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08/01/2012 02:23 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

House Tour: Catherine Wakefield, Owner Of Vintage Shop Second Dibs, Shares A Fabulous Upper West Side Home Makeover (PHOTOS)

We already know how incorporating vintage items in the home can add character and history, while making a space seem uniquely "you." But mixing yesterday's treasures with today's sensibilities can be a decorating challenge. So when one young New York City couple faced this very challenge, they called upon Catherine Wakefield, owner of Chatham, NJ re-sale shop Second Dibs. With little over $5,000 in budget, she completely transformed the couple's Upper West Side apartment into a stylish space. We caught up with Wakefield to get the scoop on the design process behind this amazing house tour.

Second Dibs was born from a collection in Wakefield's garage and has evolved into a business including a warehouse with an ever-changing inventory of fabulous vintage furniture and accessories and a personalized design service in which her and her team help clients overhaul their homes and design eclectic interiors. She is constantly on the look-out for pieces at estate sales and flea markets that she can re-sell to her design-savvy clientele at fair prices and also utilize in her jaw-dropping home makeovers.

Her clients are mostly young professionals like the owners of this New York apartment, who are moving into their first home and need help curating items that express their style. Surprisingly, when they hire her, Wakefield tells them to get rid of everything. She then asks the homeowners for photos, magazine cut-outs and other inspiration so she gets the complete picture of their dream space. This client asked for "hotel chic" with an industrial yet feminine vibe, and we think she hit the nail right on the head.

Wakefield's favorite pieces from this home are the art, which she scored from an estate sale, the wall unit (this actually was from Restoration Hardware, found secondhand on Craigslist) and a work bench they placed next to the kitchen to provide the couple with more storage. Like in this case, for most of her projects Wakefield mixes vintage with retail items. She carefully considers the logistics of shipping and the cost of updating a piece before determining if it is indeed a great deal, or if she could get something new for a better price. Items like large upholstered pieces, bedding and pillows she will almost always buy retail for customers.

Click through the slideshow to see how Wakefield's amazing vintage finds and design ideas brought this home from bland to chic, and make sure to watch the video of the homeowners' authentic reactions to seeing their new home for the first time.

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