I just signed up on LJ and found your community interesting and right in line with what I love to do. I enjoyed reading about you, so here's a bit about me.
1. your favourite season:
It seems to be a popular answer, but I love fall the most. The colors sing in my heart, I have most of my home decorated in earthy and spicy tones. If I had to pick a second it would be spring because of the fresh greens and blooming new life. It's inspiring.
2. your favourite color combo for this style:
My absolute favorite color is green, but I've been diving into oranges and browns (from caramel to chocolate) and with the addition of cream and black I've just about described my whole house. Lately I've been attracted to aqua blues, and certain purples are sweet.
3. do you live with others who share your aesthetic?
Not really, my husband is amused by what I do, and my kids like some of the stuff I decorate with. I think the only one who shares my love of the salvage is my mom.
4. do you frequent charity shops/flea markets/garage sales?
As often as humanly possible. I go to thrift shops almost daily, I feel like I have a circuit and the clerks all know me by name. I hit the garags sales most every weekend, and that goes on most of the year here in Austin Texas..
5. what's the best thing you've found?
Gosh there are so many. A Clinton Adams signed numbered lithograph from 1948. A beautiful antique childs dresser with a tilting beveled mirror. A really funky old steel office chair, with orange vinyl, for only 5 bucks. An old Drexel low round coffee table from the 60s or 70s that has a scandanavian feel and lots of thin spindles. I could go on for days.......
6. what's the best thing you've left behind?
I don't leave much behind, but there was this one dining table, it was a big slab of wood with a lovely grain, and a big streak of red running off center through one side. It was extremely unique, handmade, one of a kind, and priced way above my wallet. I still think about it sometimes and sigh.
7. What sort of style does your run-down aesthetic take the form of (mid-century, country, ethnic etc)?
It's eclectic. I like some french country and primitives, I like some mid-century groovy, I like some classic mission, even some asian. As long as the feeling is warm and friendly and approachable, it can live at my house. And if it's green or brown, or even a warm gold, all the better.
8. Any horror stories?
Once I bought a cool old pastel from the 40s or 50s in a period frame. It was pretty dusty so I didn't see it right away, but it had rat turds stuck on the glass. Before I put it into my car, I used a leaf from the side of the road to scoop them off and then I realized that they were fairly fresh. ewwwwwww! Oh yeah, and one time I bought an old brown bottle, the really large ones like they used to have in pharmacies. It appeared to have dirt inside it kind of pooled at the bottom. Normally no big deal, just soak it out, right? But when I put the water into this one to clean it, some of the dirt washed away to reveal an entire mouse family had apparently nested in there and drown somehow... double ewwwwwww!