Flea Market Décor

Old New made

Transform your beloved vintage and antique finds into beautifull­y functional pieces.

- BY JIN HYUN

Work with what you already own to avoid clutter and get creative.

DECLUTTERI­NG FOR THE NEW YEAR SHOULDN’T MEAN MAKING SACRIFICES OR TOSSING OUT BELOVED ANTIQUES.

Sometimes all it takes is repurposin­g unused collection­s to make them a bit more functional. In her book, Flea Market Style, author and stylist Emily Chalmers provides inspiratio­n on how to breathe new life into old flea-market finds.

If you own any old furniture pieces collecting dust in a corner, consider repurposin­g them to create extra storage space in your home. According to Chalmers, the process of updating old pieces doesn’t have to be overcompli­cated. “All you need to do to update them is to sand them down and give them a fresh coat of paint, or paper the doors with vintage wallpaper,” she writes. If you’re looking for smaller storage spaces, think outside the box.

“Old tea chests, antique leather suitcases, toy chests, big wicker baskets, old laundry baskets and wine crates also create covetable storage,” writes Chalmers.

Not every piece has to match your others to appear stylish. With the use of different colors and patterns, you can achieve an eclectic look that shows off your unique taste. “There is no need for preloved kitchen pieces to match,” writes Chalmers. For a country feel, gather an assortment of mismatched, worn-out chairs around a large table. Work with what you already own to avoid clutter and get creative. For example, a patchwork of colorful silk scarves can easily be turned into vibrant screens and drapes. “When you use pattern, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Pattern draws the eye, becoming a focal point, so combine it with plenty of large, plain areas,” Chalmers writes.

There is an art to displaying antiques in visually pleasing ways. “Look for pieces that harmonize, such as an assortment of goldrimmed china cups or dainty floral designs,” Chalmers writes. And when revamping your antiques, don’t neglect the bathroom. You can give an old bath new character with a bit of vintage wallpaper or fabrics that have been treated with waterproof­ing spray. In the living room, antique fabrics or vintage carpets can be cut up into the perfect size to make cozy rugs. “Some pieces may be slightly threadbare, grayed or faded, but these old dames will inject a relaxed, lived-in feel to your home,” she writes.

“There is no need for preloved kitchen pieces to match.”

 ?? PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY DEBI TRELOAR ?? The homeowner turned this ordinary piece of furniture into art with a simple coat of blackboard paint. For an added touch, she chalked scripted words all over the outside.
PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY DEBI TRELOAR The homeowner turned this ordinary piece of furniture into art with a simple coat of blackboard paint. For an added touch, she chalked scripted words all over the outside.
 ??  ?? If you’re looking for a simple fix to update an old leather sofa, decorate it with boldly colored and patterned pillows. You can also add a colorful throw blanket on the seat to cover up any imperfecti­ons. Use scraps of fabric and paper to make a pattern collage on your wall.
If you’re looking for a simple fix to update an old leather sofa, decorate it with boldly colored and patterned pillows. You can also add a colorful throw blanket on the seat to cover up any imperfecti­ons. Use scraps of fabric and paper to make a pattern collage on your wall.
 ??  ?? “Antique glasses and ceramics have come back into vogue with the return of coffee mornings, tea parties and other events based on food rituals,” writes Chalmers. So match teacups and mismatched saucers with complement­ing features, and find creative ways to display them. Mismatched chairs can add an eclectic feel to your kitchen and create a country vibe. Feel free to bring in your folding garden chairs or worn-out wooden chairs to add a bit of character, too.
“Antique glasses and ceramics have come back into vogue with the return of coffee mornings, tea parties and other events based on food rituals,” writes Chalmers. So match teacups and mismatched saucers with complement­ing features, and find creative ways to display them. Mismatched chairs can add an eclectic feel to your kitchen and create a country vibe. Feel free to bring in your folding garden chairs or worn-out wooden chairs to add a bit of character, too.
 ??  ?? Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers with words by Ali Hanan, published by Ryland Peters & Small, © 2018; rylandpete­rs.com.
Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers with words by Ali Hanan, published by Ryland Peters & Small, © 2018; rylandpete­rs.com.

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