When scouting vintage and thrifted pieces for the home, it’s all about finding that right, one-of-a-kind piece for the space, but “the hunt” can often be super time consuming. Wading through a hundred uninteresting pieces to (hopefully!) stumble upon the perfect gem isn’t exactly an efficient process, but it’s what we love about thrifting, right? It’s the thrill of the hunt, never quite knowing what you’re going to find.
When it comes to interior design, incorporating a mix of styles often leads a more interesting, soulful, and evergreen space that helps to reflect our true personalities, more so than say, a space outfitted with a matching set of furniture.
I think we can all agree that the matchy-matchy look has long worn out its welcome, but mixing interior styles can be hard to pull off. Luckily, Claire Staszak, my designer/blogger friend behind Centered by Design, is back (Remember when she stopped by this Spring?) to help de-mystify things a bit and show us three distinctly different spaces where she’s created a successful mix of styles, why it works, and where to source the key pieces. Oooh, this is going to be fun! Shall we get started?
Claire’s Design Approach:
“There is no perfect formula to creating a beautiful space, because what everyone enjoys and feels comfortable with is different, but I have found in my design work, that mixing three key elements helps me achieve the eclectic and “just can’t put your figure on it” wonderful that I’m usually striving for.” Those three elements are a mixture of:
- Modern (New)
- Vintage (Found)
- Handmade (Commissioned)
Boho Glam Mélange
First up is a bohemian glam bedroom, where Claire mixes a modern, clean-lined bed frame with adorned vintage textiles, and geometric handmade wallpaper. Why does it work? It’s a balancing act of contrasts: organic vs. structured, lustrous vs. matte, and graphic vs. textural.
Get the Look:
New: Bedding || Upholstered Bed Frame: Client’s Collection
Handmade: Wallpaper || Local Art
The New Traditional
Claire offers up a new take on classic traditional in this Chicago living room where she uses ornamented statement pieces (casegoods, rugs and accessories) to set an over-arching traditional tone and compliment the home’s existing bones. Clean-lined soft seating and an unexpected furry stool add a fresh, contemporary edge.
Get the Look:
Handmade: Media/Record Stand
Summer Camp with a Twist
Masculine and carefree, this mod summer camp guestroom incorporates a mix of vintage and handmade pieces (read: vintage wicker chest and handmade artwork) to evoke the buoyant feeling of summer camp. Claire also introduces a sculpturally modern bed frame, industrial lighting and color-blocked rugs to maintain a fresh, modern aesthetic.
Get the Look:
Vintage: Custom Refinished Armoire || Wicker Chest: Vintage Find
Handmade: Artwork: Client’s Collection
I hope you’ve enjoyed Claire’s design insight as much as I have! For more interior design inspiration, check out Claire’s blog where she’s in the midst of a huge home renovation!
Earlier this Spring, I counted down my favorite spots to hunt for vintage home treasures here in Minneapolis, and today I’m back on the topic, but this time in Chicago, my 2nd favorite Midwest City! #winkwink
Summer is practically here, and you know what that means: ROADTRIP! Fellow Midwestern designer/blogger, Claire Staszak, of Centered by Design is here to give us the inside scoop on the best spots to shop for thrift and vintage pieces in her City (A.K.A. Her personal favorites for hunting vintage gems for both herself & clients.)
Claire and I met on Instagram, and bonded over renovating our 1930’s era homes + our mutual love for all things vintage, so I was all-in when she suggested we collaborate. Take one look at her site or Instagram, and it’s not hard to see Claire has impeccable style and a love for good design. I knew she’d have the skinny on where to go.
- The South Loop Loft / Canary Lane
- North Avenue Collective
- Modern Cooperative / Lost Girls Vintage
- Divine Consign
- Coyle and Herr
I’m all about mixing in vintage with handmade, as I think together they add depth and personality to our homes. And when I’m feeling extra inspired, I even use thrift store finds in my DIY projects because pourquoi pas, n’est pas?
When we lived in the North Loop, I’d drive by the Salvation Army every day on my way home from work and would stop in (maybe a little too) often to check out their new arrivals. What’s great about the North Loop’s Salvation Army is they essentially have two stores wrapped into one. The main floor is the donation thrift shop that they sell “Buy the Pound.” The lower level is all of Target Corp’s prototypes, props, strike-offs, and (I’m guessing) over runs, so it’s all new pieces that didn’t necessarily make it to market.
We’re lucky to have so many awesome thrift and vintage resources at our fingertips in Minneapolis, and since I talk a lot about mixing vintage with handmade here on Francois et Moi, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite spots to shop (or dig) for vintage home goods in Minneapolis, so in no particular order:
- Salvation Army – North Loop
- Hunt & Gather
- Arc’s Value Village – Richfield
- Retro Wanderlust
- Architectural Antiques
I’m certain there are tons more great places in the Metro area, so if you have a favorite place, please share in the comments. I’m always looking for new gems to check out!
Minneapolis Thrift & Vintage Home Shops Worth a Look
Hunt & Gather Photo via The Life Styled.
Interior designer, Tasha Tyler, and I first bonded several years ago over a shared love of antiquing, thrifting and pretty much all things vintage. Tasha, who is affectionately nicknamed Granny Tash
Hello there! Hope you had a fab weekend. This morning I’m excited to share this simple clock Ken and I made using materials we found thrifting: a Thai teak wood plate and a leather belt. Once we came up with our design, it came together pretty easily, and since we were able to find most of the materials at thrift shops, the total cost was under $7! Here’s the how-to: