Decorating in the Twilight Zone

Sometimes some very weird stuff happens to me related to decorating and, oddly enough, estate sales.  Like the time I was pregnant and tracking down vintage Fisher Price Little People for my unborn child.  I had a dream that I went to an estate sale and found a Little People barn layed out on a blanket.  The next day, I went to some garage and estate sales.  And guess what I saw layed out on a blanket . . .

fisher price farm

vintage Fisher Price Little People barn 

Last summer, within a month’s time, I worked with three new clients who lived next door to previous clients – but I was not referred by the next door neighbor.  In two of those cases, they had never even met their neighbor!  Believe me, I was careful to give them very different interior paint color palettes from their neighbors!



Anyway, yesterday I had another weird decorating/estate sale experience.  When I approached the home of a new client, I immediately recognized that is was the very house where I had attended an estate sale about three weeks prior.  In fact, I bought this vintage chaise lounge chair from that sale:

vintage chaise lounge


I even snapped a few pictures on my cell phone of the house’s interior. I took this photo of the wood paneling – there’s a whole lot of it – and the stereo system with not only a cassette deck, but also an 8-track!!! Oh, and that’s an American eagle on that light switch cover.

1970s paneling

blurry cell phone photo from when I attended the estate sale 

And of course, I imagined what I could do to update the interior while enhancing the interesting architecture.  And that’s exactly what I was asked to do by the new owners yesterday!

wood paneling before


I don’t believe in coincidences, so I think I was meant to help this house. How cool and weird is that?  Does anybody want to guess what year this house was built?

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22 thoughts on “Decorating in the Twilight Zone

  1. Janet Voltaggio says:

    I believe in the synchronicity of things! This house is a wonderful canvas for you and I can’t wait to see your impact! My guess on year built is 1965!

  2. MaryCC says:

    I agree there are no coincidences in life. You are where you are supposed to be in the grand scheme of things.
    How about 1962 ?

  3. Susan Dahlstrom says:

    So I’m going to guess 1970, the year I graduated from High School! The curtain valance and color of brick fireplace say early 1970’s to me.
    I can’t wait to see what you are able to do with furniture arrangement for the weird placement of the fireplace.

  4. Mary says:

    Because of the theme about coincidences, I’m going to second the guess of the person who said “the year you were born”!

  5. Hilary Maloney says:

    I have had similar experiences with shopping thrift and vintage. One night before a day of scouring thrift shops, I had a dream that I would find the perfect blue velvet wing-back chair for my parents bedroom. I found it in the first shop I stopped in and bought it for $25. The same thing happened with my husbands fabulous spanish-made brown leather wing tip shoes that I purchased for $18. Loved hearing your story like this!

  6. Gina says:

    I believe it was meant to be, of course, and I’m also third in line guessing that the house was built the year you were born, maybe just a tad earlier…

  7. Jenny B. says:

    I’m going to guess early 1970’s. The house I grew up in was built in 1975. Our living room had the same paneling, and my parents’ bedroom had those same beams. 🙂

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