As a designer, I purchase antiques and vintage items for my clients, so I almost always have a person or space in mind when I’m shopping. That said, I also often buy things that appeal to me and find homes for them as projects come my way.
For me, flea markets offer up an endless supply of one-of-a-kind objects that can easily add character and charm to any room. While I do this professionally, anyone can go to a flea market and find items that make can make a house feel like a home. Rugs, vases, lamps and myriad of decorative objects can be found for a fraction of the price of their new counterparts.
Aside from perks like being quite inexpensive, and environmentally friendly (it doesn’t get more “green” than buying what already exists!), flea market treasures have lots of personality. Adding such personality to a space can help to prevent it from looking like a hotel room or a setting in a big box store.
Photo credit: Ethan David Kent
A few well-chosen pieces can add depth and interest to any kind of space. In this room, I wanted to convey a warm, international feel, so I chose items hailing from all over the globe.