Smart Shopping and Decorating Ideas

This North Carolina family shopped far and wide to give their new home a collected-over-time look. Take a tour from the pages of HGTV Magazine.

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  • At Home in the Mountains

    Amy Corcell is a flea market fan, a Craigslist connoisseur and a discount-website devotee. Decorating her home in the small mountain town of Cashiers, N.C., became a game to the stay-at-home mom. \"What cheap piece could I score and what could I do with it to make it look fabulous?\" says Amy.

  • Comfortable Style for the Family

    Two of her friends, designers Hooper Patterson and Ann White Schutte, helped by scouring everything from country antiques fairs to big-name mall stores for Amy, her husband, Mike, and their three children. \"We landed on the perfect mix of comfortable, colorful and completely one-of-a-kind.\"

  • Kitchen

    The kitchen's star is its island, which can seat up to six. A carpenter made the island top from reclaimed barn wood, then painted it in a high-gloss gray to mimic the concrete counters. (For a similar look, try Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.) The oak base is Forest Hills Green by Benjamin Moore.

  • Where Everyone Meets

    Harrison, 5, Hayes, 4, and Camille, 2, eat all their meals there. \"And when our friends come over, that's where we end up,\" says Amy. The high-back steel stools are from ($170 for a set of 2).

  • Overhead Lighting

    Industrial-style pendants look sleek over the rustic island. For similar styles, try

  • Breakfast Nook

    A Craigslist search led to this bamboo-style dining set already painted black and white.

  • Stylish Seating

    Amy had this green fabric (Spicer in Celery, $40 a yard, made into pillow covers and chair seats.

  • Unexpected Lighting

    The paper-mache pendant light above the kitchen table is from West Elm.

  • Living Room

    The white linen Robin Bruce sofa is \"so comfortable, and it has a 10-year warranty on stains,\" says Amy. Hooper and Ann brought in color and pattern with a leopard-print ottoman and coral armchairs. To keep the built-in cubbies from looking cluttered with accessories, Amy filled some with just one item each.

  • Side Table

    A flea market steal at $10, this 1960s wood side table has a hammered copper top.

  • Additional Seating

    The oak chairs by furniture company Gabby were reupholstered in coral velvet. has similar styles. Amy scooped up this kid-sized chair for just $4 on eBay.

  • Good Find

    The upholstery was in good shape, so Amy kept the armchair, which cost about $500 at an auction, as is.

  • Boys’ Bedroom

    \"We used to live in London, so that inspired the design,\" says Amy. She chose a navy, light blue and red color scheme and added some British accents. The striped wool rug is from HomeGoods, and the pine dresser is a flea market find and does double duty as a nightstand.

  • Bedding

    The Union Jack pillow is from Etsy. Behind it is a flea market grain sack that Amy stuffed with a pillow. The headboards are from Target and were less than $100 each. Pine Cone Hill red cotton throws brighten up the L.L.Bean striped duvets.

  • Master Bedroom

    Amy went all out with blue and white to make her bedroom feel serene. She layered the space with a mix of patterns, including a diamond-print upholstered X-bench, coral-patterned curtains framing the bed and an oversized quatrefoil rug. The ceiling is painted Kentucky Haze by Benjamin Moore.

  • Vanity Area

    Across from the Noir bed sits an old Target desk-turned-vanity, draped in more blue and white, a lattice-print fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. The focus stays on this table's fun fabric, thanks to a Lucite chair from

  • Canopy Fabric

    The canopy is heavy cotton from Artee Fabrics and Home, a local fabric store. Find a similar look at

  • Mixing Patterns

    Great spot for an X-bench! This patterned one cost $80 at HomeGoods. Hooper and Ann found this big, bold wool rug at

  • Sitting Space

    The room needed solid pieces, so Hooper and Ann snagged these linen chairs for about $350 each from

  • Playroom

    \"The kids love to draw and paint, so we wanted this room to be bright and fun,\" says Amy. The table was made from a wood tabletop the Corcells already had — it's screwed to fence posts that were cut down to kiddie height. The Ektorp sofa from IKEA has easy-to-remove cotton slipcovers that can go in the wash.

  • Graphics

    The foam-filled ottoman, from, makes a great extra play surface. The graphic Jill Rosenwald rug is also from

  • Function and Style

    These metal locker baskets from a local furniture warehouse sale hold toys and art supplies. For similar styles, try Amy scooped up this cute wall art at a London flea market.

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