I'm humbled and grateful for the recent attention to my black & white living room. No magazine photo shoot or book publication, but it was still nice to see my living room design featured and shared on three separate Internet sites. One site was a surprise site feature I discovered while doing a Google search: My living room was featured as "Steal This Look - Focal Point Styling Edition" at a relatively new site called Chairish. The site used my living room photo to curate a collection of product on their site to sell. Great concept, especially since the site sells cool vintage pieces. Thankfully, Chairish included a link-back to by blog in their feature. The second feature was from HomeGoods, who shared the photo I had pinned (to the Design Happy board) via their social media channels on Facebook and Twitter as a Friday Fave. On Facebook, the photo received 7003 likes and was shared 366 times. One Pinterest, the image was repinned 419 times. Along with these two features, I also received an email from a New Orleans based Stylist / Blogger, author of, complimenting me on my style and asking me if she could use my photos to post a feature on her blog - Delighted and grateful, I said yes - You can read Whitney's post at Designer Love: Lynda Quintero-Davids Black and White Living Room. Thank you for the features and shares. Here is the story behind my thrifted chic black & white living room style...

Of all the seasonal changes I've done to our rental  home here in AZ, I think Jeff and I enjoyed this the most. It's an eclectic mix of past and present - our past with thrift finds from Florida mixed with  unique finds to Arizona (such as the cow skull Jeff brought home from work one day.) The buffet at the window was one of my first thrift finds I refinished for our first home we bought together in 2006, topped with a B&W Rothko print I found here at Goodwill AZ. The directors chairs and wood + chrome end tables were from the Salvation Army thrift in Pembroke Pines, FL, while the lacquered burl wood parson side table was given to use from a neighbor after I was loving it during our neighborhood garage sale. She had told me it was from 1stDibs - which was the first time I had ever heard of it (back in 2009). The white shag rug - is actually two 5x8 rugs - I found on our first paint trip to Home Depot when we moved out to Arizona (a true steal at only $19 each!) 

The black picture frames, with B&W landscape photos (I made from calender images) are old fitting room frames that were going to be trashed at my old job (at JCP). The two silver frames (leaning at the wall unit) were also fitting room frames - I replaced images with fabric my friend Jose gave me back in Florida. The Nate Berkus Fringed Dhurrie Runner was a fantastic find on HSN for only $30. The window rods I was able to repurpose from our Florida home, but I couldn't use any of the panels (even though most are 96"). Since this place we're renting has so many more windows, I washed and hung (8 new) canvas drop cloths for window panels - and I did find enough sheers (long enough) from Goodwill AZ. Both help to defuse the light, block heat in summer and block cold in winter. Other finds from Goodwill are the brass accents, along with some books, trays and bowls too. The black box and stripe boxes were from HomeGoods: one holds remotes, the other holds some of Sephora's cat toys.

The gold mirror gallery wall is a collection of mirrors I've gathered from working at JCPenney, deals at HomeGoods and finds from thrift. Painting them different shades of gold helped unite them for the focal point behind the sofa. The TV wall unit and one tribal lumbar pillow were from Ikea (3 years apart!) The black shades and maze pillows I picked up at HomeGoods here in AZ, while the chrome buffet lamps, houndstooth throw, and Barcelona chair I got at HomeGoods in Miami. The mercury lamps were from (back in '08). The bamboo & glass coffee table (I painted gold) is from Faith Farm Thrift in Ft. Lauderdale, while the small solid wood pedestal table (between the directors chairs) was a $10 find here at Goodwill AZ.

 The Ralph Lauren book is probably my favorite gift I've ever received: When I worked at JCPenney, I planned and coordinated the cross-divisional rollout for American Living in our Aventura store. At the time, this launch was a pretty big deal: American Living was deigned by Ralph Lauren exclusively for JCPenney. I think the deal sprung up because the CEO was neighbor to RL - anyhow - my then boss, Mack T. Jones knew of my love and admiration for Ralph Lauren, so when the rollout was complete - meaning our store was set with fixtures, construction, merchandise, signing and display rigs PLUS we had also passed inspection by a corporate visit - including representatives of Ralph Lauren - Mr. Jones called me into his office and gave me the book as a "thank you" for a job well done. He even signed it - and we still keep in touch via LinkedIn.

 The look has definitely been collected over time and done on a slim budget - achievable with a little savvy shopping, a simple shift, and shopping thrift - not to mention, it reflects my wardrobe choices as well! Have you gone thrifting or been to HomeGoods  lately? What were some of your finds?

Thank you again for the features...

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 ... and thanks for stopping by!

Note: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods and shared on the Happy By Design board on Pinterest. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.


  1. You are so talented! I will share your post on FB and Google+ because I think everyone should see what you can do.

  2. Beautifully done! Love how you mixed items you've picked up over the years from so many sources. You are definitely an inspiration!

  3. Congratulations!! I love your style ever since I first saw you in RMS. I have follow you since then keep up the great work!!!!!



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