Make it FOLLOW ALEX WIJNEN’S TIPS FOR CREATING A FRESH, NEW LOOK BY MAKING USE OF UNEXPECTED ITEMS IN A HARMONIOUS WAY.
OPPOSITE: Choose thematic colors to make a statement. Alex is passionate about yellow—whether it’s the golden hue of vintage café au lait bowls in varying styles, or the sunflower color trimming a ’50s chenille bedspread. A slatted metal bucket provides easy storage—from dog toys to blankets. Boots are good for tromping through antiques shows. LEFT: Alex traded a bright red cabinet for this bedside table at Junk Bonanza because of its peeled paint. BELOW: A collapsible horse feed bag with original graphics perches on a $2 chair that gets periodic coats of paint. A wood sifter holds painted plaster spheres. A piece of wood became a peg rack that displays a botanical poster and a hand-tooled leather purse that is perfect for junking.
that if you keep furnishings throughout your home in the same colorway, you can move them from room to room. In the century-old cabin that her daddy had relocated log by numbered log in the early 1960s, Betsy sticks to the primary palette of rose red, dusty blue and buttercup yellow.
A proud fifth-generation Texan from Houston, Betsy surprises herself at how she has taken to country life at the property her parents kept as a weekend retreat. Today, the cabin is a guesthouse for visiting friends and a bed-and-breakfast during the biannual Round Top Antiques Fair in nearby Carmine. However, Betsy warns, “It’s more bed than breakfast, but there’s always champagne in the fridge!”
Betsy’s parents revered quality craftsmanship, and the modest cottage is filled with their prized acquisitions: some left as is, like the oversize pie safe used to hold antiquarian books, and some updated like the sitting room chair and sofa reupholstered in velvety fabrics. “When I was a girl, I