“I NEED POLYURETHANE! WHAT IS THAT IN GER­MAN?”

Flea Market Décor - - Great Finds -

above: THE MAN CAVE is for hus­band Chuck. He col­lects mil­i­tary por­traits, and the room has a mix of images from the cou­ple’s two fam­i­lies’ mil­i­tary ser­vice.

right top: THE VIN­TAGE ANTLER

MOUNTS were mostly bought in Ger­many. Many of them have dates on them, says Mag­gie, who notes that one says 1812. “The curly horns are alpine goat antlers.”

right bot­tom: IN MAG­GIE’S

SEWING ROOM, the gallery wall has a lot of needle­point, in­clud­ing her fa­vorite, the blue one with the boat.

There was also a small mat­ter of 400 pieces of pot­tery. While in Ger­many, Mag­gie went to thrift stores all the time, and in do­ing so, dis­cov­ered the joys of col­lect­ing West Ger­man pot­tery.

The pot­tery—es­pe­cially a de­sign called “Fat Lava”—is col­or­ful, chunky, sub­stan­tial; it’s easy to see how she fell in love. “I ro­tate, swap­ping out col­ors on my dis­plays,” she says. The num­bered pieces are mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, but were made up un­til the coun­try was re­united in 1990. Most were un­der $10 when Mag­gie bought them, and bought them she did. Some­how she man­aged to go back to the U.S. 1,000 pounds un­der the mil­i­tary’s weight limit for the fam­ily’s move.

These days Mag­gie says she has a “painter’s wardrobe.” She’ll come home in one out­fit, and “I’ll say, ‘I won­der if this paint will work out,’ and then sud­denly the wall is half painted. There I am in my clothes with paint on them.” But this spirit of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion is key. “If you bought it for $10 at the flea mar­ket, you re­ally didn’t in­vest that much. Go for it! You’re not go­ing to learn to do it un­less you try. I have had some fails. You learn from them. And some­times it works in a dif­fer­ent way. You never know; maybe it will turn out bet­ter.”

[ be­fore ] THE MASTER BED­ROOM in­cludes a bench Mag­gie created from an old cof­fee ta­ble. She also made the end ta­bles, by blend­ing two types of ta­bles to­gether and paint­ing them.

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