After college, I moved back home to pay back loans and save some money. I currently live in the 2 bedroom apartment in my parent's house. Considering the amount of "treasures" I have accumulated over the years, it is perfect for the time being. It is larger than the apartment that I lived in with three other girls in college, so I am in heaven!
My entry has a shelf that I snatched up when helping a family member downsize. All it needed was a new coat of paint! The cork board is actually a sample cabinet door that was with a whole bunch of sample doors at a random garage sale. I added painted cork and some cool knobs.
Here is a close up of the vintage pennants that I found in an antique shop. I love travel and maps (as you will soon see!) and these fit right in!
My living room is a random assortment of unusual objects that have been collected over the years. This floor lamp is something my mom found at our very first estate sale experience. My favorite thing is the pillow. I found two handkerchiefs with Chinese maps on them and my mom made pillows out of them for me. Maps, postcards, anything with a travel theme is a bit of an obsession for me.
My most prized find is the 1970s pull down map that I hung on the wall. The best part is that it was completely FREE! I don't know if you have priced wall maps lately, but the prices will make your head spin! It was part of the pitch pile that was in my classroom that I inherited from a retired teacher. I bought the trunk as a birthday gift to myself from an antique mall's bargain room. (That's right our local antique mall had a bargain room...we were seriously bummed when they took it out.)
My side tables are another half off estate sale find ($7 for the pair.) That weird lamp?? Mom rescued it from my uncle's donate pile years ago...way before mid century became popular! I know it is ugly, but isn't the shape awesome? I love it! As for the tub chair, it's original home was in the girl's staff quarters at the camp in Michigan where I worked at for 4 summers! My mom saw it when visiting and asked if we could have it. My friends at camp thought she was crazy, but into the car it went at the end of the summer!
Not to brag or anything, but my couch is quite possibly the best couch in the world! It was bought by my grandparents when they were first married in the 1954. It was in their home until they downsized and then my mom claimed it. She said for years it was dark nubby brown, but in the eighties, my grandmother recovered it...unfortunately in eighties mauve and baby blue. However it is nine feet of comfort that you just don't find in stores today and in a family of giants that is worth something.
Music is my passion so I devoted a corner of my living room to music. The chair is another find that I picked up when helping my aunt downsize. (if you are willing to clean, dust and move people, you get a lot of random, but awesome stuff!) The cushion was in bad shape, but nothing a little dye can't fix! I collect vinyl records and have amassed a lot of them over the last couple of years. I found a really cool record holder that I spray painted light green and put some of my records on. They have since overflowed to my bookshelves. The cabinet holding my record player is a recent addition that my mom redid for me. We will be posting on the redo soon!
I collect vintage cameras and own 27 of them. In the post about my family's surprise redo of my bedroom one summer, you will find the history behind the shelf and the postcards.
The last wall of my living room is the bookshelves that hold the rest of my records, books, and a random assortment of interesting objects that I find while thrifting, junking and cleaning out other people's homes!
Since this post is getting a little long, I will save the rest of apartment for another day.
Blessings, Thrift Chick