Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thrifty Living Room Makeover: Using What We Have for Impact


I'm enjoying being in my living room (where a lot of work and computing happens) much more these days. Before I felt like it had an imbalanced dorm room feel, so I moved existing furniture and art around to yield a better solution, the whole area just feels more open now.


Now the full height of my tall walls is utilized and it makes the space more cozy. It also displays my interests with lots of books, Batman, childhood posters (Ninja Turtles and Transformers) and even some Freddy Krueger.


I love to display collections for visual impact. These are some of my favorite toys. I'll let go of a few of them...one day.


I'm going to work on the TV wall but this will do for now. Pretty thrifty use of decor, with a shoe rack (ha!) supporting my gifted TV and a thrifted shelf from my mom to balance things out and hold my DVDs and my roommate's laptop (connected to the TV so we can watch internet videos and compute on the big screen.)


I've made a vow to buy nothing new (except necessities) and rely on second hand finds to furnish my home. This impacts my home design, but I love the challenge and it certainly exercises my creativity and makes for a unique living space.

I'll soon have to rely on retail for the other side of my large combination living room/dining room space after months of hunting second-hand didn't yield what I wanted. Next week I'll show you what I've done to make a satisfying work space! I'm excited to finally have my entire home completely organized for the first time ever!

How do you decorate your home thriftily? You know me, I need unique finds and color everywhere.
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29 comments:

  1. Psst - Freddy Krueger. Not Cougar. But then again, maybe he is interested in dating younger men. :)

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    1. Thanks, rushed through that one :) haha

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  2. Love the album covers above the TV; how did you hang them?

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    1. The Jackson 5/Micheal Jackson record collection is hung with clear thumbtacks. It works ;)

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  3. Love all your "Michael" stuff. He's the best! <3

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    1. Thanks, I'm a HUGE fan! The "Prince" record collection is in the bedroom. Seemed appropriate. ;)

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    2. As a fan myself,Prince being in the bedroom made me LOL.

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  4. Nice! Really like your artwork arrangements.

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  5. You may want to rethink getting rid of the toys/vhs videos if you plan on having kids. I would LOVE to still have the videos and toys I had as a kid! We've been buying up vhs movies we used to have for our son, and he loves them. Toys are harder to find around here.

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    1. I don't plan on having kids, but I may be one forever ;) My nieces and nephews enjoy my movies and toys though. I think I'm going to convert the VHS tapes to DVD so they take up less space and can be stored digitally.

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    1. The mod couch is very sexy indeed, lots of people try to buy it from the photos. But then we would have no where to sit :( haha.

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  7. Looks great! I love all the colors! I like to use thrifted chairs and carts as accents around our newer furniture as well as little knick-knacks every where. At first my husband was skeptical, but he has grown to like it. :)
    Jealous of your high ceilings!

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    1. I had more chairs and carts but sold 'em. I figure I'll always find more as long as reselling is my job. I had to prove BF wrong with the arrangement I described too (and he doesn't even live here) but he likes it. I'm lucky to have the high ceilings, I've got a lot to fill it up with! :)

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  8. My living room consists of a china cabinet I got during my friend's divorce (neither person wanted it), a mid century coffee table I got at my thrift store, a mid century entertainment center I got from my parents, a chair and half from Craigslist, my boyfriend's couch and my own couch that I got from a friend when she got new furniture.
    I have a fake tree in the corner that I paid full price for and next to it/underneath it is a 30 gallon bow front fish tank on a stand that I got used at a specialty fish store.
    My art is clusters of fun wall hangings from thrift stores, license plates, a big Ghostbusters poster, a caricature of myself from a carnival artist, decor masks and wall art from my grandma.

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    1. Your room sounds awesome :) Very personal and unique. My whole apartment is a mod podge of local art, found objects, and inherited/gifted/second-hand furniture, too.

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  9. Great decor Van! I'm really liking those Captain Planet VHS tapes you have. Would you consider selling?

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    1. Sure, just e-mail me at info@thriftcore.com and we can talk about the details. :)

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  10. The room looks so cool. You surely know how to keep stuff neat and tidy. Like you said the TV would be great in the wall rather than in a stand.

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    1. Hm...I'll figure out something one day...

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  11. This is awesome! I love all your little collections, they definitely make the space more fun and personal :)

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    1. Thank you. I has 'em everywhere ;)

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  12. Your room looks just amazing! Where did you get that couch?! Waaant!! ^_^

    I'm really enjoying your blog. I'm a hardcore thrifter myself. I added your blog to my blogroll -- hope that's okay? My blog is http://midceylontury.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and adding my blog to your blog roll! The couch was a Craigslist find from a few year backs.

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  13. Love the Batman pics and the posters you have hanging up. Awesome living room!

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  14. If you have old VHS or DVD or CD collection then you can duplicate or replicate them. Because old VHS tape are really destroyable and can be faded away. Don't let the memories faded away. 8mm Video to DVD Transfer

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