July 16, 2012
House shopping is addictive. I now spend hours trolling Etsy for the best vintage shops and finds. I comb the Antique Mall and my favorite affordable websites for the perfect end table. But maybe the most gratifying task is re-purposing or moving things we already have to make them look new or different. Making the utilitarian looking wire rack into a bar; framing old favorite postcards to be hung as art. A few weeks ago we were at a party at our friend Kelley’s house and I was so inspired to see how she remade items she already had into beautiful pieces for her home. Every table, every tray was either a Goodwill find or something they had laying around that she transformed into a new item.
I’m slowly starting to step into the world of DIY (although I’ll never be as good as my pals Kelley or Claire), but I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a bargain shopper and Etsy hunter. Here are some of my favorite recent finds and some items at the top of my home wishlist:
HAVE IT: Over the couch lamp ; gray tweed couch (we found this one on craigslist after I had been adoring it from the IKEA website); Kilim woven pillows all from this shop; telescopic print of the moon from a French magazine printed in the 1940′s
WANT IT: A big piece of art to hang over the sofa—I love how this one feels like it was pulled from a science classroom; gray tweed chair (love this); vintage kitchen finds (scale and pitcher); side table (such a great find)