Art, Decor

New & thrifted finds in reading nook

Let’s give this room a makeover and a little bit or character with some new and thrifted finds. I found a clearance rug, velvet pillows and free art. I also found a great way to prop up my giant monstera plant that looks natural.

This space keeps evolving and each time another layer of interest is added. I started off by switching out the art. I had just printed these floral prints on my home printer from freepik.com and painted them with acrylic paints. I think I was rebelling against the intense beige trend that I had even succumbed to.

New & thrifted finds in reading nook - decorative moulding, plants, art, green and yellow

I still love the way the gold frames go all the way up inside the decorative moulding that I did myself with polyurethane pieces. And I’m no carpenter — if I can do it, you can do it!

New & thrifted finds in reading nook - free art ideas - tropical illustrations in green and yellow in gold frames

This time I found these detailed illustrations by Redouté, Pierre Joseph (1759-1840) in the New York Public Library’s digital art collection. I was even able to find plants we have growing in our southern Florida yard — banana trees, pineapple, bird of paradise. For too long I’ve been doing what I see everybody else doing on social media. Now I’m enjoying reflecting what is outside on the inside as well with things like these illustrations or my favorite mural wallpaper that I’ve used twice now.

New & thrifted finds in reading nook - free art ideas - tropical illustrations in green and yellow in gold frames
New & thrifted finds in white reading nook with moulding and plants
Thrifted makeover for large scale art

Large-scale art is very expensive, so we have to get creative! I found this large frame at a nearby thrift store for $40 and transformed it with just a few materials. You can watch the video or see the post here.

New & thrifted finds in white reading nook with moulding and plants

I love that thrifting pieces are so popular right now. With home decor seemingly doubling in price recently it makes sense for people to turn to thrift stores, consignment shops, Facebook Marketplace. These pieces can have a unique story, usually higher quality and waste less. They add character and interest to a space. And of course there’s the thrill of the find!

Thrifted Thomasville 1972 dresser with bamboo and yellow finish

I found this charming dresser by the side of the road on my street one day! It says on the back it’s Thomasville from 1972. We had it in our bedroom, but one day I randomly pulled it out here in the reading nook and I love it here! This space needs some pieces with history.

Thrifted Thomasville 1972 dresser with bamboo and yellow finish

Speaking of history, someone spilled perfume in a drawer at some point and it still has a fragrance if you open it. So I don’t put clothing or fabric inside. Right now I’m using it for extra toiletries and such for the family. Kind of our own little store when we run out of things like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and such.

Monstera plant support stakes that look like part of the plant - alternatives to brown moss tower

Then we have my monstrous monstera on top. She was getting so large that the leaves were drooping. I didn’t want to put in the brown moss pole thing, so I looked for something else that would blend in better with the plant and low and behold I found the perfect thing! These plant support stakes look more like part of the plant and perk her right up.

Plant support stakes that blend in with the plant - a moss tower alternative
Plant support stakes that blend in with the plant - a moss tower alternative
Plant support stakes that blend in with the plant - a moss tower alternative - Eclectic reading nook

A space with lots of plants just feels happy. When I want to add greenery to a space without buying a plant or worrying about fresh cut stems going bad quickly, I cut a branch of this monstera and put it in a vase. You can leave it there for months! Change the water occasionally, of course.

Spotted black and white medallion rug - eclectic alternative to animal print

The new find I’m most excited about is this spotted medallion rug I found on clearance for only $88. Rugs USA has a feature where you can upload a photo of your space and see what different rugs would look like in it. I actually chose a different rug than I would have otherwise thanks to this tool. You can see in the YouTube video the crazy amount of rugs I tried virtually!

Round green velvet pillow

We’ve had these inexpensive ticking-stripe chairs for a few years, but I wanted to dress them up a little with these luxurious looking green velvet pillows. I love the round shape. We do love the chairs and sit in them often, but I will say they are on the small side. That works for this space, but it’s something to keep in mind.

wooden ottoman with white and green pattern fabric

I picked this ottoman up at Ross Dress for Less a few years ago. It has neon colors on the original fabric, which I was into for a minute! I can do super bright colors in small doses for a period, but I decided it was time to cover this guy up with a fabric that a friend had given me probably 15 years ago! I was always looking for the right spot.

Thrifted vintage plate used as a plant tray

And finally, a little addition that is worth mentioning. I found half a set of this sweet vintage pattern in pink and green at our thrift store last weekend and have been having fun finding new spaces and purposes for them. Here I’m using them as plant trays. And in the primary bathroom I have one as a soap dish. It’s fun to give them new life and add these pretty details into our home.

That’s the end of our little tour. It’s been interesting adding in different textures, materials, mismatching pots and furniture to give this space some personality.

I hope you have a wonderful week.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *