Over the weekend, I spent a couple of glorious hours (okay, maybe not hours, but I could have) at the Exposition Park Rose Garden in Downtown LA.
It is quite impressive, with a huge fountain, gazebos, and over 20,000 rose bushes. It didn’t feel like LA, which is great if you live in LA.
At one point, I sat in a gazebo surrounded by peppermint striped roses, enjoying the play of light filtering through the bushes, eating an ice cream bar purchased from a vendor right outside of the park, and thought, “this is BLISS.” It was one of those golden moments where everything just feels right.
As the sugar high hit, I especially enjoyed running around sniffing each variety of rose (they all smelled so different– who knew!?) The above picture was taken as I was running from one plant to another.
It is definitely worth taking a picnic and checking it out, walk over and check out USC’s campus across the street if you have time. It reminds me of the south, which you know is reason enough to go hang there for me.
Free wood? Even if I couldn’t think of a project off the bat, this was too pretty to pass up!
I found these outside of a girlfriend’s place. The pieces of wood are huge, and it took two of us to carry the shorter pieces. We didn’t know what we’d use this wood for, so we just grabbed the two smaller pieces. Later in the day, I thought they would make amazing table tops, but it was too late to go for the longer pieces. We ran into some contractors, who said these were pieces of a staircase they were building that weren’t cut quite right.
I’ve been putting off this rocking chair project for over a year because I don’t have a clamp to hold the pieces together while the wood glue sets. Call it laziness, call it procrastination, call it I-just-can’t-ever-remember-to-buy-the-darned-thing when I go to the hardware store.
Today I was feeling inspired and decided “no more excuses” was the appropriate approach. Since most of my rehabbing has been trial and error, I figured it was the perfect time for a trial.
Here’s what I ended up with:
If you can’t quite get the picture with the close up of my mess, here’s another shot:
Taking all bets! Do you think I’m a little too hopeful or do you think this may actually work?
I get a lot of castings on Beverly Boulevard, near where all the furniture shops are located– like between La Brea and Fairfax. I’ve always wanted to go into Thrive Decor but always seem to be in too much of a rush. When I make it back, they’re usually closed (they close between 4-6 most evenings.)
Well, as soon as I walked in for the first time, I was hooked.
A little background- I got into furniture because I started collecting vintage clothes while living just outside of San Francisco in Berkeley. Not like wear every day vintage clothes (though I loved those, too) but designer-sample-with-the-tags-still-on vintage clothes. My collection didn’t get too big (hey, you can’t wear them!) but I found myself gravitating to the purses, costume jewelry, and vintage china and crystal glasses in these boutiques.
I bought a set of champagne glasses with matching cordial glasses, and my love of vintage home stuff has grown from there.
Okay, back to Thrive.
This place made me feel like a kid in a candy store. Their vintage crystal is in all kinds of colors, and they have whatever you might want. They have some beautiful chairs (you know about my “thing” for chairs), gorgeous light fixtures, a lot of art, and gilded EVERYTHING! Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is out of a rehabbers price range, but it is worth blogging about because this is the kind of stuff you get inspiration from… or save up to buy if you want a real treat.
Some of my favorites:
Pink. Crystal. Need I say more?
Thrive Decor is located at 7427 Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles, CA.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a sign for an estate sale. In Bel Air.
Now, I’m pretty nosey, so half the time, I want to go to an estate sale just to see the house and get some ideas for the dream home I’m building…
in my imagination.
Okay, so, I made a u-turn and drove up the windey roads, past the point where I thought I was probably lost and ended up at this estate sale.
What did I find?
A lot of marked up prices and a lot of junk. I mean, not in a “hoarder” way, and I’m sure a lot of the stuff was a lot cheaper than you would find at a boutique, but it was clearly worn. I mean, like, you-need-to-rehab-it-before-use worn. And a lot of the stuff I thought you could find at a thrift shop in the south for about a quarter of the price. (Oh, the good old south.)
Here are a couple of my favorite finds:
Seemed to me that they were including sentimental value when marking prices.
Will I be going to any more estate sales? Yes, but mainly to get ideas and look at the homes!
With the craziness that’s been grad school, I haven’t had time to rehab much stuff lately.
Instead of giving up my favorite hobby, I thought I’d try a shortcut. Well, we all know what they say about taking shortcuts.
I’ve been itching to work on these $14 beauties since I bought them at Goodwill a couple of months ago.
I have been planning on staining the wood really dark and repairing (okay, maybe just staining) the cane backing… top that off with a bold print (I’m seeing black with big green palm leaves with maybe some mustard yellow and burgandy stuff on it) and you’ve got a gorgeous set of chairs.
The thing is, I’m short on time, and I hate, hate, hate the staining process.
So when I found this stuff at TJ Maxx, I figured it was worth a shot.
It was under $15 for both things, and I thought maybe the “Ebony” tint would darken the wood.
It was really easy to apply, dried quickly, and the wax smelled good.
While the wood looked A LOT better after I applied this stuff, it didn’t darken it much at all.
Moral of the story? It’s better not to cut corners.
If you just want to refresh a piece, Restor-a-finish does a pretty good job, but when you need to re-stain, just go for it.