Summer Treasure Hunts

Cheryll Gillespie Media Group - Summer Treasure Hunt

Summer vacations are an opportunity to treasure hunt for your home. I love to travel, whether by plane, train, motorcycle or automobile and part of the enjoyment is never knowing what treasures you may find along the way.

Rooms need to tell stories, to make us laugh, to ensure we ponder and they need to have personality. While we often shop the big chain stores for furniture and accessory pieces, we also need the ‘one of’s’ to make a room our own. You definitely do not want a room that looks like it stepped straight off the catalogue pages, you never want your room to be a recognizable look. What we do want is a room that is uniquely yours.

Close to home and away from home, this is estate, flea market, and garage sale season. If it looks interesting go- you never know what you may find. A few years back at a garage sale, I found a brass fish. The fish is approximately 22 inches long and well I didn’t like it in its current brassy condition but I now love it spray painted white sitting on my patio cocktail table. Everyone always asks as they sip on a glass of chardonnay while enjoying to sun where I got it and can they order one. Unfortunately or lucky for me I think it’s a ‘one of’. At yet another, I have bought a 8 foot cactus, a 12 foot dracaena tree, a granite wine bottle holder, to many candle sticks to count ( and for a few dollars a piece there is no hesitation to paint them a wacky hue and get creative), numerous antique pieces, a couple of great paintings (no velvet Elvis’s), picture frames, and so many more treasures. On a road trip not too far from home, we stopped at a little junk store and ended up buying a 150 lb chunk of amethyst crystal – so fabulous!

These treasures are not only brilliant and fabulous pieces for the home but they help preserve memories of great day and wonderful times, they bring uniqueness and individuality to your rooms. So stop the car, break up the road trip with a few treasure seeking pit stops, keep your eyes peeled for interesting little shops and the ‘estate sale signs. Get the girls together for a Friday evening garage sale gathering. Wear comfortable shoes, bring the truck and cash. But, most importantly, put on your designer cap- you need to be able to see past the items current condition, past the grime and the dirt, beyond the tattered frame, blah wood finish, weathered exterior, you need to recognize the potential, the diamond in the rough.

How to create a fabulous home – look for one of kind items that you’ll only find in your space. Show off your creativity, even the most expensive, incredible luxurious estates desire the one of’s so whether you seek them out yourselves or hire a designer to do it for you this is how we create those very special spaces that we love to call home.

About Cheryll

Cheryll’s keen eye for detail and sense of style has led to a growing and successful career in interior design and the media. Cheryll ran an interior design firm in Western Canada for 15 years, specializing in both commercial and residential design work. As an established and celebrated designer, she began to share her expertise with a national audience – through public speaking, television, radio and print. Today, in addition to hosting two popular national radio shows, Cheryll writes for over 290 newspaper publications a column on construction, design and décor, making her one of the most successful syndicated columnists in Canada.