Thrifter’s haven in Roswell residence

Dena Stormer didn’t realize something about her interior design preferences until she looked at her Instagram account.

“I gravitate toward certain colors. The mustard color is in every room of my house,” she said.

The unexpected hue pops up in the mid-century modern and vintage finds from Instagram, Facebook and thrift stores she uses to decorate her Roswell home, where she constantly rearranges furniture and tackles DIY projects.

“I have an addiction to thrift stores,” she said. “It’s a little revolving door of furniture and thrifted goods around here.”


Residents: Clayton and Dena Stormer, and their basset hound, Howard Pea. Clayton is plant manager for a family-owned label manufacturer; Dena blogs at (@heartsandsharts on Instagram).

Location: Roswell

Size: 2,178 square feet, four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 1977/2013

Architectural style: Traditional

Renovations: They gutted the kitchen and installed white subway tile backsplash, Shaker-style cabinets and salt-and-pepper granite countertops. They replaced the floors and carpet, and also repainted the home.

Interior design style: Vintage, eclectic and thrifted

Favorite interior design elements: Cheap finds, such as a mid-century couch that she purchased for $550 from @AtlantaUsedFurniture on Instagram. The couch needs to be recovered, but she loved the shape, and she saw a similar couch on for several thousand dollars.

Favorite accessory: A framed map of Texas that she believes is from her great-great grandfather, who traveled by wagon to Texas. “The map is the map that he used in his travels,” she said.

Resources: Furniture and accessories from Codarus at AmericasMart Atlanta, Cantoni, Ikea, Scott Antique Market, FurKids Thrift Store (Peachtree Corners), Rugs USA, Pottery Barn and

Decor tip: When shopping at a vintage or thrift shop, look for good bones, such as sturdy frames on chairs that can be reupholstered. “Low price and great condition. That’s always the dream, and when you find it, you snatch it up and run to the register as fast as you can,” Dena said.

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