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

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