It's out with the old and in with the new-and-improved-old at the former Objects for the Home space in Clintonville.

It's out with the old and in with the new-and-improved-old at the former Objects for the Home space in Clintonville.

Cottage Street opened there last week after Objects for the Home relocated. Shoppers will find an inventory - vintage and refurbished furniture and home decor - that is similar to that of the former tenants.

There's good reason for that.

The owners of Cottage Street, Sue and John Konieczko, are the parents of Kris Konieczko, who co-owns Objects for the Home with Chelsea Cabot.

"We all kind of got into this together," said John, who worked in home remodeling for 16 years.

When the downward-spiraling economy hit the housing market, John and his family began using their trained eyes for good design to swoop up quality items at estate sales, auctions and fleas. They sold their finds at Funky + Functional and Heritage Square Antique Mall.

John and Sue, like proud parents do, watched happily as Objects for the Homes took off. But when the shop literally took off to a new location in Grandview, they knew it was their turn to try selling in the space.

"This should keep us out of trouble," Sue joked.

Cottage Street is lined with spruced-up old furniture. John rebuilds worn-down pieces, but he's picky about what he selects to improve.

"After years of remodeling," he said, "I know if I can fix it or not. I can tell if it's worth it for the buyer."

There are dressers, bookcases and vanities. Nothing is much more than $400. A handmade cedar dining room table is $175.

The couple paint and distress a lot of the wooden objects. A soothing hue of gray mixed with brown and white has become "our signature color," John said.

The smaller items are noteworthy, too. You never know what old item will turn up next - step stools from the 1960s, midcentury modern lamps, game board tables turned into wall art, dishes with '70s-kitsch designs, big Ball jars for $20, vintage jewelry priced between $10 and $15.

Get your fill of Konieczko family talent (and modern housewares) by also visiting the new Objects for the Home location. It's at the corner of Third and Fifth streets (1392 Grandview Ave.), and the owners have taken full advantage of their new home's additional square footage.