Decorating Room By Room With Antiques & Flea Market Finds 101: TIAS Antique Dealer "An American Antique Adventure: Shares Family Experiences In Creating Warm & Inviting Spaces. From College Dorms To Retirement Homes All On A Budget!
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Over the past 20 years my husband, two daughters & I have decorated & redecorated 15 living quarters! Those homes ranged from college dorm rooms & first apartments that included a 5th floor Hoboken Walkup!
First homes ranged from an Eastern Shore 70’s rancher to a Chesapeake Bay fishing cottage to a Pennsylvania stone house built in 1750!
We filled all of these “warm & inviting homes” with affordable treasures discovered at yard sales, tag sales, auctions, flea markets,thrift stores & antique malls!
After the first 15 years of collecting & as the last daughter left the nest we began looking forward to doing something new & different. We looked around our home & knew what that second career must include. We started a small antique business in 1990 that now keeps us as busy as we want to be! But that’s another story.
In a series of “Decorating Inexpensively With Antiques” articles I hope to share with you not only ideas for affordable home furnishings but also some fond & funny memories.
Just a little bit of history to demonstrate you don't have to have any formal education or upbringing to decorate your home. The only requirement is to love life, family & home.
i was born in the MidWest in 1945, raised in the 50s by a typical middle class family, I spent the early 60s in college. Then as a new wife and mother in the late 60s & early 70s, my decorating style left much to be desired.
My maternal grandmother’s home was filled with Fiesta Ware, Roseville & Arts & Crafts Furniture. When my father returned from the war we relocated to a small town nearby where the first home I remember was a small rancher built in 1950.
My mother loved the wild textiles of the 50’s and she decorated our home with “New 50s” furniture, dishes, yes, even a silver Christmas tree!
My first apartment’s decor was chosen by my then fiancé & was “totally modern 1966” with lots of blue & green glass! When we purchased a home in what was the beginning of a designated “historic area” he painted the hardwood floors & old oak furniture white & bright blue! It was then I knew that marriage was doomed!
After a new beginning, raising 2 small children on a nurse’s salary, there wasn’t much left to spend on decorating! I started out one day for a walk with the girls then 3 & 5 & I stumbled upon my first auction & “accidentally” purchased a fish tank! How you might ask does one accidentally buy a fish tank? Well it was very hot, and I was just swatting a fly! Anyway the girls later like the fish!
Then I spotted a small 8x10 picture & fell in love with the soft blues & greens. I