A Kansas Home Full of Secondhand Finds

For this homeowner from HGTV Magazine, “previously loved” wins out over “brand-new” every time.

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

Photo By: Kim Cornelison

The House

Since the day 11 years ago when she fell for a ’60s TV cabinet at an antiques mall in Kansas City, MO, Tobe Reed has been hooked on the hunt for cast-off pieces with potential. “It’s how you feel about a pair of broken-in jeans — there’s a softness and comfort you don’t get with something new, and usually the price is right,” says Tobe, a graphic designer by day who turned her hobby of collecting other people’s junk into a side business, 200 Main, that she runs on Chairish with her mom. So of course, when Tobe and her husband, Eric, upgraded from a loft to a four-bedroom brick Colonial in Overland Park, KS, in 2011, Tobe left no resale storefront unturned or website unsearched.

One of her first scores: the vintage Persian rug in the living room that she found on eBay for $650. “It was a steal for the condition and the size,” she recalls. “When it was delivered, I hauled it inside by myself with strength from the adrenaline!” That blissful feeling of snagging a great find continued as she furnished her home with vintage chairs, quirky light fixtures and the coolest baby changing table ever. The result is a beautifully collected and totally unique look. “When you shop secondhand, you won’t find the same thing in anyone else’s home,” she says. “Used pieces give a room soul.”

The Family

Tobe and Eric with Grace, 16; Ava, 4; and Elin, 1.

Living Room

“I have a serious weakness for colorful rugs, and I liked having a vibrant starting point for the living room,” says Tobe. With the eBay rug in place, the design took shape as pieces caught Tobe’s eye, including a tall cabinet (Craigslist) that houses a TV and an antique Indian wedding trunk from Le Fou Flea in Kansas City that displays a bar tray. To pick up the blue and red in the rug, Tobe chose a pair of painted-blue wood campaign tables (Craigslist to the rescue again!) and a pair of leather club chairs from Christopher Filley Antiques, also in Kansas City — just $200 for the pair. The compact slipcovered sofa is from Crate & Barrel, and the custom leopard-print pillows are from a friend’s online shop.


Tobe took the ’60s white spun fiberglass kids’ table and chair set off the hands of a Craigslist seller for $60. “He couldn’t believe anyone wanted them because they were so old, but lucky for me I loved the style,” she says. To spruce them up, she had light blue cushions made with Sunbrella fabric. She ordered the black synthetic wicker sofa and chairs from Ohana Depot and spray-painted a round wicker Craigslist coffee table Black by Rust-Oleum to match. Orange euro pillows from The Home Depot and striped ones from Pottery Barn add color, and a pair of potted ficus trees bookend the patio.


Having lucked out with an updated kitchen — including white cabinets that go to the ceiling, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances — the Reeds didn’t have to do much. So they changed the cabinet hardware to brass knobs and pulls from Bellacor and added a geometric pendant by Arteriors, which “freshened everything up,” says Tobe. To give the room lived-in warmth, she paired a round IKEA table with slim wood chairs she got for $400 on Craigslist and revived with wood polish: “I’d never seen that exact style before, so they were irresistible.” She sometimes dresses them up with faux-sheepskin throws from IKEA.

Master Bedroom

Eric and Tobe’s bedroom is a masterful mix of treasures, patterns and an IKEA dresser. For one of the nightstands, Tobe slid in a vintage chest by Sarreid. “It’s lived all over the house — in the living room, dining room and now here,” she says. One big new purchase: the gray upholstered bed from Joss & Main. Above it, she hung a vintage metal sconce found at Le Fou Flea for around $200. The colorful Karastan rug picked up at a local antiques store inspired the blue and red in the bedding, including the duvet cover from Serena & Lily. Tobe reupholstered the bench at the foot of the bed herself with fabric from Ballard Designs.

Elin's Room

Baby furniture: not required. “Vintage pieces add more personality than standard nursery ones, and they can grow with a child or move to another room,” says Tobe. Instead of a changing table, she went with a ’60s oak credenza bought at an estate sale for $150, and rather than a pricey glider, she opted for a $65 bentwood rocker from Craigslist. She already had the vintage rug, and she complemented everything with a soft blue-green on the walls (Pale Powder by Farrow & Ball). The Crate & Barrel pouf is a hand-me-down from Ava.

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