Saturday, August 23, 2014

Pulling It All Together-At Home On The Bay

I am so thrilled to have Mary from At Home on the Bay as my guest feature for Pulling It All Together.  This lady has talent most of us havn't even thought about and I love how easily she mixes styles and incorporates all of her DIY projects.  I love her comment "I adore a room were nothing matches, but everything goes together."  Isn't that the most perfect summary of eclectic style.  Sit back and enjoy, you are going to love her home.

 Hello everyone! It is so nice to be here. Thank you to Marty for inviting me to join you today. My name is Mary, and my blog is At Home on the Bay. I'd been blogging about our home on the coast of Maine for the last two years, when life threw us a curve ball. My husband's job took us out of New England and into the Mid-West, so for the last six months I have been blogging about decorating our new home in Ohio. My style is vintage eclectic, which can be found in both our homes with our Maine home having a little coastal flair. Budget friendly décor is my middle name, and I love to give new life to thrift store and yard sale finds. I adore a room where nothing matches, but everything goes together. Does that make sense? Today, I am sharing how I pulled together the most recent room I have finished decorating. It is our Cleveland living room.

 vintage eclectic living-room

When we moved into our new home the walls in the main living area were all painted white. Lucky for me, because white is my favorite background color. I love to use a lot of color, patterns and textures in my décor, so white makes a great backdrop. living room

We have a TV room in the basement, so I wanted this living room to be a gathering place for talking, entertaining or reading a book. vintage eclectic room tour

The first thing I did upon arriving to Cleveland was scour thrift stores, antique stores, Craigslist and (my personal favorite) yard sales. We brought the sofa, coffee table, wing chair and nesting tables with us, but we still needed lighting, a side table, storage, seating and artwork. I was able to find the two mid century chairs at a yard sale for $5 each. I cleaned them up, painted the metal legs and reupholstered the cushions with black Buffalo check. We found the bow front buffet on Craigslist and it is one of my favorite pieces. The campaign table was bought at Habitat. It originally looked like a trunk, but I gave it some paint and a new handle to give it a fresh new look. All the details are here.

campaign table before

vintage-eclectic living room tour

Another one of my favorite finds is the prancing deer lamp with its original shade. I bought it at an antique store during a March Madness sale. I upholstered the sofa with velvet Ikea curtains. One of my thrifty tips is to look at pre-made curtains when you need home décor fabric. You can get a lot of yardage for your money from curtains.

vintage eclectic style

vintage eclectic livingroom

I found a lot of the artwork at yard sales and thrift stores. You can find some great pieces, that add character to a room, inexpensively. Another tip is to look for free printables to fill frames until you are ready to make an investment in art  .

vintage eclectic home tour

My final details in pulling a room together are the pillows and throws. This is were I can't get enough texture. I am drawn to pillows that have some fun texture to them. I made the one above by sewing doilies onto a plaid wool background. The tutorial can be found here.

cleveland living room

I hope you enjoyed the tour today, and thanks again to Marty. I'd love to have you come over for a visit and see more DIY decorating ideas on a budget.
Isn't this a fabulous room?  I love how she took thrifty finds, repurposed, reupholstered and painted them to create a fabulous room that is so pretty, warm and inviting.  If you don't follow her, be sure to rush over and click that follow button, you really don't want to miss a single project.  Thanks so much Mary for letting me feature you and your gorgeous home.

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  1. Very pretty room! I love to see what people do with thrift store finds...especially since I never seem to have any luck in that area! Thanks for sharing!

  2. It looks beautiful. I love that she has recycled thrift store finds. xo Laura

  3. Great idea with the pre-made draperies. I will have to keep that in mind when I need to upholster something.

  4. Your Blog name aptly fits the style of your home Mary, you've managed to pull together a wonderful and beautiful unique home! Love it!

  5. Mary your home is absolutely gorgeous!! I love how you have decorated. It is very classy.

  6. That campaign table is divine- I love the room! Eclectic yet cohesive. :)

  7. Really adorable post. I love each pictures which shows unique designs and it is good to have these type of decorations for the home.

  8. First, I want to say welcome to Ohio, Mary! We moved here from Long Island almost three years ago now, like you with my husband's job. We are down in the Dayton area (about 3 1/2-4 hours from you in Cleveland). I think you've done a great job in such a short period of time in personalizing your new space.

  9. My heart is full of joy after reading all these sweet comments! Thank you everyone and a special thanks to you, Marty, for thinking of me for this post.

  10. That is a beautiful room, great job!

  11. A lot of beautiful items... a great room. :)

  12. Such creativity! Love the pops of color and all of your great finds. Thank you Marty for the introduction!