This is one of my favorite vignettes in our home. I love it because it has a warm cozy feel and because the majority of it didn't cost me anything. I used to work in a home decor and design store and when merchandise would come in damaged the staff would get first crack at it. Many times the wholesale companies would not want the merchandise back, but would give us full credit for it to discard it.
Much of the merchandise could be fixed or flaws hidden. So once home some minor "surgery" was always in order. My girls and I often joke about the fact that they will be inheriting less than perfect items someday. Most of my home has been decorated in this way. The trunks came in with a buckle broken and the fabric torn, the lamp has a hairline crack on the back side of the globe as well as a few bent metal parts. The clock is scarred and dinged but not so bad that a bit of shoe polish couldn't help. The books I did purchase on an employee discount, but the plant was a freebie from a very generous sales rep.
Since all of these great things sit on top of our TV cabinet no one can see them up close and personal and the view from the floor is perfect.
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Oh by the way the winner of the cute Family blocks chosen by our friend random # generator
is #32 REBEKAH @http://allthingzrelated.blogspot.com/
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