My new favorite pass-time is thrift shopping. I am about to furnish a new home and have been filling in the missing pieces with thrift shop finds. You would be amazed at the wealth of home furnishings that are hidden among the piles of junk. Many of my greatest treasures have come from the depths of these piles.
Yaakov Sasson is best described as an eccentric. I talked with him a bit, but I couldn’t quite tell whether he lived here or if this was his work space or gallery. According to Houses From Within “The roof top on Alfasi is not a house but really an institution.” Which doesn’t really answer my question either. I think you’ll see what I’m saying though when you check out his place.
Above is the hallway to get up to the rooftop. There are so many brilliant elements here. Some of my favorites were:
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This dresser from the Better Homes and Gardens website got me interested in the craft of decoupaging furniture with fabric. If you find the right fabric and a good piece of furniture, you can have a dresser like the one featured here. I can even see starting a small business refurbishing old furniture with this craft…
When my neighbor dragged this small dresser in off of the street that someone had tossed, we both got excited. Not only was the dresser an “antique” it was in very good shape with all it’s parts in working order, including sliding glass doors on the top and a key in the lock on the doors below.
Wow there are some really ugly, old bathroom tiles out there; I am sure that you’ve seen a few…
Here’s an old bathroom that is in pretty good shape. The only problem is that these brownish tiles are dark and don’t do much to add to this small space. The apartment is a rental and the owner did not want to do an expensive renovation, so she put on her thinking cap and came up with a pretty good economical solution.
Photo by Better Homes and Gardens
Small spaces can produce big rewards when it comes to decorating. Although the photo above is a bit odd with that shelf sticking out, adding a side bench to a dining area creates more seating and aesthetic punch. I have spent many years in apartment dwellings and in a sense “small space” has become my middle name.
Colorful Mix and Match Table and Chairs
Furniture from Brazil
Mix and match is very different from “Matchy Matchy“, a term that Shira coined in one of her early posts on Tchochkes. I believe in combining unique styles with unusual color combinations. This works best when the colors are balanced within their color groups, like these multi-bright chairs in the room setting above. Although the chairs are mix and match, they coordinate nicely with the artwork and decorative blue trim.