7.20.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Feature and a Flea

Hi everyone!

What a crazy few weeks it has been!  In case you don’t follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter (which you totally should, by the way), and haven’t looked at the Etsy homepage in the past couple of days… the big news of the moment is that we were the Featured Shop this weekend!  If it’s still before about 10am EST on Monday the 21st, then we’re still there!  If not, you can check out the post here on the Etsy blog.  Super duper exciting stuff.  We found out we were going to be featured the day after we got home from Indonesia, but we had to keep it hush hush as we did all sorts of prep behind the scenes, though I definitely hinted that we were very busy working on our shop… last week was a huge push to finish all the handmade things I wanted to list, photograph EVERYTHING in the world (or just our back room), and get all those listings live.  Exhausting.  I forget what it's like to just relax in the evenings.

Anyway, related to all that madness, we’ve been thrifting our happy little behinds off lately, so we have lots to share!  Some of these things were purchased in the past few weeks and were listed in our shop (a few sold already!), but most of it was actually purchased today at the Long Beach Antique Market!  I didn’t think we’d have the time/energy to go to the flea market this weekend, but on Saturday evening we were in a good place and feeling like we should really get out and buy more to replace all the goodies that have been flying off the shelves.  One 5:30 am wake-up call later, and we were down in vintage heaven, picking up all sorts of fun stuff:


I’ve only ever seen Swedish Dala horses online, so when I walked by a booth at the flea market with a whole selection of lovely red figurines I just had to stop and take a look.  I did a quick Etsy search on my iPhone to make sure I was getting a good deal, then bargained for my two favorites.  We’ll be listing these as a pair in our shop, though I do kindof love them.  The taller one is just over 6.5" tall, and the baby is 5" tall with it's original Nils Olsson sticker still attached to the belly. 



We knew our various wire stands and racks tend to sell well, but that trend became even more apparent this weekend, when we sold almost every wire “thingee” (as my parents call them) we had.  Well, we took the hint and went looking for more at the Long Beach Antique Market!  This delightful blue magazine rack is almost identical to a gold one we had earlier this year.  Love the color, love the shape. Done and done (and listed on Etsy here).



Our second wire find of the day today was this classic black wire bookshelf.  I love how the slanted shelves really show off the spines of your books. Look for it in our shop soon!


This was actually our last purchase of the day, and it definitely ended the morning shopping trip on a good note.  We were rather surprised and happy when the seller flat-out accepted our low-ball offer on this gorgeous mid century wood bookshelf, as I was totally expecting to bargain our way to a price in the middle.  This is like the super upgraded version of the black wire one.  If we had more room in our apartment we would totally keep this beauty, but we don’t, so into the shop it will go.  Luckily it measures in at just under the limit for USPS shipping, because I really don’t want to have to figure out shipping large items via another method. 



This tall black hairpin style plant stand was a steal at the flea market for $10, and we both love it so we’re going to keep it!  You can never have too many plant stands.  The flower pot is one that I thrifted from Goodwill a few months ago… we were debating whether to keep or sell it, and it definitely ended up in the keep category. For anyone curious since we didn't say the price at the time (we only do if we know we're going to keep something), the planter set us back $6, which is more than I would normally pay for a smallish used plant pot, but the design is awesome and it is stamped "Made in West Germany" so that adds some value.



Speaking of plant stands we couldn’t bear to part with, Chris picked up this little guy from one of the thrift stores on Main Street in Ventura a week or two ago for $3, and it went straight onto our patio.  It’s just too cool and little.



Chris found this larger black plant stand at the same time as that little one, but this guy went straight into the Etsy shop, and it sold this weekend!



Another Chris thrift store find, this gold wire book stand also went into the shop and sold right away.  See what I mean about the wire stuff? Pretty crazy.  



We were both drawn to this unique thing at the flea market today, and we just had to take it home with us.  It’s a black metal stand with four removable copper oil candles.  The candles’ tops screw off and they each have a long wick, so I assume you just put some candle oil in each one and light the wick? However that works, they are awesome. I love me some copper, though I'm not sure if they are solid or plated... is copper plate a thing?  They definitely have that copper color and the tarnish is greenish.



It's been awhile since we picked up any Pyrex, but we found a few pieces to take home with us this weekend.  The Butterprint butter dish (say that five times fast) was found at the Long Beach flea market today, and it will be listed in our shop as soon as I give it a good scrub.  We actually have the exact same butter dish in our own fridge!  We picked up the little red refrigerator dish at a thrift store in Ventura on Saturday for $2, and we're going to keep it for ourselves and attempt to fix its poor slightly dishwashed finish.  I was totally inspired by reading Dans le Lakehouse's post about restoring Pyrex earlier this month, since it had some new tips I've never heard before, so we're looking forward to giving it a go with this little guy!



I LOVE these glasses.  I spotted this set of five (why do I always find sets of five and not six?!) at a Ventura thrift store on Saturday and Chris approved, even though they're a little crazy for his taste, because of the amazing gold bands. They are stamped with the F in a shield of Federal Glass, and the tiny pink dots are actually textured on the outside.  So good... just so good.



During the same thrifting trip on Saturday we picked up this glass popcorn bowl set.  Normally I'm not a huge fan of these popcorn bowls, just because there are SO many on Etsy, but this one is the exception with that awesome cursive font.  I couldn't find any other ones out there with this font (though I'm sure they exist, so feel free to prove me wrong in the comments you savvy people, you), and it's a great complete set with one large bowl and four small ones.  Random photo tip: with these clear glass patterned things, it's sometimes hard to read the text or see the pattern in photos because you just see through to the pattern on the other side and looks all convoluted, so we used pieces of white paper folded just so inside the bowls to let you see the text easily.  Of course that only really makes sense if you're using a white background, but yeah.  Though it would have been even better if we had some popcorn to put in the bowls!


And finally, a beautiful wool blanket we purchased from the same seller as the Butterprint butter dish at the flea market, for an equally excellent price.  It's in the style of that classic Hudson Bay blanket, but the hilariously vintage tag tells us it was made by Polar Star, "A Golden Dawn Blanket" for JCPenney Co.  It's not in perfect shape, with some light staining, so we haven't quite decided if we're going to sell it as is, keep it for ourselves, use it to make pillows or reupholster a stool, or maybe we'll try getting it dry cleaned and see if that helps?  Either way, it's lovely and we are always happy to take home a nice wool blanket.  Long Beach Antique Market for the win!

Well that was a long post!  What do you think of all our finds this week?  Favorites?  What have you been thrifting lately?  Link up all your latest finds below!

I want to say that we're going to be more regular with our Nifty Thrifty posts, but two weekends from now (when we should be posting if we're trying to follow our new every other week schedule) we're going to be in Oregon visiting my family (and probably doing a lot of thrifting, because... Portland.  Know what I mean?).  Anyway, it might be a few extra weeks before the next Nifty Thrifty, but I do have some other posts lined up...

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!



6.29.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Long Beach Antique Market

Hi everyone!

We are back from Indonesia (It was awesome! We'll probably write a post about it another day.) and hitting the ground running to get our Etsy shop back in action.  It has been sorely neglected as of late, but it's time to get it back in order and full of goodies, so we'll be doing lots of figurative running around behind the scenes to make that happen this month before we go on our next vacation in August to visit our families.  We have lots of handmade stuff to make and vintage stuff to list, but at the last minute we decided to kick things off right by heading down to the Long Beach Antique Market today, since we've heard so many good things about it.  This particular flea market is a good two hour drive from our apartment, so we got up way too early and made the trek, and luckily it was totally worth it, so thanks to everyone who recommended it!  There were many deals to be had, and we left very happy with armfuls of stuff after a couple hours of wheeling and dealing.  The few little things we are keeping didn't make it to have their photo taken this afternoon, but everything here will be listed in our Etsy shop:


A few things in this photo will show up again, but the main feature here is the lovely woven rug.  We haven't tried to sell any rugs on Etsy yet, as we've kept all the ones we have thrifted for ourselves so far, but we've seen some great ones on there, so we figured we'd give it a try.  I like the colors and the slightly-off pattern on this one, and it's small enough to easily roll up and ship, but big enough to make a statement, which sounds like a win-win situation to me.


Ah, Cathrineholm, how we have missed you.  We finally sold the last few pieces of Cathrineholm that were lingering in our shop earlier this year, so I was extra pleased when I spotted this tiny 4 inch bowl hiding in a booth.  Brown wouldn't be my first choice of color, but it's in excellent shape, and you just gotta love those bitty bowls.  The price didn't hurt either!


Apparently it was a plant stand kind of day!  Ok, we actually picked up the one on the right at a thrift store in Ventura the other day, but the other two were both found at the flea market, and we just love those hairpin legs.  Usually we buy plant stands for ourselves, and we would be happy to keep any of these, but we don't have quite the right spot for any of them on our patio (which I need to post about... I took photos weeks ago!), so into our Etsy shop they will go!


I spied this made in Japan enamel tin, and liked the bright colors and simple yet stylish design.  The seller was hilarious and offering great prices so before we left his booth we found something else to take home with us...


Another rug!  This one is a small southwestern style number.  It's a that perfect little size that could be used just about anywhere, and I like the interesting mix of colors.



Can't resist a good rotary phone, especially an aqua blue one like this!  We haven't had one in this classic design in awhile, but pretty much all telephones sell like crazy for us, so we were more than happy to strike a deal with this seller.  Many other Etsy sellers don't test their phones before listing, but we like to let people know what they're getting if we can; unfortunately this guy has the main problem we've run into with old rotary phones, which is a broken ringer.  So the phone still works, and if you have another phone hooked up to your landline it will ring to let you know someone is calling and then you can answer on this phone (or there might be other gadgets for this kind of thing... who knows).  An odd problem, and definitely a bummer, but we've sold phones with broken ringers in the past no problem, and this one is just so pretty I'm sure it will still sell.  Some people just buy them as props anyway!


This funny little red and black rotary phone was our last purchase of the day, and even though these totally aren't our colors, we know lots of people out there would love this combination.  Plus, look at that hilarious dog illustration in the middle of the rotary dial!  So good.  Also doesn't hurt that this one works perfectly.


It's the return of the Maurice Duchin phone stand!  If you've been counting, this is the third identical telephone stand we have purchased in the past year.  The other two flew off the (cyber) shelves of our shop, so hopefully this one will do the same!


Stands of all kinds were definitely the theme of the day, and I convinced Chris we needed to add this folding floral cloth and wood one to our growing collection.  I know this one isn't Chris's style, but I love it, and I'm sure there are many other ladies out there (and probably some gentlemen, too) who will agree with me!


To even things out, Chris nabbed this round gold magazine rack early in the day, and we knew we had chosen well after a bunch of other sellers kept commenting on how cool it was as we were carrying it around with us.  We've seen similar round ones before (in fact we own the black round one from this post, which we haven't been able to part with yet, even though we don't really have a good spot for it), but never one quite like this.  Small wire pieces like this have sold very well for us in general, so I'm hoping the trend continues.


And finally, I'm ending with our first purchase from the flea market today, which I'm not quite sure how to describe, but there's something about it I really like.  It's the skull of some unknown animal, which seems to have been varnished a little, and then there are strips of leather with beads and feathers tied to the outside of each eye socket.  It's sitting on a table in this photo, but you can actually hang it very easily from one of the holes on the back of the skull, and then it makes for a very interesting piece of wall decor (as you can see way back in the first photo, next to a random grey mask that was in the art building where we shoot these photos... the shot needed something else there and that's all I could find!).  The whole thing looks rather vintage, but I have no idea if it's actually a Native American piece, or if someone just put it together for funzies.

Oof, what a day!  We haven't had a Nifty Thrifty this long in quite some time.  I know I've been super irregular with blogging lately, but I do have quite a few posts in the works, so hopefully I'll actually have something other than just Nifty Thriftys to share soon!

In the meantime, what do you think of all our finds?  Which one is your favorite?  Have you been to the Long Beach Flea Market?  We would definitely recommend it (and thanks again to everyone who did!).  What did you thrift this week?  It's linking time!

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!



6.09.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Horses and Flowers

Hi everyone!

I meant to do this post last night, but then we started watching the new season of Orange is the New Black, and post-writing totally slipped my mind until we finally went to bed five episodes later... at 1:30am!  Oops!  We picked up just a few vintage bits these past few weeks, and I think they're all pretty fun finds:


There is just something about this odd little horse pattern that I could not resist on this set of three small dishes from one of the thrift stores on Main St in Ventura.  They seem to be child-sized, and yet they are lovely porcelain and in almost mint condition.  The brand is Winterthur Interpretation, and each piece also has a sticker that reads "Andrea by Sakek, Made in Japan." I have never heard of this company before, and almost everything that comes up in an Etsy search for it is pretty unattractive stuff (in my opinion at least).  I found one other listing for this horse set on Ebay, but they didn't have more details about when it was made or anything else.  Any ideas?


I picked up this set of three Vera napkins at the same thrift as the horse dishes.  I was a little bummed that it's a small odd-numbered set, but I just love the pattern, and they were very well cared for in excellent condition.  So happy and summery, and the first Vera anything I have ever found!


Chris and I found this ceramic vase at a thrift store up in Felton, CA (we were up there for a very exciting elopement, which we will post about in a few weeks once the photos are edited and we are back from our next vacation... more on that in a moment) last Thursday.  It has some words etched into the base, but we can't quite make them out.  We know very little about pottery, but we just liked the look of this guy with its interesting shape and the dark clay with matte grey glaze.  It's filled with a little bouquet of wildflowers we picked on our way home on Friday (here I am on Instagram working on it with an epic Big Sur view in the background... luckily we keep a pair of scissors in our car).  I think we're going to keep this guy, as we don't really have any nice vases, and there's just something about this one we like.

I'm not sure what the next couple weeks will bring, as we will be far far away in Indonesia.  That's right, we're leaving Wednesday for two weeks on the opposite side of the world!  I don't know if I've mentioned this trip before, but it's our official honeymoon, since we only had a couple days after our wedding last August.  Not that we've been posting very often lately anyway... but yeah, we'll see y'all at the end of June!

What do you think of our recent finds?  Know anything about them to help us out?  What did you guys pick up this week?  Anyone else been to Indonesia and have any tips for us?

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!



5.18.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Vintage Goodies

Hi there,

Hope you all had a good couple weeks of thrifting!  I may only have a few finds compared to what we used to bring in, but I was surprised how well I did considering how hard I tried (not very), especially in comparison to last month, when the thrift stores were seemingly barren of treasures.  I stopped by the local Ventura shops just a few times, and here's what came home with me:

Yes, that is one of my antlers, and it is for sale here.
I was shocked (shocked!) to find this solid wood mid century bedside table at one of the thrift stores on Main Street in Ventura for a very good price.  When we moved to California we were all, "we're moving to the land of mid century furniture, it will be great!" but the reality turned out to be that everyone and their mother knows they can sell this stuff for a profit so it's near impossible to find cheap at the thrifts.  This guy has its fair share of dings, but it also has those lovely shapely legs and sturdy construction that makes me happy.  Normally I'd rather buy nightstands in pairs, but I made an exception for the low price.  I'm going to give it a little love, then figure out if it's small enough to ship USPS and thus list on Etsy, or if I'll be selling it on craigslist.


This Dorothy Thorpe style silver band bowl caught my eye at a different Ventura thrift store, and again the surprisingly reasonable price convinced me to take it home.  The silver is lighter and more matte than I've seen in the past, but it's a nice size, and we'll see how it cleans up.  Does anybody know if there's a name for this shape of bowl?  I see them all over the place, but I realized I have no idea if there's a word for that distinctive angular shape.


And finally, I was drawn to this flower pot at the Goodwill in Ventura (where we almost never find anything vintage, let alone vintage and attractive), and I was proud that my radar proved correct when I saw the mark on the base that indicated this piece was made in West Germany.  Can't decide if we'll keep it and plant something pretty in there, or list it on Etsy...  Also featured in this photo are some fun little clear lego-like photo cubes we may or may not have shown off before.  Chris picked them up at Savers long ago and filled them with his own choice of funny little illustrations from various vintage books;  I needed something plant-like to style this photo, but I take these pictures at Chris's school (where there's bright natural light and a good white wall to shoot against), and this was all I could find in his classroom on a moment's notice.  They are pretty adorable though.  In case you were wondering, I brought the peppers from the above photo with me (and then I ate them on Saturday night, proof on instagram here), but I forgot to plan ahead for the flower pot.  Oh, photo styling.

So what did you guys find this week?  Link, link, link it up!  That sounded like a fun song in my head.  Anyway... thoughts on my purchases?  Favorite one?  Keep or sell the flower pot?

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!




5.04.2014

The Nifty Thrifty: Color!

Hey everyone!

I know, I know, it has been way too long.  Amazingly, it's not just because I've been too busy to blog and thrift, but rather because I have had absolutely NO luck at the thrift stores for the past month!  At least no luck in the pretty-vintage-things-worthy-of-a-Nifty-Thrifty-post department.  I did pick up a few flower pots and other practical things.  But!  This Thursday I went to a huge estate sale in Camarillo, and finally (finally!) had some success.  I don't think it was quite a hoarder situation, but rather some people who had a penchant for vintage (a lot of things had old tags from antique malls or something) with tons of boxes in storage;  all the boxes filled the yard of the house, and then the home itself was full of stuff.  I got there a little late (as usual for me) but still had tons of stuff to dig through, and I came home with an armload of fun finds:


I was more than happy to pick up these colorful fabric covered hangers for my own closet!  I've been wanting to upgrade my boring plastic hangers (I'm very jealous of Chris's nice set of vintage wood hangers), and these guys are going to do the job with aplomb.  I kept finding more of them as I went through the sale, like little pieces of treasure.

A few more small finds were this set of three embroidered cotton cloth napkins--of which I particularly love the light orange one with its geometric pattern--and this awesome metal orange daisy wall hook.  So fun and colorful, I couldn't resist!

It's never too early to start prepping for the Christmas season!  I found a sweet little Santa Russian nesting doll (those four guys all pop into one another), and a round Scandinavian (ish?) style metal tray.


I'm not actually sure if this framed piece is a paint by number, or just someone with a similar painting style, but it's definitely vintage, and I liked the look of it, so into my pile it went.


Probably my favorite find of the day, I am obsessed with this little mid century (I'm guessing by the design) Playskool wagon filled with old-school blocks.  These are (obvi) the best kind of blocks: wood and colorful with all sorts of shapes and sizes, including the awesome bridge pieces, and they come in a sweet little wagon!  A few blocks are missing, but they almost fill up the whole thing, and there are definitely plenty to make fantastic towers, as you can tell.  I can't decide if we'll sell these in our Etsy shop or if I need to keep them for my future children!

In addition to all this lovely stuff, I also came home with some awesome wrapping paper, which probably isn't vintage, but is very cool, and I can't wait to wrap some gifts in it!  Maybe I will get my chance in a couple days when I wrap up our Mother's Day presents and send them on their way :)

What do you think of my finds this week?  Have you found anything exciting in the last month (I can't believe it has been so long!)?  I'm sure you have... share your posts in the link up below!  

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too:  Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - alivingspace - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.


P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!




4.18.2014

Bedroom Progress

Finally!  I took some photos of the progress we have made with decorating our bedroom!  We realized recently that we have a pattern of ignoring our bedroom after we throw our furniture in there, so it ends up being a rather sad and boring room while we focus our attention on making the main rooms beautiful and fun.  When we did this work in the bedroom a little over a month ago, we had already been in our apartment for over six months!  There's still more to do, too, but at least it's looking much better... of course I managed to not take any before photos, but just imagine the same space without all the pretty stuff in it.  I have to say, it's surprising how much happier I am with a bedroom that actually feels like a happy space!


Oh hey, bed!  Ok, this is the one area we actually didn't change much.  When we moved in, we basically set up the same bed situation we had in our Groton apartment (you can see it was very similar to this back in September in this post) with our lovely Marimekko duvet, white pillows with cases I sewed out of an IKEA Ofelia blanket, navy Euro shams, and my felt ball garlands.  All we did change in this area was cleaning up our bedside tables, and I switched out my light for my favorite awesome old lamp that used to be my mom's (which I just updated with a new lampshade from--where else?--IKEA).  Ooh I also tacked up my fox face, which I bought on our cross-country road trip back in 2009 in South Dakota for $5... don't judge me.  While I was doing this shoot, I realized that I actually prefer the front jungle pillow that's in this picture (which is for sale on Etsy right now... maybe I should take that down) to the other ones that used to be there, as it ties in nicely with the warmer tones in other parts of the room, plus it adds a fun vintagey touch.  I can't decide if we should put a little piece of art or something over the bed or not... what do you think?


This is the view into the bedroom from the door, and here's where you can see all the new stuff!  Let's go left to right... Our bedroom used to have a door that attached the room to the rest of the house (where our landlord lives, although that door just goes to his back storage room), and the door is covered with a thin painted panel that matches the walls (which are a soft grey), but still stands out rather awkwardly and just looked kinda dumb until we figured out what to do with it: lean a mirror on it!  We went all out and bought the huge Hovet mirror from IKEA, because it fits perfectly in that spot with even amounts of door on each side, making that area look much more purposeful.  It makes the room feel much bigger and brighter, and now I finally have a mirror big enough to see my whole self and then some... yay!

In the middle of this photo is our dresser station, with my blue dresser (which was a rather ugly $20 yard sale purchase that I spray painted blue and replaced the hardware, all about four years ago) and Chris's mid century dresser.  Those had obviously been there, holding our clothes and such, but the tops of them were totally cluttered with stuff, and there was no art on the wall, so they looked pretty sad.  We threw up two vintage thrift store art finds: a crewel of the seasons on the left and a paint by numbers landscape on the right.  We'll get to the stuff on the dressers in a moment...

Before then, I have to mention the closet!  This was a big improvement to the space, because before there was just an open closet there, packed to the brim with all of Chris's stuff (the closet in the living room is mine, so this one is all Chris's).  The closet doesn't have doors and it's rather narrow, so adding doors would have meant taking out Chris's big trunk of photo stuff on the floor, which I would rather keep there, so we figured out another solution: curtains!  Namely a pair of grey velvet Sanela curtains from IKEA.  We hung them all the way up by the ceiling and then I used a handful of strategically placed binder clips behind the scenes to make them stay eternally perfectly draped.  Then I arranged Chris's shirts by color, and it looks a million times better.  There's still a bit of a messy area under the shirts, so we need to find some nice bins or baskets to clean that stuff up.  At first the curtains were feeling a little intense to me, but then I took some extra pom pom trim I had lying around (like you do) and attached it to the edge (with paperclips, I kid you not), and it totally did the trick to make the curtains work with the rest of the room, while still adding a nice sense of luxury.


The stuff on the tops of our dressers is still a little random, and could probably use some more paring down and better styling, but whatevs, it works for now.  I have a nice new modern jewelry box that Chris's family got me for my birthday, and some other personal favorites, including my Buddha night light (from SOWA Vintage Market in Boston), the wood burl box that Chris bought for my engagement ring when he proposed, and an origami map flower from our wedding.


Over on Chris's dresser, he has an odd assortment of industrial metal containers, weird vintage things, and other oddities.  My favorite part is the vintage brass polaroid frame (which I got for him a year or two ago) with a polaroid of Odo as a little puppy.

It was tough to get a decent shot of this area, but basically this is looking back from the mirror towards the closet and door, where we have a Target hamper (which is starting to get rather slumped, but a new hamper is just not very high on our shopping priority list right now), a mid century Lane cedar chest we found on craigslist back in Massachusetts, and the Peruvian wool wall hanging I picked up at the Salvation Army last November.  We were originally planning to sell that thing, but we would have had to take it off the wood frame to ship it, and so it got shoved into the back room to be dealt with later, until I found this lovely spot for it in our bedroom.  That pillow is now living on the bed, since I decided it looked better there mid photo-shoot.


From the closet/hamper corner, you can see my little vanity chair tucked in by my dresser for no good reason other than the fact that it has nowhere else to go.  Check out how perfectly the mirror fits in that spot.  Oh, and you have a great view of our terrible ceiling light fixture!  That's one thing that could definitely use replacing in here... it looks like it used to be a boob light like the ones we have in the kitchen and living room, but it's glass and the center column that once held up the glass are missing, so it's basically just two bulbs on a gold circle now.  So attractive.

The last big thing we want to do to complete the bedroom is to hang some art on the big empty space to the left of the mirror, but we keep waffling about what we want to put there.  Maybe a gallery wall?  A couple of Chris's photos?  Something big that we don't have yet?  Decisions, decisions...

What do you think of our bedroom so far?  Do you have any rooms in your home you tend to ignore when it comes to decorating?  Any ideas for dealing with that one remaining empty wall?
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