Love This Idea From Southern Living: Pumpkin Votive Holders

Now that it is October, I’ve been slowly putting out all of my fall decorations.

I get really into decorating for fall because it makes me feel more festive, regardless of the temperature in Los Angeles.

Every blog/ insta/ decorating site seems to be talking about how to decorate for fall. I love a good arts and crafts project, but I just haven’t been feeling many ideas this year.

I LOVE this idea from Southern Living‘s recent article about decorating with pumpkins: floating pumpkin votive holders.

Pumpkin Votives

Here’s the photo from the article.

Candlelight= cozy. Cozy= fall.

I would love a big glass bowl of these for a party!

Flea Market Finds: Rose Bowl

Sometimes (okay, usually) you see those things at the flea market that leave you feeling inspired.

You’ve already seen my suitcase haul from Sunday, but here are a few of the other things I was loving this weekend:

Vintage Baseball Gloves and Masks

These masks and gloves would be awesome in a boy’s room, in a playroom, or even as a display in a library.

I loved this tiny settee. It would look awesome with a little rehabbing. I would love it spray-painted black and reupholstered in a pretty navy or grey linen.

I loved this tiny settee. It would look awesome with a little rehabbing. I would love it spray-painted black and reupholstered in a pretty navy or grey linen. It would even be great on a patio if you covered it in a sunbrella fabric.

This type of chair isn't normally my style, but the fabric on this collection was so pretty, I considered buying one.   I settled on ordering one of these pretty striped linen pillows, which is much more in line with my style (and the style of my home.)

This type of chair isn’t normally my style, but the fabric on this collection was so pretty, I considered buying one. That being said, consider before buying if something is very different than what you’d normally choose. Yes, we all evolve in what we like. So if you like something, but aren’t really sure, walk away. Give yourself some time to consider if you were caught up in the emotions of the moment or if you truly love it and want to start creating a new look. Here,  I was caught up in the moment of loving the fabric.
That being said, I settled on ordering one of these pretty striped linen pillows, which is much more in line with my style (and the style of my home.) 




DIY Side Table Made From Flea Market Finds

I recently got a new bed and have been wanting to get new side tables (night stands, whatever you like to call them) and a console for under the window. Looking online, I just wasn’t finding a side tables I liked and decided to create my own out of old suitcases. They make the perfect side table, really. They’re sturdy, have stood up to the test of time, and provide storage.

I checked out some options online and found this for inspiration:


It isn’t quite right, though. I think it looks cheap for the price. It is too uniform, I don’t like the edges, and I wanted something more authentic looking.

I started looking at vintage stores around town for suitcases to stack and use as a table. The cheapest one I found in a store was $80, talked down from $100. Some suitcases even went up to $250 each.

Well, if you know me, you know that won’t do.

I decided to brave the heat and check out the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market. Armed with a hat, an umbrella and TONS of water, I set out early, fearing the heat wave we’ve been experiencing in LA.

It was SO worth it! There was so much good stuff this month. I got way more than enough for my side table and even walked away with a new toolbox for my Craftsman collection!

Vintage Craftsman Toolbox

The newest addition to my Craftsman collection. It even has the tray inside! I’m in love.

The toolbox was a last minute purchase. We were carrying the suitcases out and stopped at a favorite stand that usually has awesome cameras, typewriters and adding machines. My boyfriend spotted it first, kind of hiding in the corner.

I was standing at the edge guarding my suitcases. He kept calling for me to come over to see the toolbox, and the second I would start walking away, people would pick up the suitcases and begin enquiring about them. It was actually quite funny.

Just to give you an idea of how we looked with all of these suitcases so you can understand my struggle protecting my purchases:

Rose Bowl Finds

Beating the heat and taking a break from carrying our finds with a frozen lemonade. Don’t worry, I helped carry them!

Flea Market Suitcase Haul

Sneak peak into my backseat on the way home!

Here’s the final result:

Vintage Suitcase Side Table

The final result! I got the bottom two suitcases as a package deal for $60. The top suitcase was $25. I ended up not using one of my finds ($20) but I’m sure I will use it for something else around the house.

I am obsessed! A unique, customized side table for only $85. That’s a steal compared to the boring table going for $899 at Pottery Barn.

Small Collections

I’m all about small collections. I think having small collections gives a place character and makes it feel home-y. I have small collections of different dishes, glasses, and serving pieces from all over. I’ve been collecting them for years. Actually, I got into rehabbing furniture because I would want chairs or tables from the stores where I was looking for crystal.

I have silver, pewter, stoneware, crystal glasses and vases. I’ve given them as gifts, lost some, broken some. That takes us to what I’m talking about today…

Depression glass! This is my measly collection.


I love mixing these pieces in with everything. They’re fancy without being too serious. They seem to make the table sparkle!

The thing about depression glass is that you can find it all over and it comes in all kinds of colors (green, blue, pink!) Over the years,  my collection has taken a hit. I’ve been on the lookout for interesting pieces and recently added the bowl from an antique store in Temecula.

This past weekend, I drove up to Big Sur and stopped in Los Alamos on a whim. It was amazing! I will definitely be going back (more on that later this week.)

Imagine my surprise when I found an exact match to my bowl!


How cool is that!? The exact same bowl found in different parts of the state!


Looking down at them.

Now my collection is looking more like a collection!


I guess my next step is finding some more blue pieces to throw in the mix!

My Favorite Find in a Long Time

I rarely visit the Fairfax Flea Market anymore. I prefer to go to bigger markets and I feel like there is less haggling at Fairfax (you know how I LOVE a deal!)

Well, I went on Sunday and found this awesome container for a friend who grew up in Michigan.


He’s going to put a big plant or a tree in it and use it as a planter in his living room. Love that it’s a little nod to “home” for him!

And it was only $20! How’s that for a deal!?

Weekend Getaway in Napa

I just got home from a long weekend in Napa, CA. I ate, drank, biked (to vineyards!) and, of course, checked out some antiques. The first night, I had dinner at Oenotri in the super cute area of “downtown” Napa. Walking around after dinner, I stumbled upon Antiques on Second and decided to come back the next day. Let me just say: based solely on the stuff at Antiques on Second, I am already planning a trip to drive up to Napa, check out other stores (there seem to be plenty from what I saw driving around) and buy stuff. Here’s what I found (and loved):

striped box

I just loved this old rustic box. I think it would bring balance to a room full of designer pieces.


Love these vintage wine/ liquor jugs. They are HUGE and would look amazing anywhere. The wood around them is perfect as-is.

pepsi cooler

I’m obsessing over this green pepsi cooler! It reminds me of the RC Cola cooler than attracted me to Finders Keepers’ display at the Rose Bowl in the first place!


They labeled this a “Chinese Foot Bath.” I love the color and wear. It reminds me of a finish you’d expect on an African neck rest.


This old ice cream machine just screams “Americana” to me.


This doll wardrobe reminds me of the cabinets you’d find for saints in Santa Fe. Love the patina.


I’m not sure what this is, but I like the color and the nautical vibe!


This milk carrier is cool.


Finally, my favorite piece!! I am still obsessing over this butcher block table!

Antiques on Second is located at 1370 2nd Street in Napa, CA

Bringing Chic to LA Nightlife: Industry Influencer John Terzian

If you’ve been out in Los Angeles, chances are you’ve been to one of his venues. You may have even seen him, but you may not have guessed.

Why? Because John Terzian isn’t the stereotypical nightclub owner. He’s not loud or flashy or begging to be the center of attention. He’s usually going from table to table to visit friends and make sure everyone feels welcome, checking his phone to help make sure everyone has a great night (even if they’re not one of the celebrities that frequent his spots) and watching. John lets his venues speak for themselves and prefers the focus to be on the flow of the room and having a great time.

john3John and the team at the H.Wood Group have had success with venues Las Palmas, Bootsy Bellows (LA & Aspen), SHOREbar, Hooray Henry’s (shortened to Henry’s after a remodel), The Nice Guy, Blind Dragon, and Heart of Omnia in Las Vegas.

So what do all of these places have in common? What is his “secret ingredient for success?” The sophisticated style that John brings — they’re well thought out, the type of design that doesn’t look designed. Stylish but not fussy, and that reflects John as a person.

Luckily, John carved out some time to talk to me about what inspires him, his own experience with DIY, his formula for making his venues a cut above the rest, and the unexpected places he’s started designing.

RR: When did you become interested in art and design?

John: I probably started drawing when I was 5 or 6. I would draw on the walls, like figures and everything, and ironically it’s what I’ve stayed with my whole life. My specialty was portraiture. And design, the part I’m interested in, is very art related. Like when I see a room, I kind of see each place as a picture, and then filled with people, it’s even better. That’s where my whole love of the design world comes from– my love of art.

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Picture perfect SHOREbar.

RR: Didn’t you get into college for art?

John: I did but I didn’t end up doing it because I didn’t think I wanted to be an artist for a living. But what I do now combines both loves– business and art.

I got into Michigan, USC, and Otis for art. My high school had an amazing special program for art. All I did my junior and senior year was art and art history. I ended up visiting Michigan, their art program is amazing, and I ended up going to SC and not doing art. Even to this day, I still do it on the side for fun. It’s almost like a relaxation thing for me.

RR: Have you always had a part in designing your venues?

John: When I started my first ones, obviously, you have very little budget and kind of do things yourself. It’s a major reason I got into owning places– because I love taking a space (venue) and changing it into something else or creating it brand new. Whatever it may be, it’s all considered art to me.

I don’t think I’d ever consider myself a designer. I pay extra attention to details of things, and that’s kind of where you separate yourself in my business. In the last 4 projects that I have, I’ve worked with a great designer/ builder, John Sofio at Built. We kind of collaborate and it is a great working relationship. Our first project together was Bootsy Bellows then we went on to do SHOREbar, Henry’s, and Blind Dragon.

And then we went outside of my venues– we did a gas station on Sunset and we’re designing one on Lincoln now.

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Tables at SHOREbar. I love this photo!

RR: Gas stations are pretty unusual for someone who owns nightclubs and restaurants to work on. How did you get involved in designing gas stations together?

John: The owner of the gas station is a member at SHOREBar. We talked a lot about his gas station; he wasn’t sure if he wanted to sell it or to increase business. I said, “I’m a big believer in ‘build it and they will come’ mindset. I have it for my venues as well. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, but my thing is if you design a place right, people will come. And I think that will relate to a gas station. No one has ever made a cool gas station.”

I love old general store/ gas station pictures. It’s very Americana, think Texas gas stations. His station is on PCH directly across the street from another gas station. So I thought, why don’t we design it kind of like we did SHOREbar, a Nantucket style. It took months of convincing him, then you’ve got to convince the gas station company. Then you have to submit all of these renderings. So John (Sofio) and I created it, and it does significantly more business now. It does 20% more sales after the redesign.

RR: How was doing the gas station different than a club or restaurant?

John: Overall pretty similar. The major difference it that a club or restaurant has a very specific need, which is a major part of where I come in (and why I couldn’t feel comfortable having a designer design a place and I just come into it) because these places take on a life of their own. You have no crystal ball, no way of knowing where people will gravitate to… what seats will do well, or how the lighting works. You have nothing until you open it. So you have to be flexible and have the space ready to adapt and tweak … that’s the major difference in designing a space, it is what it is with a gas station. It looks great, it’s good, you don’t have to worry about how the crowd works in there.

That’s where a lot of places go wrong. Just because you hire a designer doesn’t mean the place is going to look right. It might look right on paper, it might look right on a rendering but every single place where I’ve opened, especially the ones that are the last couple of years, the designing isn’t done until at least a month in. Like we are well into the Nice Guy and we’re still tweaking it. That’s how you should do it.

The Nice Guy.

The Nice Guy. I love the vintage fabric covering the booths!

RR: Have you had any big design mistakes or do you wish you’d done anything differently?

John: The original layout of Hooray Henry’s. A big part of what I do (my part design-wise) is that I anticipate the flow of people and the flow was horrible in there, which is why we changed it all. That was probably the biggest mistake I’ve made.

There was also a mistake at Las Palmas. I’m a big believer in having different levels and Las Palmas was all flat surface– no step ups, nothing.

Henry's after the remodel.

Henry’s after the remodel.

RR: Can you tell us about your DIY experience?

John: I was really hands on with everything at Las Palmas, but I’ve done something in each place on a do-it-yourself level. I’ve painted walls, I’ve wallpapered even.

I wanted to have a cluster of lights like something by Julian Schnabel in Las Palmas. I recreated that out of, I think,100 light bulbs from Home Depot and other Hardware shops. I got the bulbs and was hanging them from the ceiling and had to put it together at the top. It was a nightmare. It was probably an electrical nightmare, but it worked really well.

The bar at The Nice Guy.

The bar at The Nice Guy. No electrical nightmares here!

RR: Any DIY disasters?

John: Before even opening Blind Dragon, we did the entire center furniture twice. I wanted to create a hotel lobby like seating where it is two couches back to back, so I had to have them made and they turned out horrible. They got brought in, and it took up the whole room, they were the wrong color, the fabric was wrong. Big disaster, we had to scramble. I’ve had a million disasters.

Also, I tried staining cement and it wouldn’t take. It turned the cement from black to where it just looked like mud. It was weird.

The main room at The Blind Dragon. Looks like they got the booths fixed!

The main room at Blind Dragon. Looks like they got the booths fixed. The ceiling is incredible.

RR: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

John: Film and music videos. All types. I get a lot of inspiration from music videos because music videos are predominately run, especially now, by upstart artists and directors and peole who are hungry to make a name for themselves, so they do very cool artistic things. Some of the most prolific set pieces come from people who are doing music videos, then they go on to be big directors… for that moment, they’ve done an amazing thing.

People who are hungry. Cool art.

Speaking of music, this is where you enter the private karaoke rooms at The Blind Dragon.

Speaking of music, this is where you enter the private karaoke rooms at Blind Dragon.

RR:What is your favorite thing (item or detail) of any of your venues?

John: My grandma’s key collection is in the member’s section of SHOREbar. It’s an amazing collection.

View of the bar at ShoreBar.

View of the bar at SHOREbar.

RR: What is your design pet peeve?

John: Anything contrived. I even find myself doing it, and when I do, I have my own pet peeve on myself. A contrived designed look. If it looks designed, I hate it. If it doesn’t come off natural, I hate it. I’m crazy about it. I have a lot of pet peeves, but that’s the main one.

RR: How has your style evolved?

John: It’s more simple, a lot cleaner. I’m assuming that will change, too, because everyone goes through periods, but if I had it my way, I would have a room with one chair in it right now type of thing. I’m sure that will change because I used to like the opposite– very stacked.

RR: What is the first thing you notice when you step into a space?

John: Lighting. Pockets of light– good or bad. And Corners– if they look unfinished or sparse in a bad way.

RR: Advice for someone starting out on a project?

John: Don’t listen to anyone. If you love it, you just do it. When there are too many opinions, you’ll never get it right.

What I do is I design the thing and I do it. I can kind of do that now, I used to not be able to. Then we take in opinions and change and modify. That’s always helpful. But if you start out and you have 50 opinions and 50 ways of doing something, it’s a disaster. If you have the eye and you really love it, you’ve gotta kinda do it, and you have to have the stomach to do it.

At dinner with John and his fiancé at The Nice Guy.

At dinner with John and his fiancé at The Nice Guy.

I had a great time interviewing John and hearing about his take on style, inspiration and what makes a place successful. His venues reflect his philosophy: they feel effortless chic, they are stylish but not fussy, and that allows everyone to relax and have fun. No wonder they are so popular!

Be on the lookout for the many exciting things coming soon from John and his team!

Photos from H.Wood Group or personal.

Day Trip to Alexandria, VA

During my trip to DC, a couple of different people mentioned that the nearby town of Alexandria, VA is a great place to find antiques. I decided to make a day of it and went over first thing in the morning.

First things first, I didn’t do much research on which stores I would want to check out. People said, “oh, just go to Old Town, there is stuff everywhere!” So I asked to be dropped off “in Old Town, where all of the antique stores are.” Not the best plan. While the Uber driver in DC dropped me off right in front of my favorite stores in Georgetown, this driver just dropped me off on the main drag. There were no antique stores in sight. I started googling. Finally, I realized I was only a couple of blocks away from the good stuff, so I set out walking.

Each antique store I came to seemed to have signs that said “by appointment or by chance.” It was raining, I was disheartened and was about to give up, but decided to go just a couple more blocks just to see. Boy am I glad I did!

City Hall

Took this as I walked past City Hall during my quest for stores that were actually open.

Even though I only found four antique stores all day, I had a great time. My favorite stores were Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques, The Hour and Trojan Antiques.

First I went into Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques. They had great stuff– high quality antiques mixed with the kind of unique finds that really make a space special. It was a decorator’s dream. I love that they’re on 1stDibs so I can keep up with their inventory from home. They were super friendly and told me where to find some more shops and urged me to check out the church across the street, where George Washington used to worship.

Here are my favorite items from them:

Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques

This eagle banner was really pretty. I could see it above a door or hanging on a wall in an office or library. Loved the green color of this lantern. I was obsessed with this mirror and would have bought it on the spot if it would have even remotely fit into my home decor. It was from Italy around 1805.

Side note: here is the church!

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The Hour is a cute store on the main drag that carries all kinds of bar accessories and cool vintage glasses (get it– happy hour is the hour.) I love a good cocktail, so it’s no wonder I loved this shop. Here are some of my favorite finds:

The Hour

The set on the top was my very favorite thing. Since I grew up in a “horse town” in South Carolina, I couldn’t resist a stealing a shot of these cute equine glasses. Love a penguin martini shaker!

Toward the end of the day, I found Trojan Antiques. This store isn’t a looker right when you walk in, but it is definitely worth looking through. Each case is stuff from different dealers so there is a ton of variety. I ended up spending almost 2 hours in there. They had TONS of vintage jewelry, all kinds of silver and quirky items like Mickey Mouse watches, toys, and vintage medicines. Very cool!

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Lots of salt and pepper shakers. Loved this grenade lighter! I thought it would make a great gift. Bottom left is an assortment of old “cures” or medicines with watches on the shelf below. Bottom left is a vintage Avon perfume/ cologne shaped like a Mae West gas pump.

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The earrings were really unique. Loved these enamel and silver spoons. I think they could look great polished up. This bracelet was one of the priciest things I saw at almost $1200. Loved this necklace.

At the end of the day, I realized I had forgotten to eat lunch, so I headed back down toward the water and stopped in at the Fish Market Restaurant for happy hour. I ended up getting local oysters and peel and eat shrimp and was a happy girl.

All in all, I would go back to Alexandria for antiquing. If you check out Alexandria, make sure to avoid my mistake and call ahead to make sure shops are open.

Spurgeon-Lewis Antiques is located at 112 N Columbus St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (also on 1st Dibs)

The Hour is located at 1015 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Trojan Antiques is located at 1100 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Antiquing in Washington DC

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Washington DC for a trip. Everyone thought I was crazy because I was just as excited to check out antiques as I was to go to museums. I really think you get a different kind of feel for a place by checking out the furniture and accessories that are available! For example, LA has a totally different feel from SC, and DC is totally different from both. The furniture reflects the culture, and to me, antique shops are just as  valuable as museums.
Here are some highlights from my trip:

I started out in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC. The nerd that I am, seeing the university was on my to-do list, and I heard the shopping in the neighborhood was great. I lucked out with a great Uber driver who dropped me off right in front of Frank Milwee Antiques.

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These are my favorite things from Frank Milwee. They had so much beautiful stuff, and it was really interesting to look at everything. I love the glass wear because I have a set that is almost exactly like it. Actually, it is my set is first thing I bought as I was transitioning from vintage clothes to vintage home items (and how Roadside Rehab was born!) The inlay box was so intricate and I loved that the design carried on to the inside. The tiny chair was so lovely and I can just imagine a small child sitting in it in days gone by.

My next stop was Cherub Antiques Gallery. (There is another dealer in the back half of the store: definitely worth checking out.)

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I absolutely loved this “martini spike” vermouth dispenser. I think it would make an incredible gift. The top right photo is a Victorian Spinx Centerpiece from 1870s London. If you read regularly, you probably know that I love anything that speaks of Egyptian revival. The bud vase on the bottom just spoke to me. I feel like it is pretty rare to find a lot of Art Nouveau stuff on shelves around Los Angeles (and shop owners friendly enough to take everything out and explain it to you like they did at Cherub!) They had a reproduction of the original catalog that sold the vase– very cool!

Later that afternoon, I went to the National Gallery of Art and saw some really cool stuff. I actually got kicked out at the end of the day because I just wasn’t ready to go! LOL

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Of course, I find a museum with a furniture exhibit. The furniture is from an exhibit called Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection: 1700-1830. This chair was so lovely, and the detail in the paint is exquisite. Lately, I have gotten a little obsessed with antique game tables, and this one is truly worthy of a spot in an art museum.

The sculpture is Degas. I wanted to show you because there is really hair, tulle, and canvas incorporated into the sculpture. It was beautiful but kind of eerie You can see pieces of hair sticking out of her head.

The bird is from around 1200 and is made out of metal and enamel. I am so impressed by the detail and craftsmanship and probably stood looking at it for 20 minutes.

The next day, I headed out to Alexandria, VA. I saw so much cool stuff that Alexandria deserves a separate post. Be on the lookout later in the week.

I hope you enjoyed the highlights from DC!

Georgetown Campus!

Georgetown Campus!

Frank Milwee Antiques is at 2912 M St NW Washington, DC 20007

Cherub Antiques Gallery is at 2918 M St NW Washington, DC 20007