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Flea Market Chic-Oil Painting

The time of year definitely plays a part in the colors we crave and want to use in our home, doesn’t it? Lately I am loving organic, moody tones, especially against white or any light color backdrop. It seems to go hand in hand with another little something I am currently fascinated with, vintage oil paintings. You know, the ones you have passed over dozens of times at the thrift store, local yard sale or flea market, thinking how could I make this work. Often when we see one painting it can be hard to imagine how & where it will go in your home. So I thought I would share some ideas on how to use these once loved pieces in your space.

Less is More. You don’t need a huge collection to get started or to make an impact. Keep your eyes open for 1-2 to begin. Looking for some sort of continuity through tone or type can also be helpful but not necessary. Here are some of my favorite examples of this…

Using two landscapes together in a small space gives a big impact and the gold tones in these frames make them feel connected.

A Country Farmhouse-Vintage Lanscapes Line the Walls of a Guest Cottage


Using two paintings together in a small entry can also make a statement. Despite a difference in palette and genre, somehow nature ties it all together. Sometimes a good visual can help you decide if 2 pieces are a good match, my best advice, go with your instinct.

Jennifer Rizzo-vintage paintings in entry


One single oil painting when balanced with tone and texture can be a show stopper and I love this idea of using one in the kitchen.

The White Buffalo Styling Co-oil painting adds a vintage detail in teh kitchen


Size Matters. A large piece over a sofa, credenza, desk or mantle gives a big impact. It is also an easy way to create a focal point, it can be a bit more pricey but it is worth it, take a look at these…

BHG vintage painting in bedroom, great focal point over the desk


I bet the next time you pass a vintage portrait you will look twice. If you are like me then the idea of having another person hanging on your walls, other than a family member may have seemed less than ideal but you can see how stylish & beautiful it is. I am now a believer.

BHG vintage portrait over the mantle


This piece below from House of Hipster blows me away. By simply altering this portrait it was giving a modern makeover.

House of Hipsters, clever-paint the bottom of a vintage portait for a modern feel


A Collected Look. Using collections of a similar genre to layer your walls is an art. By using a common theme and/or color palette you have the ability to create a space that is not only original but tells a story.

Finding one vintage oil painting that you absolutely love, whether it be the style or tone, can be a perfect place to start your collection. These tropical landscapes over this mantle anchors the room and sets the mood in this modern rustic dining room.

BHG-A collected wall of oil paintings in an eclectic dining room


Looking for a creative idea, how about starting a collection of paint by numbers. This gallery wall gives a vintage vibe to this urban beach house. Another example of how taking a risk on something you love can pay off.

BHG-Paint by Number-Modern Beach House


Ahhh… seascapes you had me at hello. Continuity within a palette and genre can create a stunning collection that is drool worthy.

Emily Henderson Seascape Paintings from the 1970's


Primitive and Proper-vintage oil nautical paintings line the walls of her dining room


An Eclectic Mix. Often when creating a gallery wall we think there has to be a running theme but as you can see when there is creative intention we are instantly drawn in. It really has to do with personal style and taking chances on what feels right.

Jeanne Oliver-vintage paintings line the wall of her art studio


As you can see there are many reasons to not pass up a worn landscape, seascape or portrait next time you spot one.

Happy hunting & have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Domaine Home modern chairs vintage tables


Today’s roundup is all about the perfect pairing of vintage dining room tables with contrasting modern chairs. I love an eclectic space, and the dining room is the perfect place to have some fun with an aesthetic mashup of vintage and modern, like in the space above. There’s no wrong way to make this look happen and it’s also a great way to interject personality and history into your home without having to spend a ton of money as this look can absolutely be achieved on a budget.

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Maybe you inherited your grandmother’s dining set or were stuck with a hand-me-down set after college. It’s simple to give an old table a fresh spin by switching out the chairs for something new. . Contrast is everything when it comes to this look, so don’t be afraid to push the envelope a little bit. This look is anything but matchy-matchy and sometimes the natural and traditional raw look of wood can enhance the contrast between old and new all the more.



Studio McGee paired the classic Eames molded plastic chairs with a spindle-legged wooden table in a beautiful dark finish. It contrasts sharply with the white plastic and lighter wood dowel legs. The Eames chairs are available in a variety of colors (as well as price points if you don’t want to grab an original) and they also have different leg options too.


I love the mismatched colors in this shot above from BHG. This entire room feels inviting and feminine with pops of English garden colors and a drapey capiz shell chandelier. You could find a similar table in any antique shop, a yard sale in your neighborhood, or by hunting around on Craigslist.



The uber-traditional table (above) in Gen Sohr’s dining room table definitely feels like a piece that might be relegated to a fancy dining room, only to be used on formal occasions. But it suddenly feels family friendly and well loved when paired with simple white Emeco and funky modern art.



Of course, there’s my favorite modern chair of all, the Louis Ghost chair, which works with practically any table you put it with, beat-up wood included! A little bit of lucite can go a long way, and in this case, it allows the beautiful accents of the table to really shine through, in both the image above and below.


My brandmother had a round table that reminds me of the one below. I wish now that I had that table because it proves that a classic and simple design can be so flexible in any interior.


It’s gorgeous in the dark wood with the white chairs, but you could switch it up by painting the table, as evidenced below.


These mismatched chairs above are loaded with personality and this look would be super easy to recreate with a quick perusal of your local Craigslist. Sometimes public schools also sell off old fixtures and furniture at auction (rolling library carts are my current google obsession), and you could snap up a bunch of chairs and other fun finds for not a lot of money.




Such a great way to bring style and personality to your space. There’s just something about having a history and a story about the items you surround yourself with! Ok, a few sources if you’re hunting for some great modern chairs. My current favorites are West Elm, Industry West (Tolix knock-offs in a ton of colors, as well as several fun modern options), Craigslist, CB2, and good ol’ Ikea (check out the Tobias style for a lucite chair lookalike at a fraction of the cost).

BHG-5 Reasons to Love Leather

Last year, while on an impromptu thrifting excursion one rainy Friday morning, I found “it.” There it was, crammed behind floor lamps and an eclectic mix of old stuff, the perfect leather chair. I had been dreaming about finding one like this for a while, it was large, comfortable and the perfect shade of worn caramel, so you can imagine how excited I was! But, when I took a look at the price, my delight turned to decision, it was way more than I wanted to spend. I went back & forth for a while, pacing the store, hoping it would just come to me. Like I said it was a rainy, cold day and my car was already packed with groceries so I decided to walk away. I know, bad decision, right?! I haven’t found anything close to that leather chair since but I am hopefully optimistic. Since my boys have gone back to school I have been on the hunt, I have come close a few times and will continue to look because I am so smitten with leather these days. Here are 5 reasons I am loving leather and why I think adding it to your space makes sense….

1.Leather is easy to clean. If you have pets, children or maybe a messy loved one, then leather may for you. It is family & pet friendly, it can be vacuumed easily and messes can be simply wiped away. I love that it is practical and pretty at the same time.

Leather Love-Emily Henderson Living Room


Leather Love-House Seven


2. The styling options with leather are endless! If leather has the right patina, I like a light cognac or caramel tone, then you can mix it with just about any style, mid-century modern, cottage, coastal, farmhouse and traditional. You can also add pattern and color or you can keep things neutral.

Leather Love-BHG


Leather Love-Going Traditional


Leather Love-Studio McGee



3. Leather has an organic patina that adds a natural texture. Layers of texture and natural elements can make a space feel warm & inviting. Leather also has an ability to ground a space and act as a neutral. Adding texture can change the entire look of a space, don’t be afraid to start small by bringing in a footstool, some accessories, a rug or an ottoman, it is a good way to see how it feels in your room before committing to a larger piece.

Leather Love-Looks great with ntaural tones


Leather Love-Vintage Revivals


Leather Love-Works with any style


4. A vintage leather piece will add a ton of personal style. You know when you walk into a room and it feels authentic and stylish but not overly staged. There is something so casually wonderful & edgy at the same time about leather. It feels hip and original & has an ability to say “designer” in a quiet way.

Leather Love-Hi Sugerplum


5. Leather can be a happy medium for 2 different design aesthetics. Most days my husband gives me free range to decorate and add items I love to our home but often a space has more than one interested person in the design process and function of a room. Leather is such a great option for appealing to both a feminine and masculine aesthetic. It can blend 2 design ideas gracefully and make for space everyone can enjoy.

Leather Love-Emily Henderson


Leather Love-Emily Henderson 2


Thank you for stopping by, have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Flea Market Chic-12 Clever Uses for Crates

I was my in my late twenties when I moved to Colorado, with not much money to my name to get started & build a home, I scoured thrift stores, antique malls and flea markets every weekend. I was in desperate search for affordable ways to showcase my style & stay organized. I couldn’t afford anything new but that was OK because I loved buying vintage and the idea of connecting with the past. Plus, the aged patina & worn details created such a warmth that couldn’t be purchased new, especially back then. Each weekend would yield a full trunk of lots of goodies, big & small and of course lots of fun. The supply of big, beautiful crates out in CO blew me away. They were cheap & my thrifty self love that, some just a few dollars, so I used them everywhere. There was a time though my husband actually had to say, “enough, we are good with crates,” that was until I found an old chicken coop and made it in to a TV stand, but that is another story for another post:).

Crates have always served a useful purpose, to store & transport things from milk, to oranges and even animals. You can find them just about anywhere these days and some still for just a few dollars. The aged wood & worn texture lends a warmth to any space and provides practical storage every home needs. Here are 12 clever ways to use creates in your home…

1. Most of us have any entry way or family room with a console table, why not add a crate underneath & fill that empty space. You can use it to host blankets, hats or shoes. Tip, if you add casters to your crate you can slide it back under after using it, without worry of damaging your floors.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use for entry way storage

2.Flip your crate vertically & add casters for additional height & mobility and viola you have a unique & versatile side table. You can also add another piece of wood for more shelf space.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates Image by Marie Nichols


3. With a busy family myself I am always looking for functional mudroom solutions, especially during the colder months, when the amount of accessories quadruples. Nestle a group of crates under a bench or stack them vertically to house your winter essentials.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, a clever addition to your mudroom to store shoes, hats & scarves Rooms for Rent


BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, Finding Home Farms Clever Boot Storage


4. Love the idea of rustic chic, then why not use a small crate as a vase to hold your centerpiece. I may have cheated with this one a bit because it is actually made from paint sticks but I had to share, it is so visibly pleasing and original.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, a clever centerpiece idea, The Wedding Chicks


5. Hang a grouping of crates of varying sizes and tones right on the wall for added interest and functionality. There are no rules for what to display and store inside, have fun & try not to over clutter, that way it looks more curated.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, create a functional wall display Coco Kelley


BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, mount them to the wall

6. How about stacking them side by side for a coffee table? By layering 4, it visually takes up more space and feels balanced in front of the sofa. Tip, face the openings in for a tidy, more fluid look.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, makes a unique & clever coffee table

7. We all need kitchen counter storage, when things are placed cohesively on a tray or shallow container it just looks better and feels more organized. You can use a counter crate to host kitchen essentials or maybe use it as a coffee station {which is what I use mine for}. Tip, use items with varying heights & similar function to give balance.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, Making Home Base Kitchen Storage


8. Use a variety of crates, in odd numbers to create a plant stand, genius right?! Grouping your plants together gives a cohesive feel and is a great strategy for staying on top of watering and time management.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, The Happy Interior Blog, use them as a plant stand, genius!!


9. Stack them on the floor for extra office storage. You can use them facing out or even up to store files. Either way it is an affordable way to stay organized in your work space.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use as additional office storage, Advice From A Twenty Something


10. Open shelving is a hot trend right now, so why not add a few shallow crates to house books, magazines or records. It will give your smaller items structure and give a balanced look with scale & size.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use in a book case to store books, Craftberry Bush


11. Attach a bunch of crates of similar size and tone for a custom wall unit that is both original & purposeful. Tip, mount them in different directions for a sleeker, more modern look.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use to create a build in custom wall unit by Front & Main a CT coffee shop on West Elm Blog


12. If you like wine then why not stack similar size crates in a cool, dry place to host your collection. Tip, check them to be sure they are sturdy and mount them to the wall for added security.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, wine storage

I am completely inspired by crates again, which means my husband could be in trouble:). Thank you for stopping by! Happy hunting,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Hi, everyone! Eddie Ross here, the East Coast Editor of Better Homes & Gardens. Even if everything else in a room comes together beautifully, it’s that final layer of accessories that’s often the most daunting. Pulling together parties that feel fresh and inviting isn’t always easy either. In my new book Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds, I share secrets to discovering things that will infuse every bit of you into your home without spending a fortune.

Flea markets are goldmines for scoring one-of-a-kind finds, but thrift shops give me the fix I need when there isn’t one in town. You never know what you’ll see, so I go as often as I can. Plus, it always feels good to help a good cause. I once found an entire shopping cart of treasures after a single spin through a Goodwill in Connecticut. Here are five tips to getting your thrift on.


Visit stores in nicer neighborhoods and surrounding towns. Disposable income often generates disposable high-end merchandise. A trio of Lladró swans I plucked from an upscale thrift shop swim across a sea of wrapping paper, their backs billowing with lilacs.


If you don’t see a complete set of glasses or dishware, make sure you check the shelves above and below—strays have a way of wandering off. One of these zebras had a mind of its own before I spotted it three shelves down.


Look past unsightly finishes, fabric and hardware on vintage furniture. That’s the stuff you can fix. If a piece is sturdy with good lines, buy it. I loved the upholstered legs and slim silhouette of these barrel back chairs from a thrift store. Even the look of the original fabric was cool—it just needed an update. Bonus: Look for single bolts of fabric donated after decorating projects. Sometimes it’s enough to cover an entire chair!


People clean out their houses and make donations as the seasons change. Another time to shop is after the first of the year, when people make room for holiday purchases. The faux malachite obelisk on my mantle is one of a pair I found at a thrift shop in High Point, North Carolina during spring market.


Finally, donate your own unwanted things from time to time—it keeps the cycle going for everyone. Every time I drop off a box to my favorite stores, I can’t help but go back for more!


Thrifting is a way of life that fuels the modern mix. Soon you’ll need your fix, too.



Bonus: We’re giving away five copies of my new book, Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds.


Enter for a chance to win by telling us your favorite flea market find that you’ve discovered in the comments!


You can also enter to win by following @BHG on Twitter and tweeting with #ModernMixSweepstakes. The giveaway closes August 20th, 2015 and you can find the official rules here.



Flea Market Chic-Painted Wicker

Whether you live coastally or not, wicker has made a huge come back. Once thought of as a seasonal material, is now being used both indoors and out, year round. Wicker has a unique & casual texture that blends seamlessly with any material. It can be found just about everywhere these days but if you want a real bargain, hit some yard sales or flea markets this summer. This woven material is so versatile, you can use your gently worn wicker finds as is or paint them for a fresh look.

Through the years I have collected my fair share of wicker. My personal instinct is to go neutral, either white, natural or dark brown. Sticking with neutrals, allows me flexibility to change things around and move pieces from room to room.

The Brown Stained Wicker Chairs Are The Perfect Addition to this Dining Area-BHG


Blending Painted Wicker With Other Materials-Genuis!


White Painted Wicker-Gives a Fresh & Fun Coastal Feel


If neutral isn’t your thing, then go bold with your wicker. You can paint a single piece for a pop of color and repeat the tone with other accessories in the room or paint a set, even a grouping of chairs for continuity. Tip-if you can’t find that perfect color in a spray paint, try using a paint sprayer, that way you can customize your color.

A Touch of Blue Makes This Space Feel Cheerful & Fun-BHG


Be Bold With Color-Try Painting Worn Wicker Orange, What a Statement


Colorful meets classic in this stylish take on the traditional vacation house-BHG


If a softer palette is more your speed, how about a beachy blue? It’s slightly more bold than a neutral and still gives you plenty of design flexibility, plus what a style statement!

Painted Wicker Barstools In Open Kitchen BHG


Soft Blue Painted Dining Chairs-BHG


There may have been a time when you passed up that ornate wicker headboard at a yard or tag sale but not after seeing this bit of inspiration below. A perfect example of how a bold choice, both with color and design can create that wow factor.

Blogger Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals Uses a Bold Color Choice for this Vintage Wicker Headboard


In your travels this summer, you will most definitely find an array of baskets of varying sizes and colors. Keep in mind they can also be painted and better yet, even made into a light fixture .

Painted White Wicker Porch Pendant-BHG


For more insight & tips into painting your wicker finds, click HERE.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

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