Surfing flickr we came across a photostream from Sylvie Oxman, the Los Gatos-based owner of Blossom Home Vintage Furnishings. Sylvie refurbishes vintage furniture and recently re-did her own livingroom using some of her salvaged finds. Before/after pics are after the jump.
This is the before.Better Homes & Gardens featured the project as a Best Under 5K Update, but Sylvie's flickr set has the tell-all, with more pictures and notes.
This is the after.Cottage Style's fatal flaw is usually its antiquated preciousness, but this room's great color palette and its brightness and sense of space feel more modern. What makes it work for us is the large, B&W fabric print on the wall above the sofa, which gives breathing room to all the other colors and patterns. And the addition of that vintage alphabet cube is a stroke of subtle graphic genius. Sylvie's shop set is also worth checking out.