If you’re like me, you have champagne taste but a beer budget. It’s how I thought of the name for my business, Upscale Downhome. I’m always in search of upscale decor items that fit into my down home budget. I’m Sarah Ives, blogger and Etsy entrepreneur, and am excited to become a regular contributor for the Decorating on a Dime series here at Second Hand Social. I’m a lover of home and home decor and am inspired by texture, design, and patina. I love vintage and handmade items because they have a spirit of their own and give life to any space.
I write my blog, Upscale Downhome, from a small town girl’s perspective. It’s where I share my adventures in decorating, collecting and designing from second hand finds. Since the Holiday season is upon us, here is a peek of one of my favorite projects from last year. I purchased this federal style convex mirror at a garage sale for $5. It was circa 1960s and made of plastic so I wasn’t afraid to play with it a bit and give it an Upscale Downhome spin. After a coat of bright red spray paint and and mirror marker it became a fun alternative to a Christmas wreath on my back door.
My Etsy shop is also called Upscale Downhome and it’s where I sell my own line of curtain tie backs, as well as, repurposed and vintage items that I find as I scour estate sales, auctions and flea markets. Creating my line of curtain accessories is a labor of love for me. I repurpose vintage jewelry and fabric and use a juxtaposition of materials to help create a one-of-a-kind look for your home. Not only are my unique, they are versatile because they allow you to change the look of your decor in seconds. This is accomplished through the use of neodymium magnets. Change your tie backs seasonally or at your every whim; the choice is up to you and the possibilities are endless!
I also stock vintage items in my shop because I discover so many amazing treasures in my adventures. My Holiday collection features lots of gentlemen deer antlers which are quite plentiful here in Wisconsin. I give them a bit of an Upscale Downhome makeover by repurposing vintage plaid hunting shirts.
Here’s another favorite vintage find currently listed in my shop…vintage faux stag handled barware accessories.
I look forward to posting fun vintage finds and decorating ideas every Thursday on Second Hand Social. I hope to inspire your creativity for your own home through the projects that I share. Follow Upscale Downhome on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.