Hello there! Recently, I’ve had some really good luck at estate sales and thrift stores, plus I scored a few treausres at my first ever trip to the annual White Elephant Sale. And now that I’ve finally put it all up and got lucky one day and was able to stay home on a sunny day with a sick kid, I think it’s time I share them with you. (Is it wrong that I consider the day my kid got sick a lucky one for me? Probably, right? #motheroftheyear)
In my defense, the kid wasn’t thaaaat sick and he made a miraculous recovery a few hours later. So really he played me as much as I used him…
First Stop: my dining room
One of my neighbors had an amazing estate sale a few months back. She’s had many careers over the years, including having owned an antique store once. Consequently, her three-story house was jammed packed with treasures.
The two mirrors in the photo below were from that sale. I found them in her unfinished basement and it looked like they’d been there for a while because they were dirty and needed a little repair. I love how the frames bring the wood to that end of the room. The mirrors also brighten that area which always felt dark because it doesn’t get any direct light. Added bonus: I can now look into the kitchen from the dining room using the mirrors. Poor-man’s open concept.
I actually like that the mirrors don’t match My old self would have felt that the mirrors needed to match in order for this to work. I think it works because the wood tone is similar so it reads balanced but because they don’t match it’s also interesting and layered.
What do you think of the fact that my dinning chairs don’t match? What I love about them is that they only cost me $55. That’s $55 for all 10 chairs! I found the light wood blonde chairs on the street in someone’s bulky-waste pick-up pile (you should have seen me walking up the block holding 4 chairs at 5:30 a.m. I’m shocked my neighbor’s didn’t call the cops on me). I found the 2 black bent wood chairs at my favorite thrift store for $15. And the 4 black chairs on the right, were a Craig’s List steal at $40 for the 4 chairs (I’d gone to buy another chair and spied these in a dusty corner and convinced the nice woman to sell them to me). #noshameinmygame
Bent wood chairs are trending right now in the design world. And all over Pinterest people show amazing dining rooms with mismatched chairs. But, I have to say, I’m not loving the mismatched look. I’ve tried alternating the colors (black/blonde/black/blonde) but it ends up looking really busy and a little juvenile. IMHO. This has taught me that I have my limits on things being mismatched. I like the idea of the end chairs being different from the other 8 chairs but I need the 8 chairs to match. Until I find those, I might try spray painting the blonde ones black. (My heart thinks it wants arcylic chairs but my brain keeps rolling its eyes and saying “No you don’t.” Stay tuned to see who wins.)
Next stop: art
I’ve really been drawn to landscapes recently. I’m not really sure why. I’ve always been an abstract kind-of-a-girl. So these two recent purchases make me very happy. I found the larger landscape (left below) at my neighbor’s estate sale. I was immediately drawn to the colors and the abstract feel of it. I should probably get it framed one of these days. I usually frame everything in black but I’m intrigued with idea of white frames. The lakeside landscape (right below) is really lovely and well done. It’s tiny, measuring in at 6″x6″. This little guy came from the White Elephant Sale.
In case you’re curious, the White Elephant Sale is a huge sale of donated items. The proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum. Is once a year and only runs for one month and only on the weekends. I ended up going twice this year. The first day I bought a dresser and when I went back to pick it up, they let me in again. Sadly, the dresser is still sitting my garage waiting for me to oil it down before it goes into my boy’s room.
Final stop: marble is marvelous…
When I first met my BFF, she had a gorgeous marble lamp and I coveted it. If I had to guess, the marble was carrara or something similar: the marble was a crisp white with the perfect amount of black/gray veins that were just the right shade and thickness (neither too thick or too thin). And the shape was so classic. She had that lamp for years. Then one day I went to her house and it was gone. It’d stopped working so she got rid of it. This was before HGTV, YouTube, maybe even the internet so we didn’t know then how easy it would have been to fix.
Ever since then I’ve been on the hunt for my own marble lamp. Surprisingly, I’ve only found a few of them over the years but those I did were usually all wrong because either the veining was too thick or the white was too brown/dingy. The second day I went to the White Elephant Sale I saw the one below one. You could not believe how excited I was. When I got it home, I immediately swapped out the ugly square, very 90’s lamp I had and plopped down my new lamp. And there it sat until that fateful day my kid stayed home sick. Here’s how that area looked right after I put the marble lamp down.
While I love my family and their pictures, I did not love how cluttered it made the credenza took. (Check out my little model!)
Here’s what the credenza looks like now.
The marble doesn’t have any gray/dark veining but because it’s so clear with just a hint of yellow veining, I love it. The shade is not my favorite (I also picked it up at the White Elephant sale) but it’ll do until I find the right one. The shade and lamp only cost $36. I stumbled on a very similar one in Wisteria’s catalog for $699 (check it out here)!
The final piece I wanted to share with you is the marble urn I picked up from the same neighbor’s estate sale. I love this little thing. All totaled, I spent $90 for the 4 pieces at my neighbor’s estate sale (recap: two mirrors, landscape painting and marble urn).
This concludes the tour. I’m glad I was finally able to share my recent thrifty scores with you. Now that Day Light Savings is here, I’m starting to feel energized and ready to tackle more projects. Stay tuned!
P.S. If you look closely at the urn picture you’ll see it’s sitting on top a stack of books. I can whole-heartedly recommend the top two and bottom two. But if you’re looking for just one recommendation, it would be Trevor Noah’s auto-biography, “Born A Crime.” It was so incredibly powerful and while it’s about Trevor’s life, it’s also about greater societal topics like poverty, abuse and systemic racism. After reading this book, I now have a total crush on Trevor — though for some reason I still can’t bring myself to watch him on the Daily Show. If you read it and want to see a documentary that tracts a lot of the events in the book, then watch “You Laugh But It’s True.”