Second hand is a desirable trait when decorating or entertaining at home. Unless you have a strong preference for ultra-modern interiors, chances are you like a cozier setting that includes slightly aged objects and repurposed furnishings on occasion. This design approach is not only charming, but it’s also eco-friendly … recycle and repurpose with style! Today, Stephanie Jones, of me & mrs. jones, illustrates our point and uncovers the potential of how well you really CAN decorate with second-hand style!
me & mrs. jones is a decorative painting studio and shop with two Mid-South locations. In addition to exquisite custom work, class offerings and DIY supplies, me & mrs. jones is also a wonderful local source for vintage furniture and fixtures, as well as locally made decor and gifts. Find a variety of fantastic and affordable items to give your home a little springtime pick-me-up, both inside and out. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find:
Kantha quilts found at me & mrs. jones are made from vintage sari fabrics and make wonderful throws for your sofa or bed. You might also use them as curtains or for upholstery. $95 each
Customers at me & mrs. jones love to take home olive baskets to use in creative ways at home: flipped over and made into pendant light fixtures or as-is for holding firewood, recycling or ferns on the porch. $78 each
Have you ever considered the charm and style of old jars for holding dog biscuits, clothespins, laundry soap or sand and a candle? Find these versatile pharmacy jars at me & mrs. jones. $52 each
Enamel baby tub
This Eastern European piece, an enamel baby tub, would be fun to repurpose as a wine or champagne cooler, a fern or herb planter on the deck, to hold towels in the guest bath, or to collect toys and dolls in a girl’s playroom. $265
Reclaimed wood boxes
These boxes at me & mrs. jones were made from old fence boards by a local craftsman, and they’re perfect for pillar candles and baby pumpkins in the fall, ivy and tulips in the spring, and fresh greenery and vintage Christmas ornaments for the holidays. $32 to $42
Tools for at-home DIY
The decorative painting studio and boutique at me & mrs. jones has many layers of activity and inventory to enjoy. Customers and students can visit two locations, one in Midtown and one in Germantown, for ideas and all of the instruction, materials and tools they need to go home and make something gorgeous.
A new how-to guide: Upstyle Your Furniture
Did you know that Stephanie has a new book out that just launched this month? Upstyle Your Furniture is a beautiful and reliable reference for anyone in need of inspiration for decorating with repurposed furnishings.
Thank you, Stephanie, for today’s clever examples of how to decorate and entertain with imaginative, second-hand style. And congratulations on the launch of your new book!
Do you enjoy going on a hunt for local treasures like these? There are many treasures throughout the Mid-South, and you can find them in the SB Memphis Guide!