Thursday, May 12, 2011

Reuse & Repurpose: Treasures from Cast-Offs

I ran this repurposing act a while back and thought I'd share it again.

The Birmingham, Alabama, home of 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.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. It's amazing what people throw away! I just loved her alabaster lamp and the little side table which is weather worn with great storage!

  2. Sugar, that is actually an advent calendar =)



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