Estate Sale Finds

I went estate sale-ing last week and came away with some pretty magical pieces! I also finally moved my burl wood and mirrored liquor cabinet into the dining room and styled it up a bit with some recent finds. The hand-carved cheetah is from Mexico (thrifted!) and the gorgeous pink painting is from an estate sale.

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Other pieces I picked last week:

Mid-Century Arlene Sherman litho. This piece was a steal at $45. Sherman’s work goes for $1,600-plus on auction sites and sites like 1st Dibs. This piece is gorgeous in person, such a great blend of modern and bohemian.

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Vintage red and black snake painting: This just screams Gucci, which is entirely why I bought it. It’s stunning (and pictured here with my thrifted carved cheetah).

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I found this piece in a pile of trash by the road! It’s by an artist I love, too (I’ve bought four of her works so far but never thought I’d score one for free!).

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Four for Friday

Four things I’m loving this week, from Jenna Lyons’ chic AF digs to a bright and cherry mid-century painting.

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  1. Jenna Lyons opened the doors to her Soho loft to the New York Times this month and it is drop. Dead. Gorgeous. The deep green hallway, the marble tub, the shoe closet…
  2. I picked up this mid-century mixed media painting in Atlanta a few weeks ago. The vivid hues are great and I love a still life. This would be spectacular in a kitchen.
  3. Turmeric has been the “it” spice for the past year or so, and with good reason: it has a slew of health benefits, from reducing inflammation to providing skin with that whole “lit from within” thing for which we’re all endlessly striving. You can add it to smoothies, put a teaspoon in tea… and with packaging this cute, you can leave it on your counter for all to see.
  4. Yes, it’s expensive. But this French toothpaste is pretty enough to be wrapped under a Christmas tree — and it’s just begging to go into a guest bathroom.

One Room Challenge, Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge, which I am now referring to as: Hell Island. That’s because my kitchen island is my worst enemy and I hate it.

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To re-cap, we had a slew of things to work on, including moving the stove from one side of the room to the other. We did it, with huge help from my uncle (he actually did it entirely himself), swapping the stove with the cabinets from the other side of the room. It was a perfect fit!….but now we have a new challenge: there’s a gaping hole in the center of the kitchen island because, you know, there used to be a stove there.

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I toyed with having a piece of butcher block custom-made for the hole, for a built-in cutting board, but butcher block is so thick that it wouldn’t have been flush with the counters. So, I’m getting new counters. Ugh.  More on that in the coming weeks (fingers crossed).

All of the cabinets have now been painted, white on top (Behr, Ultra Pure White) and a deep forest green on the bottom (also Behr, called Secluded Woods). We also changed out all the hardware, going from ’90s silver drawer pulls to sleek and sexy brass pulls, sourced from Amazon (it was like $25 for all the handles).

Oh! The biggest change: the ceiling! My uncle took out all that godforsaken wood (which was good because he found actual sticks under there and a brick fell out and almost hit him on the head) and replaced it with a white ceiling. We added probably two feet to the room and it feels even more expansive thanks to the color. Once he removed the wood tiles, he got to the bones of the house, adding in sheetrock and installing can lights (and, you’ll notice, a spot where I can eventually put sconces over the windows):

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Next, he finished the ceiling and added a gorgeous beam. (My uncle, FYI, is not even a contractor, but he is an electrician and he is just insanely handy with like everything).

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Stay tuned for next week, which will include lighting details and a Hell Island update.

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One Room Challenge, Week 1

Seeing as how I recently bought a new home (a 100-year-old, Mediterranean style bungalow) and have been ramping up renovations, I figured I’d hold myself to a deadline for the interior design of at least one room. Enter the One Room Challenge, which I’ve followed on Instagram for a number of years. This year, I bit the bullet and entered. The challenge? My (new) kitchen. Here’s the bare bones:

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I love to cook and to entertain and, having lived in a small apartment for the past three years, I was so excited to finally have the space to do all of the above. So here’s the challenge: While the home is old, it was added on to in the ’90s — so while the stove used to have a wall behind it, the addition meant that, when I bought the home, the stove was in the middle of the kitchen, with no hood above it.

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Another issue? That ceiling. Yikes.

One room challenge kitchen before

I mean… not even sure what was going on there. They dropped it down and installed wooden ceiling tiles, making the room feel much smaller than it is. So the first order of business is getting rid of the ceiling, moving the stove, and deciding what to do about the countertops and cabinets.

one room challenge kitchen before and after

So far, we’ve started painting the cabinets (a little bit more work left on that), painting the walls, changing out the hardware, and moving the stove but there is SO MUCH work to do. Here are the photos I’ve been turning to for inspiration:

 

 

I also want to include a few favorite pieces here, like a treasured rug, my pink Milo Baughman stools (a $35 thrift find), and a beautiful piece of art (the walls will be white so as to make the room a little lighter and brighter). Follow along, as I’ll be updating each week! And be sure to follow the others participating in the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge.

Trust Your Thriftstincts: Brass Mirror of Dreams

Earlier this week, I made my way to a charity sale that consisted of items leftover from estate sales. Basically, all of the items not sold at several estate sales had been donated to a local charity, which then held its own “estate” sale (it was actually in a warehouse). It’s kind of funny that I go to so many sales, I actually recognized several pieces from estates I had been to in recent months.

Anyway, here’s what I scored. I initially walked out with a slew of little tchotchkes: A gold Mexican mask (I have a large silver one just like it); a mid-century bull sculpture; some great iron book ends that look like little men; vintage jewelry; and a vintage leather MCM bag. All of the above were $6-$8 each.

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And THEN, as I was walking out, a gorgeous mirror caught my eye. I stared at it for a few minutes, then walked out with just my small stuff. No less than ten minutes later, I picked up my boyfriend and turned around the car to scoop up said mirror. Good thing I did. Turns out, it’s a vintage brass Chapman piece (the same one was auctioned off for $700, but 1st Dibs sellers are asking $3,000+). I plunked down $24 for this gorgeous thang. Trust your thriftstincts, ALWAYS. If you like something, and it’s affordable, buy it. You always regret the vintage you didn’t buy.

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Goodwill Finds

Another great weekend spent thrifting. Here’s what I found:

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  • Art Deco-style clock, clearly made in the late ’80s/early ’90s, by Empire Art, a Miami company. If you are lucky enough, you might find items at a thrift store with original tags attached. This one had an Empire Art sticker so I was able to easily track down the provenance. This piece is seriously so fun and I’ll be listing it on Chairish this week (though I’d happily keep it for myself).

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  • Hammered brass footed platter. This was my favorite find of the weekend — and that’s before I took off the tag and found the signature. It’s signed by Egidio Casagrande, a midcentury Italian designer/metalworker. I love the little feet and it’s a large piece (measures over a foot across), so it would make a dramatic centerpiece or look fabulous on a kitchen counter. His work is fairly well-known and some pieces have even been auctioned off (his work usually prices within the $400-$1,300 range so finding this for $2.99 was, yes, a good find).

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  •  Painted fish vase by Italica ARS, a well-known (in collector circles) Italian pottery maker.

 

 

Turning Tables

Came upon a pretty stellar find over the weekend if I do say so myself. Not one, not two…but FOUR gorgeous tables attributed to Charles Hollis Jones. A console, a coffee table, and two side tables, each with lucite legs, brass accents, and glass tops. Major Hollywood Regency vibes with these babies.IMG_1532

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Oh— and did I mention the price? The two side tables were $9.99 each, and the larger two were $19.99 each. So my grand total was around $63.

Annnnnddd here are the side tables on Chairish:

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And here’s one side table and the coffee table on sale for $5,500:

 

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Recent Finds: My Name is Burl

I am the estate sale queen, no doubt about it. I often research estate sales weeks in advance, getting to a house sometimes hours before a sale starts to get my name on the list. The early bird truly does catch the worm when it comes to a great sale.

Case in point: My recent Burl wood finds. Whoa, nelly. Buckle up. These are some major finds.

I was number four in line to go to a magnificent home on the river in Jacksonville. The homeowner had some truly luscious collectibles (I also came away with an enormous brass panther) but I had my eye on two specific pieces of furniture: a Burl wood and chrome coffee table and matching side table. The pieces are by Drexel (signed), and I am fairly certain they are attributed to Milo Baughman, who worked at Drexel for a time. I am a huge Milo Baughman fan and a huge Burl wood fan. These pieces are truly amazing and I got both for an insane price (coffee table: $200, side table: $100).

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A few weeks ago, I got three other beautiful burl wood pieces at a separate sale: An insane armoire (I plan on using it in the dining room, as a liquor cabinet) and TWO matching side tables (which will look beautiful on either side of an upholstered bed). The armoire was $125 and the two tables were $125. They have mirrored accents which I adore. I’m drowning in burl at this point, but it’s a good way to go.

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I love the look of burl wood incorporated into a home with more modern furnishings. It’s a beautiful contrast (the Architectural Digest image below features a Milo Baghman coffee table and side table):

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And to think, I bought all five of these pieces for $550, or less than a quarter of the price of just one Burl wood Jonathan Adler table.

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PS. I am thinking of selling the Drexel coffee table and side table, though I haven’t made my mind up yet. I use Chairish to sell some of my pieces that I bought, loved, and realized I don’t have a home for so they might wind up there!