The CL Weekly Room

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Anatomy of a Room

We haven’t had an Anatomy of a Room or a What to buy from Craigslist post in a few weeks. How about one that mashes them both together? Let’s take a look at what works in the room above and then see if we can recreate it, with a few tweaks, from Craigslist. Interested?

Clearly I’m still loving dark walls and big windows with funky lighting. This space is from Rue Magazine. I also like the way the furniture is in the center of the room, which allows the large room to still feel cozy and intimate. Wood on the ceiling warms up the dark walls, but finishing it in a different color from the floors ensures that you don’t feel like you’re in a box and bring your eye to the fabulous architecture. Interesting color and texture from the large-scale art and rug create movement. Here’s another view.

I don’t know where they store their kids toys in this space, but I’m sure they’ve got it all figured out. Along with fingerprint free glass for the table.

So, how to recreate via the Craigslist? I looked for a similar sofa and chairs. The sofa is a tight back instead of cushions, but still has clean lines. I found two chairs that would work, although neither was a pair, so the hunt goes on. A coffee table that’s glass and wood, a nicely patterned rug and a daybed (that would need to be recovered) round out the furniture. Supplement those with two simple lamps from Ikea and a great ceiling fixture and stump table from West Elm and your well on your way to the same look.

What do you think, does this feel like you could make a similar space with these pieces, a little paint and some creativity?

Links to all items can be found on my Pinterest board.

The Weekly Room Does Dallas

The Craigslist Weekly Room: Dallas

I had a reader request for a Dallas Craigslist post. This one is less of a whole room and more just great stuff. I tried several title options for this post and all were a little, well, off. What’s up with that Dallas? Why can’t I use your name in anything without it sounding like a porn title? (oh, the weird hits my blog will get this week. Sorry people looking for porn, this is just a bunch of furniture from Craigslist). However, poor titling skills aside, look at that fabulous settee up there. $350. $350! Somebody buy it please. That leather chesterfield is pretty sweet too and also unbelievably cheap.

Some lovely mid century dressers and consoles. Really bad photos, but good stuff. That one on the right looks particularly nice, go to the listing to check it out better. All links, as always, on the Pinterest board.

Some fun bed frames (I’d paint that four poster white or gray, its only $100!), a West Elm Parson’s desk for $75 and somebody please buy that adorable mid-century children’s set. Please! And then paint it, of course.
Anyone see anything they’re lusting after?

The Weekly Room is a series in which I challenge myself to create an idea board from furniture found entirely on Craigslist. All furnishings must be in good condition and only one IKEA item is allowed per board. Unless otherwise specified, furnishings in the Weekly Room can be found in the Chicago Craigslist. All sources are on the Pinterest board, the pins for which are updated weekly as well. If you have a room or city you’d like me to try, let me know.

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This week’s Craigslist Weekly Room is a shared children’s bedroom. I grew up in a shared room till I was a teenager and while I was very happy to get my own space, there is still something charming in my memories of shared space.

For this space I found two wooden beds, not matching, but similar, as in the inspiration picture above. They could easily be painted, but I also think they would be perfectly lovely as is if they are not too beat up. Paired with a large steel shelving unit (this is a room for boys, steel is good) to corral all those things children accumulate, as well as a soft gray rug for wrestling matches, a dresser, a fun magazine stand, and wooden chairs (which I would definitely paint), you have a simple shared space for two active boys.

I’d finish the room with bedding in similar tones, some steel letters over each bed to echo the steel bookcase, dark curtains to encourage sleeping in (yeah, right), and plenty of baskets for storage.

What do you think, is it important for beds and furniture to match in a shared space?

The Weekly Room is a series in which I challenge myself to create an idea board from furniture found entirely on Craigslist. All furnishings must be in good condition and only one IKEA item is allowed per board. Unless otherwise specified, furnishings in the Weekly Room can be found in the Chicago Craigslist. All sources are on the Pinterest board, the pins for which are updated weekly as well. If you have a room or city you’d like me to try, let me know.

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library plan sourced from craigslist

This week’s Craigslist Weekly Room is a library space. Dark, cozy and full of leather and mid-century details, this would be the perfect place to curl up and read through the winter. I’d recover that fabric chair in a gray chenille, its got the same lines as my favorite living room chair.

Add in some great lamps (one of which is not a steal by any means), an industrial work table for extra character, more chairs in a great pattern – you can even pick up some books if you need to add old world character to collection.

The Weekly Room is a series in which I challenge myself to create an idea board from furniture found entirely on Craigslist. All furnishings must be in good condition and only one IKEA item is allowed per board. Unless otherwise specified, furnishings in the Weekly Room can be found in the Chicago Craigslist. All sources are on the Pinterest board, the pins for which are updated weekly as well. If you have a room or city you’d like me to try, let me know.

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dining room sourced from craigslist

I’m a little dining room focused right now so I put together a sweet dining space from Craigslist this week. Then I found that fabulous blue settee and had to add it in to the room. A pale pink paint or a floral wallpaper (or both, why not) create a feminine space, while the farmhouse table and touches of grey and red keep the room from going full on girly. This idea board is the most tempting one I’ve done, if I had space for either the table or the settee I think one of them would come live with me, despite their almost retail price tags.

I’m curious, would you mix styles like this?

The Weekly Room is a series in which I challenge myself to create an idea board from furniture found entirely on Craigslist. All furnishings must be in good condition and only one IKEA item is allowed per board. Unless otherwise specified, furnishings in the Weekly Room can be found in the Chicago Craigslist. All sources are on the Pinterest board, the pins for which are updated weekly as well. If you have a room or city you’d like me to try, let me know.

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An eclectic home office

This week’s room is a home office. A desk with great lines, paired with a mid-century console to stash all those electronics and house a printer, plus bookshelves for more storage and display. Some comfortable chairs for client meetings and a modern, graphic rug to create a soft space with plenty of personality. Some art, organization accessories and other details round out the space.

Office accessories

 

I thought it would be fun to show how you could finish the room once you’ve successfully completed your Craigslist hunt above. Many of these accessories are in my own office(s), I have the birch trees in my home office, while the Your Friends Don’t Dance print is, fittingly, at work, along with the file organizer.

The Weekly Room is a series in which I challenge myself to create an idea board from furniture found entirely on Craigslist. All furnishings must be in good condition and only one IKEA item is allowed per board. Unless otherwise specified, furnishings in the Weekly Room can be found in the Chicago Craigslist. All sources are on the Pinterest board, the pins for which are updated weekly as well. If you have a room or city you’d like me to try, let me know.

The Weekly Room: A Calm Bedroom

The Weekly Room is a series in which I challenge myself to create an idea board from furniture found entirely on Craigslist. All furnishings must be in good condition and only one IKEA item is allowed per board. Unless otherwise specified, furnishings in the Weekly Room can be found in the Chicago Craigslist. All sources are on the Pinterest board, the pins for which are updated weekly as well. If you have a room or city you’d like me to try, let me know.

This week I found a great bed which became the foundation of the room. A bright teal bed isn’t for everyone, but I love the upholstered wing back lines of this piece.

I paired the bed with a lovely soft rug from Flor tiles, along with some velvet chairs in a pale blue. Two dressers, one of which I’d use as a night stand, provide plenty of storage. I might paint the mid-century dresser too. A great pharmacy lamp for late night reading and you’re set. A cozy, soft space to crash. And while you can certainly find mattresses and sheets on the CL, that gives me the heebie jeebies. I’d pick up a good mattress (we found a memory foam one on Overstock for just $300) and some simple white or cream bedding. A pale gray on the walls and you’ve got yourself a finished space for less than $1500. Score!

The Weekly Room

Several idea boards ago, I promised to show you how to create rooms without buying new. I have a mix of things in my home, some that I saved for and purchased new, like our sofas, but most that were found with a general idea of what I was looking for and lots of time on Craigslist and in thrift stores. I live near Chicago, which means that generally I can find pretty much anything on CL, although not always for what I want to pay. I thought it would be fun to start a weekly feature where I search CL and show you what I would choose for a specific room. For now I’m searching the Chicago CL, but I’m open to searching other cities if this is interesting.

I’m starting with the living room, as that’s the room I’ve had the most requests for. I’m also limiting myself to only one IKEA item per room as an extra challenge. Here we go.

How to furnish your living room well from Craigslist

 

Everything on here was found Sunday on the Chicago Craigslist. Sources for all can be found on my Pinterest board. I’ll delete items weekly, so each week will have the current sources. Total cost for the room above, including the two sofas, $1995. Pre-bargaining, if you’re good with that sort of thing.

I started this idea board with the sofa, as that sets the tone for the living room. I found two really great ones this week, the navy Jasper from Room and Board (had to pick that one as I have two in my living room) and the beige one from Crate and Barrel. Both seem to be in like new condition. The Jasper is super cheap at $250 so somebody will grab that one quick. I then found the Pottery Barn rug, which would work well with either sofa. A cute secretary (which would be even better painted, perhaps lined inside with a fun paper and with new hardware), a mid-century console, a great round coffee table and a couple of interesting chairs (including a knock-off Eames like we have upstairs) round out the options. I even found a throw pillow and table lamp. And finally for extra storage, not on the idea board, some ubiquitous IKEA Billy bookcases.

So there you go. An entire living room, furnished on the cheap with like new items. What do you think? Do you use CL and thrift stores to round out your living spaces or do you prefer to buy new? And would you like to see more posts like this?

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