Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Janis's Vintage Chic Apartment Tour - Part Four


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

   Time for the fourth and final installment of Janis's Vintage Chic Apartment Tour.  Which, if you don't already know was decorated almost entirely from thrift stores and/or for free.  Her place is Super Inspirational!  Seeing what she has achieved style wise with a tiny budget and a huge amount of creativity, determination and patience has put a fire under my butt to do the same. I thought I was the Queen of thrifty design but I think she's got me beat!  Her decorating style is not what you would expect to see in a thrifted home, she has the glamorous yet down to Earth "High Style" look down pat (she's a bit of a 30s movie star type).  I have always admired her ability to live beautifully and create gorgeous and comfortable environments and this apartment {as usual} did not disappoint.

 You can visit the other rooms in her home at the links at the end of this post. Enjoy!

PART FOUR - The Bedroom & Bath

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

   My bedroom is on the small side but it has great bones (hardwood floors/nice molding) and plenty of light from 2 large windows. A great foundation for a relaxing and pretty bedroom oasis.  I'm never afraid of filling a room with furniture to get maximum use out of the space. In this case I fit a double bed, dresser, bookshelf, 2 side tables, a chair and even a desk that doubles as both an office and a vanity area. I kept my color palate in tune with the rest of my apartment with my favorite combination of blues, white and pops of pink and animal print. 

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

   All said and done I'd say I spent about $1500 to furnish and decorate my ENTIRE apartment so far. No word of a lie. I know. I'm awesome. With all of the finishing touches and maybe a few upgrades here and there I doubt I'll go over $2000. Not bad at all right?

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget


   That about wraps up Janis's Vintage Chic Apartment Tour!  I hope ya'll enjoyed it and came away with lots of ideas for decorating on a budget and are inspired to do a little treasure hunting yourselves.  Make sure to check out the other 3 parts if you haven't already. Just click on the links below.
   I'll be back pronto with some more cool stuff I have lined up to share with ya'll :) Maybe I'll even {finally) share some pictures of my home.  If I EVER feel like it's finished enough to share. Haha. It will happen. Soon. Promise.




XOXO
~Andrea~


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Janis's Vintage Chic Apartment Tour - Part Three



   Hey ya'll! I'm back with another peek into my lovely Auntie's fab vintage apartment.  I had planned on sharing a few more posts between the last part and this one, but life got in the way, so here we are.  Some more ultra cheap and sometimes free decorating ideas and inspiration comin at cha... Enjoy!

PART THREE - The Living Room & Entry


   If you read Part One & Two then you remember that I gave the entire apartment a fresh coat of this brightening yet neutral grey color.  It's the perfect backdrop to make all of my vintage pieces look a little more modern and fresh.  The original wood floors got a good cleaning and they came out just gorgeous!
   When it came to buying curtains for these very tall windows it could of got pretty darn expensive, even shopping at the more affordable big box stores.  I wanted a sheer set under an opaque set so I had the option of filtering light and the view, as well as blocking it out completely.  Enter Savers thrift store. Or any thrift store with a good textiles section.  Curtains average about $3-$5 a pair, making this a MUCH cheaper option! So what would have cost $150 and up- ended up costing me $15. Gotta love it.



   I just realized that my entire living room cost less than most people pay for a sofa :)  Awesome right? And nothing was purchased new besides the rug and throw pillows, making this a VERY environmentally friendly & pocket book friendly home decorating job.
   Also, here's a good tip if you are feeling a bit squeamish about buying second hand upholstered pieces. You can give them a deep cleaning by renting a carpet cleaner with upholstery/rug attachment. They do an excellent cleaning for about $20 per day. And you can even make your own cleaning solution by combining hot water, vinegar and a couple drops of essential oil for a fresh scent. I would test a spot to make sure your piece is colorfast first.


   My entryway was very tight and had no space to add much in the way of decor or furniture.  I added some much needed drama by painting the doors black (which also covered some ugly cracks). You'd be surprised by how much of a difference you can make in a space simply by painting the often overlooked interior doors. I also hung a mirror on one of the doors to visually open up the cramped space.  I know it seems like a faux pas to hang anything on a door but it can work if you have a solid door and hang the piece securely. The entryway cost about 20 bucks in total and really makes a statement when you come in the door!


   Hope ya'll enjoyed Part Three!  If you're just joining us now you can check out the first two installments of Janis's Vintage Chic Apartment Tour below:



Coming next week will be the fourth and final part of the tour! See you then!

XOXO
~Andrea~




Monday, March 10, 2014

Janis's Vintage Chic Apartment Tour- Part Two


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

   Last week I shared with you Part One,  of a four part series sharing my uber talented Aunts' Vintage Chic Apartment.  I'm back this week with the second installment showcasing her Kitchen and Bar Area. She's got plenty of more tips on how to create a similar look with a teeny tiny budget. Take it away Janis! ...

PART TWO- The Kitchen & Bar

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

   As I said in Part One my apartment had loads of potential that wasn't yet visible under layers of dirt, dingy paint and awful linoleum floors.  I gave the kitchen a very deep cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.  Then I got down to the nightmare job of ripping up all the ugly flooring to expose the gorgeous honey colored wood floors under them.  It was a back breaking job but was it was so worth it!  When it was all said and done, I had a cute and clean kitchen with some darling vintage character.  Even though I am renting it is worth all of the work for my piece of mind.  Your home is your oasis, no matter where it is. 

   Then came the FUN part, collecting vintage kitchen ware and decor. Vintage cookware is not only pretty but most of it is far more sturdy and safe for cooking than new pieces.  Just think, if vintage Pyrex dishes have lasted 60 years by the time you buy them at the thrift store/estate sale etc., they will probably last another 60 years!  In times past, things were made to last and take a beating, unlike the poorly made and often toxic plastic junk you can buy now.  Not everything vintage is food safe though, so be sure to do your research before you use old pottery or anything suspect to serve or store food with.

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

   All of these old Providence apartment kitchens come with an open space, gas stove and few or no kitchen cabinets.  With that in mind I didn't pass up on a single sturdy storage piece or shelving while searching the thrift stores.  I knew I would find a use for them.  Another item I NEVER pass up in thrift stores is vintage or antique mirrors.  You will always find a place for them, and they help to brighten your space by reflecting light and adding character.

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget


Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

Vintage Decorating on a Small Budget

  Okay!  That is the end of Part Two.  See ya'll back here next week with Part 3 - The Bedroom and Bathroom.  Hope you are finding inspiration and ideas for your own spaces and maybe even checking out garbage day in your neighborhood ;) Drive Slow!  Do ya'll have any tips for thrifting and/or decorating on a tiny budget?  I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below!

* If you are in the Providence, Rhode Island area and are looking for interior styling/organizing help, you can contact the lady responsible for all the above gorgeousness here ~ janisdalyinteriors@gmail.com

XOXO
~Andrea~
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