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A Bungalow Full of Thrifty Finds & Charming Surprises

by Garrett Fleming

In the past, figurative painter and interior designer Amy Lind has been the mastermind behind her and husband Josh’s homes. When they moved into this charming, 1930s-era bungalow, however, Josh asked to be in on the decorating. With that in mind, the couple set out with a clear plan of action, eager to work together on finding their combined aesthetic. Using Pinterest, Josh collected homes and decorations he liked, then passed them off to his wife to get her thoughts. By the end of the design planning process, the couple had defined their style as “rustic, modern and simple” and were ready to put it to work in their Savannah, GA Craftsman.

Amy is a proud penny-pincher, and she’s made a game out of finding stylish steals that fit their newly-defined style. She doesn’t discriminate on where the pieces come from either. Dressers from garage sales, thrift shop chairs or the occasional dumpster-dive gem are all welcome in her home, and these found objects greatly outnumber the newer pieces. Many of the decorations she’s snagged are centered around travel, something she and her husband hold near and dear to their hearts. They even have a scratch-off map hanging in the living room that helps them keep track of everywhere they’ve been. The theme continues into the at-home studio where a plaster piece picked up on a trip to Florence serves as a stylish reminder of Amy’s time abroad. Even toddler Forrest’s room is outfitted in the look. Globes, maps and outdoorsy accessories in primary colors paint a scene perfect for letting his imagination run free.

All of these vintage finds are set against a backdrop of charming original details that you’re hard-pressed to find in newer construction. Near the downstairs phone, a quaint seat folds out of the wall, offering a little respite while you chat. This treasure alone would be enough to sway me into buying the home, but that’s not all. Behind the upstairs bookcase sits a secret room. When Forrest turns four, his parents plan on letting him see the room for the first time. Talk about a big birthday reveal! They aren’t sure how they’ll decorate the space yet, but if the rest of their home is any indication, I’m sure it will be colorful, fun and barely cost them a dime. Click through to see all of the thrifty goodness for yourself. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Amy Lind

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Secondhand frames hung all the way to the ceiling accentuate the guest bedroom's height, and the room's neutral wall color allows for colorful accessories to pop. Most of the furniture is secondhand, the rug is from HomeGoods and the curtains are from IKEA.
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Amy and Josh met while studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design, then moved to California together. Four years later, a job at the school brought Josh and his family back to Savannah, where they've settled into a 1930s-era Craftsman.
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Amy loves a steal, and most of her and Josh's home is full of affordable finds she has snagged at yard sales and vintage shops. The map (available here) above the IKEA sofa keeps track of where the family has traveled through a scratch-off system. "We love exploring new places, and it’s fun to not only keep track of where we’ve been but also look forward to future adventures with Forrest in other parts of the world!" Amy tells us.
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A is for "Amy." She painted the old shop sign a bright red to give it more of an impact. It sits next to the fireplace, a cozy home for birch branches brought back from Josh's parents' house in Vermont.
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One of the most unique parts of the 1930s house is the downstairs hallway's charming fold-out seat. It's original to the home.
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When the Linds moved in, the kitchen was the first space to get a makeover. A new backsplash, lighting design and open shelving did wonders for the outdated room. Filling those open shelves are thoughtful gifts Amy has collected over the years from friends.
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Josh and Amy's bedroom has the home's best view, that of the yard's flourishing Sycamore tree. In another stroke of garage-sale luck, Amy snagged this dresser for a steal. She then gave it new life through a coat of paint and updated hardware.
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This vintage trunk stores the family's extra linens. Above it hangs a tree needlepoint.
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An attic remodel allotted Amy enough space for an at-home studio. Now she has a comfortable place to work in from home while taking care of toddler Forrest. This part of the attic in particular got refinished floors and new skylights. It's here where Amy devised the charming artwork for the children's book "Marcel the Shell," among others.
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Extra tubes of paint and other supplies are kept tidy thanks to these flour and sugar tins. Above them hangs a plaster cast of Bernini’s St. Jerome. It was a souvenir from Amy's time studying abroad in Florence, Italy.
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Forrest's nursery is decked out in travel- and adventure-themed accessories. A vintage camping chair acting as an ottoman, a Peruvian hanging mobile, and a map bring the theme to life. Most of the family's time in this room is spent on the floor playing, so a nice rug was a must. Unable to spend a small fortune on the perfect option, the Lind Family opted for this great design from Rugs USA instead.
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Josh is currently renovating the room behind this "secret door" for their son Forrest to discover when he turns four years old. "[Josh] is always inspiring wonder, creativity, and adventure," Amy says. "We will decorate the room based on what Forrest loves at the time. Perhaps the theme will be outer space, dinosaurs, Legos, the outdoors, a library full of books, or maybe a little bit of everything."
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The lower level's floor plan.
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An aerial view of the second level.

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