Says self-proclaimed “thrift-store junkie” Sarah Norton Ramberg of Sadie Seasongoods, “I loved the idea of repurposing something dining-related, in this case, a cheese dome. It makes for nice synergy in a decorative way.” This cloche turned ice rink is a fun spin on a holiday centerpiece and has a charming vintage feel, to boot.
Ramberg’s thrifty tip? “Shop for holiday decor year-round at thrift stores and garage sales. That way, you just spend a little here and there over the course of a year, and by the time the winter holidays arrive, you won't have to spend a dime on decor. It can all go towards gifts!”
Once a historic schoolhouse, the homeowners wanted the building turned into a cozy space for themselves and their five children, so designers used the former auditorium to create an open concept space that includes a large, galley kitchen with breakfast bar, a living area, breakfast nook and reading hammocks.
This boy's room features unconventional repurposed furnishings. A trunk is turned on its side for a nightstand, and a hanging bamboo window treatment acts as a headboard. Meanwhile, a twin bed rests on a chest of drawers, providing optimal storage.
A simple trip to a salvage yard or antique store is all it takes to discover an interesting door that can easily be turned into a gorgeous desk. The desk is not only creative and functional, but a budget-friendly way to recycle an item that might have otherwise ended up in the trash.
A guest bedroom plays tribute to yesteryear by repurposing an antique typewriter table into a useful nightstand. Contemporary furnishings and wallpaper blend with the table and other antiques for a put-together-over-time look.
Old knit sweaters and men's flannel shirts that have been retired from your wardrobe can be given new life again as throw pillows. This trio of repurposed apparel includes a cable-knit sweater as well as a pinstriped button-up and a woodsy plaid flannel.
Coffee lovers will especially love the look and feel of repurposed burlap coffee bean sack stockings. To find them locally, simply ask your neighborhood coffee house for any discarded sacks they may have in the back. Many times, the staff will be more than happy to give them away for free. Coffee bean sacks can also be found online for approximately $5 per sack.
These stylish stockings require little sewing and put your old sweaters to great use. The custom look will impress guests, and can be done in just one afternoon. Design by Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors
Scour home donation centers and nonprofit home decor stores for single pieces that can go into small spots, such as a bar nook. This industrial-style fixture was one of the items that McNeal Walker Interiors found at such a store and repurposed.