Queen of CL is back

Ok...I have a few shots of Angie's place.  It is close to getting finished.  If you haven't been reading for a while, you can find more about this project here.  ALL of the furniture came from CL...yep...every bit of it.  The goal is to rent the place furnished while they travel the world for a year, which they did once before 10 years ago.  They sold everything, quit their jobs and spent a year traveling...on only 40,000.

So of course some of the furniture would not be what she would choose if it was a forever place [who am I kidding...what the heck is "forever" all about anyway].  

I think I showed you the rug that we started with.
Here are the pieces of furniture that she picked up for literally next to nothing.

Nothing was recovered.  She painted the blue end table.  Pillows were custom but fabrics were a steal. 
 She did find someone to make them really cheap and bought the down forms at Goodwill.
Had the curtains made but just panels and used rings with clips to attach.
The plexiglass table was an umbrella stand that was just turned upside down.  Chair...CL
Chair and small hide...CL.  Also...there is one of the mink pillows she had made.
OK...she did buy these bookcases from Overstock to go on either side of the fireplace.
She just scored this small table at a yardsale this weekend.  Still needs  a piece of glass.

Yep...there's the art work!  I know...I know...but art is  subjective.   The table and chairs...CL.  3 milk glass vases at GW.  Light fixture online and the curtains from Ikea.
Another mink pillow.  Seems kind of funny that everything came second hand but she has mink pillows.

Bedroom...All CL.  New mattress...from CL.  Pillows were custom made.
Mirror at a flea market and the curtains were from Ikea.
I was with her when she found those 2 turquoise jars at Salvation Army.  I think the lamps were from Homegoods on clearance.
The laundry room is in the powder room so she had burlap curtains made [someone on Etsy].
Just used the curtain hardware from Ikea to slide them open and closed.  That saved a lot of room instead of using doors.
Also in the powder room, she had found this really expensive sink and faucet on CL.  It was a plumbing store going out of business...then after really looking for the perfect chest...[really hard] she finally found it.  You can see how tight the space is.  The toilet is right next with just inches.

I have to say that she really opened my eyes to CL.  I made my first purchase and it was exciting.  The thrill of a deal.  I was high driving home from picking up my purchase...smug like I got away with something.  I wanted to roll down my windows at stop lights and tell people what I had in my car.  That's a quick way to be labeled crazy.

On another note...here is a picture of what is happening at my house.

Yep...a leak....from the dishwasher.  Floors ruined.  Goodie.  Explain later.




34 comments

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Utterly amazed that so much of this is from CL- also very envious of their travelling adventures- always wished I'd done something like that before I had kids- so exciting!

nkp said...

Ugh, where to start. So sorry about your leak, that just sucks. But your friends impending adventures... so exciting. What an amazing opportunity that they've created for themselves! As for craigslist, I too have a friend whom I refer to as the Queen of Craig. She finds the most amazing finds and I have definitely caught the bug. I'd say your friend has made out quite well. Great post!

Janette@the2seasons said...

This is a perfect example of one man's junk is another man's treasures. She did a wonderful job on her place. This is my first visit, and I really enjoyed it.

My Interior Life said...

Love all of Angie's CL and flea market/Goodwill/garage sale finds! So sorry about your leak. Uggh!

So jealous of Angie's wanderlust too. Maybe someday . . .

A Delightful Design said...

This is such a great example of mixing low and high to make the whole place feel amazing! Custom pillows and fabrics mixed with CL=all things good.

UUUGH! YOUR FLOOR makes me sad for you. Sorry!!
abby

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

damned dishwasher!!!!! other than that, this is such a happy and joyous post. craigslist rules!!!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Crazy...I'm off to check out my local CL listings! Janell

bluehydrangea said...

I am so dang impressed!!And jealous!! That Angie has mad CL skills!! Bad dishwasher!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautifully done and oops to your floor.

charm home said...

This is just crazy. Her house looks amazing. I have had no luck looking for furniture for my new house on CL. Maybe you could have Ang do a guest post with some pointers. ;o)

Joyce said...

Simply beautiful!! We just sold 2 almost new nightstands from Pottery Barn on CL. I will have to take some pointers as to buy on CL. xo

Danielle {freshquince} said...

So happy you made a purchase on CL...this makes me think I need to take pictures of everything in my home as well because guess what over 80% is from CL...some things refinished, others not. This was a fabulous post and I can't wait to find out a little more about Angie. Great tour and sorry about your floors...new better floors on the way ;)?

Cathy Wall said...

Wow, that Angie has an eye and you have done a great job pulling it all together! I have been using this application called CraigsEasy
http://craigseasy.com/ to speed up my CL searches, it's fun, give it a try.
Have you got the industrial fans going in your kitchen now as the insurance co. attempts to extract the H2O and fix things right up? Noisy those fans are.... Hang in there!

A Vintage Vine said...

Love her house...you two did a bang up job! Great mixes of style...a little...vintage...IKEA....CL...you covered it all!!! I saw the storms that rolled through ATL on the news this morn....Besides the dishwasher, hope all is well!!

Brilliant Chic said...

I love CL myself too and sometimes want to shout out the window myself! ;-)

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I assume Angie knows she could probably make a living just helping people find things on CL. Amazing!

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

I have not been on CL in a while. These are some seriously cool pieces!!! And they all work together perfect!

Your floor....what a bummer. My dishwasher is leaking too. Funny thing is, we purchased one and I decided not to keep it. Now mine is leaking:/

eclecticrevisited said...

congratulations on your first CL purchase...may it become a way of life... :)
Angie has a good eye...her place looks perfect for a home that's getting rented out...
..sorry to hear about your floor...doesn't look so good...
maureen

Jenn Baron said...

I am totally missing out by not buying via CL! I would totally appreciate tips, suggestions, hints, do's and don'ts because I've got to be a part of this! Thank you in advance!

The house looks amazing and sorry to hear about the floor!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

What an amazing illustration of how to use CL effectively. There is so much junk on there but there are also things worth searching for. What a great house!

Faith said...

CL = craigslist? I'm still learning bloglish. Great pieces!

The Forsyths said...

I am inspired. As a newly wed grad student I have a feeling Crigslist will become a VERY close friend..at least I hope.

Simple Dwellings said...

Oh no, a leak! That stinks. It doesn't look large, so that's (hopefully) good! What great finds in Angie's home!! I love the ikat curtains.

traci zeller designs said...

Double ugggghhh!!!!

traci zeller designs said...

Uggghh on the leak, that is! Kudos on Angie's decor - she was very smart about where she spent money (pillows, etc.)!

Katie said...

So out of all the good things I could and probably should say about Angie's wonderfully decorated place...the thing that comes to mind is how validated I feel at seeing that bedroom pillow fabric combo. I just finished a 50" lumbar pillow in the Robert Allen ikat print (same colorway) and was thinking of king shams in the link print in navy and white. Now I know that I can (sometimes) trust my instincts. :)

Privet and Holly said...

WHAT a collaboration!!
Proving once again,
that it's all about
having a good eye and
not a big pocket book!
Great job, Sherry : )
xx Suzanne

Kellie Collis said...

What a lovely house! Sorry to hear about the leak. Unfortunately, it's a part of house ownership. Take it easy, Kellie xx

Splendid Willow said...

Sherry, sorry about the leak. No fun at all. Take a deep breath.

But your team effort sure is fun! Look how good you are and I am so going to my local CL - TODAY! Very, very inspirational.

Warm hugs,

Mon

P.S People are not going to want to rent the house - they are going to want to buy it!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Love what was done here. Amazing what you can find if you really look.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Wow, its amazing how it all works together so well. Good for her! A lot of my stuff is thrifted, but I also get impatient sometimes.

OH to travel the world for a year! Sounds amazing.

MOna Thompson said...

Amazing. Great job. Every time I read a post about Craigs List I think, OK. I'm going to try again and then I realize again, the good stuff must be very regional. It is junk around here. Smaller markets don't have a great selection at Retail and it's even worse at Resale.

Rene said...

Gosh have I missed a lot! This is such an incredible mix and the fact that so much of it is from thrift and diy means even more to me. Love it all!

The Vintique Object said...

Holy cow! That's all I have to say. The whole house is just perfect and totally to my liking.
Camille

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