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Liven Up A Bedroom With Thrifty Finds

Vintage furniture from flea markets and thrift stores add interest without blowing your budget.

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Sitting Pretty

Small armchairs are ideal to tuck in a cozy bedroom corner. Look for a piece that is the proper scale for the space and in good condition. A good chair worth buying should have a sturdy frame and soft padding. In your bedroom, pair the chair with an ottoman, comfortable throw and a lamp to create an inviting place to read.

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Cozy Up With Vintage Quilts

Bring a handmade feel and sense of history to a space with a vintage crochet bedspread, heirloom quilt or an all-white matlasse or coverlet. Look for spreads that are machine washable and relatively free of holes or stains.

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Multipurpose Furnishings

Bedside tables are an essential part of a bedroom suite, but don't feel confined to only using furniture pieces intended to be used as side tables. Petite dressers, servers and desks can all be used as side tables that provide loads of storage. For a tight space, use an antique stool, plant stand or even a wall-mounted corbel.

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A Bright Idea

Most bedrooms will require at least one or two lamps for task lighting, for reading in bed or getting ready in front of a mirror. Vintage lamps are inexpensive and readily available at thrift stores and yard sales. Choose lamp bases with a stylish shape, and keep in mind that most surfaces can be updated with paint and lampshades are easy to replace. If the lamp is vintage, it is best to rewire before use. Kits can be purchased at home improvement stores, or it can be taken to an electrician.

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