One Room Challenge – Week 3 – Vintage Decor


Hey Interior Design aficionados! If you read this blog once in a while, or follow me on social media, you know that I have been working on the One Room Challenge situation – the challenge for bloggers that Linda from Calling it Home hosts twice a year.

I almost didn’t enter this time because how could I possibly make the time (and the money) to change one of the many rooms at my place that need fixing! Then I came out with the brilliant idea of focusing on a vignette of my living room. A space that is in desperate need of an upgrade. (Here is Week 1 and Week 2 of the challenge).

Paint will be my main tool (I am creating a mural, in case you didn’t know), but, in the mix, I also need (WANT, HAVE TO HAVE) vintage articles, because life is soulless without history and a room is sad without at least one vintage piece – although, in my book, you need more like 20 or 30.

I went to the Rose Bowl last week in search of goodies. Why is this flea market SO AWESOME!?? Every corner has a beauty. Every stand has something worth stopping for. It fills my soul with vintage happiness. I will be writing a post about it soon because I have been to the Rose Bowl so many freaking times, I might as well write a post about it, don’t you think? Stay tuned. Useless to say, the trip was VERY successful and I bought my share of unique, crazy, gorgeous things, because I am a thing hoarder.

But then, perusing my Pinterest feed and my older posts, I found some amazing ideas and decor that I want to try to emulate.  The image above this post is one of them. Here is the other one (BTW, if you don’t follow my Pinterest account, please do so here! I am working hard on getting my stats and followers up on that app. It might just work. We will see):

jestcafe-com-vintage-portraits-frontSeeing these photos has given me the idea of hanging old vintage portraits in front of the mural. Which ones you might ask?

A couple of months ago, I got these two painting from my dad. They have been in our family for as long as I can remember.vintage decor 11vintage decor 6

They are not in perfect condition, but they are PERFECT in my heart! And living room! I want to place them in front of the mural, in some strategic spot that stresses the dichotomy between old and modern. and that shows the awesomeness of seeing two opposites in the same space. It is unpredictable and risky. Let’s see if it works!

Other pieces I am considering using are the following (all of them purchased through long years of thrifting and shifting)


These theater chairs are close to my heart because George got them for me as a Christmas gift. They are the best gift anybody has ever given me, which is a little bit weird to say because George is not the best gift giver, but with these ones he got a million points that will serve him for years to come. I wonder if I should finish them again, though. Probably yes, don’t you think?

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This vintage mannequin is something else, don’t you think? I saw it at a thrift store and RUN for it… I NEEDED TO HAVE IT. I asked for the price, then requested a discount, paid for it, and left the establishment with a grin. This is NOT how most of my trips to thrift stores go. Usually, they are a humongous disappointment, but not that time my friends, not that time.

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This lectern also comes via my daddy.
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This lamp was $15 at a thrift store. It didn’t work when I bought it but my personal handyman fixed it. I really like it. It can be adjusted to different heights and it has that cute knob to turn it on. It is from the 60s or 70s.

This weekend I am going to finalize the design for the mural and will start painting soon. Wish me luck and wisdom.

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate it.

Image 1 via Carla Aston/ Image 2 via Anthropologie

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Hosting Thrift Score Thursday

Vintage hunting is my passion and that of another million people in cyberspace. To connect with other fans of thrifting, I have been using the hashtag #thriftscorethursday on Instagram. That feed lets me look through cool treasures others have found. It also makes me feel bad about not scoring that cool stuff myself, but that is more related to my horrible personality (and the nature of social media) than the hashtag.

This week, I shared a photo of some of my best scores ever: two Jason Monet drawings. first time I saw them I had to contain myself. I didn’t want anybody else around me to see the excitement I was feeling at finding these two amazing art pieces. They are not your average painting. They are big, beautiful-ugly, and very cool. Then I looked at the price tag and I flipped: too expensive for my budget, but I didn’t give up.

I kept going back to that thrift store every day. Nothing. They wouldn’t budge.

A month went by and the drawings didn’t sell, then, the thrift store had a 40% discount on all art pieces. I run to the store and killed them with kindness until they gave me the drawings for ¼ of the original price. I cried, paid, and proceeded to hung them in my previously soulless room.

This, my friends, is how the life of a serious thrift score finder looks like. Get excited. Cry in agony. Drown in happiness. Repeat.

Thrift Score Thursday Features

This week, I am cohosting the #thriftscorethursday hashtag event. I went through everybody’s scores on Instagram and chose my favorite pieces. I enjoyed this process so much that I am looking into a new career as a curator. While that is in the works, let me show you my favorite finds of the week.


Obviously, these chairs from biggerthanthethreeofus made the cut. Years of vintage hunting have shown me that it is not easy to come by these kind of chairs at a thrift store (or anywhere else). They didn’t even need to be reupholstered, and the brass…well, I love brass, don’t you?
thegildedpanda This chair with the cane back is so simple and beautiful. Thegildedpanda scored it. I wonder if she reupholstered it, too. thebohemianfleamarket This wicker collection from the bohemianfleamarket is gorgeous and proves that perseverance is the key to success. A collection like this doesn’t happen over night, but when it is done, it is well worth it. Beautiful wall decor. This bird brass box is such a score! I wish I would have found this. A unique piece that makes a beautiful statement. I really like it. Via rosie.casedanamoss

OK. Brass pineapples are very trendy right now, and have been for a while. If you see one at a thrift store, you better get it ASAP. If not, it will be gone within the hour. Via danamoss

Cohosting this week’s #thriftscorethursday was so fun!

Check out my cohosts’ finds and features. You can find links to their posts below. Thanks for stopping by!

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