Let’s be honest, not everyone (myself included) can afford amazing vintage pieces in every inch of their homes. I love finding vintage, thrift store and Craigslist finds and mixing them with new pieces. This marble table was from an amazing vintage shop in DC, GoodWood. I wanted to have a Parisian black and white kind of theme in this space so I looked for furniture with a similar color palette and shape. My three biggest tips for mixing vintage and ‘big box store’ pieces are below.
Photo by Laura Metzler
-Stick to the same tones: I went with black and white here. The wicker tone on the chair is pretty neutral as well. The black bases of the bench and chairs work well together and the white seat of the bench works well with the table.
-Pay attention to shape and lines: There are a ton of curved lines in this space. The table is an oval shape with circular base, the chairs have slightly rounded backs and the leg detail provides another fun curve. While the bench is more straight and rectangular, the legs offer a bit of a curve detail and keep with the Parisian feel.
-Keep scale in mind: This table is fairly small (the perfect size for a 1 bed apartment with no real dining room.. and it can still seat 4 in a pinch) but I didn’t want to overwhelm the marble table with furniture that was too big or visually heavy. The table is the star of the show and the bench and chairs are complements. Having two chairs instead of four helps to keep the space a bit more open and show off the marble. And the pieces are scaled to the width and height of the table so they aren’t towering over it or so bulky that they won’t fit underneath.
You can shop the pieces (or very similar) below by clicking on each one. The table is vintage, the bench is no longer made (originally from Target) but the exact chairs are still available and I’ve found a couple very similar bench and table options for you!
Shop the space:
I really stepped up my Craigslist game this year and was able to find a bunch of awesome pieces (one was even free!) for my new place. If you missed anything else in the 2015 Highlights series so far, check out the other posts here:
2015 Highlights: Getting Organized // 2015 Highlights: Favorite DIY Projects
Starting off with my biggest (and my personal favorite) Craigslist gem, the mid-century modern credenza. It definitely needed some love and attention so I brought it back to life with the help of a Young House Love tutorial and the results were even better than I could have hoped for. Here’s a look back at the evolution:
Mid-Century Modern Credenza // How to Refinish a Mid-Century Modern Credenza Pt. 1 // How to Refinish a Mid-Century Modern Credenza Pt. 2
Next up in the craigslist scores: this gorgeous little chair for my desk:
Desk Chair Swap
Those were the last Craigslist finds for my old studio apartment, and then I went on a mega-hunt to completely furnish my balcony at my new place:
Balcony Inspiration: Update // Balcony Reveal //
Custom Outdoor Cushions for the Balcony
I scored this rattan table for free:
And these other items for a great deal:
Loveseat, dining table with four chairs, rug
My most recent Craigslist find rounded out my new bedroom and provided much needed storage:
Craigslist Score + Gallery Wall Update
2015 was certainly a banner-year for Craigslist items. And it proves you can furnish spaces with beautiful, affordable pieces! It just takes a little patience and some online digging. To help you find a Craigslist score of your own, check out these posts:
Ask Studio Style Blog: Volume VI // Finding Gems on Craigslist: Part One: The Search // Finding Gems on Craigslist: Part Two: Sealing the Deal
Happy NYE! Will be back tomorrow with one last post in the 2015 Highlights series.
On Friday, I revealed my gorgeous new vintage rug from Unique Rug Store and I have a couple more exciting new additions to share today! There’s a neighboring pillow cover shop who was also generous enough to send some amazing items my way! Kilim Pillow Store has a beautiful selection of pillow covers with tons of different sizes, colors and patterns. Each cover is very affordable and they have a bunch of items on clearance right now, so head over to their site and get shopping!
Each pillow cover is high quality and has a plain backing with a hidden zipper. I already had pillow forms on hand, so I just slid these on and in a few seconds, had a transformed sofa! I love the bright colors and detailed patterns in these two pillow covers and they mix and match well with the gold and purple elements in my other throw pillows. As with the rugs, each pillow cover is unique so the ones I have are now ‘sold out’ but there are a ton of similar striped ones on the Kilim Pillow Store site, along with different colors, sizes and patterns.
A few of my favorite picks from The Kilim Pillow Store:
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Thanks again to the Kilim Pillow Store for sponsoring this post. If you’re looking for quality, stylish kilim pillow covers, head over to their site to shop! As with the rug, their customer service and shipping was very quick and easy.
Kilim Pillow Store provided me with the two pillow covers, but all opinions, reviews and tips are my own. If you’re interested in sponsoring a post or advertising, please contact me here.
After a lot of back and forth, craigslist hunting, vintage store shopping, sample sale site luck, etc. I’ve arrived at a slightly modified (but even more amazing) version of my new dining area plan.
Check out the initial plans and post here.
I really wanted a marble tulip table all along but didn’t think I could ever find one in my price range, so I opted for something less expensive. Until I stumbled upon this beauty for a very reasonable price at a vintage shop in DC:It’s an oval shape and even more perfect for my revised dining area plans. A couple weeks ago, I started stalking the Joss and Main sales for these chairs but they’ve been sold out forever and I figured they’d never come back in stock… but last week I luckily snagged a set of 2 for only $165! This set normally retails for $475+. I am beyond thrilled for these chairs to arrive this week.
Rather than getting four chairs, I’ve decided to go with a longer bench on the other side of the table. I’m currently on the hunt for something neutral and affordable that will compliment the table and chairs without being too overbearing. These are a few of my current favorites:
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It will all be coming together in a few weeks, so stay tuned!
PS: My current dining set is still for sale, so if any DC area locals are interested, check it out here.