POCA - Jennifer Rader's Putnam County apartment reflects her personality - cheerful and bright.
It looks as though she spent hours and lots of money achieving the perfect blend of shabby and chic, with a crisp color scheme that incorporates neutrals and black with pops of red.
The first part of that is right - Rader has put time and care into her apartment, located above a business on Main Street here.
As for the second part - spending lots of money? No way.
Rader, who works as an office manager for a doctor's office in Teays Valley, minds her pennies at home, too. Just about every single purchase for her three-bedroom apartment was a bargain find.
"Practically everything I've got is from estate sales, yard sales and flea markets," she said.
Rader has a knack for putting it all together, the secret being her strong but clean color scheme.
The dining room table has a distressed painted finish; the table is off-white and the chairs are red. It looks as though it matches the library table placed against an adjacent wall.
The two were separate acquisitions. The dining set was a bartered find - she traded it for babysitting. The library table was purchased at an estate sale.
"Even the legs look alike," Rader noted.
Each room is anchored by a few signature pieces, and Rader is willing to pay more for those. The living room sofa, loveseat and chair were purchased new; a red checked chair came from a primitives shop in Milton. It is an older chair that has been recovered.
One of her most favorite pieces of furniture is a red armoire that holds her television.
It was $250 at a yard sale, but Rader knew it was a quality piece that had cost much more new.
"It was meant to be," she said of its color. She knew it would be a focal point in her living room, so it was worth the price.
Her oversized coffee table was a thrifty purchase, as were side tables.
Rader shops estate and yard sales - a lot, especially this time of year - but every purchase is a thoughtful one.
"I see it and I know if I can use it," she said. "I'm going for that shabby-chic cottage look."