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So you found the perfect vintage ceramic chicken. Now what do you do with it?

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Tips on tastefully styling not-new homeware, by a thrifty interior designer.

It started with a ceramic chicken from the Rosebowl flee market in Pasadena, California.

I had been staying at the Mama Shelter in Hollywood and fell in love with the 90’s family kitchen aesthetic they had in their restaurant. Especially the kitsch chicken baskets they served bread in. I knew I would find something similar at the Rosebowl, I just didn’t realise it would be so damn ✨extra✨ and for $20!

So after transporting a bigger-than-lifesize ceramic chicken in my carry on, I arrived home to find that it didn’t exactly look 90’s American kitsch in my 70’s Amsterdam apartment. But with some moving around, adding and taking away, I created the perfect spot for it (and then moved it around a hundred times)

Here’s some handy tips to style your impulse thrift purchase:

- Mix & match: old & new, classic & contemporary, simple & graphical. Adding elements of new and old avoids your place looking like a vintage store.

- Don’t overthink it: chuck things together, go for a tea (wine) break then have another look with a fresh eye.

- Switch it up: move things around when the weather starts to change and see your old things in a new way each season. Sometimes I’m inspired by a nice shop window or an image I See on Pinterest, then restyle a corner and sit back to enjoy the new view, like a 13 year old when they’ve moved their room around.

- Have fun collecting your souvenirs of life and bask in the glory of being a trash queen

For more interior design inspo, follow me on @meganburmeister_

To shop weird and wonderful items for your home, visit @motelbodega

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