We have lived in this house for many years and it still drips with suburban newness. I can't seem to paint it away or cover it up. Lately, I've stopped trying to hide it and instead add my vintage charms. Just like you would add a charm to a bracelet. There are so many hurdles to jump with newer construction when you want to decorate in the cottage/flea market style. For instance:
Our double faced fireplace that is the center of our home. One side is in the living room and the other is in the kitchen. Glossy and white, heavily laden in wood and trim, I have added these charms to "color it up". The living room side houses all my favorite game pieces and small metal objects. It is fun to add to and watch the kids go through them. The larger jar holds our rock collection from Lake Superior vacations.
What else can bring height to a boring architectural structure than the beautiful matte finish of an aqua milk can. Found at the local salvation army for less than $10.
You see my OCD took over here. The secret...this picture is my all time favorite find at a thrift store for $3.00 yes! $3.00! It is stunning in all it's muted colors. If I could have a house full of Roseville I would...but who can afford it? These two pieces were scored off of eBay for a nominal fee...because they have cracks...on the back. Who's going to see it! Candle sconces look old but are really from Nell Hill's. This is as sophisticated as I get.
My idea of a great table. Stacks of picnic baskets found throughout the years. They hold all kinds of things. Love them. Gorgeous art pieces. In my sophisticated opinion.
Estate sale piece that I couldn't live without. Why?...because I have this wall that is 14 inches wide and nothing fit on it and looked naked. You cannot replicate this patina. The crust on the frame is worth a thousand words. I love it for the spots in the mirror layers. How many faces has it seen?
We had the ugliest counters when we moved in. I wanted marble counter tops and my husband wanted the too trendy granite. He won and I got to decorate. White ironstone pitchers from the sales, sterling silverware mixed pieces as I find them, and silver trays for clutter control from the local thrift store.
Along with decorating I won removal of the giant clutter catcher island. Monstrous beast took all the floor space up. This wonderful vintage kitchen table along with its butterfly joints and porcelain wheels swiftly made the kitchen charming. I grabbed that stool from a sale out of the garage. It is one of the first places I stop at an estate sale. Some of the best stuff is covered in rust.
I try to think of the ordinary becoming something extraordinary. For instance, my flea market cart holds quilts in the kitchen corner so that we can use them. (and mom can put them away)
These little touches make it easy to switch things in and out as I find them. They add color and charm to an otherwise cookie cutter home.