Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Find: Trimmed for Fun!

When I was a kid, we used to love rummaging around in my mom's sewing kit, much to her displeasure, I'm sure. We would unroll the ric-rac, sort her buttons and and stretch out strands of elastic, most certainly leaving a mess when we were through.

That's why I was so attracted to this gleeful display in the apartment of Chris Bick and Keith Carollo, the masterminds behind the online shop Fred Flare, while I was scouting locations for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details.

Perched on a duo of Urban Outfitter wall sconces is a set of dancing girls all made out of sewing notions, pipe cleaners, shimmery fringe and pastel doodads, created by their pals at Patch NYC.

The juxtaposition of the somewhat formal white fixtures with the frivolity of these dancing glamor gals exudes wit and whimsy. Displayed on a bright blue wall, this cacophonous assemblage is a perfect example of isolating a collection in one place, where scattering throughout a room might only make the space feel cluttered.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

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