Thursday, May 28, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: Take a Number -- And Some Curtains, Too!

The Birmingham, Alabama, home  Coastal Living's Heather Chadduck, is a prime example of delving into imaginative uses for what might have been cast off by someone else.

Her bedroom alone, which is featured in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, and photographed by Jim Franco, has several brain-sparking stories to tell. 

Heather loves anything that is numbered, so when she discovered what she believes to be a key box at a flea market, she bought it, and then transformed it into a handy, yet appealing organizer for her collection of vintage jewelry. 

One of her prized possessions in the room is the toile drapery that she saved from the garage bin of a San Francisco hotel. She got the call from a friend who found out that the toile was being tossed, and Heather came to its rescue! Not only does it elegantly cover her windows, but it also adds charm to a headboard she fashioned out of the fabric and coordinating ribbons. 

For more on Heather's fabulous Birmingham home, pick up a copy of The Find, at at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's

Dreaming of finding my own cache of brown toile!

The Elegant Thrifter -- Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


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