My boyfriend and I exchanged gifts earlier this week since he is traveling home to see his family this holiday. He got me several books that I’m so excited to flip through over the break, one being “Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring” (how well does he know my taste!?)
The Intro of the book speaks so much to me and I couldn’t help but share it here:
The word “thrift” has become newly fashionable, but it also relates to real need. If you can’t afford to furnish your home the way you would like to, you may find that thrift is inspiring. It forces you to look at things with a fresh eye: could that tatty old chest be painted up? Might that chair look better in a different fabric? Could you cut those faded curtains down into cushions? There’s the joy of hunting around garage and car boot sales, auctions, junk stores, and even family attics, hoping to spot something that everyone else has missed, and there’s also the pleasure of knowing that instead of consigning an old sofa or battered table to a landfill site, you’re making it live again.
The motto of the book is that “you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a stylish home. It is the small details that make it special.” I agree wholeheartedly and believe that unique and one of a kind pieces are what make a home. It’s so fun to look for the potential in older pieces that already have a life and history of their own, and re-invent them by putting them in a different context. Not to mention the rush that you get when you find a “diamond in the rough.”
The pieces that I’ve gathered from thrift and antique stores are the ones that get complimented the most. Someday soon I’ll showcase some of my personal collection on the blog!
2 thoughts on “Thrifty Chic: Interior Style on a Shoestring”
any chance you know of antique store dishes/tea cup/silverware pricing? whenever i wander the antique stores, i am never sure if i’m getting a bargain or not :[ project!! :]
Can’t wait to hear what you’re working on! I almost never pay over $10 for a dish or tea cup and try to stick to the $4 – $7 range….although sometimes there’s a beautiful piece that I know I can’t live without.