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100 Ideas Flea Market Style

100 Ideas Flea Market Style

2019

100 Ideas Flea Market Style shows you how to turn collectibles into decor capable of infusing your home with a personal sense of style. Striking photos, pulled-out projects, collectors’ advice, and bargain-hunting tips combine to create a go-to guide for turning fantastic flea market finds into striking, comfortable rooms.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
Frequency:
Back issue only
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1 min.
from the editor

FLEA MARKET TREASURE HUNTING REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF PATIENCE. IT IS FAR EASIER TO PLUCK SOMETHING OFF A DEPARTMENT STORE SHELF THAN TO SCOUR STALL after stall to find that one can’t-live-without item. But for those with a passion for collecting, there is no substitute for the thrill of discovery—and the joy that comes from turning something old into something new again. Just ask Michelle Adams, who mixed bargain finds with mementos from her extensive travels to give her 1920s Colonial in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a cozy, collected feel (“Making It Personal,” page 14). Or explore the charming backyard of Jennifer and Chris Oswald in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where a budget-friendly DIY greenhouse—created using 22 salvaged windows and a slew of thrift-store and Craigslist finds—beckons (“Home Grown,” page 86). The…

7 min.
what to collect now

Cooking Copper WHY IT’S HOT Teakettles, Colonial cauldrons, soup ladles, French sauté pans—if you can cook with them and they're forged from copper, they're catching the eye of collectors. “Anything copper is having a moment,” says dealer and author Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse in Nashville. “Some prefer patina, but most people like it polished.” Because copper has been hammered, rolled, or cast into a host of utilitarian pieces for hundreds of years, you can choose your era. Display pieces to warm up your kitchen or use them to heat supper—either way, this hard-wearing, hardworking metal shines. Note: Pieces made from 100 percent copper may transfer metal to cooked foods. And verdigris, while a beautiful patina, is toxic. Unless a piece is regularly polished, do not use it in food prep. HINT…

5 min.
making it personal

FORMER MAGAZINE EDITOR MICHELLE ADAMS SPENT HER 20s IN NEW YORK CITY, SHARING STORIES OF ENVIABLE INTERIORS AND THE LATEST DESIGN TRENDS. But her own 475-square-foot apartment cramped her style and left little room for creativity. So Michelle packed up and returned to her Michigan roots, purchasing a 1920s Colonial in Ann Arbor. She hit the refresh button first on the home with an extensive renovation and then on her career by opening an online home decor and lifestyle editorial destination called The Maryn. 01 color correction Michelle Adams (pictured here with her goldendoodle, Rufus) modernized bland beige siding by repainting it a deep charcoal blue. Inside she combines budget-friendly home-store buys with vintage finds to create a space that feels like home. 02 clean finish The floor’s yellowing wood finish was stripped and…

1 min.
design tricks

1. BE TIMELESS After years of tracking come-and-go design trends, Michelle steers clear of strong colors or patterns on furniture and walls. “Starting with a neutral base allows you to experiment and have fun with decor,” she says. 2. GO WITH THE FLOW Working on magazine stories that feature several rooms of the same house on one page has taught Michelle to really consider how spaces interact. “I’m big on sight lines,” she says. (Ask yourself: What will I see when I catch a glimpse through a doorway?) “Having a common thread from room to room makes a house feel more relaxing.” 3. EDIT YOURSELF Michelle’s house is full of personal treasures—yet it still looks polished, not overstuffed. She leaves some empty space on walls, shelves, and tables for visual relief and favors large paintings…

2 min.
putting down roots

16 on the fly For style that’s ready to go the distance, slip plastic containers planted with cacti soil and succulents inside a vintage leather suitcase. Hang antique binocular cases and purses above, tucking smaller plastic cups filled with succulents into the openings. 17 pedal pusher Get cruising with a garden display that’s part planter, part art installation. Start by affixing metal shelf brackets to the wall. (Tip: Paint these the same color as the wall for a seamless look.) Then hang an old-school bike on the brackets. Wire a metal basket (a vintage locker basket did the trick here) to the front of the bike and add a vining potted houseplant, such as pothos. As the plant meanders, train stems to follow the lines of the bike and to weave in and…

1 min.
smart planting

1. BABY ’EM THE FIRST MONTH You’ll be able to tell within the first few weeks if your upcycled planter works well with your plant selection. Plan to take stock weekly during the first month, inspecting for hydration, growth, and pests. If your plants don’t appear to be thriving, consider moving them to a new location. 2. CREATE ROOM TO GROW Make sure your repurposed item has space for your plant’s root system. A good rule of thumb: Make the hole about 1 inch larger in diameter than the plant’s original plastic nursery pot. 3. MATCH LIKE WITH LIKE A varied planter may be easy on the eyes, but it can be hard on the plants. To ensure the best of both worlds, choose greens with similar care requirements. For example, avoid pairing an aloe…