Good Morning America's co-anchor Lara Spencer discusses her newest book and shares one-of-a-kind tips on all things interior design.
While her full-time gigs include co-anchoring Good Morning America and hosting/producing HGTV’s Flea Market Flip, Lara Spencer still finds the time to pursue her passion for interior design. Her second book, Flea Market Fabulous (out September 17), aims to solve common design problems with creative tricks that reinvent spaces.
Here, Spencer opens up about her inspirations and shares one-of-a-kind tips on all things interior décor.
What inspired you to create HGTV's Flea Market Flip?
Lara Spencer: What inspired me is my passion for interior design and my love of flea markets and hunting for one-of-a-kind pieces to create rooms that are really special and loaded with personality. Creating a show that combines my skill set in TV with my passion for design and vintage accessories was like creating a dream job.
Tell us about your second book, Flea Market Fabulous.
LR: Once the first book [I Brake For Yard Sales] was done, [I wanted to] put all that know-how into various design dilemmas so that people can see it in action and get inspired. This book takes almost a dozen design dilemmas of real families [and] real rooms and my team and I solve [them] using all furniture that has been rescued, recycled, or reinvented, either from their home or yard sales, flea markets, or thrift shops.
What would you say to a person who thinks flea markets are only for people on a budget?
LR: I would say that you don’t know what you’re missing. I’ve seen some of the most celebrated, high-end interior designers first in line at flea markets because they know that’s where you can find pieces that create a room filled with personality and individual style. You can find the most incredible, serious art [and] mid-century design from the highest end makers and you can find pieces that are totally unique.
How can we seamlessly transition a room from summer into fall?
LR: Well, the obvious answer is pillows. You can find terrific tribal-patterned pillows at flea markets that have really chunky textures and big earth tones. Get rid of the white linen and the crisp navy blue and swap them out for big, chunky-textured, African tribal-themed pillows. Oh, and lots of candles!
How can we make a room look bigger?
LR: My number one tip for small spaces is choosing furniture that does double duty. My sofa is actually an L-shaped platform that I had built, and, once you remove all the big fluffy pillows, it’s the perfect-sized bed for my two kids. My coffee table is a trunk, so there is tons of storage in that. I took the door off of one of the closets and turned it into my office [by building] shelves and wall-papering the interior of it. Everything does more than one thing in my apartment, including me!
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