Judy Aldridge Gives Her Home a Boho Thrift-Store Makeover
Ever feel like you want to scrap all of your décor and start from scratch? You are not alone. Style setter Judy Aldridge, the voice behind Atlantis Home and mother of fashion blogger Jane of Sea of Shoes, has proven that you can start all over and create a beautiful home—without breaking the bank. She recently reached out to us to share details about her thrift-store makeover of her home in Dallas, Texas, and we couldn’t help but think it was one of the most ingenious ideas.
After virtually emptying her home, she decided to redo it “with items only from the thrift store—and possible a few drive-by estate sales.” She also elected to shop only at charity-run thrift stores “so that everyone benefits!” For her furniture, she purposely chose basic pieces, be it a simple wood coffee table or a traditional sofa reupholstered in a busy print, hoping to inspire others to make affordable finds their own. “The thrift gods have shined on me in terms of some really incredible finds,” she says.
Read on to hear more from Aldridge about her major makeover!
MYDOMAINE: What inspired you to make over your home in this way?
JUDY ALDRIDGE: I have always dreamed of being able to empty my home and refill it with items from the thrift store. I’m a dedicated thrifter, and I see so many amazing things every week that have been “abandoned” at thrift stores. I love the idea of shopping at charity-run-only stores, such as Genesis Women’s Shelter, Salvation Army, and Carrolton Food Bank, so my purchases gave back to great causes. It’s a great way to completely upcycle your home!
MD: Was there a reason you wanted to start with a clean slate?
JA: My house was redone about five years ago, and it looked great, but I was ready for some items that were not so precious. I wanted it to be more personal, more casual, and less cluttered.
MD: What tips would you give to other shopping thrift or vintage stores?
JA: Go often. Be patient. Become a label reader, flip pieces over, and find out who the maker is! You never know when you might turn up a piece of Knoll or fabulous old Henredon or even a piece of Thayer Coggin! Imagine new legs, fabric, or a fresh coat of paint. Study rooms that you love, and seek out those pieces—they are there—sometimes you just need to push your imagination.
MD: How would you describe the new look of your home?
JA: That’s a great question—I have so many adjectives! First of all I want to say that I’m totally pleased with the outcome. I don’t want to change a thing. I would call my newly upcycled home tranquil, cozy, interesting, and eclectic—and totally me!
MD: What was your greatest find?
JA: The amazing Syrian kilim textiles that I ended up using all over my bedroom—that doesn’t happen often! I also love the baby faux Victorian sofa with the giant down cushion. I left that completely alone, but of course, my Chihuahuas have claimed it.
Curious about the costs of this makeover? Judy has kindly shares the breakdown with us:
• Total Furniture Purchases: $1250
Includes dining chairs and table, 3 large chairs, 3 side chairs, 2 chests, 1 armoire, 1 sofa, and 1 small sofa
• Total Fabric Purchases: $734
Includes fabric for sofa, green chairs, side chairs, and "cute lady chair," ranging from $8/yd. to $30/yd.
• Upholstery Costs: $2000
Includes 3 chairs, 1 sofa, and 3 dining chairs
• Total Art Purchases: $800
• Total Paint Supply Costs for Chests and Side Chairs: $600
• Grand Total: $5384
Visit Judy's Instagram, @AtlantisHome, to see in-progress shots of her decorating project!