Flea Market Style
See how one homeowner used flea market steals to get a curated style in her home without breaking the bank.
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A careful balance of fine antiques, family treasures, and new accessories gives this home its distinctive character. The homeowner drew inspiration from her French heritage and her European travels to create a home that looks traditional but fresh. In the living room, the mirrored coffee table makes a trendy statement, while the classically lined furniture pieces ensure the space will look stylish for years to come. A corner hutch offers the perfect place to display antique finds and favorite treasures.
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Layers of architectural salvage add instant patina to the living room. Convex mirrors placed on the mantel and the contemporary mirrored coffee table help balance a variety of rustic-looking wooden accessories sprinkled throughout the space. Interesting textural combinations shine thanks to simple gray walls and furniture upholstered with natural linen fabrics.
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In the kitchen, the doors were removed from the upper cabinets, transforming them into prime display space for the homeowner's collection of decorative dishware. Her collection of white ironstone pieces stand out crisply against the soft blue-gray walls. An open-ended island offers additional display space for favorite pieces.
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Flea Market Dining
An antique sideboard and dining table set the stage for elegant meals in the dining room. Splashes of glass and silver collected from secondhand stores prevent the traditional elements from looking stuffy and dated. Striped silk draperies and purple velvet upholstered chairs strike a subtle feminine note.
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In the entryway, a geometric-pattern grass-cloth wallpaper gives a statement-making salvaged window frame, retrofitted with mirrors, a fresh and modern look. A collection of favorite paintings and other decorative pieces are stacked casually in front of the window frame and beneath the wooden console table, creating a relaxed and welcoming vibe.
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In the sunroom, the homeowner’s prized collection of mercury glass vases shimmers on top of the glass-top coffee table. Placing the sparkly accessories in front of a mirror or on a glass surface amplifies the shimmer. Floor-to-ceiling windows welcome views of the outside and bounce light off the collection of shiny vases.
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Vignettes around the house carry the flea market vibe into every corner. Antique portraits and oil paintings look as good as new thanks to jazzy, stylish frames. Leaning the pieces against a wall or furniture instead of hanging them on the wall relaxes them so they exude classical appeal without looking too formal. A large letter "R" hung above this arrangement creates a striking style statement and helps the display stand out.
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While most of this home's decor nods to the old, hints of the modern keep the look fresh and alive. In the bedroom, a ruffled linen dust skirt and simple linen shams pair with a zebra-print coverlet on the bed. Shades of gray, unadorned windows, and contemporary art also play up the modern vibe.
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An antique silver tray stylishly corrals jewelry atop this mirrored bedside table. Trays make an appearance throughout the entire home, creating pretty vignettes featuring small objects picked up from flea markets and secondhand stores.
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Vintage blue glassware discovered at a local secondhand store gives the master bathroom a refreshing splash of color. Mirrored closet doors visually expand the look of the room, which the homeowner emphasized by outfitting it with dual open washstands.