8 Thrifting Tips to Keep You Happy

DIY, Local, Travel

A day on the hunt!

Processed with RookieI am a thrifting junkie and I admit it.  My favorite places are old, eclectic vintage shops with tons of clothes, records, furniture & lamps. I have always been a lover of the 60s and 70s aesthetic, there is just something about the bright colors and geometric prints that I really inspires me. Who doesn’t love to find that perfect vintage treasure? I sure do – through all my days of thrifting adventures, I have learned to always prepare myself with a couples items to make the day go smoothly.

1. Make a List

I always jot down ideas of things that could work in my space or DIY projects I’m working on. Right now, I am looking for vintage cocktail glasses for my bar cart.

2. Arrive Early

The old adage is right – early bird does get the worm!

3. Bring Essentials

Small Tape Measuere, Notepad & Pen, Scarf, Water

4. Swatches

I like to keep little swatches of paint & fabrics in my notebook so I can reference hues and patterns in items I already have.

5. Camera

Take pictures! It helps to inspire creativity and maybe you should run back and grab that mirror that would fit perfect in your entryway!

6. Be Open Minded

Always have your creative thinking eye on full alert on when thrifting. A fresh coat of paint can help the most dingy of items. Items like bottles & wire baskets can easily be turned into lamps with a simple light kit from a hardware store. Look for unique colors and patterns you don’t traditionally see. Check the bottom of glass and dish ware to see where it was made.

7. Be Patient

Think about where and how a piece can fit into your space. If you are on the fence about it, sleep on it. If it is something that truly represent you and your style and you can’t stop thinking about it, get it – life is short. Enjoy the little things that make you happy.

8. Keep Searching

That perfect items you are searching for is out there. Whether it is the perfect vintage Kilim rug or an antique vanity set. Keep your eyes and ears peeled! That perfect piece could be right around the corner.

What are some of your most treasured thrifting finds?

Xo, Lucia

DIY – Spring Wreath

California, Design, DIY

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature  – Gerard De Nerval

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The poppies and cream puffs are in full bloom here in Northern California. We needed something to brighten up our front door. I was wanting to make a wreath – so I started brainstorming. I am inspired by the light, airy with hues of spring in California so I decided to get crafty and make nature-inspired paper flowers with spice dyed coffee filters.

Here is a simple DIY to a make a beautiful spring wreath!

IMG_7070    IMG_7449Grab some coffee filters, turmeric, smoked paprika and ground mustard. Pour each into a pot with 1.5 cups of water. Bring to a boil then take off burner and let cool. Dip or submerge a handful of coffee filters into each pot (you can mix dyes together to create an unique color) then hang up to dry. After they are dry; twist them into large (peony) and small (rose) shapes. Use floral wire to secure paper flowers to grapevine wreath.

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Using spices to dye these paper flowers give them an all natural earth tone appearance, proving that everything is nature is precious and interconnected. A bow made of fabrics like linen and burlap compliment the yellow and peach hues of the flowers and top of this natural DIY spring wreath.

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P.S. – We took a weekend trip to Santa Cruz – stayed tuned for a peak into low key surfer beach life!

Xo, Lucia

DIY – Painted Furniture

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I love to go thrifting and antiquing in search of a perfect piece to fit my space. There is real gratification that comes with taking something old and making it new again. I am a firm believer in recycling and reusing. Case and paint (get it :P) this old table, I found at a junk store in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We needed a table for our front porch and voila – this was born!

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Before, old and dingy after – bright and cheery! I bought a silver handle from Lowe’s with a simple design to balance the bold color. I finished with a beautiful succulent in a painted ceramic bowl. Seth and I stopped by from Reader’s Corner, a NC State classic, and grabbed some books in muted tones of blues and greens to match the table. Overall, I am pleased with how it turned out!

Have you tried any painted furniture projects?

Xo, Lucia