Magic Makeovers

Flea Market Décor - - Editor’s Letter - Kathryn Drury Wag­ner Edi­tor

WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GOOD MAKEOVER? Be­fore-and-af­ters are the ba­sis of hit TV shows like Fixer Up­per and Trad­ing Spa­ces. New hair­dos, wardrobes and makeup ideas are a sta­ple in women’s mag­a­zines and for those in­sanely pop­u­lar Youtube tu­to­ri­als. And don’t for­get film’s fa­mous makeover, when Grease good girl Sandy is sud­denly all, “Tell me about it, stud!” wear­ing Ly­cra and red heels at the school fair. Whoa, Sandy! Can you re­ally eat car­ni­val food in those pants? But I di­gress.

The amaz­ing power of trans­for­ma­tion is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to those of us who love flea-mar­ket and other vin­tage de­lights. It’s so in­spir­ing to come home with a cool new find and start im­me­di­ately re­ar­rang­ing a ta­blescape, shelf or en­tire room to work with it. And it’s so sat­is­fy­ing to see some­thing that was once unloved, and through the power of a lit­tle paint, new knobs or el­bow grease, be re­stored. The abil­ity to see what might be, rather than what is in front of us, is the key to cre­ative dec­o­rat­ing. (You’ll find out as you read through this is­sue, it’s also the key to get­ting a great deal in real es­tate.)

So cheers to all you dream­ers, vi­sion­ar­ies and Diyers. You may be wield­ing a nail gun in­stead of lip liner, but your flea-mar­ket makeovers make the world a more beau­ti­ful place.


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