Thrifted Thursday with Julie of Elliven Studio

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday Happy Thrifted Thursday!  I'm so happy to have Julie of Elliven Studio here today.  As soon as I laid my eyes on her home tour I knew I had to feature her favourite thrifted find.  Her home is the perfect combination of old and new and you all know how much I love a good mashup.  So here it is:

Favourite Thrifted Item:

To be honest, it was a toss up between our dining room set (six chairs, table, hutch & sideboard) and a gorgeous white console that has amazing carving and a layer of gold leafing that is peeking through where the white paint is chipping off (I know, so amazing, right?!).  But because the dining room was such a wonderful find and the price was out of this world, I'm going with it.

Where You Bought The Piece:

I found the set on kijiji.  It was being sold by a vendor at an Antique Market in Kingston.

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What drew you to the piece:

We have a good size dining room, so we really wanted to fill the space and take advantage of the fact that we could easily fit a large table.  A table the size we were looking for would have been pretty expensive new and I wasn't having any luck finding a vintage table that was larger than 70"-80".  This one is 98" with all three leaves in, so the minute I saw that, I had to go and see it in person.  I loved that the listing was for an entire set too, not easy to come by. Then there was the price, would you believe we got all of the pieces for $650?!

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

Describe any work you did to give it a new life:

We were pretty lucky in that we didn't have to do anything to fix any of the pieces up immediately.  One thing that is on my to do list is sourcing new hardware.  I am not a fan of the existing hardware and I'm now down to only one functioning pull on the upper drawer of the sideboard (which extends the entire width of the piece).  We will eventually have to re-stain the entire set, but that can definitely wait a few years.

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How Do You Use It:

Right now, the hutch is used to display my favourite white ceramics and our silverware, the sideboard currently showcases some crystal that we inherited from hubs Grandmother and I also use it to store our holiday decor and some other odds and ends. I'm trying to find a set of lamps to place on the sideboard as well.  We usually eat in the dining room for holidays or when we have guests over for dinner.  We have moved the chairs that came with the set into the kitchen, I love the way that they look with our harvest table, so now I'm on the hunt for the perfect chairs.

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

What a classic and timeless piece.  Love how she decided to mix it up with some white parson chairs.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Julie!  If you haven't already seen this beautiful lady's home, you can fall in love with her home tour just like I did here.

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Want to see more fab finds? You can see the entire Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday Series

It's time for a new series, peeps! I've been an avid thrifter since my teenage years (Mamarazzi taught me well) so naturally, this series is very exciting for me. I will be sharing the fabulous thrifty finds of some of my favourite bloggers. Pieces from good ol' thrift stores, flea markets, even Kijiji and Craigslist. So make sure you follow along every Thursday to see the unique items that have found a new life in these bloggers homes!

I’m going to kick things off with Laura Collins, a decorator and stylist from Toronto. Her and her partner share a beautiful 1920’s townhouse in Cabbagetown which is totally magazine worthy. After you check out these photos you will quickly see why. Beautiful colours which are all on trend right now and a mixture of modern and vintage style which I love.

Fave Thrifted Find: Vintage Glass Table with Brass & Lucite Legs

Where is this piece from? I purchased this piece from Kijiji, I had my eye on it for several months however it was located really far away (who knew brass and lucite could be found in the countryside!) I finally kept at the opportunity as the price decreased- and it fit seamlessly into our living space.

What drew you to this piece? I am a HUGE fan of retro pieces that incorporate modern elements into their design. I knew I wanted a glass top table, that was of this scale- the bonus was finding an original custom made brass capped lucite leg piece. Looks incredible with the Moroccan shag rug. It really tied our space together, it grounds all of the other pieces.

How do you use this piece in your home? I use it to display my coffee table books (I have a collection), and pieces I have thrifted over the years. I love vintage ashtrays, brass figures, and sea inspired decorative objects.

What an amazing find Laura! Thanks so much for sharing your favourite piece with us. Be sure to check out Laura's blog here to see what other loveliness she cooks up on the regular.

Happy Early Mother's Day!

Now you can put a face to the name. Meet Mamarazzi. She's my thrift-loving partner in crime, my sounding board, my Mama. She has helped shaped me into the woman I am today and I have to thank her for that because I think I turned out pretty darn good! (hehe) I also wouldn't have started this blog if it weren't for her. She exposed me to thrifting and decorating on a budget from such an early age that it's become part of who I am. So thanks Mamarazzi, because I know damn sure you are reading this.

So Sunday is Mother's Day, and guess where we'll be going?

Talk about the perfect Mother's Day outing! You should have heard the excitement and pure joy in Mamarazzi's voice. We'll be doing an early breakfast and heading over to the Junction Flea. I've always wanted to check this place out. So if you're in the area, meet us there!

I also want to say Happy Early Mother's Day to all the hardworking and beautiful Mama's out there! A lot of the important women in my life are Mama's and let me tell you, I don't know how you do it ladies. I realize all these women in my life have similar traits: they are hardworking, patient, kind and exude energy - lots of it. It's definitely inspiring and I hope I can handle motherhood just as gracefully as you ladies when my time comes.

Happy Weekend! xoxo