The entry of Chris' condo is a mash-up of classic menswear and midcentury modern styles. A black, silver and gold pinstripe wallpaper from Graham & Brown covers the walls while a brass helix-style chandelier purchased for $200 from a flea market lights the space.
This spacious eat-in kitchen has an industrial look thanks to a vintage cast-iron table base, Restoration Hardware chairs and a luxe bronze paint on the cabinets. Gaston y Daniela fabric dresses up the kitchen chairs in a bold red, while a French flea market light illuminates the space.
In order to keep costs low, almost every element in the attic was found in the garage, storage unit or at flea markets. To make them work cohesively, pieces were chosen in shades of white, blue, red and darkly stained wood.
Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.
Recalling the international bazaars of the homeowner's travels, the fireplace is dressed with a white traditional African headdress, sourced at a local flea market, and matching white baskets and vases. A solid walnut built-in media cabinet below the TV adds function, gravitas and warmth to the color scheme. The glass topped coffee table keeps the center of the design light.
Camille Flurry's Athens, Ga., bedroom is the perfect example of a tween room done right. To create a one-of-a-kind, eclectic, super-cool space, Camille's mom, Amy, combined handed-down family pieces with finds from local flea markets, vintage boutiques and art festivals. The white bed and nightstand first belonged to Amy as a child. She supplemented these finds with traditional area rugs from local stores. The chandelier is a budget-saver from a local lighting company that Amy customized with red spray paint to brighten Camille's room.
Sometimes a sense of humor in an otherwise tailored space can create a not-so-serious feeling. While Chris' bedroom walls are covered in a pinstripe wool menswear suit fabric, the juxtaposition of a white resin moose head against the tailored walls creates a light-hearted element of surprise. Since the wall application set Chris back approximately $1300, he saved on furniture by choosing a vintage wood dresser he scored for $125 at a flea market. Since dark-colored accessories could easily get lost in the navy blue tone of the pinstriped wall covering, bulky ultra-white vases were grouped together to create a strong contrast.