Thursday, April 26, 2012

Frugal Fun: Design on a Dime Surprises

Housing Works annual fundraiser Design on a Dime is always full of surprises. Kicking off tonight and opening to the public on April 27 and 28, the event is New York's premiere gathering where interior design experts show off their skills at reviving vintage and thrift finds.

HGTV's Genevieve Gorder, above, teamed up with Valspar paint to put a novel twist on items gleaned almost exclusively from the stock at Housing Works. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Paint and Stitch: Gorder put a cheery coat of Valspar paint on this chair and decoratively stitched up holes in its woven back.

Pick a Pattern: High Falls Mercantile's Larry Ruhl -- who, by the way, I've never met, but feel like I do because of our lively conversations on Twitter -- brilliantly covered the walls of his booth with old sewing patterns.

Reuse the Unusual: Pincones formed an eye-catching vase for these springtime flowers in Foley & Cox's space.

Unexpected Dazzle: Why am I not surprised but delighted that my pals Randall Beale and Carl Lana of Beale-Lana placed a vintage starburst in a fireplace and covered the walls with metallic paper?!

Fill With Fun: Got an extra, gigantic beach ball just taking up space? You could take a tip from De La Torre Design and turn it into a festive decorative object by hanging it from the ceiling.

Gotta' bounce!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter 

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