Magazine article Sunset

Salvage with Style

Magazine article Sunset

Salvage with Style

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Turn secondhand finds into decorating gold with tips from an expert bargain hunter

FOR VICTORIA SMITH, creator of the design blog sfgiribybay.com, recycling is not just about doing the right thing-it's also about creating her own look. From flea markets and garage and estate sales to the Internet and even the curb, Smith finds treasures and weaves them into the tableau of her ever-evolving San Francisco apartment. "Things from the past just need imagination and a little fixing up to get a whole new life," she says. "People do it with cars. Why not with furniture?"

Though she's not against buying a new piece when necessary (her sofa is from Room 81 Board, for example), Smith believes nothing can compare to the thrill of discovery that comes with a secondhand find. Her credo: 'Things don't have to be new to be stylish and beautiful." INFO Follow Smith's creative shopping adventures on her blog (sfgirlbybay.com). see more images of her apartment at sunset.com/sfgirlbybay

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STATEMENT LIGHT

Apartment dweller Victoria Smith so coveted this Venetian glass pendant owned by the previous tenants that she agreed to do their final move-out cleaning in exchange for it.

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AFFORDABLE ART

Unified by simple Ikea frames, promotional postcards share a wall with original designs by friends and Etsy artists (etsy. …

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