Podcast, Ep. 204 thrifting expert Margie of Thrift & Tell

Thrift and Tell How to Decorate Podcast

We have a fun guest for you today as we welcome Margie from the fashion blog, Thrift and Tell. She is a consignment and thrifting expert, and is sharing her best tips on purchasing luxury items for your wardrobe and home.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Margie’s clever philosophies on getting a great deal
  • How to mix high and low style in your home
  • Margie’s favorite places to shop for deals
  • The importance of patience when shopping
  • Where you should invest your money vs. when to look for a bargain
  • How to tune out trends

Decorating Dilemma


I have met my match with the interior design plan of one room in our recent new home build–Downstairs family room. It is just UGH! I am so over it. Seriously.

First, the size of the room is not being cooperative. At 25′ x 19′, For some reason, we did NOT put electrical outlets in the floor (stupid stupid stupid) assuming the sofa would go against the wall and end lamps would be plugged in at the wall, NOT! The room is too wide (I feel) to provide proper space viewing distance between tv and seating sooooo, we moved the sofa and chairs closer to the tv but now we have this huge empty dead wall and gap space.

Second, Moving the sofa closer to tv, now we have NO way to plug table lamps in so lighting is off. (NO adding floor outlets is not an option as they are on cement slab (basement) I have limited furnishings picked out thus far, so I really need a plan to proceed.

Third, I have already commissioned the draperies and they are in the process, but a sample pic attached, I purchased the sofa (pic attached) and am having two English rolled armchairs and a 40″ upholstered square ottoman reupholstered as we speak. I also have an entertainment cabinet that we purchased to house the tv and do not want the tv mounted onto the wall. (pic attached) ALL other furnishings are open to recommendations. I need rug(s), end tables, lamps, art, stols, shelves, etc but with no clear vision, I am just not wanting to go further. All the other “stuff” in the room is from a previous home and need not be considered permanent.

I feel that the room’s size is begging for multi-purpose area, besides a wet bar and entertainment viewing space, but don’t know if a games table/chairs would work or perhaps an at home office space? I just can’t get a vision. I do feel it is begging for a gallery wall of art because I have rather large statement pieces on the walls upstairs and feel adding more “big” pieces downstairs might look repetitive and too formal for a family room.

 I do hope you will be able to offer recommendations on how to proceed to maximum this space to its fullest. As you can see, it has a lovely view to the lake and leads to the outdoor kitchen and al fresco dining space so we don’t need a breakfast nook or other dining options. The area is primarily for company and for television/movie nights.

Please, I beg you, provide your most insightful advice asap so I can put this headache to bed.  I am grateful for any direction you can put me on the path toward a satisfactory completion. 



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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.