Your ability to create your dream home has more to do with perseverance than with the money in your bank account. For homeowner Larissa Jenkins, her next antique find is only a click away. “Most of my antiques are from Craigslist,” she says. “People must not know what they have, because they are almost giving their stuff away.” With a little paint and some stunning steals, these Craigslist antiques have helped Larissa create a lavish home on a reasonable budget.
Date with Fate
In 2013, Larissa and her husband, Michael, were on their way to Shenandoah, Iowa, to look at a promising home, but it was sold by the time they got there. Disappointed, they decided to take a drive around the area and spotted another home for sale that they instantly fell in love with. “We talked to the owner, and she had put up her for sale sign only an hour before we got there,” says Larissa. It was fate.
They loved what the house had to offer, but it needed some love. By replacing ceiling fans with chandeliers, putting up wallpaper and filling the home with her Craigslist antique treasures, she integrated her style into the older foundation of the home.
Larissa kept her changes minimal to maintain the integrity of the early 20th-century home. “This house felt Old Worldly, and I started buying French antiques to add a European feel to it,” she says. Living in between two cities as they do, there aren’t a lot of options in the way of antiques stores. That leaves thrift stores, garage sales and Craigslist antiques, which can turn up some surprising quality pieces.
Don’t get discouraged if your home doesn’t come together right away. It takes time and patience to find the good pieces.
Larissa has found several French chairs on Craigslist—most of them for around $50. What she loves most about these antique pieces are the stories behind them and the character they bring to her home. “Almost every piece I’ve bought has a story behind it,” she says. “[The sellers] will tell me the history and what it means to them.” But don’t get discouraged if your home doesn’t come together right away. It takes time and patience to find the good pieces. “It’s hard when you really want something and you’ve been looking for years, but you just have to wait for the right piece. It will eventually come to you,” she says.
The Small Things
To bring her own character to the home, Larissa relies on the basics. “Adding candles and fresh flowers to a room makes it feel beautiful and elegant,” she says. These small additions go a long way in making her home beautiful and period-appropriate.
“Adding candles and fresh flowers to a room makes it feel beautiful and elegant.”
Larissa sticks to greens, browns and pinks in the home, choosing popular colors during the time the home was built. “I love pink, so I try to bring pink in whenever possible,” she says. Whether it’s in flowers, blankets or furniture, Larissa has found a way to incorporate this romantic hue into every room of the house.
“Almost every piece I’ve bought has a story behind it. [The sellers] will tell me the history and what it means to them.”
Who knew that so many surprises were waiting to be found? Hit the internet and see how simply you could incorporate these gorgeous treasures into your cottage.
Want more help finding the right Craigslist Antiques? Check out this post on How to Spot High-Quality Vintage Furniture.