October 01, 2012
Sometimes, when you're looking for gorgeous vintage style or rustic charm, Pottery Barn shouldn't be the first stop on your list. If you've been feeling the lucky tug of a flea market or thrift store of late, it might be the perfect opportunity to do a little furniture and décor shopping. While it's occasionally a gamble, the fantastic finds - not to mention the astounding deals - available at thrift stores and flea markets always make the risk pay off. What have you got to lose, after all, but some time spent shopping?
If you're looking for the perfect complement to a thrift store find or particularly trendy flea market furnishing, you'll want the kind of flooring underfoot that brings out the best in this kind of interior design. Anderson Floors has the answer with the Dellamano collection, one of Anderson's most distinctive floors. Handcrafted from maple or hickory, this line has the distinctive character of Europe and old America in every plank. It's sure to bring out the best in your vintage décor as well.
So now that you have a few fine pieces - or are getting revved up to do a little shopping - how do you know what to make a focal point and what to use as an accent? Consider this advice. When to make it a focal point
When you choose to make a vintage item a focal point, you'll want to make sure it's in the best condition possible. This may require professional reupholstering or a little DIY elbow grease, but it will be worth it in the end when your stylish couch is fetching compliments, or the rustic wood beam you use as a fireplace mantel is displaying your favorite family photos. Use larger and impressive thrifty finds near architectural focal points or in centralized locations to bring out the best in them - like fireplace grating or an old steamer trunk turned into a coffee table. When to use it as an accent
These are the sort of finds which will pepper a space rather than define it. From antique picture frames to sofa cushions or an old and hand-carved mantelpiece clock - these items will require the same care and attention you gave to refurbishing the focal point furnishings.