July 14, 2013

Furnish a vacation home with funky flea market finds

Family cast-offs as well as new pieces are all fair game.

By MELISSA RAYWORTH/The Associated Press

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A red, white and blue palette with wood tones and muted browns creates a rich, layered look in this weekend home.

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In this weekend retreat, designer Brian Patrick Flynn splurged on the floors and window treatments, then added inexpensive flea marketfinds – a fun 1960s bubble chairand a 1970s wood dresser.

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Second homes are often small, so decorate with that in mind.

"A cluttered space will always appear smaller," Soto says, so keep a smaller room clean. She suggests hanging shelves to keep items off the floor, and using mirrors to make rooms appear larger and brighter.

"Incorporate pieces with dual purpose, such as storage ottomans which can act as seating while concealing your clutter," she says. "Stacking chairs or nesting tables are great, too."

Schuneman agrees: "Usually with a second home you use it for relaxation and entertaining, so keep the pieces double duty. Benches that can work as side tables, poufs that can work as extra seating, and a desk that can also work as a bar or buffet at night."

Flynn's second home doesn't have any guest bedrooms, but he often hosts friends there. Ceiling-mounted draperies in the dining room let him partition it off and use it as a sleeping space for guests.


Schuneman suggests filling your weekend home with family photos but buying the frames locally -- maybe something made by an artist or craftsman.

"Also, bringing in local flora like driftwood or maybe a stump or natural elements that bring the outside in really makes it feel like a destination home," he says, "and for free."

If the home has a nice view of mountains or water, Flynn suggests using a monochromatic palette inside to draw the eye outside. But if there is no view, it's "ideal for going crazy with color," he says.

"Since I love the all-American aesthetic, I painted my walls and ceilings a deep shade of slate blue, then used tons of red and white as accents."

Don't have a second home?

"You don't have to actually have a second home to create that warm, well-worn, welcoming feeling" in your main home, Flynn says. "It's all about a great edit, and just making a space that makes you forget about work, forget about bills and forget about anything else except rest and relaxation."


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