How to decorate with secondhand finds
L.A. designer Kelly LaPlante shows how to give salvaged materials stylish new purpose
For Kelly LaPlante, a leading Los Angeles-based interior designer, author, television host, and mother, green design isn't just about choosing fabrics and furniture made from sustainable materials. She prefers to help her clients find new use―and often unexpected new love―for things they already own. "There's nothing more green than keeping what you have," she says. Her own Venice loft is proof that hand-me-downs and thrift-store finds can rise to stylish new purpose.
Design: Kelly LaPlante Organic Interior Design, Venice, CA (kellylaplante.com).
After being revived with a punch of bold red low-VOC paint (try shiny-finish Sophia by Bungaloo, mybungaloo.com), it’s the star of her dining area.
Strategically placed area rugs keep rooms cozy.
"They don't have to go together, they just have to look interesting together," she says.
"The combination looks surprisingly great together," LaPlante says. "The fashion in which we hung these―all at the same centered level―holds the look together, gallery-style."
"I wanted to glam it up a bit," she says. "It's an easy way to make an ugly bathroom pretty without renovating. And those little bulbs don't use much electricity, and make everything glow."