having multiples of something that makes you happy, but it better not be stored away in a box—or worse—kept in a storage facility. The joy of a collection is to be able to see it, appreciate it, love it and possibly put it to task, like my vintage Coke bottles. I actually wanted just the crate, but the vendor would only sell it with the bottles, so I have been able

1. COKE CRATE: A Coke crate with bottles creates a base to display another collection, while the height conceals the kitchen faucet. 2. LUNCH BOXES: These once carried lunches; now they contain hundreds of duplicate Pez from the collection.

3. GALLERY WALL: Displaying the Pez collection en masse on the gallery wall elevates this ubiquitous candy toy to art status.


4. BOOK STACK: This series of books acts as a pedestal to better display UK artist Lucy Sparrow’s felt candy.


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to make use of the crate as a base that holds a silver serving tray to display my small collection of syrup dispensers. The bottles can also be used as bud vases, candlesticks and, for a Prohibition theme party, were used to disguise the alcohol. And the entire vignette camouflages the kitchen faucet when viewed from the living room. Full functionality! Fortunately for me, the things I am attracted to—vintage soda bottles, metal lunch boxes, Coke crates—can all be utilized beyond their initial purpose, and while I covet them for their form, I am able to find the beauty in their function too.



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Cool, Calm and Collected Relaxed Bohemian style flows through this streamlined flea-market home in Antelope, California. BY S TEPHAN IE AGNES-C ROC KETT PHOTOGR A PHY B Y SHU TTER AV ENUE PH OTOGRAPHY

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FOR CHI YANG, OWNER OF SIMPLY CHI VINTAGE, ORGANIZATION IS IMPERATIVE. On top of running her own shop from home and doing all the marketing, Chi is also a mother of four. Thankfully, she has a great handle on storage, as well as an eye for style. While most people hunt for their favorite colors and patterns, Chi does just the opposite. “If I see a hideous pattern, I’ll go for it,” she says. “I’ll buy it, bring it home and test it out. And it will work.” Chi expresses her personal style through her furniture choices, and she’s up to the challenge of working with unexpected designs. “It’s kind of like clothes shopping,” Chi explains. In the past, she would always “find simple, solid pieces with barely any patterns.” Once, while out and about, she saw an “ugly,” patterned shirt for sale. It only took a glance to know it was awful. But something odd happened when she tried it on with her own clothes. “It changed,” she says. “It was gorgeous!” The same goes for furniture. You may be surprised to discover that a certain pairing works, but, as Chi says, “You never actually know until you try it.”

“I LOVE MIXING THINGS UP,” Chi says. “It’s kind of like clothes shopping.” She pairs a patchwork couch with a geometric rug and a solid gray sofa.

right: WITH BAMBOO FURNITURE and plants galore, Chi’s home is a veritable rainforest. “My friend used to make fun of me for having so many plants,” Chi says. “Now when you go to her house, it’s a jungle, too.”

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HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL, Chi’s stylish bar cart has served as a plant transporter as well as a storage space for her children’s dishes.


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Chi collects “almost everything” and she’s constantly on the lookout for new items, since she sells a lot of her personal home décor. She frequents the local thrift shop and estate sales, as well as Target. Chi has purchased tons of vintage baskets and goblets and even some larger must-haves, like a $20 mustard-colored sofa. “I try really hard now not to take home big pieces,” Chi says, “but that one I just had to bring home.” For a small home with hundreds of artifacts packed in, Chi’s home is surprisingly streamlined. “I have four boys,” she says. “Everything has to be nice and tidy or they will bump into it or break it.” She uses numerous organizers throughout the home—mostly bamboo shelves with a midcentury aesthetic. “I have way too many shelves,” she says. But they’re great business, since “people are always looking for nice, quality bamboo pieces.”

MAXIMIZE ON space and style with simple display shelves. Chi integrates a globe, a terra cotta pot and sundry goblets into one seamlessly elegant space.

CHI’S KITCHEN NOOK features earthy shades of browns and greens, mingling with the gold of the bar cart. As Chi points out, “gold is natural, too.”

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Chi stores like with like, placing similar items together. “If I group it by the type of item, it’s easier to find,” she explains. She keeps stunning stone and glassware goblets in the kitchen, an abundance of baskets in the entryway and a lineup of globes in the bedroom. In Chi’s house, even the exhibit cases add to the atmosphere. Not only does she incorporate lots of bamboo, but she also assembles items based on the appearance of the unit. The more ornate the shelf, the fewer objects that adorn it. While she leaves the living room shelf sparsely furnished, “so you can really see the form of it,” she fills the generic bookshelves with things she loves. On top of using racks stylistically, you can also create storage-within-storage. Chi keeps several extra baskets in her guest room organizer. Try lining bookcase surfaces with charming baskets or containers you love. Then fill the baskets with odds and ends that need a home. This way, the containers serve a dual purpose: making a splash and providing more room. Need more space? You can also take advantage of unused seats. Chi’s peacock chair serves as an additional guest

CHI LOVED VINTAGE BASKETS before they were cool. “I have a ton of baskets,” she says. “Now everyone’s into baskets.”


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CONSERVE SPACE with chair-top storage. “Since peacock chairs take up so much space, I tend to put my large plants on them,” Chi explains.

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STOP AND APPRECIATE the artistry that goes into a single woven artifact. “You can buy a basket for 99 cents or a few bucks,” Chi says. “I think about all the work that went into it.”

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COZY AND COLORFUL, Chi’s bedroom exudes warmth and welcome. She accessorizes the streamlined space with a bold black-and-red rug, as well as a delicate Peruvian string-art piece.

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home for her large potted plants. Nestle herbs, books or other favorite treasures on the seats. If you end up needing the chair, simply remove the items and replace them when you’re through. Chi’s boho home, in addition to being highly organized, is also extremely functional. “Everything is multipurpose,” she says. She likes to keep her master bedroom walls bare, as a ready backdrop for product photos. Her guest room throw blankets are fuzzy, for her kids’ sakes. Even the assorted houseplants have a job of their own—they hide electrical outlets, among other things. “I’m very good at creating an illusion,” she says.

“I THRIFTED [the flower lamp] at one of the local shops,” Chi says. “I’m glad I can turn it into a more modern look.”

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FLOATING PARASOLS make for a magical ceiling display, perfect for Chi’s children to enjoy. She snuck the umbrellas up as her sons were napping, creating a wonderful surprise.


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As cities develop, urban planners tend to build upward rather than outward, maximizing space and height. Chi follows the same principle. But instead of cramming lots of people into one building, it’s collections and plants that she moves upward. “I like to make sure that I’m using all my space,” Chi explains. It’s easy to overlook all the space on your ceiling. Here are three ideas to get


you started. MAKE SOME NOISE. Hang a collection of similar treasures, or make a splash with mix-andmatched miscellaneous items. Create a mobile using lightweight items and some wire. Turn it into an eclectic wind chime with swinging percus-


sive pieces. GET CREATIVE. Don’t get bogged down in the question of whether something has been done before. If it can be done, do it! “I literally throw up anything I think might work up against the wall,” Chi says. “I throw random baskets or ladles or spoons [up there].” Why not show your ceilings some love and put some quirky curios up


there, too? BELIEVE IN MAGIC. Use an invisible cord to create the illusion that your props are floating. Chi constructed an enchanting display with several overturned parasols.

above: CREATE A DELIGHTFUL VIGNETTE with several air plants atop a mosaic surface. Chi’s eclectic goblet planters pair well with the varicolored tiles beneath.

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FROM LAMP BASES to ladles, Chi has repurposed just about everything as planter. “I use anything that I think can hold a plant without molding,” she remarks.


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Learn how to welcome greenery into your flea-market style home. Chi Yang inherited her love of plants from her parents, who are Laotian farmers. “My mom’s backyard is like a jungle,” she says. Now that she has a home of her own, Chi invites nature into every room.


For Chi, plants are “like pets and kids.” And like family members, plants need to be taken care of. Before you purchase a green friend, make sure that you can maintain the right environment for it. Pay special attention to lighting and climate requirements. If you can’t accommodate a certain variety, you may want to consider investing in a synthetic plant instead.


If you’re a novice planter, “start with hanging plants,” Chi recommends. “Those are always so easy to grow. They don’t need much light, and you barely have to water them.” One of the easiest plants to work with? Snake plants. They’re versatile creatures that don’t need a whole lot of maintenance. Air plants are also “pretty easy to grow” and don’t require soil. Simply mist them from time to time.


Plants may be known for putting down roots, but they can also make movable decorations. “My plants are constantly moving because I have to water them, and I need the soil to dry quickly,” Chi says. “I use them all the time for my photography projects.”

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THE KITCHEN, with its view of the courtyard, is the most popular living area in the house. Note the casually painted kitchen cabinet fronts and the large cabinet that was painted in several colors. Andy and Claire have collected the plates on the wall over time through purchase or as gifts from friends. All crockery and wall tiles are handmade by Andy and Claire. The floor tiles— traditional tomettes—are original to the home.


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A couple of artists turn their dark medieval house into a home with quirky colors and creations. WRITTEN AND STYL ED B Y MONIQ U E VAN DER PAU W PHOTOGRAPHY B Y TON B OU WER/C OC OF EATU RES

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MOVING INTO AN OLD HOME HAS ITS PERKS FOR THE VINTAGE ENTHUSIAST, BUT IT OFTEN REQUIRES A LOT OF WORK UPFRONT. La Maison des Sangliers—which means “the house of the wild boars”—is the name of the home couple Andy and Claire Squire found in 1996, in Noyers-sur-Serein, a well-preserved medieval village listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The half-timbered merchant’s house was built in the 15th century with a shop on the ground floor and living quarters on the first. A large window at the front of the house is now showing the latest designs of these two potters. Andy was born in England and worked as a sculptor with metal and wood when in

1980 he met Claire, a Parisienne who studied interior design, textiles and ceramics. They lived together in Paris until 1994, when they settled on the Burgundy countryside and set up their first pottery and boutique in Noyers called La Poterie de La Maison

des Sangliers. When their eldest son was born, they moved to their current house. “It is located in the heart of the village,” they say, “between the church and the town hall, so it’s the perfect spot for a boutique. Its courtyard with two small annexes was ideal for installing our atelier and shop.” Apart from these practical reasons, they loved the look of the medieval house, with its timbered façade rising high above the

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TO FILL EXTRA SPACE in the kitchen, Andy and Claire crafted a working desk out of an old table and a wall rack.

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opposite: THE TABLEAU of tiles on

the wall is a reproduction by Andy and Claire of a Persian design. The tiled chest was once used as a window display.

TO DOCUMENT THEIR TRAVELS, one of the living room walls is decorated with a collection of souvenirs originating from different countries.

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MISMATCHED FURNITURE, vibrant colors and collected objects bring life to the living room. Some of the special pieces made by family members and gifted to them are stored in the purple and green cabinet.


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old village’s marketplace. But when visiting the house for the first time, they discovered quite a dreary atmosphere, small rooms and an interior damaged by the 1970s: “In that era, lots of authentic elements were removed or destroyed, like the chimneys that used to be in every room of the house.” Some characteristics were preserved: the old oak beams in the salon, the tomettes (traditional terracotta floor tiles) in the kitchen, the wooden parquet on the first floor, the magnificent wooden stairs and, last but not least, the wonderful façade. “The house hadn’t been inhabited for five years; it was dark and gloomy, but it certainly had character and lots of possibility to transform it into a great home.”

La Maison des Sangliers has been turned upside down to become the colorful and cozy family home that it is today. “Everything needed to be done,” Andy and Claire say. “Walls

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were removed to create larger rooms—like our kitchen/dining room and a spacious master bedroom. A bathroom was created, all electricity was updated and the kitchen was redone. We transformed the abandoned courtyard into a lovely garden and created our boutique and atelier.” Nothing was left of the somber vibe that had ruled the house. Instead, happiness entered the place, thanks to a bright color palette and an eclectic mix and match of flea-market finds, souvenirs from travels abroad, fabrics, objects, arts and crafts and, of course, pottery made by the artists themselves. Wherever the eye goes, it meets antique furniture, joyful textiles and collages composed with all kinds of pretty décor. “We love objects, stamps, frames, plates, wallpaper,” Claire says. “Everything in the house was bought secondhand, given to us as a present or made by ourselves.” These precious odds and ends are seen throughout the house; little tableaus, drawings and other treasures referring to certain travels, celebrations and special days in life. They make you smile and wonder, and add a huge personal and artistic touch to the interior. Their cultural interests inspire Andy and Claire in their work as well as in their interior decoration. For instance, the color scheme: “The colors in our kitchen were inspired by an Iranian film, in which a bus appeared that was half pink, half blue, and the colors in the living room—very soft

INCLUDING THEIR PIANO as décor keeps it accessible when the family gathers to play music in the small living room.


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turquoise and vivid green that are given warmth by coral—were inspired by Oriental salons.” Claire and Andy chose these colors back in 1996 and haven’t changed them since. Yet the interior changes all the time: “This is a house in motion, always evolving.” Objects move around, collages change, new finds are found, and objects are made. Meanwhile, the family enjoys life in this medieval monument, spending time with each other or with friends and gathering around the kitchen table with its view of the garden. It’s a favorite place in the house. Claire says, “It’s very welcoming.”

TO COMMEMORATE the age of the home, Andy and Claire framed some of the wallpaper original to the home and display it on the walls of the first-floor landing. They also decorated the walls with vintage movie posters.

re THE WALLS of the master bedroom were stripped and painted in a soft, comforting pink. The placard—built-in closet—was stripped as well; old wallpaper was revealed and varnished. The bedspread was a wedding present, and the stained glass windows underneath the ceiling were installed by the couple.


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CLAIRE has her own small desk in the master bedroom. While sitting here, next to the window, she’s surrounded by wonderful odds and ends made by her husband and sons.


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top left: THE BATHROOM is as bright and colorful as all other rooms in the house. The tiles covering the walls in the shower were purchased, but all other tiles were handmade by the Squires themselves.

top right: THE WALLS of the landing on the first floor are decorated with vintage movie posters and framed pieces of old wallpaper (some of them found in the house).

left: HOMEOWNERS Andy and Claire Squires are hard at work in their atelier, making unique pottery for their customers and for their home.

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Even with limited space, this charming Venice Beach home stays warm, inviting and clutter-free. B Y L AU RE N H O F E R PHOTOGRA P H Y BY JOHN E LLI S STYL ING BY S UN DAY HENDRI CK S O N

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A MATCHING FRONT DOOR and picket fence tie the charming bungalow together.

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SMALL HOUSES, LIKE THIS BUNGALOW, COME WITH THEIR OWN SPECIAL WARMTH AND CHARACTER. Cozy nooks and charming features make them practically irresistible, but that doesn’t eliminate the challenges of living in tight quarters. “It’s a really small space,” says homeowner Halle Vargas of the two-bedroom, one-bath bungalow that has the original hardwood floors, molding and arches. She describes the design of the space as shabby chic with a nod to the local beach vibe, very fitting for the home’s southern California location. An avid thrifter, she decorated much of the space herself, but interior designer and local store owner Lizzie McGraw also styled fun vignettes throughout the space. Almost all the furniture pieces in the home are vintage and antique finds that

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THE FIREPLACE and pillars serve as architectural elements in the living room, while pillows and throws add color and texture.


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INTENTIONALLY PLACED blue and green hydrangeas complement the rich tones of glassware and furniture pieces throughout the home.

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Halle discovered over the years. Some she found at Lizzie’s store, Tumbleweed & Dandelion, while many others came from thrift stores, flea markets and what she calls big trash days. “Once a year in Palos Verdes, the trash trucks come, and you’re allowed to put out really big items,” Halle says. The night before, people go out to peruse everyone else’s junk. Halle has given many a furniture piece new life with paint and sanding for the perfect aged effect. In the bedroom, an old mantel is both a family heirloom

LAVENDER WINS in this shabby chic dining room. A sidebar and open shelves balance the space, while an indigo rug ties it all together.


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BASKETS AND TINS fill the shelves above the curtained-off washer and dryer to keep the space organized and tidy.

COLOR COORDINATION helps open shelving stay consistent and chaos-free.

and an architectural element. “It was actually my grandfather’s,” says Halle of the piece that her mother passed on to her. “There was already a fireplace in the living room, so I used it in the bedroom.” She painted it white and then sanded it in all the right places to look chippy. Whether inheriting old pieces or hunting for them herself, Halle knows the search itself is a journey. “I think the best finds are usually off the beaten path,” she says. Staying organized in this bungalow, with less than 1,000 square feet and limited storage space, requires some creativity. Above the curtained-off washer and dryer, open shelves stay free of clutter with large baskets. “Because there is limited counter and cabinet space, by using tins and

baskets you can hide all the things you don’t want people to see and utilize open shelving,” says Halle. “Open shelving is mostly positive, unless you are disorganized,” says Lizzie. It is also an asset if you have collections of any kind to display, she says. “If you want a cool but minimal vibe, you can really play with a few items that become architectural in essence.” Other shelves in the home hold colorful glassware and fanciful trinkets, while well-placed cabinets, dressers and more flea-market finds provide concealed storage space that is otherwise lacking. In any space, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with trying to fit everything in, but small spaces like this bungalow make that reality even harsher. “Only keep what you love,” Lizzie


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NATURAL GREENERY brightens this already light-filled kitchen.

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says. “In a small space, you have to be particular. If it’s something you really love but can’t use, most likely you have a friend that would enjoy it.” The same minimalistic approach applies to the process of searching for one-of-akind pieces. Halle believes it’s best to know what you’re looking for because “you can get really overwhelmed, or you can come home with a bunch of junk.” Lizzie’s store, Tumbleweed & Dandelion, offers a lovely assortment of home wares and is located mere steps from the bungalow. “We like to call our style Venice Beach Cellar style,” Lizzie says of her shop that embraces the vagabond style of Venice. “It’s a play on words because we not only create our own furniture, but we are great thrifters.” She says Halle often comes into the shop with coffee in hand and an idea in mind, and leaves with something new to add to her collection and her lovely home.

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THE BALANCE OF LIGHT and color in this room keeps it feeling spacious and breezy in spite of its small size.

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USE COLLECTED VINTAGE and antique silver trays to tie vignettes together seamlessly.


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THE PERFECT COMBINATION of character and organization, pieces like this green cabinet are a dream come true.


PITCHERS. An assortment of flowers spilling decadently over a pitcher makes a space feel warm and homey. WHAT THIS BATHROOM lacks in counter space, it makes up for with open shelving.

SEA GLASS BOTTLES. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, these beauties are perfect for holding a single flower or even a sprig of baby’s breath. MASON JARS. These are a classic flower vase you can’t go wrong with. Add some ribbon or twine for extra flair. CEMENT VESSELS. Elegant pieces that somehow make flowers look even more beautiful, vintage cement vases and urns bring a touch of the outside in.

FOOTWEAR. An old pair of rain boots, cowboy boots or even high-tops can make a unique and personal flower display.

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“SMALL OUTDOOR SPACES need comfortable furniture,” says Lizzie. If it’s really small, even just one chair for reading will do.

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An Arkansan schoolteacher with a gift for designing and love for flea markets shows that the best interiors are studies in balance and composition. B Y AU TU MN KRAU SE PHOTOGRAPHY B Y MARK L OHMAN STYL ING B Y SU NDAY HENDRIC KSON

THE LIVING ROOM is the soul of the home—the family spends most of their time here, and Sara makes it homey with quilts made by her mother and mother-in-law. Surprisingly, the fireplace “gate” is something Sara found lying around the farm and is an additional way to display the cherished quilts.

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paint and DIY,” she fills it with flea-market finds and her DIY projects. While this might lead to overly-busy décor in anyone else’s hands, Sara, with the assistance of stylist Sunday Hendrickson, creates interiors that have surprising restraint and organization that let the home breathe and the designs shine. The dining room reflects Sara’s keen understanding of balance and composition. It’s a spacious room because she and Brett wanted it open to the kitchen and great room. “Whoever is in the dining room or cooking can easily feel part of the rest of the group,” she explains. The focus of the room is the dining room table, where mismatched chairs snagged from the porch and around the farm add rustic charm, and cardboard letters charmingly spell out “EAT.” Four shelves on either side of the


SOMETIMES CREATIVITY COMES AS EFFORTLESSLY AS BREATHING, AND THAT’S THE CASE FOR HOMEOWNER SARA TORBETT. She’s an elementary teacher by day, but one step inside her Fayetteville, Arkansas, home reveals a talented personality that expresses itself through colorful and lively interiors. “I’m an artist, and I view my home as a giant canvas,” Sara says. “Styling my home comes naturally to me.” Sara’s connection to the residence runs deeper than just the interiors—she and her husband, Brett, oversaw the construction of the home from the ground up, and it sits on land belonging to her family’s farm. Now it’s become an extension of her creative spirit and, as a fan of “junk, chippy

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“I enjoy shopping from what I already have


a few times a year.” window act as transitional décor areas for Sara and automatically give her tableaus an organized feel. “Since I’m always wanting to change things up, my husband built these shelves,” she says. “They let me mix up my décor without putting a million nail holes in the walls.” She often styles them according to the seasons and keeps a “prop closet” of items to choose from. “It takes something pretty special for me to buy it and stick it in the prop closet,” Sara says. “I enjoy shopping from what I already have to create new displays a few times a year.” Rest is the key word for Sara and Brett’s bedroom, with a soothing color scheme and pared-down, yet artsy, styling. “We wanted a serene place to unwind at the end of the day,” Sara says. “Hence the paint color. This is actually the only room in the house that is painted.” She maintains the restful feel by keeping her décor minimalistic and tidy; while she adores layering and styling, piles of unnecessary clutter stress her out. “So simple it is,” she says. Her philosophy is demonstrated with her DIY chicken-wire frame

SARA PURCHASED THIS ARMOIRE years ago, prior to getting married. “It was black, but I painted it turquoise,” she says. She now uses it as a home for her books, which she displays in a rainbow gradient.


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PHOTOGRAPHY is another of Sara’s talents, and this grid is full of her snapshots. “These pictures remind me to find the rosy in my routine, day in and out,” she says. “I adore having the reminder on the wall because no one day ever feels that special until you see all these moments collected together. Then you realize: It’s a beautiful life.”

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“I’M AN ARTIST, and I view my home as a giant canvas.”


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Playful elements showcase Sara’s ingenuity. She created a shade out of chicken wire and ribbons and then spray-painted the base.

THE DINING ROOM shows Sara’s innate understanding of symmetry. While she mixes up the décor, the two sides of the room mirror each other, anchoring the flamboyance of the flea-market styling. Her favorite aspect of the space? “The shelves! We bought brackets from Hobby Lobby, and Brett used wood from an old fence for the shelf,” Sara says.


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HERE ARE HER TOP FIVE TIPS FOR CREATING THE PERFECT SHELF-IE! 1. VARIETY. Different heights, colors, fabrics and frames are key. “Variety creates a cohesive look,” Sara says.

2. PREFERENCE. “I don’t worry about perfectionism,” Sara says. She goes with what feels right and trusts herself. 3. GROUPS. She suggests putting items in groups of three or five—not even numbers—to create an appealing visual.

4. CONTRAST. “I mix old with the new, the practical with the pretty,” Sara confides. Blending intrigues the eye! 5. COLOR. Sara sticks with a particular color theme throughout an interior. “Whether its warm colors, rainbow colors or cool colors, I find my style and stick to it!”

“I DO ADORE PINWHEELS!” Sara says. “Can you imagine anything else more whimsical and childlike and fun? I can’t.” She makes them from fabric, buttons and spray adhesive. Originally, they were displayed in her daughter’s nursery, but now she uses them in a variety of ways throughout the home. February / March 2019 83

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WOODEN FURNISHINGS—the bed frame, dresser and drop-down table—are mismatched, yet ground the space. “We started with the bed and table and added the dresser and nightstand later on,” Sara says. “Creatively, we made do with what we already owned when we first moved into our home.” The classic furnishings add a sophistication to Sara’s fleamarket décor style.


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project. She used an old barn window and featured a handmade heart garland. “An element like this is an example of ‘planned ‘clutter,’” she says. “I still get to have the visuals that make my artistic mind happy, but it’s contained to one frame without taking over the entire room.” Other subtle details, like an old door that doubles as a headboard behind their bed, give a touch of rustic romance without detracting from the room’s fluidity. While the rest of the home leans towards minimalist flea-market styling, Sara’s multi-purpose room is a departure and is full of effervescence and happy colors. “This is my craft room and art studio … and though you

can’t tell, it’s also my laundry room,” she says. “It’s both practical and pretty.” The room has a view to inspire creativity and is decorated with lively details like DIY flag banners and pinwheels—showing that simple, homespun details can have loads of impact. “The flags were inspired by a photograph I saw,” she says. “And I originally used the pinwheels in my daughter’s nursery, but now I have them displayed throughout our home.” The room also features a variety of textures and patterns, from the rug to the curtain, and exudes a bright, joyous spirit. “I don’t have an exact explanation for how I know what to put with what,” Sara says. “It just ‘clicks’ for my brain and heart, and I go with it.”

THIS OLD CHICKEN-WIRE frame came off one of Sara’s barn windows and is a great way to organize and display mementoes. “I hung the dress here because it was something special that I wore out on a weekend away with my husband,” Sara says. “And I made the paper heart garland because I’ve always adored hearts and enjoy making cute and affordable projects.” 86  FLEA MARKET DÉCOR

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IT MAY BE SMALL IN SIZE, but it’s big in personality. This multipurpose room is bursting with cheer and good humor, achieved through flag bunting, handmade pinwheels and a beautiful mix of patterns and textures.

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Artistry A Portland artist gives new life to vintage pieces. BY SARAH YOON PHOTOGRAPHY B Y B RET GU M S TYLI NG B Y JIC KIE TORRES


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“ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT, I have only lamplight, and it’s very moody. I like moody,” Trish says. She always paints the living room darker than other spaces, because its romantic and moody atmosphere sets the tone for the entire house.

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HOME IS YOUR PERSONAL SPACE TO RELISH LIFE’S RICHNESS, SO WHY CHASE AFTER TRENDS? Trish Grantham, an artist and interior designer from Portland, Oregon, encourages her clients to “stay away from anything super trendy.” Instead, she advises them to “go for things that they love and see how they can bring it all together.” Trish follows her own advice as she covers shelves and windowsills with figurines, many of which are gifts imbued with memories. “I’ve been collecting vintage finds and art for 15 years...I figure in another 15, I’ll have an over-the-top floorto-ceiling art collection and shelves full of trinkets!” Although Trish jokes about her propensity to overstuff, she understands that it’s an expression of her personality. She is a collector, and she knows how your personal style grows over time. “My house is a reflection of my life; it always will be. I will never get rid of everything and start over,” Trish explains. The evolution of personal style parallels your growth from childhood into adulthood.

MOSTLY COLLECTED FROM THE 1950S and ‘60s, the furniture has straight lines and neutral colors that allow other elements to take the stage. The brown and beige sit back, while the living room walls splash their own drama across the room.

NEVER EVEN ATTEMPTING TO CREATE A DEER COLLECTION, Trish added to her stash each birthday and holiday as her friends brought their finds to her. “What’s nice with collections is that people know what to get you!”

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“It’s a lifelong project,” she says. While the home is layered with textures and patterns, Trish also layers with different eras. Most of the furniture is from the 1950s and ’60s. The table in the dining room sports piano legs from the 1800s, adding a dose of antique charm. “Pieces from every decade really make things look more real and more comfortable than if you have everything from one store,” Trish says. A rich sense of character is built piece by piece. Trish’s propensity for embracing art of all ages spreads from room to room. Paintings from the 1920s and ’30s appear in the aviary above the dining table. Even the Chinese checkerboard on the kitchen wall is a vintage game set displayed as art. Vintage dishes, a hallmark of everyday Americana, are nostalgic remembrances. Keeping with your personal style doesn’t have to feel static. Trish repaints the walls about once a year. The neutral-colored furniture allows her to play with dramatic paint colors.


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“THOUGH TRISH’S ENTIRE HOUSE is treated as a display, you’ll rarely see her own art hanging on the walls or nestled on the shelves. She gathers her inspirations in her home, while sending her art out to galleries and Etsy buyers.”

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THE DINING TABLE is a mash-up of centuries, with 1800s piano legs holding a modern table. The rich curves in the legs contrast with the straight, clean lines of the flooring, recessed cupboards and chairs.

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ATTRACTED TO PIECES with character and age, Trish found the Chinese checkerboard in a friend’s shed. Now the board embellishes her kitchen with its bright colors, textured wood and a ‘50s vibe.


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“Usually it’s around blue and green, and there’s a splash of yellow because that pulls it all together,” she explains. Trish rearranges her displays often, moving them from wall to wall. Though this could make for very “holey” walls, she advises the use of removable hooks instead of nails. Refreshing the displays saves the home from stagnation and keeps clutter under control. With great artistry, Trish turns her many collections into beautifully arranged vignettes, redefining the commonly negative view of clutter. “I’m not against clutter!” she says. If collections are arranged well, you can create the most meaningful and gorgeous displays—all it takes is an eye for composition and a flair for the dramatic. Each display is an opportunity for an experience. “A lot of people say that I’m not an interior designer, but I build installations. I create a set,” she says.

TRISH’S DISHES are all eclectic vintage pieces, bringing refreshing variety to everyday life. She muses over her mugs, “Which one of them am I going to choose today?” In a bold move that added a chic touch to the kitchen, Trish painted the bottom half of the walls black.


HOW TO CLUSTER VIGNETTES FOR A HOMEY LOOK SMALL CLUSTERS of trinkets can look cohesive if you “keep them clean and tidy.” Even the cutest arrangement can look cluttered if it collects dust and gets knocked over by everyday activities. FOSTER COMPOSITION by juxtaposing tall and short or wide and thin. Visual variety helps draw interest. If all your items are short, add an architectural element like the box that Trish sets her little owls on. BALANCE HEAVY AND LIGHT. “You have to choose

a few walls that you can kind of go nuts on…you can’t make every wall covered in stuff.” Hold back once in a while so that your vignettes are impactful and not overwhelming.

ARRANGE BY THEME. “They have to have some-

thing that brings them all together,” Trish advises. The hanging birds in the dining room and the silhouettes in the living room cohabit peaceably because they command their own display spaces.

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Each display has the opportunity to create a mood, so why not build a set? “I want you to feel like you’re in a movie,” Trish says.” Natural themes play out with Trish’s collectibles. Take a look at her collection of deer figurines or bird paintings and you’ll see a forest-like warmth to her home. Sometimes her fascinations are nautical; sailing ships are scattered from the living room to the bathroom. “There’s something about sailors and the ocean; it’s all romantic,” she says. Vignettes may set the mood, but every element plays a part in the atmosphere as a whole. “I tend to like it really dark in the living room,” Trish says. The paint has a deep, blue tone. The lamplight sends shadows across the walls. Spots of brighter light reflect back to classic film noir, where the hardboiled detective stands under the street lamp. “It’s very moody,” she says, giving the home a sense of alternate adventure.

THOUGH MANY would limit their decorative touches to more visible spaces, Trish’s artful imagination draws her collections into the recesses of her home. She removed the doors of her closet to make the room feel bigger, and then simply decorated the inside to make it attractive.

THE RICH BROWN and soft white of the bathroom create a serene atmosphere, contrasting with the home’s dramatic color scheme. Despite the bathroom’s calm colors, trinkets are tucked everywhere, adding their own whimsical touches.


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A SHADE AND LINEN curtain hang over the bedroom window, inspired by Trish’s visits to a little vegan café in Oaxaca, Mexico. Contrasting textures layer over the long, thin window, evoking the café’s French influences.

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Remix Reimagine your favorite flea-market finds and cherished pieces. B Y JENNIF ER GAU DET PHOTOGRAPHY B Y B RET GU M STYL ING B Y JIC KIE TORRES

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ANDREA USES VINTAGE MASON JARS to display her sea glass and seashell collections—a fun travel memento commemorating the locations Casey has chased the surf.

exterior of the 1915 house, a unique blend of Victorian and Craftsman architecture, is trimmed with a bright seafoam green, hinting at both the surfside appeal and the family’s creative style. Inside, the décor is colorful and cozy, blending the best of beach and farmhouse elements into one comfortable and intriguing home. When they moved in, Andrea and her husband, Casey, modified their two-bedroom home to suit their lifestyle, with adjustments like a custom-made triple bunk bed for their three children and con-

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verting the garage into an office for the photography business they run together. Andrea sought every opportunity to creatively showcase her collections and reinvent her vintage pieces while surrounding her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle. “As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for her for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says. Andrea’s largest collection is vintage books, and she uses them in eye-catching vignettes throughout the house. Making a similar impact is

A NOD TO THE HOME’S surroundings and the family’s love for the coast, the bright surfboard adds a pop of color to the cozy neutrals in the living room.


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Every time I rearrange, NEW IDEAS POP INTO MY HEAD.

THE WEATHERED SPINES of Andrea’s vintage books help to balance the bright colors in the room. Among her favorites: a 1913 edition of Les Misérables and her great-great grandfather’s Swedish Bible.


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her display of vintage mason jars on the fireplace mantel, which house a collection of sea glass and shells—each labeled with one of the various places the family has traveled, from Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oahu, Tavarua and Namotu to their local beaches in the South Bay of Los Angeles. “Every time we go to a new beach, I hope to find sea glass,” Andrea says. In order to give purpose to her collections and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item. The bedroom displays more creative solutions, with customized rag draperies that Andrea made from a top sheet covering the closet and an antique coat rack-turned-jewelry display hanging on the wall above the dresser.



Andrea displays her family’s summer bucket list on their chalkboard wall. Here are some other ways to take advantage of a chalkboard wall.

THE HOOSIER CABINET that sits in the kitchen is one of Andrea’s favorites. A gift from a family friend, she has brought it with her everywhere.

1. Spring break bucket list 2. Weekly dinner menu 3. Children’s chore checklist 4. Daily to-do list 5. Notes to the family 6. Pictionary game night 7. Temporary wallpaper patterns 8. Changeable wall art 9. Movie night ideas 10. Grocery list


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Andrea’s open-minded approach to styling her home has allowed her to bring a cohesive look to various unique pieces collected over time. By embracing change rather than shying away from it, she’s discovered how to make all the pieces she treasures blend together. “Don’t be afraid to change things around. Every time I rearrange, new ideas pop into my head. And always pick up treasures!” she says. Treasures inherited and passed down from relatives fill personalized nooks and corners throughout the cottage, enhancing its comforts. Both of the home’s bedrooms include sentimental touches, such as the vintage suitcase next to Andrea’s bed that she uses as a nightstand. The floral purple trunk was her great-grandmother’s—its bright hue a testament to the family matriarch’s unabashed devotion to the color.

TINY DISHES AND BOWLS make great containers for collections, adding interest without increasing clutter. The vintage typewriter adds a splash of retro personality to this earthy vignette.

ANDREA SAVES small drink bottles and jars to be reused in a multitude of ways. Here they comprise a casual centerpiece of pink flowers. She says they’re great to save for parties as an inexpensive way to decorate a large area.


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MISMATCHED CHAIRS are painted bright turquoise and cheerful mint green, not only to make them more of a cohesive set but to help make the dining room lighter and airier.

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WHETHER YOU START SMALL with a simple framed chalkboard or go large-scale with an accent wall, chalkboard paint is a fun and functional customization in any family home. The buckets of potted herbs look great and also serve a purpose in the kitchen.

Even Andrea’s proudest DIY triumphs incorporate family, such as the custom triple bunk bed in the kids’ room handmade by her dad, along with Andrea’s own beloved dollhouse, which she passed down to her girls. One of the quilts in the children’s room was handmade by her mother, who stitched it together from her childhood clothing. Finally, an art piece Andrea made from old Beach Boys records inherited from her husband’s family makes an eye-catching, graphic statement in the dining room—very fitting in a wellloved home near the coast.


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above: THE COLORFUL QUILT on the bed was a

purchase from Anthropologie, yet pairs perfectly alongside an antique dresser, vintage suitcases and a coat rack-turnedjewelry display from Andrea’s grandmother.

right: “GIVE YOUR GARDEN VINTAGE character by reusing found items in fun ways,” says Andrea. “This child’s chair placed in a planting bed adds flea-market charm; the climbing plants poke right up through the seat for a bit of natural beauty.”

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Living Kitschy and colorful pieces turn this rented apartment into a flea-market haven. BY KR I S TI N D OWDING PHOTOGR APHY BY RIKKI SNYDER


ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TASKS FOR VINTAGE-LOVERS IS LETTING GO OF THEIR TREASURES. It’s painful to think about getting rid of even one out of a hundred antique bottles, but sometimes life requires a change. For professional organizer Jeanie Engelbach of apartmentjeanie, a recent move to a smaller apartment forced her to rethink her treasures and downsize her beloved collections. “I came from a larger apartment with more wall space,” she says. “I had to eliminate three-quarters of what I own.” Jeanie’s new 775-square-foot apartment in New York City required some creative thinking when it came to establishing her new look. “You have to consider the new space,” she says. “You don’t want it to look exactly like your old home.” With less wall space and fewer display surfaces, Jeanie had to reorganize some of her collections and say goodbye to others. Rather than bring everything to her new place and decide then what to keep, she made a plan before she moved out to make the process less stressful. “I measured and did paper templates and laid it all out on paper to see what I could actually bring,” she says.

COLLECTIONS ABOUND in Jeanie’s living room, where plates line the corner wall and pillows suggest more than comfort. “The pillows represent facets of my personality,” says Jeanie. “The dog looks like my first dog, Little Bit, and my nickname is Queenie, so my friend got me the Queen of Hearts.” She found the mirror on the street in Brooklyn and had to elicit help to take it home. “It weighs like 500 pounds,” she says.


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While some of her vintage pieces didn’t follow her through the move, her style remains the same, and her spaces boast vibrant and cheerful hues. “I love colors,” she says. “I don’t like muted or earth tones, and I couldn’t live in a home that didn’t have yellow paint somewhere.” Pink and yellow walls, a yellow coffee table and a pink couch are just the start of Jeanie’s candy-coated home. “I like things in candy colors in general,” she says. Most of her furniture and décor was acquired at flea markets, thrift stores, antiques shops or even on the street. “I’m not looking for something in particular when I go flea-market shopping,” she says. “There are things I gravitate toward, like cartoony things and Carnival chalkware,” but she prefers to shop with spontaneity rather than a wish list. Other pieces, like her leopard-print dining table, were acquired through friends. “I had my dining table painted by one of my friends 28 years ago,” Jeanie says. “It’s followed me through every apartment change, and I requested the leopard-print legs and a floral top.” Through this big change, Jeanie proves that you can be an avid collector and pare things down when needed. She survived her downsizing project, and has a unique and personalized living space to show for it.

COLOR SURROUNDS the TV in the form of a coral credenza and a piece of railing from an old carousel.

opposite: JEANIE TRANSFORMED the previously blank walls of her kitchen with wallpaper that depicts rainbows, diamonds, stars and planes, and she painted the ceiling yellow because there wasn’t any available wall space. Two book towers take the place of unnecessary bar stools under the counter where they’re accessible and out of the way. “It was a temporary solution so I could empty boxes, and I decided I liked it,” she says.

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The 5 Stages PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER JEANIE ENGELBACH SHARES HER ADVICE ON DOWNSIZING AND ORGANIZING YOUR COLLECTIONS. 1. MOTIVATE. If you’re moving to a smaller home or have suddenly realized your current home isn’t large enough to accommodate all your collections, you need to pinpoint your motivation so you can keep it in mind when things get tough. Are you losing space? Are your collections bringing you more stress than joy? 2. PLAN. The biggest mistake you can make is

to try to tackle everything at once, hopping from project to project and never completing anything. Instead, make a list of every collection or room you want to go through and do one at a time. “Approach your home in bite-size pieces that you can manage,” says Jeanie.

3. QUESTION. When you start going through

each space or collection, ask yourself, “What are the things I absolutely love, and will they give me the same structure and support that I need?” If

the answer for something is no, put it in the giveaway pile. “Challenge yourself on why you need to keep it,” says Jeanie. “You need to be ruthless.”

4. RESIST. The urge to store extras will over-

come you, but appreciate your collections enough to not store them in a box. They won’t be enjoyed hidden away, so instead, give them to a friend who can display them, or sell them to someone who will enjoy them as much as you. “Always live with what you have,” says Jeanie.

5. ACCEPT. Keep in mind that “the faster you can make decisions about something, the faster you’ll be organized,” says Jeanie. “If decision making isn’t your strength, have someone help you that doesn’t have a sentimental attachment and has fresh eyes.” It can be a difficult and painful process, but you’ll feel free when it’s accomplished.

AN ECLECTIC WALL of art highlights some of Jeanie’s finds over the years, including vintage cereal ad plates, graphic illustrations and Richard Heeps photography.


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Steal this idea! To create your own gallery wall, put your favorite thing dead center and work around it. Leave enough negative space to balance it, and let each piece stand on its own.

JEANIE USES an air conditioning tool kit she found at a Brooklyn flea as her nightstand. “It was greasy and dirty, so I cleaned it and lined the inside with different kinds of oil cloth,” she says. The four-pandas art is an Andy Warhol print she had museum mounted to her wall.

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How to Style a Successful ODD NUMBERS. When you have an even number, it’s off balance,” says Jeanie. VARY HEIGHT. “Make almost a pyramid,” says Jeanie. “Put the tallest piece in the center and spread out to the base.” CHANGE PERSPECTIVE. “Walk around and make sure you look at it from all angles,” Jeanie says. INCORPORATE VARIETY. “If it’s not a cohesive collection, have different elements represented to bring life to it.”

JEANIE UPCYCLED an antique French mirror frame into a memento board after the mirror inside broke. “I use clothespins to clip things onto strings,” she says. The clown painting is by artist Greg Gossel, and the flower chair is an antique find.

ANOTHER STREET FIND, Jeanie’s desk underwent an upgrade to make it functional. “It was a jeweler’s table, and I added clip lights to it, lined the drawers and added a dropdown drawer for my keyboard,” she says.


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THE MINT GREEN piece is a vintage Chinese buffet that used to be in Jeanie’s old living room. She lined the top cubbies with cherry-laden oil cloths to disguise what’s being stored in them. Another old carousel piece hangs above her TV, and the lights are still functional.

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NESTLED IN A MICHIGAN SHOP CALLED THE FOUND COTTAGE, Honeyhomb Market offers everything from corbels to old church photographs. In addition to its store, Honeyhomb also hits the road to participate in traveling shows such as the Vintage Market Days in Lebanon, Tennessee (March 15–17, 2019). Jordan VanSchepen, founder of this sweet vintage business, brings her love of design to the marketplace. Her artfully crafted exhibits attract customers like bees to honey. Flea markets thrive on storied items, and Honeyhomb, in like fashion, carries artifacts with rich histories. “I recently picked a set of antique primitive Windsor chairs from the mid-1800s,” Jordan says. “This set of chairs had the most amazing patina; if only they could tell their story.” Jordan finds herself drawn to “white and chippy architectural salvage as well as natural wood tone primitive pieces” and these are her favorite items to show. “I love selling corbels and unique windows,” she says. At Honeyhomb, top-notch service means more than just introducing a buyer to charming vintage pieces. “I want my customers to leave my space feeling inspired and able to create their own beautiful spaces in their homes,” Jordan explains. That’s also why her shop stands out. “My displays are set up like spaces that can be found inside your home,” Jordan says. “They are not just displayed as vintage items on a shelf, but carefully curated and displayed.” Thanks to these charming vignettes, customers can “visualize the items in their own homes and spaces.” In and out of the home, optimal arrangements begin with careful ordering. “You will notice that my displays are organized by a certain color scheme,” Jordan says, “as this tends to be more visually appealing. I also display many of the same items together in a space, as this makes for a more impressive visual statement.”

above: PEN A LETTER to your former self from this gorgeous typewriter nook. Shop owner Jordan VanSchepen crafts a “timely” workspace with assorted clocks and used briefcases. oppostie top: “I LOVE TO OFFER vintage photographs of old forgotten farmhouses, churches, landscapes and even old family portraits,” Jordan says. With an old wire frame and clothespins, she offers visitors a rustic glimpse into yesterday. oppostie bottom: WHEN IT COMES TO TABLE SETTING exhibits, Honeyhomb goes above and beyond convention. “I feel the way I display my items makes me stand out,” Jordan says.


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Fine Print

Old made New Transform your beloved vintage and antique finds into beautifully functional pieces. BY J I N HYUN PHOTOGR APHY B Y DEB I TREL OAR

Work with what you already own to avoid clutter and get creative.

The homeowner turned this ordinary piece of furniture into art with a simple coat of blackboard paint. For an added touch, she chalked scripted words all over the outside.


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DECLUTTERING FOR THE NEW YEAR SHOULDN’T MEAN MAKING SACRIFICES OR TOSSING OUT BELOVED ANTIQUES. Sometimes all it takes is repurposing unused collections to make them a bit more functional. In her book, Flea Market Style, author and stylist Emily Chalmers provides inspiration on how to breathe new life into old flea-market finds. If you own any old furniture pieces collecting dust in a corner, consider repurposing them to create extra storage space in your home. According to Chalmers, the process of updating old pieces doesn’t have to be overcomplicated. “All you need to do to update them is to sand them down and give them a fresh coat of paint, or paper the doors with vintage wallpaper,” she writes. If you’re looking for smaller storage spaces, think outside the box. “Old tea chests, antique leather suitcases, toy chests, big wicker baskets, old laundry baskets and wine crates also create covetable storage,” writes Chalmers. Not every piece has to match your others to appear stylish. With the use of different colors and patterns, you can achieve an eclectic look that shows off your unique taste. “There is no need for preloved kitchen pieces to match,” writes Chalmers. For a country feel, gather an assortment of mismatched, worn-out chairs around a large table. Work with what you already own to avoid clutter and get creative. For example, a patchwork of colorful silk scarves can easily be turned into vibrant screens and drapes. “When you use pattern, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Pattern draws the eye, becoming a focal point, so combine it with plenty of large, plain areas,” Chalmers writes.

If you’re looking for a simple fix to update an old leather sofa, decorate it with boldly colored and patterned pillows. You can also add a colorful throw blanket on the seat to cover up any imperfections. Use scraps of fabric and paper to make a pattern collage on your wall.

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There is an art to displaying antiques in visually pleasing ways. “Look for pieces that harmonize, such as an assortment of goldrimmed china cups or dainty floral designs,” Chalmers writes. And when revamping your antiques, don’t neglect the bathroom. You can give an old bath new character with a bit of vintage wallpaper or fabrics that have been treated with waterproofing spray. In the living room, antique fabrics or vintage carpets can be cut up into the perfect size to make cozy rugs. “Some pieces may be slightly threadbare, grayed or faded, but these old dames will inject a relaxed, lived-in feel to your home,” she writes.

“Antique glasses and ceramics have come back into vogue with the return of coffee mornings, tea parties and other events based on food rituals,” writes Chalmers. So match teacups and mismatched saucers with complementing features, and find creative ways to display them.

“There is no need for preloved kitchen pieces to match.” Mismatched chairs can add an eclectic feel to your kitchen and create a country vibe. Feel free to bring in your folding garden chairs or worn-out wooden chairs to add a bit of character, too.

Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers with words by Ali Hanan, published by Ryland Peters & Small, © 2018;


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UNUSUAL TRANSFORMATIONS Smaller vintage pieces are more likely to end up in the bins, but think before you toss. “Many unconventional discoveries, such as vintage bottles, old vases, colored tumblers and crystal dessert bowls also make beautiful candleholders,” writes Chalmers. On the other hand, vintage jewelry such as brooches or hairclips can be used to transform ordinary sofa cushions.

SMALL STORAGE With a bit of creativity, all your concerns regarding organization can be solved using items you already own. “Use old pails or olive oil cans as waste bins,

and put your toothbrushes in vintage vases or colored-glass tumblers. Pile rolls of toilet paper in old shopping baskets or hatboxes, and use sculptural ashtrays and delicate china saucers as soap dishes,” Chalmers suggests.

CALMING ACCESSORIES After clearing away all the clutter, take an extra moment to make sure your home evokes a calming, peaceful atmosphere for you and your family. “Use teacups as tiny vases for single blooms or posies, or pop tea lights inside and use them as candleholders,” writes Chalmers. This will help add a bit of life to your décor.

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Treasure Hunting

Page 122 For more on Jordan, visit @honeyhombmarket on Instagram or Honeyhomb Market has a booth in The Found Cottage at 2460 Chicago Drive, Hudsonville, MI 49426.


Page 130 For more on Linda and Chris, visit Junk Style Design has a 1,200-square-foot warehouse in Long Beach that opens by appointment, and they sell at vintage markets throughout California.

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Storage Secrets

Vintage storage options are always good for texture and character, but is the piece you’re looking at truly functional? BY KR I S TIN DOWDING PHOTOGRAPHY B Y MARK L OHMAN S TYLI NG B Y SU NDAY HENDRIC KSON

“While they’re visual pieces, you need to make sure they work and are useful.”

THE KEY TO STORAGE IS ACCESSIBILITY. We’ve all seen towers of trunks with the perfect patina stacked high in the corner of someone’s home, but if you want your vintage trunks to be as functional as they are attractive, piling them high may not be the best option. Homeowners Linda and Chris Bradford of Junk Style Design found a way around this problem with a special find. “The metal stand is originally from a Los Angeles film studio that held round metal tins the films were in,” says Linda. “I bought three of them from a local vendor and sold two, but ended up keeping one for myself.” Because they’re stacked in individual shelves, each piece of luggage is easily accessible, and you can slide one out without displacing the rest. “They’re easy to clean, too,” says Linda. “You can vacuum the tops.” While she avoids storing clothing in her trunks, she’s found that they’re great for nonessential items such as seasonal décor, shoes, CDs, photos and books. “It’s useful storage for things I don’t need to get to all the time,” she says. When shopping for these beauties, Linda is careful to inspect each trunk to ensure she’s purchasing a quality product. “While they’re visual pieces, you need to make sure they work and are useful,” she says. “I always open them before I buy them and look for rips. You want to avoid ones that smell and have mold, too.” Their worn exteriors tell a story, and their history is the best part, so don’t pass up a chance to ask a vendor where a trunk is from or how old it is. “Luggage is not only useful storage, but it really adds texture and character to our home. I have a set of my parents’ luggage from their honeymoon, and one still has the tags from their last trip to Hawaii in 1975.” Whether passed down or scored at a flea market, vintage trunks will always be a classic addition to any collector’s home.


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