Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reuse & Repurpose: Photo Ready!

A few months ago when my team and I created "The Kingdon of Jewels" for Swarovski, we decided to have frames made for the entry area to to feature Bérénice Marlohe, the face of the brand, who happens to be the new James Bond girl. As with most merchandising displays, they eventually must come down, and sadly, often get scrapped once the showroom is restored to its normal state.

Not these lucky frames! Michael Quinn harvested them and carted them back to his Brooklyn apartment. Last weekend, one traveled all the way to Central Park for our friend Heather Alexander's dress-up birthday gathering where guests chose from an array of props to pose with behind the enormous gold frame.

The party is just getting started as merry makers get dressed for their big moment.

Here's the birthday girl with Michael and the Annie doll he found at a yard sale for $3.

And finally, Veli and I got into the action. Don't even ask what I'm trying to look, but it's the first time I've ever been photographed with a big pink bow on my head!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Object of My Desire: Hot Stuff

This past summer my sister shared with me a packet of old recipes she found at an estate sale, and of course, I entertained myself for a few hours reading the many handwritten and typed cards all stirred into this batch of culinary treasures.

Here's one I'm going to try come Christmastime: Red Hot Jello Salad -- perfect for my newly acquired Tupperware Jello mold. I just can't seem to figure out how to get the apples and nuts into the Jello after it's chilled. any ideas?

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Frugal Fun: Treasure Hunting at Home

I do a lot of thrift and vintage shopping, but as you may have realized, I do very little actual purchasing, because if I did, you'd see me in a starring role on Hoarders. Being that I live in a New York apartment -- generously sized by Manhattan standards, but still far from a sprawling living space --- when I bring an acquisition into my home, I must immediately find a spot for it stash it away with my other collected treasures.

When I acquired this Mid Century dining room this past summer, I had in mind to inaugurate it with this cheery table cloth I nabbed at the Santa Monica airport flea market back in March. But where was it? I often put things away in places I am certain to remember them, but when the time comes to put them into use, you guessed it, I can't find them!

It was more than a month after my dining room was in place when I opened my closet door and right before me hung this tablecloth on a hanger especially chosen to keep it handy for use. Mystery solved!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Object of My Desire: Something to Crow About

I am not exaggerating when I say that every time I stop by the Vintage Thrift Shop in New York, I have to control my own tendencies of becoming a Thriftzilla -- someone who becomes so enamored by the variety, quality and prices of goods in a thrift store that he or she gobbles up everything in sight, leaving nothing for the next customer.

That's why I always shop with a camera so that when my inner Thriftzilla starts to creep out and nab a sweet find, like this poultry pair, I snap a picture instead. Would these ceramic sweethearts have looked adorable in my hutch filled with kitschy goodies? Absolutely. But am I just as happy to have my cheery photo and post it on my blog, leaving the cute couple for the next lucky shopper?  Of course.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thifter

Friday, September 14, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Find: A Manly Space

Since men's wear designer John Bartlett is scheduled to show his Spring 2013 collection today, I'm sharing with you some images of the handsome Greenwich Village apartment he shared with his partner John Esty. Many of these images, all shot by Jim Franco, were photographed for The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details

Photographs by Jim Franco for The Find

Bartlett said he liked the idea of hanging this sinister meat hook next to decorative plates created by decoupage artist John Derian.

Photographs by Jim Franco for The Find

Pet jewelry that once belonged to John's beloved Tiny Tim once hung on an antique farming tool. Modern mixed with traditional around the dining table.

Photographs by Jim Franco for The Find

Even though this Edison bulb didn't work when John found it in the street, he placed it on the window sill to admire its transparency and simplicity. Upholstery strapping was woven together as the backdrop for a handmade lamp/bulleting board.

Photograph by Jim Franco for The Find

Esty and Bartlett cut out images from vintage Holiday magazines and decoupaged them onto this unusual lampshade.

Photograph by Jim Franco for The Find

Discarded metal terrazzo  molds become borders for an array of found objects.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Object of My Desire: Ripe Riches

One of the summertime treats I will miss once they go out of season is watermelon -- the kind that are fresh from the vine and so ready to eat that they almost crack open by themselves, revealing a bright red flesh that I could eat every day. I don't eat watermelon in winter months; the ones you buy out of season taste like nothing to me.

Veli sent pictures of these juicy slices straight from the Dolac market in Zagreb, Croatia. Note that these are real watermelons, with real  seeds, which are much sweeter than the seedless variety that have become so popular. And what about seed spitting contests? Isn't that supposed to be part of the fun of eating watermelon? Rind tossing just doesn't quite the same appeal.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter

Monday, September 3, 2012


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