I can’t confirm nor deny that I redecorated my striped dining room three different times in the 3.5 years we lived there. Check out how I recently  transformed a few craigslist purchases into one femininely-chic space (for very little cha-ching. shhhhh!)

BEFORE

I look forward to transitioning to this upcoming home in New England.  While not traditional North Eastern choices, I am excited to see if I can work these thrifted items into my next design scheme.  If I fail to meet this challenge I always a trusty back-up option...craigslist :).

AFTER

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We all know the adage, “When the cat is away, the mice will play.” Well, I tend to do all of my decorating, redecorating, and in this case re-redecorating when my husband is deployed. I think this a common theme among military spouses, and I can’t quite figure it out. Maybe it is because we have less, shall we call it “oversight”? Is it because we need a distraction? Perhaps both, but for the Marlowes I think it has just become tradition. I am certain my husband would be disappointed to come home to the same, old, boring home (yeah right :).

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Like all grand adventures, this room all began with an idea. It was a dark and lonely night and I needed a distraction. Naturally, I had the idea to search craigslist. Since Boise craigslist doesn’t take long I then thought of searching the Utah classifieds. It was there that I saw it! Glowing on the screen I beheld a post for four chairs. Sure, to most people they were just four ugly, pink chairs, but to me they were so much more! These Milo Baughman, double-banded, 1979 brass beauties were listed for only $85. If I squinted, the industrial upholstery almost looked like a blushy velvet (at least this is what I am still telling myself until I get around to reupholstering them).
I quickly responded to the ad and shared the good news with my mom (a saint of a woman who lives within driving distance to the location). Long story short, she is a rock star and presented them to me for my birthday. Thanks again Mom!

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Perhaps my favorite part of the story? Shortly after my mom paid $85 total for my set of four, I found these on 1stdibbs for $633 per chair.  #shoppingvalidation

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Often when I switch-out one thing in a room it initiates a cascading effect of change…the table, the rug, etc. I should have seen this coming.

I have good news though, perhaps even more than I love the chairs, I was smitten by this solid glass table (AKA the heaviest table known to man). Where did I score this beauty?  You guessed it, craigslist.

The joke of the neighborhood is that I have been going through a “phase”.  I like to call it my “Sexy 80’s” phase.

Sure, it does shows finger prints, but it is so worth the little extra effort.

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The rug you ask? Interesting choice…I know. I love how it anchors the space with a little moody-floral drama. To get the look I simply flipped over a heavy wool traditional rug. The result is a stain resistent, durable, and beautifully aged-patina finish. I dare you to glance at the back side of all of your area rugs.  You may be pleasantly surprised with what you discover.

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The scale of this mirror was a little too small for the large wall.  To remedy this I cut and painted plywood.  I finished it off with nailhead trim.

I wasn’t ready to part with my twelve inch stripes from the former design scheme.  They added subtle interest and make the room feel wider. 

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I wanted a moody floral place setting, so I took faux flowers and painted them with watered down white and purple paints.

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I picked up this mid-century rosewood cabinet for 5 GBP while in England.  I painted it a sleek black finish and added geode handles.  It is the perfect perch for serving food or drink (notice my Martinelli’s-ain’t no party like a Mormon party 🙂 

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Check out this dining room make over!  Craigslist to the rescue! Milo, Baughman, chairs, thrifted, craigslist, glass, table, brass, millenial, pink, blush, formal, glam, chic, dining room, luncheon, dinner, party, moody, floral, rug, centerpiece, floral, stripes, DIY,  before, after, make-over, reveal, redecorate, 80's table, chairs, vintage rug, wool
Check out this dining room make over!  Craigslist to the rescue! Milo, Baughman, chairs, thrifted, craigslist, glass, table, brass, millenial, pink, blush, formal, glam, chic, dining room, luncheon, dinner, party, moody, floral, rug, centerpiece, floral, stripes, DIY,  before, after, make-over, reveal, redecorate, 80's table, chairs, vintage rug, wool
Check out this dining room make over!  Craigslist to the rescue! Milo, Baughman, chairs, thrifted, craigslist, glass, table, brass, millenial, pink, blush, formal, glam, chic, dining room, luncheon, dinner, party, moody, floral, rug, centerpiece, floral, stripes, DIY,  before, after, make-over, reveal, redecorate, 80's table, chairs, vintage rug, wool
Check out this dining room make over!  Craigslist to the rescue! Milo, Baughman, chairs, thrifted, craigslist, glass, table, brass, millenial, pink, blush, formal, glam, chic, dining room, luncheon, dinner, party, moody, floral, rug, centerpiece, floral, stripes, DIY,  before, after, make-over, reveal, redecorate, 80's table, chairs, vintage rug, wool

I found this frame at a local thrift store for 30 bucks. I purchased a large canvas and DIY painted it using acrylic paint and lots of water.  I plan to keep the frame and repaint new art in my next home. 

I look forward to transitioning to this upcoming home in New England.  While not traditional North Eastern choices, I am excited to see if I can work these thrifted items into my next design scheme.  If I fail to meet this challenge I always have a trusty back-up option…craigslist :).

Let's be Friends

Check out this dining room make over!  Craigslist to the rescue! Milo, Baughman, chairs, thrifted, craigslist, glass, table, brass, millenial, pink, blush, formal, glam, chic, dining room, luncheon, dinner, party, moody, floral, rug, centerpiece, floral, stripes, DIY,  before, after, make-over, reveal, redecorate, 80's table, chairs, vintage rug, wool

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-xoxo Jewel

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