A Thrift Store Junkie’s Wild, One-of-a-Kind 1920s House Reno — House Call

Name: Virginia Chamlee, my boyfriend, Tom, and our 13-year-old dog, Chloe
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Size: 1767 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, first-time homebuyer

Tom (my boyfriend), Chloe (our lab-shepherd mix) and I purchased our home and moved in roughly seven months ago. In the time since, we’ve gutted the kitchen, painted just about every surface in the home, hung dozens of pieces of art, and even ridden out a hurricane.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, comfortable, and vibrant

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t follow any rules and decorate for yourself! You’re the one living in the home so take risks—the only person whose opinion really matters is your own.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I go thrifting several times each week, so I’m always bringing home new (new to me, at least) artwork, furniture, sculptures and the like. Recently, I lugged home a wicker mannequin to go in the dining room. I also found a really fabulous, very Hockney-esque piece of art at a thrift store in Georgia for $10.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Probably Carrie Bradshaw—she was fearless in her personal style in the same way I am with my decorating. It’s an aesthetic that might not resonate with everyone and that’s okay. To each his own, right?

What is your favorite room and why? The bedroom is pretty dreamy—it’s a mix of pinks and burled wood. I find it really romantic and an easy place to sleep in.

Thanks, Virginia !

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