Mandi wanted the living room to feel happy, comfortable, and fearless. She started with an orange velvet sofa purchased for $200 from a friend, and then she grounded the scheme with a black-and-white chevron rug, black-painted window frames, and warm wood-tone accessories. "I love that there will never be another room like this because everything was found, not just purchased," Mandi says.
About Mandi: Do-it-yourself projects and flea market adventures await on Mandi's blog, Vintage Revivals, which was selected as the Reader's Choice winner in the 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Blogger Awards.
Mandi converted a corner of the living room into a chic work zone by pairing a new desk from HomeGoods with thrift store chair, lamp, and vintage map.
Creating beauty without spending bundles of cash is one of Mandi's hallmarks. The living room wall treatment, for example, reads like an expensive wallcovering, when in reality Mandi drew it with a gold metallic paint pen.
A love of built-ins but limited space was the inspiration behind the industrial-modern floating shelves Mandi constructed from wood and plexiglass.
Most items on the shelves are thrift store finds. Mandi made the "Love Your Guts" (a term of endearment she often uses) gold-leaf artwork.
The perfect mix of retro and industrial elements yields a DIY pipe sconce and floating shelf.
"I'm a real advocate for trying things," Mandi says. The home she shares with her husband, Courtney, and their two daughters serves as her playground. "If I can't find what I need, I try to make it," she says. "If I can't make it, I shop at Target and HomeGoods."
Large-scale pieces conquer the lofty dimensions of the entry in the Gublers' home. Mandi scored the blue credenza for $35 at a secondhand store and painted the $15 flea-find chandelier an eye-popping purple. The five-panel plywood artwork was made by a friend at Mandi's request.
Two wicker headboards tied together with clear fishing line and painted navy blue provide an airy punctuation mark to the bed in the couple's room. A gold trunk from a local consignment store and a $19 lamp from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore beautifully round out one side of the bed. To add architectural interest, Mandi paneled and painted accent walls in the master bedroom.
"Having something other than standard overhead lighting gives a room so much personality," Mandi says. "I think there should always be multiple sources of lighting in a room, so I tend to buy interesting vintage lamps whenever I find them."
The long, lean lines of this midcentury sofa immediately caught Mandi's attention when it was posted on Craigslist. It now serves as the centerpiece of the wall opposite the bed in the master bedroom. Mandi created the small side table from a HomeGoods cutting board and a wire base found at a yard sale.
A painted pink stripe down the center of a midcentury dresser updates the piece with minimal cost and effort.
For the table, Mandi scored a glass top on Craigslist. She had the pipe for the base cut and threaded at a home improvement store. Against the glass-and-metal table, midcentury chairs offer color and warmth.
Mandi created this terrarium with concrete in the bottom and paint-marker embellishments.
Mandi painted the jute rug beneath the table to mimic more expensive versions she'd seen in catalogs.
Mandi made the headboard and footboard in her daughter's room. She covered the pieces in fabric from vintage curtains picked up at a thrift store.
The nighstand in her daughter's room is an old sewing cabinet that Mandi updated by spray-painting the drawers white and yellow; gold leaf embellishes the bottom drawer. A new butcher-block-style top provides a smooth finish. Mandi turned a lantern into a ceiling light fixture with a little "surgery" and spray paint.
Faux-bois painted flooring and bold orange triangles stamped on a wall in her daughter's bedroom provide enough color that Mandi could embrace her love of wood finishes and leave a secondhand buffet-turned-dresser unpainted.