house tour tuesday: home away from home

this weekend my family and i went to Cambria to visit my in-laws.

they recently (actually more like four years ago), built their dream house on the central coast and i thought it would be nice to do a tour for the blog.

and then i forgot my camera.


so….i thought it would be fun to take you on a little tour of my home away from home: the thrift store.

i love to thrift. to me it’s like going on a treasure hunt.


you never know what you’re going to find.


sometimes there are big things.


and other times, there are just small items that catch my eye.


but, the one thing i’ve noticed is that i most always find something that i could decorate my home with.


sometimes there are vintage linens,


and old chippy farmhouse finds (my favorite!).


you might be saying to yourself, “what would i do with all of this stuff?”

well take this old dresser, for example, (which if you follow me on instagram, you know my latest obsession with dressers!) 😉


and then pair it with this oversized mirror (btw, i would probably paint the molding of this mirror),


and maybe some of these old milk glass pieces as catchalls:


and you have an instant nightstand or entry table that has a huge impact.

or take this gilded frame:


just pop out the center picture and replace it with some fabric and glass and then add some handles to the sides and you have a one-of-a-kind tray (thanks to my friend, Suzee, for that brilliant idea!).

need to decorate a little girl’s room?


how about this old iron bed (for only $10!!! what a score),


hang a vintage cross stitch over it,


and add a crystal chandelier and you have quite the girly room!

it doesn’t take a lot of money to have a beautiful space. just some treasure hunting, maybe a little elbow grease, and some creative thinking.

hope this inspires you to do a little thrifting!

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