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Casting for collectibles

Carrie Carr has decorated her and husband Adam’s Los Angeles home with a mix of refurbished castoffs and fine art pieces. In the living room, Ralph Gibson photographs, left, and colorful Basquiat prints set a sophisticated tone. Carr, a commercial talent agent, found the Baker armchairs at a garage sale and reupholstered them. The coffee table, rescued from an alley, sits atop a faux zebra rug. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Carr’s collectibles include the whimsical plates designed by one of her favorite designers, the late Piero Fornasetti. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
A tall shelf in the living room was rescued from an alley, then painted glossy black to set off Carr’s white McCoy pottery. The frame photo at right is an untitled Ralph Gibson work. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
A weathered table’s Greek key pattern is repeated in the trim by Kneedler-Fauchere on Carr’s $4-per-yard linen drapes. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Decorative lighting shows off a floral arrangement and an ornate cabinet in the dining room. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Botanical beauty adds a green accent to the neutral shades of the breakfast area. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Carr found the pair of lamps on the black buffet at a Wisconsin antiques mall. The shades match the diaphanous green drapes. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
The two cane chairs are from Carr’s parents’ home; she painted them black and added Jonathan Adler pillows. The music cabinet was a gift from her great-grandmother to her grandmother. Atop it is a lamp from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
In baby Caroline’s room, the color theme is brown, pink and white. Carr added mirrored closet doors and dyed the cowhide rug pink. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
A discarded kitchen cabinet has become a storage unit for Caroline’s toys. Carr added a mantel for playful decorative items such as the stack of soup cans commemorating Warhol’s Pop Art works. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
Light streams through long linen drapes trimmed with the distinctive Greek motif. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
A vintage chest was transformed into a polished black-finish buffet with the help of interior designer Mary Luby. The two golden partridge figurines were garage sale finds; the mirror was bought on EBay. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
A lampshade and vertical drapery pleats are reflected in one of the living room artworks. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
For the master bedroom, Carr found the nightstands at a Culver City thrift store, had mirrors cut for the tops and added custom bases. She bought the Suzani textile spread cascading off the bed from an Uzbekistan seller on EBay. (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)