Flea Market Décor

VINTAGE REMIX

Reimagine your favorite flea-market finds and cherished pieces.

- By Jennifer Gaudet

Reimagine your favorite flea-market finds and cherished pieces.

AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE FIGLEWICZ FAMILY’S COTTAGE, YOU REALIZE THAT THIS IS A SPECIAL HOME.

The exterior of the 1915 house, a unique blend of Victorian and Craftsman architectu­re, is trimmed with a bright seafoam green, hinting at both the surfside appeal and the family’s creative style. Inside, the décor is colorful and cozy, blending the best of beach and farmhouse elements into one comfortabl­e and intriguing home.

When they moved in, Andrea and her husband, Casey, modified their two-bedroom home to suit their lifestyle, with adjustment­s like a custom-made triple bunk bed for their three children and con-

verting the garage into an office for the photograph­y business they run together. Andrea sought every opportunit­y to creatively showcase her collection­s and reinvent her vintage pieces while surroundin­g her family with special things that speak to their legacy and lifestyle.

“As a collector, I enjoy putting things to good use and reusing old pieces,” Andrea says. In addition to family heirlooms, flea markets and estate sales have been key sources for her for finding well-loved objects with a unique story to tell. “I go to a lot of estate sales. I also rummage during large trash weeks! I have found many treasures that way,” she says.

Andrea’s largest collection is vintage books, and she uses them in eye-catching vignettes throughout the house. Making a similar impact is

her display of vintage mason jars on the fireplace mantel, which house a collection of sea glass and shells—each labeled with one of the various places the family has traveled, from Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua, Oahu, Tavarua and Namotu to their local beaches in the South Bay of Los Angeles. “Every time we go to a new beach, I hope to find sea glass,” Andrea says.

In order to give purpose to her collection­s and finds, Andrea frequently reworks and reinvents many of the well-loved pieces in her home. Whether it’s an old bench that easily moves from room to room for extra seating or a vintage toolbox she uses to hold candles, Andrea is keen to find multiple uses for a single item.

The bedroom displays more creative solutions, with customized rag draperies that Andrea made from a top sheet covering the closet and an antique coat rack-turned-jewelry display hanging on the wall above the dresser.

Andrea’s open-minded approach to styling her home has allowed her to bring a cohesive look to various unique pieces collected over time. By embracing change rather than shying away from it, she’s discovered how to make all the pieces she treasures blend together. “Don’t be afraid to change things around. Every time I rearrange, new ideas pop into my head. And always pick up treasures!” she says.

Treasures inherited and passed down from relatives fill personaliz­ed nooks and corners throughout the cottage, enhancing its comforts. Both of the home’s bedrooms include sentimenta­l touches, such as the vintage suitcase next to Andrea’s bed that she uses as a nightstand. The floral purple trunk was her great-grandmothe­r’s—its bright hue a testament to the family matriarch’s unabashed devotion to the color.

Even Andrea’s proudest DIY triumphs incorporat­e family, such as the custom triple bunk bed in the kids’ room handmade by her dad, along with Andrea’s own beloved dollhouse, which she passed down to her girls. One of the quilts in the children’s room was handmade by her mother, who stitched it together from her childhood clothing. Finally, an art piece Andrea made from old Beach Boys records inherited from her husband’s family makes an eye-catching, graphic statement in the dining room—very fitting in a wellloved home near the coast.

ANDREA’S OPENMINDED APPROACH TO STYLING HER HOME HAS ALLOWED HER TO BRING a cohesive look to her collection­s.

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PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY BRET GUM
 ??  ?? ANDREA USES VINTAGE MASON JARS to display her sea glass and seashell collection­s—a fun travel memento commemorat­ing the locations Casey has chased the surf.
ANDREA USES VINTAGE MASON JARS to display her sea glass and seashell collection­s—a fun travel memento commemorat­ing the locations Casey has chased the surf.
 ??  ?? A NOD TO THE HOME’S surroundin­gs and the family’s love for the coast, the bright surfboard adds a pop of color to the cozy neutrals in the living room.
A NOD TO THE HOME’S surroundin­gs and the family’s love for the coast, the bright surfboard adds a pop of color to the cozy neutrals in the living room.
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 ??  ?? THE HOOSIERCAB­INET that sits in the kitchen is one of Andrea’s favorites. A gift from a family friend, she has brought it with her everywhere.
THE HOOSIERCAB­INET that sits in the kitchen is one of Andrea’s favorites. A gift from a family friend, she has brought it with her everywhere.
 ??  ?? TINY DISHES AND BOWLS make great containers for collection­s, adding interest without increasing clutter. The vintage typewriter adds a splash of retro personalit­y to this earthy vignette.
TINY DISHES AND BOWLS make great containers for collection­s, adding interest without increasing clutter. The vintage typewriter adds a splash of retro personalit­y to this earthy vignette.
 ??  ?? ANDREA SAVES small drink bottles and jars to be reused in a multitude of ways. Here they comprise a casual centerpiec­e of pink flowers. She says they’re great to save for parties as an inexpensiv­e way to decorate a large area.
ANDREA SAVES small drink bottles and jars to be reused in a multitude of ways. Here they comprise a casual centerpiec­e of pink flowers. She says they’re great to save for parties as an inexpensiv­e way to decorate a large area.
 ??  ?? WHETHER YOU START SMALL with a simple framed chalkboard or go large-scale with an accent wall, chalkboard paint is a fun and functional customizat­ion in any family home. The buckets of potted herbs look great and also serve a purpose in the kitchen.
WHETHER YOU START SMALL with a simple framed chalkboard or go large-scale with an accent wall, chalkboard paint is a fun and functional customizat­ion in any family home. The buckets of potted herbs look great and also serve a purpose in the kitchen.
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