How many times have you heard, It’s all in the details.”?  Probably about a bazillion.

How to get a designer look on a budget

Well…that certainly proved to be true when it came to decorating the Chic Chateau showhouse.  Take the full tour HERE in case you missed it last week.

Tour a showhouse filled with upcycled vintage finds

The concept behind the Chic Chateau showhouse is to inspire and show all of us ordinary folks how to achieve a designer look on a budget.  Almost all of the items in the home were purchased from thrift stores, Craigslist and other thrifty venues.

Today, I want to take a closer look at how the designers transformed ordinary items, that you likely wouldn’t look at twice, and turned them into things of beauty.

The decor theme of the home is mid-century modern.  Along with the design theme, the designers were given a color palette to work within so that the overall look of the home would flow.

As you’re looking through these photos, it might help to switch back to the house tour to get a feel for the entire room that each of the items are in.

Let’s start in the foyer where a coat of paint on a thrifted chest and a reupholstered chair breathed new life into these mid-century modern pieces.

Updated mid-century modern chair and chest

Take a closer look at the chair and you’ll see that the frame has been painted to tie in with the upholstery fabric.  The designer really made it a wow piece by using contrast fabric on the welting and covered buttons.

Give upholstered furniture and designer look by covering welting and buttons with a contrasting fabric

In most of the rooms, it was all about the fabric.  Gorgeous, vibrantly colored fabrics, all in the color palette specified by the lead design team for the house.

For example, the fabric used on this club chair set the stage for the family room.  

Tour of the Chic Chateau showhouse

It was repeated as an accent on the drapery panels…

Add an accent fabric to ready-made draperies to give them a custom-made look. A band of fabric can be added to the bottom to lengthen too short draperies.

…and on the roman shades and a bench pillow.

Repeat fabrics throughout a room to get a pulled together look

Pillows on the sofa repeat the colors.

Colorful accent pillows

Thrifted end tables and lamps were painted in a deep shade of blue and radiant orchid.

Tour of the Chic Chateau showhouse decorated in mid-century modern style

The family room and dining room are open to one another, so it was a smart decision to repeat the suzani print fabric used on the sofa pillows in the dining room draperies and some of the chairs and bench pillows. 

Tour of the Chic Chateau showhouse

The designer for the kitchen repeated the suzani print fabric in the napkins and used vintage albums as chargers on the island.  Anybody remember those?

For a fun place setting, used old vinyl records as plate chargers

 If you’ve ever priced oyster plates, you already know how expensive they can be.  Make your own by gluing oyster shells onto plain plates.

Glue oyster shells to plain plates to recreate the look of the expensive version

An office area was tucked away behind large pantry style cabinet doors in the kitchen. It was really cute, but I’m not sure how much I’d like to work in such a confined space.

Tuck an office space into a kitchen by placing it behind cabinet doors. No more worries about having a mess desk!

The master bedroom was on the main floor and was one of my favorite rooms.  The colors in there are a little more restrained and subdued, which gave a very serene and elegant feel to the space.

Beautiful master bedroom

The dresser is made of up three different pieces – a small dresser in the middle and a small shelf unit on each end.  

Mid century modern bedroom furniture updated for today's living

A grouping of round mirrors was used instead of one large one above the dresser. Did you notice that the middle mirrors have a gold design overlayed on them?  I couldn’t tell if it was a vinyl cutout or if they were stenciled on.  Each of the lampshades is wrapped with a strip of wallpaper that was used an accent above some other shelves in the room.

Group several mirrors above a dresser instead of just one large one

A piece of diy artwork brings in all of the colors in the house into the master in an understated way.

DIY painting

Another room on the main floor was a girls bedroom.  The headboard is made of two painted doors, one stacked on top of the other, with small pieces of gold painted wood applied in a retro’ish design.

Headboard made of two doors, one stacked on the top of the other with small pieces of gold painted wood applied

The knobs on the painted dresser give a pop of the radiant orchid color.

Updated mid century modern dresser with radiant orchid knobs

 A bedroom up on the second floor has a reading nook made all the more cozy by the addition of a plug-in lantern suspended from a chain.

A cozy ready nook with a lantern suspended from a chain

And lastly, this lampshade covered with plastic spoons is so cute.  I love how the top is finished with spoons pointing in the opposite direction.  Wrapping ribbon around the shade is a good way to hide the ends of the spoons. 

Cover a lampshade with plastic spoons

Did you find some inspiring ideas?


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