How to Mix Vintage and Big Box Store Pieces

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:

2015 Highlights: Craigslist Finds, Tips and Transformations

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

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Next up in the craigslist scores: this gorgeous little chair for my desk:

Desk Chair Swap
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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:Lagu7Uhvk3FOoot_kS_2h13ugi2SXTyYIUzxWBpPfn0

And these other items for a great deal:
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My most recent Craigslist find rounded out my new bedroom and provided much needed storage:

Craigslist Score + Gallery Wall Update

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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

 

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Happy NYE! Will be back tomorrow with one last post in the 2015 Highlights series.

Sofa Refresh with Kilim Pillow Store

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! IMG_9732There’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!

IMG_9778 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! IMG_9772I 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.   IMG_9769 IMG_9770 IMG_9761 IMG_9759 IMG_9758 IMG_9763 IMG_9766 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

Craigslist Score + Gallery Wall Update

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had to get a new TV so I moved my old one into the bedroom but it was looking far too disproportionate on the black bookshelf and I was running out of storage space in the bedroom, so I was on the hunt for something a little larger.

Before:CJ7DoA_pk3sLtrcxt02yBr2KVZliKRa2VtmBjRwEqUMI also put up my gallery wall, but it was feeling incomplete on the lower row. So I had a couple of my own photos printed from my recent NYC trip and used old frames I had to add one more row and round out the gallery wall. UATQI1MU7woZB6MQYgvGgdoXiCtkUTqHemsl6qCMQk0I found an awesome vintage piece (for a great price) on Craigslist and had it delivered over the weekend and it’s a perfect fit! Just what I was looking for and it doesn’t break the bank either. My photos also came in last week so I framed them and added them to the gallery wall. This space looks much better and certainly more ‘complete’ feeling than the previous set up.

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PS: My black bookshelf is for sale (and in good condition) if anyone local in the DC area would like to purchase! Please email if interested (studiostyleblog@gmail.com)

Dining Area Plans: Revised

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.

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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:IMG_5677It’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.

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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.

Thrift + Vintage Finds Around the Apartment

A couple weeks ago, I posted about my recent thrifting and vintage finds. Almost all of them have found a new home, so I thought I’d share a little update. Here’s a look at the haul (plus a few ikea items):

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The candlesticks and white hobnail votive holder fit nicely on the new credenza:  2015-05-25 14.18.43 2015-05-25 14.17.14IMG_5151The wooden pineapple tray works perfectly on my little bar:IMG_5147  IMG_5149 IMG_5150 And speaking of pineapples, the little hand-stitched pineapple welcome sign is on my front door (with the help of a few 3m strips):

IMG_5038 The tall purple vase and the binoculars found homes on the window ledge:IMG_5166  IMG_5168  IMG_5170 And last but not least, I took down the art above my bed (I had a few random pieces there before that didn’t really work well but I left them as a place holder for when I found something better suited for the space) and added this gorgeous art I found at a thrift shop!

IMG_5172 IMG_5175 IMG_5176 IMG_5177 Stay tuned for part two when I finish hanging and arranging the rest of my vintage + thrift finds around the apartment.

Refinished Mid-Century Modern Credenza: Reveal

If you missed the previous posts check them out below:

Mid-Century Modern Credenza // How to Refinish a Mid-Century Modern Credenza Pt. 1 // How to Refinish a Mid-Century Modern Credenza Pt. 2

After hours worth of scrubbing, polishing, waxing and drying, this credenza turned out even better than I expected. It’s a drastic improvement from where it started and is restored to its original mid-century beauty.

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One last before and after comparison:2015-05-24 13.35.42I’ll do a follow up post in the next couple weeks on how I stuffed a bunch of cords and electronics into this credenza, as well as a new cord-hiding trick I’ve discovered. Happy Friday!