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Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Happy Monday! Quick question for you: have you watched this video on my YouTube channel yet? It’s the one where I take you room by room through our house talking through all of our very favorite secondhand furniture finds. In keeping with the tradition set by my #ThriftStoreScore series here on the blog (the first of which went live all the way back in 2012!), I instinctively called the furniture throughout my video “thrifted.”

While most people in the comments let my careless wording slide, a few did call me out for naming some of our more expensive antique finds “thrifty.” And, honestly, they were so right! The $500 dining room table we funded thanks to a generous wedding gift, for example, can hardly be placed in the same category as some of the retro tables that you guys score for just a handful of bucks at your own local charity shops.

So, essentially, I wanted to make sure I started this post with the tiny disclaimer that our latest #ThriftStoreScore isn’t so much on the “thrifty” side as it is the “SCORE!” side. I still consider it an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime find, even if it did cost quite a bit more than most truly thrifty artwork. Maybe it’s time for a series title change? At any rate, let’s get down to the story behind this pretty secondhand print.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

The piece of art was found at one of my favorite antique stores in nearby Stuarts Draft, Virginia (for anyone local, it’s this one). I can’t remember if I’ve talked about it here on the blog or not, but I’m slowly working to replace the mass produced pieces I’ve gotten from Target and Minted over the years with new and vintage original art. While I love both of those brands so much, I’m excited to start curating an art collection that’s completely unique to our home and 30-something adult tastes. Is anyone else feeling the urge to do the same?

Anyway, I wanted to mention it because one of the first pieces I chose with that concept in mind was the vintage seaside etching I’m talking about in today’s post. The print is original and signed (see it faintly written out there in the corner above?), which made the $50 price tag seem reasonable to me. Though they’re both a little worn and discolored from age, the custom frame and mat are two of my favorite elements of the artwork. They just fit so well with the creamy tones of the print itself, and I couldn’t imagine it framed any other way.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

One of the main motivations behind my purchase of the piece was actually this photo of a bedroom designed by Studio McGee. I’m a big, big fan of that design duo, and ever since picking up on how they tend to fill the walls above client beds with long, thin framed art I’ve kept my eye out for something similar to go over our own bed.

This seaside piece feels just right. It’s exactly the silhouette I was hoping to find for that awkward, slightly-squashed space above our headboard, and I also can’t help but think that the traditional look of the print and frame is the perfect counterpoint to our modern bedroom furniture, too.

What’s your immediate reaction? Was $50 too much to spend on it, or are you in support of the idea of investing in original art when it feels right for a particular space? Let me know in the comments!

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Ever since adding a sectional to our family room, I’ve had my heart set on a round coffee table. I just felt like something round would suit the L-shaped couch so much better than a rectangular one because we could scoot around it easier when we wanted to have a seat on the sectional.

The problem was that we were already using a rectangular ottoman as a coffee table, and I was having a lot of trouble convincing John that we needed to get rid of it. The ottoman was in fine shape, but I still felt like the space could look and function better with something different.

After months and months of dropping hints, I finally figured out a solution. I was able to “get rid of” the ottoman simply by moving it into the room that John uses to tie flies and listen to music. That way he gained the perfect spot to lounge and read his fly fishing magazines, and I now had a blank spot for a new coffee table—win, win!

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

As you probably already gathered from the post title and photos, I ended up finding the perfect new-to-us vintage coffee table for the room. It came from a semi-local antique store (in neighboring Staunton, Virginia), and cost $135.

I had actually gone to the store planning to purchase a different retro round coffee table that had been in the lower level of the shop for over a year. I remembered seeing it there ages ago, and thinking back then that it could be just right for the family room. I couldn’t recall the price, but I thought it was something like $125. When I finally got to the antique shop and was able to take a closer look at the price tag, though, I found out that it was listed for $175. That was a little out of my price range.

I thought about asking if there was any wiggle room in the price, especially since the piece had been there for more than a year, but this particular store isn’t very amenable to haggling, so I pretty much decided against pursuing the table within a couple of minutes.

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

I headed back upstairs from the lower level of the store with a pretty dejected attitude, but decided to press on and wander through the rest of the space to see if anything else happened to jump out at me. And there she was! The perfect mid-century round coffee table with an even better silhouette and gorgeous finish. The one I had been considering downstairs had metal legs and a tile top, whereas the second one I found was solid wood and coincidentally stained to match the paneling (which we love) in our family room.

I felt like it just had to be too good to be true, but a quick peek at the price tag showed me that it was well within budget—marked $135, down from $165. Sold! Within 10 minutes I had paid for the new coffee table and packed it away in my car destined for the family room. Luckily, it fit perfectly into the blank space left behind by the old ottoman, and it’s now one of our favorite pieces in the house. Even John agrees that it was the right way to go now that he can see it all together.

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Isn’t the finish just beautiful? It’s a Lane Furniture piece, which is another serendipitous detail in the story because we have a small collection of vintage Lane furniture scattered throughout our house. I especially love the two-tone wood look, and the angular support underneath.

I couldn’t be happier with what we ended up getting, and am actually really glad that I had to wait as long as I did to convince John to let me look around for something new because that’s how we ended up with this beauty. Got a Thrift Store Score story of your own to share? Do tell in the comments!

Thrift Store Score: Round Coffee Table

Thrift Store Score: A Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp

Thrift Store Score: A Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp

While I love to pull design inspiration from books, magazines, movies, HGTV shows, and (of course!) other blogs, I can’t stand the idea that our house might look exactly like those inspiration rooms. I want to make sure my own iteration of those ideas is unique and one-of-a-kind, that it doesn’t feel like an exact copy.

To do that, I like to hunt through antique stores for unusual secondhand finds, and I love adding my own handmade DIYs to a space, too. The result is a home that feels intentionally designed, but also different then all the rest—at least I hope that’s the case! It’s always a work in progress, after all, and I love to think that any one of you might make small changes throughout our home to make it feel more “you.” In my opinion, that’s the way home décor is supposed to be. You and your completely unique design instincts are the perfect finishing touches to any space.

Anyway, my latest #thriftstorescore—a handmade mid-century ceramic lamp—is a new favorite in our collection, and one tiny step toward making our living room look even more unique in the grand scheme of things.

Thrift Store Score: A Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp

Thrift Store Score: A Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp

I found this etched mauve colored beauty at the Staunton Antique Center downtown, and am absolutely convinced that I’ll never find a prettier secondhand table lamp. The linear pattern across the base really caught my eye, and gives the light tons of personality and texture, plus I love how the edgy, triangular shape at the bottom and the neck sort of mimics the piece of DIY art we have leaning on the console just to the right of the lamp.

Thrift Store Score: A Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp

Thrift Store Score: A Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp

The color of the lamp is also a perfect match to that piece of art. It’s like the pairing was meant to be, and I can’t get over the price—just $40, which I thought was a pretty good deal considering this technically came from an antique shop, not a thrift store. I’m so glad I decided to snatch it up.

Got a recent Thrift Store Score story of your own to share? Do tell below, and if you’d like to see other secondhand treasures, you can click right here to see every post I’ve ever shared on the subject. Happy thrifting, guys!

Thrift Store Score: A Mid-Century Ceramic Lamp

Thrift Store Score: A Retro Barometer

Thrift Store Score: A Retro Barometer

The thing that first caught my eye about this cool retro barometer was the look, not so much the function. But after getting the little metal, glass, and leather device home from the antique store it occurred to me that maybe it was worth the effort to try to figure out what, exactly, a barometer does. In case you’re just as clueless as I was, I’m sharing the details (in layman’s terms) below.

Thrift Store Score: A Retro Barometer

Let me start by saying that, yes, I know a barometer is used to measure atmospheric conditions. That much, at least, I knew. My uncertainty was over how it made those measurements. So, I did some research on the Internet to get a little wiser about my latest #thriftstorescore. As it turns out, barometers are pretty simple instruments that can actually be super handy to have around your house.

Most household barometers are aneroid barometers. While not all of them are exactly the same, the general gist is that each one is outfitted with a flexible metal box (or aneroid cell if you want to get really technical) that can make short term weather forecasts based on subtle pressure changes in the air.

These types don’t require liquid components to make measurements, instead, the metal cell I mentioned before does all the work. When air changes around the barometer, it causes the internal cell to swell or compress. The changes force mechanical levers to then display measurements on the face of the barometer.

Thrift Store Score: A Retro Barometer

Of course, I’m no expert, but based on what I read, I think it’s safe to say that our new-to-us tabletop instrument is in the aneroid barometer family. It’s not super valuable (looks like you can get a similar one for less than $30 on eBay here) but I love the look of it, and I’m also interested to see how well it measures changes in air pressure outside and throughout our house.

My favorite thing about our secondhand barometer is the weather forecast chart on the back of the instrument. Now we can use the printed hints to help anticipate all sorts of daily weather patterns, like impending rain, clouds, wind, and even “squalls.”

Thrift Store Score: A Retro Barometer

It might be a little nerdy of me to admit this, but I’m pretty darn excited to keep a close eye on the display of our thrifted barometer to see if it can accurately predict our local winter weather throughout the rest of the week. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Thrift Store Score: A Retro Barometer

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

MAN, it’s bothering me now in retrospect that the piece of art looks like it’s sitting right on top of that table lamp. Oh, well. Live and learn! And since I just pointed out a major flaw in my work that you might not have noticed had I just kept my mouth shut, let me let you in on another #fail of mine—I didn’t end up keeping today’s Thrift Store Score (or should I say, Thrift Store Splurge).

While I pride myself on hunting down fairly good deals for the most part, I do occasionally shop badly. In fact, I’ll be even more honest with you and admit that today’s “thrifty” purchase, while cool as can be, was probably what prompted the personal heart to heart I had with myself at the beginning of the year. Click back to my January 1 post here to learn all about how I plan to shop less and more intentionally if you missed it, but that’s enough run around for the day. Let me get to the true story behind this cool retro table.

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

John and I spotted it while taking our latest tour of a semi-local secondhand shop, Circa. It was tucked away in a back room, but as soon as I saw it out of the corner of my eye, I was hooked. I loved the edgy hourglass silhouette, and I also really loved the creamy color, which checked all the boxes of our neutral color palette at home.

Then, upon closer inspection, I made an even cooler discovery—the table plugs in and the surface lights up (scroll down a bit to see a GIF that demos the light in action)! Picture me flicking that switch in store, my eyes growing to the size of teacup saucers, and my jaw falling wide open. I looked over at John to see if he was thinking the same thing, and I saw that a big smile had materialized on his face, too (which is basically John’s equivalent of my exaggerated reaction). I was scared to look at the tag, and more than a little disappointed to find out that it was listed for $150. Frankly, it was far too much to pay for the table, even taking into account the fact that it was such a unique piece.

After mulling it over in the aisles of the store for a few minutes, I ultimately decided to let my impulsive side win, and I carted the side table up to the cash register. Against John’s better judgement, I should add.

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

I think two things pushed me over the edge toward the purchase. First, the fact that the table was a huge conversation piece, and second, that it was also functional since it acted as both a lamp and a surface to place things on. The sad news is that, after getting the table home, I never could find the right spot for it. It looked silly (to my eye) without a table lamp on it, so that kind of busted the whole functionality equation, and we already had a collection of beautiful side tables to choose from.

Do I regret buying it? Yeah, I honestly kind of do, although I’m so glad that I was able to share the find with you guys here on the blog. It got its five minutes of fame, after all, and I’m glad to tell you that it has since been donated to Habitat for Humanity to hopefully benefit another family in the end.

I considered covering up the fact that this Thrift Store Score ended up being a splurgy fail, but I wanted to be extra transparent about the whole situation because I really do think that the purchase helped push me in my new direction of buying less often, but also purchasing with more purpose. Now, not only do I try to stick within a harder budget, but I also try not to bring anything home unless I can visualize an exact spot for it.

Now tell me: what are some of the questions you ask yourself when considering bringing home a new-to-you antique find? Do you think this cool little table was worth the splurge? Should I have kept it?! I’m not sure I want to know the answer to that last one…

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Retro Light-Up Table

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Okay, guys. I’m going to let my craziness show here in a second, but I figured it was only fair that I demonstrate just how OCD I am about home decor—and, really, about everything in life.

Late last year, I bought this pair of vintage wooden candleholders from one of our favorite antique stores here in town. They weren’t exactly the cheapest secondhand purchase I’ve ever made (I think the set cost $25), but I was kind of desperate to have them for a shoot, so I splurged. I also really loved the handmade, curvy shape—you know I can never resist something one-of-a-kind.

After the shoot though, I tucked the candleholders away for a good long while because, for some reason, I had the hardest time finding the right spot for them in our home. No matter where I put them, they just felt a little off and too matchy-matchy. I tend to prefer things that look just a tad unbalanced and love styling in odd numbers to get that layered look, so these two identical wooden candleholders posed more of a problem than I had anticipated.

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Three months later, though, I couldn’t get the candleholders out of my head. I hated that I had spent so much money on them just to have them collecting dust in storage, so I decided to pull them out of the closet and challenged myself to set them up somewhere in the house. I tried them on the bookshelf in our master bedroom, and really liked the way the dark stained wood texture popped off the wall color, but they still weren’t quite right.

Then, I had my lightbulb moment. In order to make the candleholders feel a little more layered and asymmetrical, all I needed to do was fill them with candlesticks that were slightly different heights! I told you this story was going to prove just how crazy OCD I am…But the good news is that I now love the candleholders and they finally feel juuuuuuuuust right in our home. I’m glad I didn’t give up on them.

Do you guys have any weird, quirky things you do at home? Share your stories in the comments below!

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

These days catharses comes in the form of finding that “needle in a haystack” type of thrift store find. The rush from spotting the perfect piece is my kind of mental refresh, and since I’ve been cutting back on antique hunts as of late because I’m trying to keep more money in the bank and fewer things in our home, those moments are even more precious to me.

That said, when I do stop in at the antique store, one of my favorite things to keep an eye out for is pottery. I know it’s incredibly trendy right now to fill surfaces with handmade pottery, but it’s one of those trends I adore so much, I don’t really mind buying into and “selling out” for it. There’s just something so interesting about owning a one-of-a-kind vessel, knowing that someone made it with their own two hands and that they had their own vision in mind for the finished product.

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

Earlier this year, I happened upon a pretty sizable collection of handmade pottery in the basement of an antique store here in town. At the time I didn’t really have a spot for any one of the bowls, plates, and cups, but since upsizing the desk in my office, I had a bit more room for tabletop vessels. My first thought in trying to decide what to put there was the vintage pottery at our downtown antique shop.

I’ve since been back to the display of secondhand clay containers a couple more times to grab additional pieces for gifts and other little spots throughout our house, and I noticed that the shop always seemed to have new pottery to fill what I took home. Come to find out from the store owner that the bowls are all part of a huge estate, and that the family of the woman who used to collect them so religiously replenishes the display at the antique shop every month or so.

Knowing that someone so painstakingly gathered up all of these pieces of old pottery makes me appreciate the handful that I’ve chosen for myself even more. And the great thing about feeding this new secondhand addiction of mine is that pottery can serve all sorts of purposes around the house, so each one is a pretty practical purchase. Read on for a bunch of uses that I quickly came up with just now for pottery in a home.

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

  1. Sugar dish by the coffee maker
  2. Pencils and glasses holder on a desk
  3. Jewelry organizer
  4. Place to stash keys next to the front door
  5. Salt cellar by the stove
  6. Makeup brush holder
  7. Succulent planter
  8. Dog treats dish

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

I mean, really, that list could go on and on, but you get the point—pottery is something you don’t need to feel guilty about picking up every chance you get. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

So, what are your favorite things to buy at antique stores? Are you just as into vintage pottery as I am? Whatever your goals, I wish you the best of luck with your secondhand treasure hunt this weekend!

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

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Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Sorry for all of the quick posts around these parts lately, guys. Like the rest of the world, I’m attempting to slow down a little bit since this is summertime, after all, plus I’m keeping my head way down as I focus on bringing a few big ideas to life (including FINALLY launching a newsletter, which is why you’ve seen those invitations popping up on the site as of late—it launches next month, so sign up now to join our DIY tribe!).

At any rate, I’m churning away on lots of exciting things behind the scenes, which means I’m keeping things light and airy here on the blog. Hopefully, you guys are enjoying some down time away from your computers and smart phone screens this season, too! But before I head off to throw myself into today’s entrepreneurial duties, I wanted to share one new Thrift Store Score story: my new-to-me boho stool.

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

This little woven beauty came to me via a traveling flea market that I just happened to come across one day while out solo hunting for antiques. “Happened across,” as in, I literally was driving from one antique store downtown to another a little further out of town when I randomly spotted the flea market from the highway. It was a massive event with 4-5 building stuffed with vendors and hundreds of other individually run stands packed along the gravel lots in between.

Thrift Store Score: Architecture Coffee Table Book

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Carved Wooden Bowl

I’m usually not the type of person to just “pop into” a large-scale event without doing extensive research beforehand, and I never go to such things without either John or a buddy along for moral support, but that day I was on my own and apparently feeling extra spontaneous. I think I was also feeling a little bolder than normal having picked up a few good finds downtown (i.e. the hand-carved wooden bowl you see holding coasters above, and the cool architecture coffee table book pictured below). I couldn’t resist the urge to pull in and see what was up.

Thrift Store Score: Architecture Coffee Table Book

I crunched my way over the gravel drive to get down to the convention area and was met by a parking attendant. It turned out that there was a $5 fee to get in. Thankfully, I happened to have some cash on hand so I didn’t have to turn right around without following through on my adventure.

After forking over the cash, I decided not to beat around the bush and admitted to the woman that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. “So, this was a very spontaneous decision…” I said. “What do I do?!” The woman went a little wide-eyed before going into business mode. She pointed down toward a grassy field where I could park, and then explained that I would find flea-market-style vendors scattered across the central gravel lots and more high-end furniture, fixtures, and jewelry in the five buildings. I nodded meekly and moved the car into the grass as instructed.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Carved Wooden Bowl

While I certainly expected to find a treasure trove of goodies (why else would I have stepped so far out of my comfort zone to get there?!) I ended up leaving with just two things. I wandered and wandered the entire antique show only to find that most of the items were older than the mid-century era I typically gravitate toward. In other words, everything was pretty “farmhouse” and rustic. It was a blast to walk through the event—it just ended up being more about the experience than the Thrift Store Scores, per se.

So, what did I end up getting? A piece of $2 art that I’ll share about a little later on, and the boho stool that this post is dedicated to. It cost $20, which is a little high for what it is, but the intricately woven texture is just so beautiful up close. I must have walked by the stool on four or five different occasions, giving it major side eye each time, and ultimately I decided that it was worth my twenty bucks.

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Let this be a lesson to you that you never quite know what you’ll find while out antiquing (whether it’s just inspiration or a cool new-to-you possession), and to go ahead and step out of your comfort zone every now and then. Tell us about a recent Thrift Store Score of your own in the comments below.

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

I recently realized that I haven’t shared a Thrift Store Score story with you guys in a long time, so I spent about 20 minutes earlier this month wandering through our home photographing the latest secondhand treasures that have made their way into our possession.

First up? This beautiful oriental rug that I actually caught sight of in a local antique store ages ago. I loved it—like, reallyyyyyy loved it—but I could never find a price tag, so I left it behind thinking it’d be out of budget. Then, about three weeks ago, I decided to bite the bullet and just ask. Turns out that the rug, which is admittedly pretty beat up and worn in, was going for a cool $20, so I scooped it up—decade’s worth of dust and all.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

I think the woman at the register was so astounded that I would even want the rug in its current state that she was willing to let it go for a steal. I actually did call up a local rug cleaner to look into potentially giving it a professional clean, but I’m honestly not too anxious to get it done.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

We unrolled the new-to-us rug under the dining table in our newly-painted sunroom (full reveal coming soon!), and I haven’t touched it since. I love the character of those worn corners, frayed edges, and faded colors. I still can’t believe that it’s mine and I’m only $20 poorer—I thought, for sure, that it’d be more than $200 since frayed antique area rugs are so “in vogue” these days. Just goes to show that you should always ask, even if you’re a little scared to know the final price tag.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

While I was out antiquing, I also picked up that pretty handmade hanging basket you see for $10 and the bamboo tray on the table for just $3 to hold things like potted plants and mid-read magazines.

I’ve definitely slowed down my thrift store shopping as of late because of how much stuff we already have and how little of a budget we’re working with, but when I do head out, the activity is still just as inspiring as it ever was. Tell us about a few of your own Thrift Store Scores in the comments below!

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

You know what’s sad? I’m so ram-rod focused on styling perfection, that I just got lost in a rabbit hole of hunting for the perfect “mid-century digital clock” to replace the cheap Target one you see pictured above. It’s embarrassing how desperate I get to replace things that are perfectly functional yet imperfectly designed. I just thought I’d let you know that I’m feeling a little obsessive and psychotic this morning, and anything but pulled together in case you thought that was the case.

Anyway, I digress. The point of this post isn’t to fixate on silly styling obsessions. It’s about celebrating our new-to-us collection of vintage landscape paintings! As an editor at Glitter Guide one of my main roles is to coordinate and produce our weekly home tour content. I love, love, love this part of my job because I have the chance to connect with designers whom I admire from afar, and I get to learn all sorts of new tips and tricks throughout the process of interviewing them.

Case in point, our upcoming home tour with MM Vintage shop owner, Molly Mathias. The moment I brought up the photos she submitted for her tour, I was smitten. Her home is filled, top to bottom, with gorgeous mid-century finds (think: woven wall hangings, danish wood dressers, cool ceramics, paintings, etc.). I fell particularly hard for a set of vintage landscape watercolors that she had displayed over a credenza in her home, and I remember thinking, “I could totally do that!” Literally one week later, I had crossed the to-do off my list, and I thought I’d let you in on the tale.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The two framed pieces you see off to the right-hand side of our newly-hung gallery wall came from my favorite antique mall in Williamsburg, Virginia. The second one in the upper left-hand corner came from another vintage shop in Richmond, which, unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the name of. All three feel cohesive, though, because of the warm earth tones, and the mountain-scape subject matter. Since we live in a particularly hilly region of Virginia, the set really speaks to my love for this area that we call home.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

In case you’re curious to know how much this collection cost, the pair from Williamsburg was about $150 total, whereas the little one from Richmond clocked in at around $40. Certainly not nothing, but the original, 1960’s dated paintings felt worth the investment to me.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Purchasing art is such a subjective thing, so I can’t really tell you what a good deal is and what a bad deal will run you. But, here’s a tip, though! If you spot a piece of art that you love, try imagining in your mind how much you’d be willing to pay for it. Then check the price tag. If it’s not more than $10 over your estimate, I would say it’s worth seriously considering purchasing the piece of art.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The moral of the story? Don’t waste those interior design inspiration images that are just sitting in your digital collection (think: Pinterest, screenshots on your phone, saved Instagram images). Instead, why not pause, take a closer look, and find something that you can do in your own home to recreate the vibe.

I love that Molly’s beautiful home (which goes live on Glitter Guide next week) could literally manifest itself in our own space, so consider this a challenge to follow suit with a dream room or home that inspires you!

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!

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