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What are some of your favorite details about your home?
Some of my favorite items in my home are the ones that my dad has made for me over the years and things that my mom has passed down to me. I love that they are a part of my family and are on their way to becoming long-time family heirlooms.
Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home? I love the ocean and the colors of my home reflect that. I have been to Martha's Vineyard twice and I have such a strong connection to that island that I really can't explain. I live on the other side of the country in a small apartment in Silicon Valley but I've decorated it like an old summer cottage in Martha's Vineyard. I just love the old cottages there and have found so much inspiration from them.
How do vintage things play a role in your room/home? I found using vintage items is a great way to decorate my home without breaking the bank. I love the look of old plates hung on the wall in place of artwork and I have them hung in almost every room in my home. Most of the vintage items have not come from antique stores but were found at flea markets and thrift stores. I love that they give my home a look that has evolved over a time.
Any advice on creating your look? Go out to the thrift stores and flea markets and look for old pieces of furniture that can be painted. Find old plates in your color scheme that you can mix and match and hang on the wall as art. Old hankies make great window valances and create the cottage look very inexpensively. Ornate gold mirrors can be painted white or another soft color. Old linens, such as table clothes and pillowcases can also be found at flea markets. If you continue to collect these things over the years they all seem to come together to make a great vintage look.
A special thanks to Cindy of My Romantic Home. Please stop by her lovely blog for more of her decorating inspiration.