Torin's Thrifted Family Home

Torin's Thrifted Family Home

Sarah Rainwater
May 4, 2010
Name: Torin Location: Providence, Rhode Island Size: 3 Bedrooms Years lived in: 3 Torin, a jewelry designer, turned her expertise for fashioning vintage beads into gorgeous colorful bangles toward refurbishing inexpensive antique furniture and, in the process, created a light, family-friendly home. A dedicated thrifter (she clued me in to at least five amazing local shops that I'd never even heard of), Torin sees potential in pieces that another might dismiss as junk. With a creative eye for paint and fabrics, she's updated or reupholstered almost all of the furniture in her home — all the more impressive considering she has a 2 year-old son and another baby on the way. The result feels modest and luxurious, with surprising elements in areas that are often overlooked: pink botanical wallpaper transforms the back hallway into a colorful jewel box and the sophisticated half bath is made dramatic with black fixtures and a Toleware chandelier. Most importantly, Torin has designed a space that feels mature without sacrificing the playfulness and personality that make a house a home. Apartment Therapy Survey: My style: Eclectic, shabby chic, retro Inspiration: Fabrics, color, Josef Frank, Scalamandé, Schumacher Favorite Element: Center hall, half bath, wallpapered back hall Biggest Challenge: The kitchen needs an update without losing the look/feel Biggest Embarrassment: The medium blue paint on the trim throughout Proudest DIY: The half bath, the dining room Biggest Indulgence: Paint and wallpaper in the hall Best advice: Buy things you love! You can always find the link between that new item and another old item. Dream source: Anthropologie, tag sales, antique stores, Benefit Street Antiques, Acushnet River Antiques, Arts & Interiors Resources of Note: Hardware: Adler's Furniture: Vintage Lighting: Toleware lighting Rugs and Carpets: West Elm, Pottery Barn Window Treatments: handmade Artwork: Andrew Moon Bain, Peg Richards, my Mom Paint: Benjamin Moore Aura Flooring: Sanded Refinished Pine Floors Thanks, Torin! Images: Sarah Rainwater • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.
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