Inspired by this fresh cover
on Wisteria’s March 2013 catalog, my daughter and I spent the summer searching for items to transform this boring beige living space
into a comfortable and inviting college pad. While it would have been fun to buy many items straight out of the catalog, I wanted to make this happen on a tight budget as she will only be using the apartment for about ten months. My hub only partly laughs that I don’t know how to do anything on a budget, so I decided to embrace the challenge and see what we could design on a dime (great name for a tv show, huh?)
Along with the catalog cover, a beige couch with navy and light blue stripes and two aqua-ish chairs
that are seldom used at our home served as our starting points. My daughter spotted this
painted glass dragonfly tray at the first of many Saturday morning yard sale stops, and it spurred our excitement. Yard sales and thrift stores became our shopping malls for the summer as we looked for bargains to fill her living room and kitchen. Target’s Threshold collection even provided a few treasures. Soon our guest room was overflowing with finds in all shades of blue from our mother-daughter trips around town. Anything that was blue or white (or could be painted blue or white) was game. No matchy-matchy for us.
We moved it all in the other week. Our finds and creations included
- white end table found in Kilmarnock at the Animal Welfare League’s Thrift Shop ($10) and painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint garnered from Brocante
- outdoor baker’s rack found at Susan’s Selections ($78) and spray painted with Rustoleum’s Satin Aqua
- collage of 10″ x 10″ acrylic paintings by my daughter
- ikat pillows from One Kings Lane ($74) that really tie the blues together
- bookcase from yard sale ($15) painted with blue Annie Sloan chalk paint and sealed with Minwax Polycrylic
- turquoise acrylic pitcher from yard sale ($5)
- turquoise and teal damask painting created on white yard sale canvas ($12.50) with Sunny Goode stencil ($40) from Palette
- sofa table from yard sale ($10) painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint
- lamp base in front of window from estate sale ($18) with Ballard Designs woven rattan shade
- Target’s Threshold window panels (4)
- Target bar stools spray painted in Rustoleum’s Gloss Seaside
- set of three mirrors by door from yard sale ($9)
- multi-blue basket and placements from Target
- old dining chairs repainted in amazing lacquer-like Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant
- cushion fabric from u-fab ($20 for one yard)
- file basket from yard sale ($4)
- burlap-like washable tablecloth here
- Welcome to Our Home free printable sign here
The Frances Elkins-esque chairs will hang out in her bedroom on call for extra dinner seating.
My daughter and her roommate are thrilled with how this space has come together. It should provide a calm refuge from the craziness of college life.
Last Monday I had to chuckle when I spotted this fabulous space
with its melange of blues on The Pink Pagoda’s Blue and White feature. I ran to check out my latest issue of House Beautiful and designer Tom Scheerer‘s redo of a gorgeous Watch Hill, RI home. Looks like my daughter and I are not the only ones with a case of the blues.