Thursday, October 3, 2013

Living Room Vignettes - Decorating with Old Thrift Store Stuff

I have enjoyed the past week - tweaking things in my living room from summer to fall/winter. I think I'm ready to add a few pumpkins, twigs and other fallish things now!

Before I get back into the middle bedroom, I'll show you a few more photos of some of the vignettes in the living room...

Family photos in thrift store frames. A thrift store lamp, painted by me, with a Walmart shade. My 3rd grade Bible, open to Psalm 91. A candle bought for me by Mason when he was a little boy...I just can't burn it. 

A mid-century metal tray from Mexico, stripped by me. A vintage seltzer bottle found at Goodwill years ago, a crystal decanter wedding present, thrift store glass decanters, and a glass door knob bottle stopper from one of my favorite Texas bloggers, Tina. 

The table was a curb-side find decades ago, and I made a top for it from boards I had cut-to-size. 

A stack of thrift store vintage wood frames, painted by me. Greenery from Dollar Tree in a wicker plant basket found at a thrift store. 

The basket is great - it is lined in zinc. 

A free storage bench from my church, which I painted in homemade plaster paint. In front of it is a garage sale table painted in ASCP with thrift store items on top. 

Above, a curbside picture frame with a Hobby Lobby cross inside. The throw is all cotton Buffalo Plaid, and I found it for a few dollars at a discount store years ago. 

More stacked frames, painted by me, behind a box (filled with vintage blocks from my children and their grandmother).
On top of it, a thrift store file box painted white. It holds scented candles and wax cubes. I love burning nice-smelling things!

A thrift store chair, painted in ASCP and recovered in drop cloth. Behind - a vintage chest from a garage sale with more thrifted items on top.

At the front door, I reworked the art on the wall. The previous arrangement had begun to irritate me. 

A contemporary art assemblage by me, a thrift store silver plate platter, a couple of thrift store paintings, re-worked by me, a vintage plaster French frame found at a church tag sale years ago. Thrift store numbers, a T from Hobby Lobby, a souvenir wooden angel from a trip to San Antonio years ago, a ceramic cross from Hobby Lobby, and a souvenir Eiffel Tower bronze piece found at a previous home. The previous owners had a garage sale before we bought the home, and left things there. It was cool, so I kept it. 

Garage Sale silver plate sugar bowls with trophy shapes. Love 'em! Thrift store pumpkins painted white, Hobby Lobby Greenery. An old drawer bought at a garage sale years ago catches incoming mail.

Vintage metal flower frogs. 

A white wooden tray, painted by me. The child's chest of drawers is an oak piece from England, painted in oil. The hardware is original.

Do you know what I just realized? There is scarcely ANYTHING new in my living room. Seriously! A few things from Hobby Lobby, a wedding gift, a few Walmart lamp shades, not really much more.

And do you know what else? Given the opportunity to trade it all right this minute for a new set of furniture from a store, with accessories to coordinate - I'd turn it down. I LOVE my old stuff. The furniture is much better than new stuff - solid wood. The old accessories are real, too; wood, metal, glass...I like real stuff. Plastic has it's place, but I really, really like the real, old stuff. 

Word for the Day:
Isaiah 25:1
Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

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Debra@CommonGround said...

oooh, I love your art wall! so many interesting elements that are perfect together!

Unknown said...

Love your vintage style, wonderful vignette! Following!

Julia said...

Hola que bonito bloc, me ha encantado, yo tengo uno hace poco al cual te invito a verlo .

Me gustan tus fotografías son una maravilla
Muchas felicidades por tu bloc


thistlewoodfarm said...

You have the best stuff! What is that thing that's holding eggs? I NEED ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy day to you rock star!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I'm with you. Old thing are so much more interesting than new. I love your gallery wall and the English dresser. So pretty all together!

farmhouse-story said...

it all looks sweet together, revi!

sweetvintageofmine said...

You have BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE items!!! Love the cross on the wall....Be Blessed~~~Roxie

must love junk said...

Love everything!! The table, the sugar 'bowls', the whole all looks great! I'd say 95% of my decor is flea market or thrift store finds. :)

Unknown said...

gorgeous vignettes throughout your home. love all the touches of grey. you're quite thrifty. everything looks "divine on a dime." Happy Grey Dey Thursdey! So happy you joined in! ;)

Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

Everything looks so beautiful :) I'm with you, I wouldn't trade any of my old for new either.
Have a great weekend :)

Burlap Luxe said...

Where DO I start ?

Loving every inch of your grey space and vignettes, I know this will sound strange that I zero in on such a strange piece but that little wire cage atop that church bench well, I adore how sweet it looks right where it at.
Love that wall over the English chest of drawers the whole look from floor up is so rustically moving to me.
Love your style, I could move right in...truly!



Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oooo, love that wall display.

Marsha said...

I love the wall above the chest! You are AMAZING!