I Love Garage Sales!

Todd Oldham explains the necessity of imagination.

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This was a particularly exciting challenge for me because the safety net of good choices and fine taste that the Pacific Design Center offers was tossed out the window. It was time for reinvention and fast imaginations.

A lot of good ideas were in action and these were among my favourites. Goil's peculiar and smart re-imaging of a pair of dilapidated antique chairs seemed new and brilliant when he chopped the back legs off and slipped them over a ledge to level it out. It is a treat to see Goil in action.


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Ryan came up with some terrific ideas. Loved his portable table and bench with the beautiful painted targets top and seats. I saw that table work perfectly before the judging so I know that must have been very frustrating for him when it didn't work for the judges.

Ryan's technique of painting on a lazy susan is super smart and a terrific idea to execute at home. Matt worked miracles. With his client into Armani casa but on serious beer budget Matt made fantastic choices that looked upscale. My favourite was the terrific and odd double lamp base into wall mounted shade. It is such a thrill to see something you've never seen before.


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Carisa pulled a sophisticated punch by making great choices and actually found a few humble design icons to work with.

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So check out your local garage sales. You never know what you'll find and the inspiration that comes from the visual mash up that is the garage sale is always invigorating.

Happy shopping and stay tuned.