Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Find: A Double Dose of Inspiration

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and such was the case two-fold when This Old House magazine used The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details to inspire a cheery, DIY console featured on its website right here.

The original credenza featured in The Find was re-visioned by Carl & Co.'s Mark Ciolli for a client who fell for an André Arbus original, but not the $86,000 price tag.

So Ciolli worked his thrifty magic to locate an 82-inch-long, 1930s Belgian model for a fraction of the price, and Osmundo Echevarria's studio started re-finishing, applying layers of lacquer, goldwashed hardware and shelves lined with fine Venetian paper, resulting in the glorious red credenza shown on page 73 of The Find.

Over at This Old House, general contractor Tom Silva took stock kitchen cabinet bases and gussied them up with furniture feet, new hardware and molding for similar results that they

estimate to cost about $400.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. I used to love the shows that hgtv used to run - Take a designer room $86,000 would be a good number... and with some time, effort and sweat recreate the essence of the style for much less. Usually 2000. I found that so appealing. Remarkable really. Not every room was spot on but many were beyond close - almost identical.

    This post reminded me that its not always the piece (or the money) but capturing what brings the mood, and the feeling more so.

    Tracy (who so enjoys your blog)

  2. What an honor! They both look so lovely.

  3. Simply brilliant!! I dont know anything more rewarding that taking a piece and personalizing it and having others get as much joy from it as myself! Well done!

  4. Nice to find your blog. I have your book and love it. I also heard all about your visit to Texas. So glad you met the great ladies of my home state.

  5. Hey Stan,

    This turned out great! What a treat to have them be inspired by your book.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

    Take care,



Blog Widget by LinkWithin