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Pulling it together

Thought I'd show you what is going on in my new place. First let me say that the carpet is going. YUK!!!!! I have ordered a room size coir rug. Everything here is thrifted, bought on etsy, found in secondhand shops or through retro dealers except the screen which is from an interior design student exhibition from my university days. This is not how the room will look, just an idea. Wait till you see the travertine, chrome and glass coffee table I have coming. I'm going for a Wary-Meyers retro boho look with lime green, navy and a clash of chrome and gilt. I am trying to pull this all together on a strict budget and with mainly thrifted finds because a)I want to show that it can be done, b)I believe in reuse and recycling and c) I'm broke at the moment! Check out my Flickr for more explanations.

And here's what prompted me to post this now. I found this couch on Chez Fifi through a link I found on Absolutely Beautiful Things today. A red suite similar to my now navy blue suite. Small world!

Reader Comments (13)

Jo - your navy paint job looks awesome. And the striped cushions look great. The lime green is going to be perfect with it all. It helps that you have the perfect fabrics to go with it all. I'm jealous - I have such a hard time finding fabrics I like that aren't a fortune. And that red couch is so amazing! All those colours look so good together. I love the piping on the cushions. (I think your navy is more versatile so don't be having second thoughts!!!) Now just hurry up and get the room done because I'm DYING to see it!

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkim.

Hi Jo,
i'm looking for the same lamp ( the chrome-one with 5 shades ). A friend has bought a new one, but as i'm on a budget, too, i'm still searching for a second-hand find...lucky you !

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJany

Oh Jo - I'm so jealous of your navy chair with the navy and white striped upholstery! I LOVE it!! Is it an old one you've had for ages which you have just painted or did you just find it recently and paint it? I can't believe that you found the same looking piece on Fifi's blog!! I love your collection of things SO much and I adore the navy and lime green colour combo you are going for! Can't wait to see more!

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Where did you get that frame? I seriously want that frame :)

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Jany that was probably the most expensive item there as I bought it at a retro shop. Anna the chair I've only picked up recently and just finished painting. The 3 piece set was $150 from my favourite thrift store. Carrie the frame is one of two that I have had for at least 15 years. They were $70 each at the time which I gladly paid. They've been in every living room I've had since. The best finds were the fabric and that amazing green lamp. All bargains!

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

The chair, the lamps, the print, that frame and the fabric. I'm loving it all. Can't wait to see the whole thing. I'm from Brisbane and I can't believe you found it all here.

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbrizzie lurker

Jo, your style is so totally different than my own. Love lime green, but not really navy. Don't really like patterns or chrome...but...somehow it looks like it is really working for you. The midcentury lamp is perfect as is the print (?) in the frame. Can't wait to see more of your place. Just make sure you fill it with some of your paintings too! I am dying to see what the green painting with the white vases will look like finished.

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

are those some of those acrylic grapes from the 60's? love it!

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

What a lovely -- and interesting -- collection of things. I'm especially taken with the print, which kind of reminds me of the work of John Hollingsworth, and the acrylic grapes -- such fun! Am looking forward to seeing how you pull all of this together!
You and Kim have a truly inspiring blog.

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRyce

I think I know where you are going with this but I could never pull something like this together. Please post more pictures when you are finished.

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The bright green grapes are acrylic ones from the 60s. I love them so much. I have spies everywhere looking out for more. I'll post pictures as the room comes together. Thanks for your comments guys!!!

15 Aug 2007 | Unregistered Commentermidcenturyjo

Keeping aside the technicalities, I already have a feeling of being at home, in an Indian home!

16 Aug 2007 | Unregistered Commenterdesignflute

I see the potential. Can't wait to see it all when you're done. Thrifting is so much more fun than box store buying. Even if I become independently wealthy I will still buy thrift. :)

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