Welcome to 2017! Every month, Eleanor Bothwell of Bothwell Farrington Design scours Craigslist for the latest listings to see what furniture or home decor items have great potential, either as pieces that can instantly refresh the look of a room, or pieces that with a little DIY love, can be easily transformed to suit your taste.

Thrifty and with a terrific eye, Eleanor’s ‘pulls’ are affordable and will surely spark your creativity.

Which piece speaks to you most?

I love the contrast between the wood and black lacquer, and this could work in a TV room with kids that like to jump on/off the furniture (even though they’re not supposed to). But it’s cool, because this only costs $80 and looks stylish as &*$%.

Chairs. Table. Scandi awesome at its affordable-est. They’ll do just the chairs for $600, but why split up a family? And the table is extendable, so you could maybe actually host Christmas dinner next year…or not!

I was initially drawn to the table, which is brass-tastic, on trend and totally affordable, but that lamp isn’t too shabby either. Perfect for a boudoir revamp or as a cute friend in a reading nook. (Also pairs well with a bottle of red wine.)

Kinda digging the wood look of these chairs, but they would also be gorgeous painted a bright yellow with a marble bistro style table…

Marble Top Table $95

Marble Top Table – $95

…Like THIS one. BOOM. (Those chairs are already sold. I know, I know.)

Unusual Accent Chairs - $225 ($400 for both)

Unusual Accent Chairs – $225 ($400 for both)

These would be super cool at the end of a bed or on either side of a piece of art. Maybe against a big kelly green or royal blue accent wall? There’s just something about them…

Now you have all the vintage teak room in the world for those socks you got. Maybe some underwear too. Or DVDs. Cause those are vintage too now. Sigh.