Can you see me? Can you see me here in this bright room doing my happy dance... gettin' down with excitement?! I am. I'm gettin' down!
I'm really happy with the final space. It's comfortable, eclectic, layered, bright and cheerful and collected. It's full of art, meaningful objects and it's livable for my family and our dog. Everything in here was found on a budget, only a couple of pieces were at regular retail. 95% was sourced through estate sales, auctions, Facebook swap and sale sites, hand me downs, gifts or at some sort of a discount. YAY for saving money. Saving money means that when my children or dog "live" in the space, they can actually live, and that was the whole reason I tackled this room.
Let's just cut to the chase...
Those pictures give a good "overall" feel for the entire space. Here are some more:
As you can see... I love vintage and antiques and as an antiques/vintage and furniture dealer, I love the hunt for a treasure. I truly feel mixing in antiques and vintage pieces, as well as original art, is a crucial part of design work. It gives the feel of a space that evolved over time, piece by piece, collected, cherished and loved. Mixing old and new makes each clients space look original and not just like their neighbors. They make a space unique and interesting. Conversations in these types of spaces drift to discussions of travel, art, history and memories - the pieces are the catalyst for those meaningful interactions. The pieces have a story, the discussions create connections and memories themselves.
Last night I posted on Instagram about the One Room Challenge process and the room itself, and I'll restate it here:
Yep... I’d say this room is a fair representation of me.... complex, layered, busy, eclectic, wild and quirky, a wee bit rebellious, but grounded with traditional roots. Self expression wasn’t the goal when I started this challenge, but I explored and then exposed myself a bit through this process. Decorating and creating a space is my sole form of creative expression- I am a creative soul with no real creative talents- so, I exercise my creative muscles through decorating jobs. Usually I’m expressing clients personalty, but this was my space. As I sit here and reflect on it, I see things I love, from people I love. Collected and precious. I replay memories and visit experiences through these things that surround me, and while the space isn’t for everyone, the Kramers are fans. I’m comfortable and inspired in the space and am feeling thankful for taking a risk and jumping in.
Here are some references to places to find similar pieces and links to where I found my pieces.
My favorite local shops for treasures are The Rock House Antiques (where I have a retail space), Cottage Grove Vintage , Scotts Antique Market, Chairish and Artifacts Greenville. Local estate sales, craigslist, Facebook swap groups (shout out to my Fickle Greenville group where I have truly furnished most of my house!!!), flea markets and thrift shops are my biggest source.
Dorothy Draper Syle Chest: Cottage Grove Vintage
Vintage Greek Key Chairs: estate sale ($48 dollars for the pair, recovered in navy Velvet from Mansure & Co.
Period Secretary: estate sale ($220)
Velvet Sofa: purchased from a friend of a friend (second hand)
Coffee Table: Estate Sale
Custom Mantle & Fireplace Surround: Brees Mantles
Vintage Lamps: The Lamp Lady Atlanta
Pillows (most of them, as well as the long custom lumbar): Wheaton Whaley Designs
Art above mantle, custom piece: S. Farrar Fine Art
Leopard Fabric behind abstract: Design Legacy
Framing of art: Laurel Creek Framing
Lamp Tassels: The Recycled Turkey
Blue & White: K&K Collective (link above)
Fun Pleated lampshade: Chairish.com
Pagoda Mirror: Parker Kennedy Living
Silk Drapes: ETSY.com
Eagle Sconces and many of my unusual one of a kind art and collectible pieces: Artifacts Greenville
Opaline: The Firestation Guy
Overhead Lighting: Mod Creation Studio
Most everything else: (of course) Jenny Kramer Decor
If you are interested in knowing about more specific pieces, or if I left something out, just let me know! I hope this has inspired you to go out antique hunting locally or online! There are so many treasures to be found!
Now... I'm going to go and read about all of the other One Room Challenge Rooms! You should too! Thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for putting on this twice a year challenge and letting guest designers take part along with the sponsored designers. Thank you to House Beautiful Magazine for sponsoring the process and inspiring designers on the daily! So much fun!!!