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A Colorful Midwestern Home Filled with Flea Market Finds

by Amy Azzarito

Thirteen years ago, Jennifer Harrison-Ciacchi, and her husband Raymond Ciacchi Jr. built this home in Euclid, a suburb outside of Cleveland along Lake Erie. And built is not a euphemism – they hammered nails, drove screws, painted walls.  This is one handy couple. They are the owners of Sharkey and Son Construction Co. located in Cleveland. The couple has five children who are all grown and out on their own. They also have a love for rescuing dogs and now have five rescues – Max, Mila, Maggy, Rigby and Ernesto. Five must be a lucky number. They have a love for East Coast style homes and since they live on a lake, they decided to channel the look of a Maine cottage. To keep things fresh, Jennifer changes the look every four years. It sounds like an expensive prospect but with her flea market and garage-sale savvy she’s able to keep the budget in check. (But, Raymond does say that the basement is a bit like an antique mall – I’d love to sign up to shop there!)  Thanks Jennifer and Raymond and a big thank you to Anisa Rrapaj for all the lovely photographs! –Amy

Image above: This room has had the most transformations, but sitting in front of the fireplace now I can say I have found contentment with my latest decisions. The rug is a Moroccan boucherouite rug from Morocco. The painting is a signed oil I found hidden in a warehouse sale for $20. It has the coolest old wooden frame around it.

Image above: Some of the first things I ever purchased for our home are in this room, our dining room. The lights were from a garage sale. I found them wrapped in garbage bags on the floor with all the beads in the bottom of the bag. When I got them home and put them together, they were awesome – for $3. The chairs are from the historical Cleveland- based Higbee’s from their ice cream parlor that was located in the basement of the store. I purchased 6 of them for a $1 each and reupholstered them with a cowhide rug I had. The rug I got on ebay from Turkey is a 13ft kilim rug, I’m in love with it and the color it brings to this room. My table was out of a flower shop, it’s what they used for their work station. The top has an amazing patina which adds to the character.


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Image above: The steps were carpeted and one day I decided to rip it off, and I must say I am happy with that decision. This floor is an open floor plan and having the steps painted was a great way of drawing your eye to the design of the decor. The planters are West Elm, the throw is from Ikea, the pillows are Anthropologie and Target.

Image above: The best thing about this photograph is those brass shelves. I garbage-picked them two weeks ago. Rug, pillows and stool are all Nate Berkus from Target.

Image above: The brass clock was a garage sale find. The artists behind the paintings are sisters who I recently discovered on Instagram –NG Collective. The cabinet is from Ikea and I call the display on top my “stuff” collection.

Image above: My friends found this vintage tulip table for me at the thrift store. I love waking up in the morning and sitting here with a hot cup of coffee watching the snow fall outside. My chairs are vintage outdoor Russell Woodard that I found on Etsy. The light, rug and brass curtain rods are from West Elm.

Image above: This stool means a lot to me. It was my grandmother’s stool. She used it in the garage to stand on when she couldn’t reach. The weaving is from Janelle Pietrzak whom I just adore. She designed this one just for me.

Image above: I found this cabinet in the trash on a tree lawn and drove home with it on the roof of my car. Score!


Image above: This is my quiet place, when I need to get away from the noise I come up to our bedroom and look out the window that faces the lake and grab a moment for myself. I purchased this hat trunk from one of my best girlfriends, Shannon Vance, owner of Stash Style located in Cleveland OH. I found the lamp at a garage sale for $1 and the African rug at an estate sale for $10.

Image above: My headboard is a giant barn door that I purchased from a friend. It took my sister and I two hours to get it up to our bedroom located on the third floor. She still likes to remind me of it.  The blanket is a vintage coverlet from a local thrift store. The pillows are from Anthropologie and Target.

Image above: Bedroom nook! The chair I did in an upholstery class. I found the unicorn pillow at an estate sale. The little wooden side table is a pig emulsion container. Luggage and furs are from a garage sale.

Image above: I am crazy for vintage jewelry and accessories. I bought the vintage tool boxes from Stash Style – they have hand painted tools in them with hooks, so it made it easy and fun for my collection.

Image above: I don’t like to see TVs as part of the home decor, wires etc. So I had bought this cabinet from Reincarnation, a local antique store, for my husband to put his tools in in the garage. Well, shortly after, I realized that I loved it so much that I brought it in the house to make it our TV / entertainment / electronics etc. cabinet. Yep, our TV is in there. This is where my husband and I cuddle under the blanket and watch all of our recorded TV shows. There’s windows all the way around this room so we call it the enclosed porch. In the summer, we love to open the windows with the summer breeze off the lake and sit in the morning and drink my coffee.

Image above: When the kids lived with us, this was their media room, their hang-out space. Once they left I finally got the office I have been wanting. This old tool cabinet was a find on Craigslist for $35. Everything is original, when I washed it I made sure I didn’t wipe off the handwriting that labels the drawers. It speaks of someone’s hobbies, it has its own stories to tell from each drawer, and I love that about it. There are huge leather handles on each side and those are the casters it came with. The popcorn maker I found at a flea market; it will make a cute terrarium for me one day.

Image above: One of the best pieces I have ever found, my desk! The whole thing is painted pink and seafoam green, it’s galvanized metal with doors on one side. I found it in Springfield Ohio’s flea market extravaganza they have twice a year. The poster is from a warehouse sale for $3 and the owl light from a yard sale for $5. These are some of my favorite treasures in this room.

Image above: To keep the flow of color for the room, I made this wallpaper wall out of plywood, trim and Anthropologie wallpaper. My work table is an old flower cart my mom found while shopping at garage sales 10 years ago for $5. I made the lamp shade out of galvanized metal and hung it over an Ikea chandelier. The copper steeple piece came from a local church that was having their roof replaced.

Image above: Ikea shelving, and this chair was in a dumpster behind a store. I walked in and asked if I could have it. They told me “go ahead,” so I did. I reupholstered it and had the base redipped in chrome and now I have a beautiful Milo Baughmann chair for close to nothing. That’s cool, if I must say.

Image above: That little outdoor thermostat is an old New Orleans advertisement piece that I found the summer of Katrina and it’s close to my heart for many reasons due to that tragedy in our country, and may I add it still works. I have a mad obsession for jackalope mounts, you see them all over in the photos here and there. But the wooden rosary is huge and awesome, I recently found it at an estate sale for a gift, but once I hung it there I couldn’t part with it.


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  • You have children that are out of the house? You’re gorgeous. You look way to young to be able to say that. Ha. Your home is gorgeous. You have a great eye for style, and a great bargain. Would have loved to see pictures of your rescues as well, but I did see one of them lounging around the breakfast nook. Too cute!! I can’t believe some of the things you have pulled out of the trash. Lucky girl.

  • Your so talented!! Love your house. I myself am a thrift store decorator. Just wish I could but it all together like you have. Great job!!!!:)

    • I loved all of this! Where is the sofa/chaise from? It would be perfect for a small living room space I have.
      Thank you,

  • I was so glad to see the brass shelves in your home. I bought mine over 30 years ago, used, and was wondering whether to keep, discard, or paint. You just answered that question for me. I love it and your home is beautiful!

  • As a fellow Clevelander (who now resides in DC) and flea market lover I must say I am in love with your home! I’m obsessed with black, white, neutrals and pops of color. Your place has a story and that’s awesome!

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