Wednesday, April 11, 2012

House Tour: Goodbye My Quirky, Thrifty, Vintage Apartment

One bedroom, one bathroom. A cozy 700 square feet. Five closets, 14 (!) huge windows, black and white checkered kitchen tile, green and aqua walls, french doors, and all the quirks that come with historic apartments. This was my charming Riverside, Jacksonville apartment. It was filled with local art, toys, and vintage treasures and furnished entirely second-hand.


A new space kick-starts creative juices. When I moved in I knew Thrift Core and my business efforts would take off. I've grown here. My craft, photography, and blogging skills improved. I began to work here. This home has seen tears and drama, but more importantly, tears from laughing so hard with my friends.


I'm  in the middle of a chaotic move to a new space. It's time for another inspiring clean slate. I'll show you my new apartment when I'm settled in, but first I wanted to give the former Thrift Core Headquarters a proper Goodbye.


Goodbye Quirky kitchen. You had no counter space and a frustrating old sink, but the vintage built-in China cabinet and messy cooking adventures will be missed.


Goodbye never-finished bedroom. The "curtains" were thumb-tacked fabric and your plaster walls were impenetrable, but you were always dark and cozy like a proper bear's den should be.


What are the special qualities that make your proprietary shelter of wood and plaster a home? Of course, expect photos of the apartment and thrifty DIY as I settle in :)
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18 comments:

  1. It's really kitschy and cute! And is that an... Audrey II/Little Shop of Horrors painting I see on your mantle? :)

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    1. Yep, my friend Jim painted it :)

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    2. Oh, you can get a better look at it here: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RsN681P7DMY/TYah1dBVXuI/AAAAAAAAC-I/1CcsS6sBi6E/s1600/fireplace_art.jpg

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  2. No wonder you'll miss it. It's super sweet. Can't wait to see the new place though. It'll be just as awesome once you get your touches here and there. Too bad you can't take that china cabinet with you though. That thing is awesome.

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    1. The new place is lovely, once I'm settled in I won't look back :)

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  3. I love built-ins. What a fun space this apartment was for you! Can't wait to see the new place :)

    What makes my house a home is the eclectic decor and furniture, mostly thrifted of course. I got a great compliment from a first time visitor to my home the other day. She said, "your house is so fun and interesting, my home just looks like all the furniture was bought at the same place...boring!"

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    1. Yeeup, that's what I love about an entirely entirely 2nd-hand furnished home, it's always unique. I know I'm doing it right when visitors often buy stuff off the walls while visiting. :)

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  4. O.K. Now I know for sure that this was my old apartment!!!! I always kept wondering...looking in the background at all of your photos!!! How funny!! I actually grew to love the kitchen sink....and I added my own base cabinet and countertop...I had to come up with something! Take it easy!!

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    1. That is hilarious that it's the same apartment! I was going to do the same thing but meh- knew I'd be moving so I didn't want to settle in TOO much.

      When did you live here?

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  5. Hey Van! I think it was 1992 or 1993...for about 6 months. I loved it and loved the area until my car got broken into and then I wanted a change of scenery. My hubby played ball down the street and I would always ride my bike down to see him. I also loved walking on the weekends down St. Johns Avenue...and don't forget trash day...there's always good stuff!!

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    1. Fun to know the place hasn't changed much since then! I will miss living on this street, it's more peaceful than where I'm moving to.

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  6. what makes my house a home? the people i love... in person and in photos and in the things that people have given us - art, books, knick-knacks... the other thing that makes my house a home is food! meals shared with other people. but honestly, one criteria i have for a good house is a proper kitchen - with enough cupboard space to store things and enough counter space to work on. doesn't have to be huge, just functional. when we were looking for a home 15 years ago, if the kitchen didn't cut it, we didn't bother looking at the rest of the house!

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    1. My new place has a proper kitchen! At last! I'm excited to use it, I'd adjusted but cooking was a pain in the ass in the former apartment.

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  7. I love your old place, so cute! I keep thinking how much I love the wall colours, then duh realised mine are similar that's why! We have good taste, heehee! Good luck with the new place! To me, no house is a home without love. I don't mean being in love, I mean a loving environment. A loving environment makes even the dumpiest space feel warm and safe. After that its all icing! XXX Suzanne

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  8. I hope you have a smooth change of headquarters/move. It will be so fun setting up house in a new space. I would miss that built in kitchen cupboard as well... how sweet it is!

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  9. I SO can't wait to see your new apartment!

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  10. Yo estoy enamorado de cada centímetro de su casa, gracias por compartir!!

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