Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Find: A Color Story























When grouping dissimilar shapes of objects, creating a color story can help create unity. Here, chairs of different shapes and sizes become made for each other, thanks to an established color theme of red, white and green. Photographed on Saltaire, one of the islands among Fire Island, by Jim Franco for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, these chairs also reflect the green in the chair rail and the colors in the original artwork hanging above it.


See more ways to use color in your home by picking up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Detailsat Borders, Barnes & Noble,AmazonorPowell's.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter


Monday, June 29, 2009

The Object of My Desire: Rock On!

Ever since I was a kid, my dad has been trying to get his grandmother's old rocking chair in working condition. He says she probably bought the chair in the 1930s, and since he's had it, it has never quite stayed together long enough for anyone to be able to enjoy rocking in it. It seemed like the slats were constantly falling out, and a piece of plywood was where a woven seat once was.

Despite my dad's talent for refinishing and repairing, this old chair never cooperated. And when it did for a period of time, it wasn't so comfortable to sit in. Mom tried to make it at least look prettier by dressing it up in frilly pillows and padding, but it just never quite worked.

Finally Dad took the chair to a professional who gave this old, wooden rocker a new lease on life. Not only did he fix the wobbly slats and broken arm, but he restored the woven seat to perfection.


For inspiration on how to refresh old furniture, pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, AmazonorPowell's.

Ready to rock and roll with the best of them!



Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday Surprises: Mint Condition













The Hint O'Mint chocolate cake documented in the LA Times last month continues to pique interest. Ellen Bloom wrote about her making the cake -- her flavorful version in the form of a beloved bundt -- in her blog "Los Angeles is My Beat." Read about her tempting dessert here.


Pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon orPowell's.

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Fabulous, Frugal Fun with The Find

Last night's gifts were plentiful. First off, John Bartlett and his partner John Esty graciously threw a book signing for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at his fab shop in the West Village. The collection John created for Claiborne is smart, colorful and easy on the wallet. The second gift was that I got to wear items from the cool collection. Don't you love the floral, camo-ish jacket I'm wearing with John in this picture? And the third gift was the amazing group people who showed up last night...people I met for the very first time and old friends I haven't seen in years.

Thanks Johns!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: Cherry-Oh!

I am a sucker for a vintage print table cloth, especially this juicy one that Sonya at Dime Store Thrift found for 50 cents at a South Sioux City Goodwill.

She's going to use it as a picnic blanket! Invite me and I'll make a pineapple upside-down cake and potato salad....

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fabulous & Frugal Fun: Tiki-Tastic!

You may have been following my passion for pineapple upside-down cake and for helping my pals Senor Amor and Jonona with their wedding decor in Los Angeles in September by making 16 papier mache volcanos. My recent garage-sale find, discovered on the lawn of a little house in Independence, Missouri, will most certainly fit into the fabulous nupital tabletop.

I spied this wooden structure ($18!) off in the corner of a product-strewn lawn, decked up three tiers and topped off with a pineapple. Just what are the chances that I'd find something that speaks both the language of pineapple and tiki-tastic wedding? I asked the owner about this awe-inspiring piece when a fellow shopper piped up to explain that she had one just like it at home, and that the one I was ogling was missing a top piece for the pineapple. I asked her if she'd be willing to part with her pineapple-topped tier, and she replied, "No way, we use it all the time!"

I happily bought it anyway and have shipped it off the LA where it will be the centerpiece of a wedding that I'm certain guests will never forget!


Headed out for another round of garage sales before flying back to New York.

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Find: A Table To Die For

When Randall Beale, half of the Beale-Lana design team, showed me this table in his fabulous Upper East Side apartment, he described a piece of furniture that he paid something like $65 at a local Housing Works. Featured in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, this white table, not of any special provenance got a fresh coat of white paint, and serves as a surface for more lofty discoveries.

Photographed by Jim Franco, this table doesn't have a designer label, but its sexy curves make it appealing and it was built to withstand years of use. Even though Randall didn't want to tell me how much he spent to have it re-finished, you shouldn't be deterred in trying to paint a piece of furniture yourself and give it a new personality if the current finish doesn't suit your fancy.

The paint job is usually pretty basic, as explained by Alex Bandon, editor at This Old House. Lightly sand with 150-grit, prime, if necessary, and then get to painting with an oil-based paint for a glossier finish, or a latex for easier application. After the first coat, lightly sand again with a 250-grit paper, and then apply your second coat.

Of course, replace the hardware to fit your decor. Even the plainest-Jane table can become a princess in the course of a day!


Pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.


Monday, June 22, 2009

The Object of My Desire: The Find

I find it so heartwarming to meet the people who've taken the time to read The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Objects, Vintage Details. At last Thursday's meet-and-greet at Luticia Clementine's on the Historic Independence Square, there were already people waiting in the store a half hour before the event even started. I signed more than 100 books...so many that the shop ran out. The stories that people shared -- one from my freshman prom date, another from a second-grade teacher -- touched me, and made me happy that I was able to create a book that so many people enjoy.

One surprise was this box that local artist Patti Pearson made for me. I had never met her before, but she felt compelled to make this lovely object crafted from clippings she found in the Kansas City Star review of The Find, then glued them to a decorated box, and created textured relief on the book cover.

So special and so beautiful. It is truly an object of my desire!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sublime Sundays: Fathers Day With Dad

My tour for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details that brought me to the Kansas City area was perfectly timed to be able to spend time with my family and to celebrate Fathers Day with my dad.

As all dads do, they worry, especially when it comes to finances. Dad made it clear to me that he wouldn't be happy if I spent a ton of money on a Fathers Day gift, so I relied on my garage sale-ing luck for finding the perfect gift that suited my dad's personality. I didn't have to look very hard at a church rummage sale in Los Angeles to spy a wooden carved eagle perched proudly on a table. Dad has an affinity toward eagles, so this Japanese wooden piece would be a welcomed addition to his collection. I love the way this eagle's feathers are delicately curled, and his price tag was definitely right!


Pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.






The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!



Friday, June 19, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Guess the Hostess Gift!

During this evening's signing of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Luticia Clementine's on the Historic Independence Square, I will present one of my signature hostess gifts...one that you might just recognize from my past postings.

Either way, I'm going to offer you just a couple of clues to see if you can correctly identify tonight's fabulous mystery gift. The first clue is this gigantic box that arrived in Independence yesterday from San Francisco. It's filled with cans of one of my favorite fruits -- sugar free of course.

The second clue is this gorgeous retro cake server that is part of the hostess gift. It came from a thrift store in Independence and cost $9.50. I won't give away what's under this silvery dome just yet. You'll have to come to Luticia Clementine's tonight from 5 pm to 8 pm, 206 N. Liberty St., in Independence to find out!

Garage sale-ing like there's no tomorow!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!





Thursday, June 18, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: Sharleen's Thing

When I discovered Luticia Clementine's on the Historic Independence Square, I marveled over how proprietor Sharleen Reeder was able to take cast-off objects and turn them into precious treasures. A silver fork into a recipe easel? A sugar bowl missing its lid into a pin cushion? Or even a lid missing its base into a wall hanging? And that's not to mention the gorgeous furniture on display that she has given a new lease on life.

What is now a chic little chair in red and white toile was once an icky orange garage-sale chair with what Reeder described as peanut butter colored wooden trim! Come to see some of the other inspiring items on display at Luticia Clementine's, Friday, June 19, and pick up a copy of my book, The Find, in which Sharleen's handiwork is prominently featured.

See you tomorrow!
The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fabulous & Frugal Fun: Pineapple Passion

Get a load of this fabulous tabletop that Retropia in Los Angeles created last week to celebrate The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. They pulled out all the stops, and my pals at Liberty Gold pineapple provided the fruit for my signature party cake.

Yum, yum! More cakes to bake for Kansas City!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!





Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Find: The Desk

In just a few minutes, I leave Los Angeles for Kansas City where one of my very first thrift-store finds resides. I discovered this old, wooden desk in the photo (left) in 1984 at a thrift store in Independence, Missouri. I think I paid $10 for it then went home to ask my dad to help me haul it home.

When I got there, he couldn't imagine why I bought the desk, being that he was an elementary, wasn't very happy about my buying a piece of furniture that was so plentiful and easily accessible in his work place. "If I'd known you wanted a teacher's desk, I could have probably found one for free," I think he said.

Either way, he helped me re-finish it and I took it off to the University of Missouri where it was the sturdy surface for typing many a college paper or for laying out magazine design projects. When I moved to New York, space prohibited me from taking it along, so now it resides with my sister where it is completely happy in her home office.

Pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.

Dashing off to LAX!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


Monday, June 15, 2009

The Object of My Desire: Workin' 9 to 5


If you've followed me for a while, you probably realize that Dolly Parton ranks at the top of my list of favorite celebrities. I find great inspiration in her music, and her life story-one that is a true rags-to-riches tale.

So a few years back while thrift shopping in Waxhaw, North Carolina, I can't believe I had my peripheral vision turned off and didn't spy this behind-the-scenes print from the movie classic, 9 to 5. All youthful and starry eyed, Dolly is surrounded by her co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. What's more, it's signed! Thanks to my eagle-eyed shopping partner who bought it for a couple of bucks, sneaked it back to New York and offered it as a Christmas gift, this treasure now hangs in a place of honor on the step leading to my living room!

It's Monday, so back to work!


Pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's.

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Suprises: Everything's Up to Date...

Kansas City is getting ready to celebrate  The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Read all about it here.

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: In the Red

Being in the red doesn't always have to be a bad thing, especially if it's in The Red House Interiors on La Cienega in Los Angeles. Last night, Michelle Workman opened her gorgeous design firm to toast The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Her shop is an amazingly edited mix of elegant vintage items, sumptuous designer fabrics, all updated with touches of modern accessories. 

Senor and Jonona Amor of Jonamor Decor let me take over their kitchen yesterday
 morning so that I could make one of my signature hostess gifts for Michelle: a pineapple upside-down cake. The vintage pan traveled just fine in my packed bags, so all I needed to do was gather my ingredients and  get to baking.

 Once the cake was in the oven, Jonona and I came found a chic silver platter in her garage, which I cleaned up for the cake's presentation. Since the platter was so large, it dwarfed the cake,
 so I added pineapple chunks, fresh strawberries and yellow Ranier cherries to fill up the space.

Here's a picture Michelle and me at last nights event. Aren't we a cute couple!?!

For more celebrations around The Find and  Elegant Thrifter, come see me at Retropia at 1443 N. Highland Ave, 1/2 block South of Sunset, Saturday June 13, from 7 to 10. 


Prep your weekend for a ton of fun with a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's.







The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: Something Cheesey!

I always tell people that when they are thrift shopping and spy something they absolutely love, it doesn't cost much, and it's easy to get home, then buy it.  That's what happened when I was shopping at a Kansas City antiques mall a few years back and ran upon this cheese server.

The little find definitely had me under its milky spell. The bright color attracted me from afar, and the little mouse on top has an irresistible mischievous gaze. The piece isn't marked, other than the name English scratched on the bottom and '91 marking its date. I imagine that some home crafter made this in a ceramics project, and painted and glazed it with care. 

I do love cheese, but the slabs I serve would never fit under this diminutive, mouse-topped dome. I shelled out $5 anyway because I thought this little cheese dome was adorable, but I've never served cheese on this plate. Instead, I keep it in the kitchen where it's the safe keeper of our laundry card. Whenever it's time to wash, all you have to do is pick up the cheese!


For more fabulous fun, pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's.

If you're out and about tonight, come by and say hello at The Red House Interiors, 372 N. La Cienega, from 7 to 9!

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fabulous & Frugal Fun: What a Pair

Since I'm off to Los Angeles today for a few days of fabulous and frugal fun, I was reminded of these odd bookends I located one day at Nick Metropolis on LaBrea as I was shopping with my pals Senor Amor and Jonona of Jonamor Decor. 

We were mystified by the composition: two firemen rescuing a little girl from a burning building! But if you are decorating in a firefighter theme, then here is your perfect accessory.

As we studied it further, Jonona lifted it up only to find that our pair of proud lifesavers were liquor bottles. Labled "Old Commonwealth Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey," these containers are certainly a discrete way to hide your booze. 

Bottom's up!


For more thrifty fare, pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's.







The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Find: And The Table Goes!

When thrift shopping, you always have to keep your eyes trained to note the unexpected. I witnessed a highly skilled eye at work a few years back when I walked into a Housing Works shop with decorator Mark Ciolli, principal of Carl & Co. 

At the back of the store was an unremarkable, table -- at least to me -- that for some reason Mark had set his sight on. It was only $45, but the glass was of poor quality, and I knew he didn't have room in his own apartment for another large glass table. He then started rattling off instructions to his moving guys about coming ASAP to pick up this piece, and to leave the glass top.

I was thoroughly confused. Why in the world would he buy a table and leave the top in the store? What I hadn't realized was that underneath that hideous surface sat two Maison Jansen gueridon's, each worth more than $1,000 apiece. Once Mark got the pieces home, he cut marble rounds and turned them into end tables. The photo of the table (left) by Jim Franco, is from The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. 

As you know,  my philosophy is to buy only what you love, regardless of its brand or provenance. But a keen eye and an open mind can most often result in all kinds of rewards.


For more of Mark Ciolli's creations pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's.

The Elegant Thrifter
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!



Monday, June 8, 2009

The Object of My Desire: Swinging Along

Sometimes even the most beloved family treasures end up in the most undignified places. But thanks to my dad’s keen eye on a garbage heap near my Grandma Churchill’s old home, this once-rusty metal glider now sits as good as new on his and Mom’s back porch in Independence, Mo. 

This simple red and white glider has occupied the same corner of Grandma’s front porch way out in the country between the tiny Missouri towns of Mansfield and Ava for as long as I can recall. It has served as prized seating for churning homemade ice cream, viewing amateur Fourth of July fireworks displays, cuddling warm beagle puppies and rocking babies to sleep. Mom remembers the glider residing in the same spot since the time that she and Dad were dating. (And they were married in 1962!)

I imagine this old glider has facilitated its share of after-dark smooch sessions within its gentle swing and its cozy-for-two accommodations. For my grandmother, this purchase must have been pure luxury, since making ends meet on meager profits from a dairy farm was a challenge even in those days. Mom thinks Grandma Churchill probably bought the glider at Roger’s Furniture Store, which she says used to sit on the old Mansfield town square. I pulled this picture of the main street during Wilder Days, an annual celebration in honor of hometown hero, Laura Ingalls Wilder of the Little House books fame, from mansfieldcommerce.com.

It's to my dad's credit that this old relic from the past, with a fresh coat of paint and a few new nuts and bolts, continues a sparkling existence. Gone are the rusty spots of flaky paint that nearly sent this piece of furniture off to an eternity in the local dump. Now, it shines in the sun a generation later on yet another porch where it once again gracefully glides.






For more vintage memories, pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's.







The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday Surprises: Romantic Homes























The July issue of Romantic Homes is on newsstands right now, and there's a lovely piece about The Find: The Housing Works book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details

















Friday, June 5, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Pineapple-to-Go!



















The retro-tastic, pineapple upside down cake is making a comeback in a big way, at least as one of my favorite contributions to a fun get-together or a casual dinner party.

It all started a few years ago when a dear friend's grandmother passed away. As she was weeding through her grandmother's belongings, she spied this pineapple upside down cake pan, and gave it to me.

A few months ago when I was jetting off to LA for a gathering at my pal Ruth Handel's house, I
offered to make an upside-down cake for the event, and packed my trusted bakeware into my packed bags. I would have carried it on board, but I didn't want to take any risk of it not making it past security. 

The cake was a smashing success, and was documented in the Los Angeles Times. And just today, both The Baltimore Sun and Eastern Connecticut's  The Day picked the piece up on the wire and ran it again! Since the LA visit, I've made the cake twice...once totally from scratch, and the other with the help of a mix. The results were slightly different, but both were equally tasty.

Baking comes easily to me, but I've never composed a recipe. Anyway, here's my take on a successful upside down cake:

-- I like the canned pineapple rings, but buy ones that have no extra sugar added. The rest of the cake is sweet enough. Also, when it cooks, its practically impossible to detect a difference between canned and fresh.

-- Some recipes have extra-involved ingredients and directions for the cake, but any yellow cake will do. Hey, I've used a box mix, like I did in LA, to delicious results!

-- I've made the cake in a springform pan, which works well, but it's more fun for me to use my vintage molded pan. 

-- The trick for creating an easy, yummy caramel, and to keep the cake from sticking, is melting an entire stick of butter (Hi Paula Deen!), pouring it in the bottom, and rubbing some up the sides. Next, place your pineapples and cherries, and then cover the whole thing with a a cup and a half of brown sugar -- light or dark, both work well. When you remove the pan, while still warm, the caramel will drip down the sides for a pleasing effect!

-- And then just pour your yellow cake batter (either scratch or boxed!) over the top and bake for about double the time you normally would. With all the extra ingredients on the bottom of the pan, it takes longer to cook through-and-through.

I'm off to LA next week, and you know for sure I'll be packing my pan!

For more treats of the vintage variety, pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & NobleAmazon or Powell's.







The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Reuse & Repurpose: Scene Stealer

During a visit to my local Housing Works Thrift Shop, I was enchanted by this old film projector, complete with its own speaker system built right into its carrying case. This vintage piece of technology brought back fond memories of  watching films in the deep, dark basement of Hanthorn Elementary School in Independence, Mo.

The movies were usually of the nature sort -- an undersea adventure with sharks and octopi, polar bears romping in icy Alaskan waters, a space-age voyage of the galaxy -- or a historic documentary where actors portrayed people like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. I never remember seeing a film-film with a real plot or a story, with the exception of a rare Disney flick that the teachers had found for a very special occasion. I do recall, though, that when the projector stuck, it was a major catastrophe, especially when the light burned a hole through the frame, thus bringing our movie-watching break to a sizzling stop.

When I saw this projector, I started tinkering over its potential uses. Of course, you could use it as is and watch a film, if you happened to be able to find one. But why not use it as a decorative element in a home theater, or make it the centerpiece of an Old Hollywood Oscar party?

Any ideas?


For more unexpected uses for everyday objects, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at BordersBarnes & Noble,Amazon or Powell's.


With my mind flickering -- The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!



Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fabulous & Frugal Fun: Lover Lamps

When Jonona Amor, interior designer of Jonamor Decor , was charged with creating a lamp out of non-traditional fixtures, just where did she head off to? The 99 Cent Store! Feeling void of inspiration, she channeled the legendary Tony Duquette, who had an obsession with creating fabulous objects out of items that cost next-to-nothing.

"I arrived with an open mind," she says, "and I scoured every object in the store, imagining their possibilities." And just what did she find? A stack of bamboo baskets with an appealing shape, a four-faced, ceramic Buddha head and a yellow ceramic vase that coordinated with the other bric-a-brac...all totalling  under $3!  Her finds were so inspiring that she decided to make a pair and headed off to Orchard Supply Hardware where she picked up the light bulbs, lamp kits and finials for about $50.

Next she headed home to see what she had on had to repurpose for her whimsical plan. Two wooden candleholders, four bangle bracelets, two coasters and two large wooden beads fit the bill. After drilling holes in the heads and the pots to accommodate the light fixtures, she then set wiring wiring and hot gluing the whole thing together, only to find that the lamp shades were too short. Not a problem, she just went back to the 99 Cent Store and bought two more baskets ($2!), cut out their bottoms and wired them to the originals. 

And voila! Her original Lover Lamps crafted out of unexpected items that cost about $60. "Thanks to the 99 Cent Store," Jonona says,  "I went from zero inspiraton to 100 percent success!"


For more of Jonanor Decor's unique designs, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Detailsat BordersBarnes & Noble,Amazon or Powell's.

Marveling over Jonona's thrifty, yet chic innovation -- The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Find: A Midwest Marvel

Bob Greenspan, The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details shows off a charming example of his and his wife Amy's Midcentury home in Overland Park, Kansas.

Bob is one of the most talented photographers I've ever met. We shared a magical trip to California to document amazing homes that incorporate vintage and thrift for The Find. In fact, Bob shot a full one-third of the book, including Go-Go Jane Wiedlin's downtown LA loft and Kansas City's David Jimenez's 1906 Georgian Revival mansion.

Toward the end of our work in California, Bob started describing his home to me. He shared the story of how he came upon this 1957 A. Quincy Jones home, and then reached into his bag to produce a small book of photos filled with images of his Overland Park treasure. Not only did I want to work with Bob even more, but I also absolutely had to have his home featured in The Find.

Here's a cropped shot of Bob and Amy's dining room. In the center is an R-Way table they found in a local vintage shop, an old neon sign that lights up the corner, and a cheery set of lighting fixtures re-fashioned from their original purpose: illuminating the drive of an old drive-in movie theater.

For more bright examples of Bob Greenspan's gorgeous photography, pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.


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