Featured Chair: Tre Pezzi by Franco Albini

I love the Tre Pezzi chair. What’s not to love? The carriage and stature reminds me of a distinguished gentleman. Tre Pezzi means 3 pieces. Makes sense, right? You can currently find new versions at Cassina, but if you want the … Continue reading

Favorite Finds: Big Daddy’s Antiques

I’ve been digging on Big Daddy’s Antiques for years.

A great place for unique finds and rehab inspiration; it has been really wonderful to watch them grow so quickly.

They even have a new branch of stores called Georgia Brown (Big Daddy’s daughter!) cropping up. (Look for a Beverly Hills location soon.)

Here are my favorite finds from a trip to BD’s this weekend:

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Everyone knows I can’t resist a wingback!

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Loved the finish on this.

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Sold, but this fabric is divine.

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Love the look of these chairs, and they’re numbered!

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Wasn’t sure if I was allowed to sit here, but I like breaking the rules.

Visit Big Daddy at 3334 La Cienega Pl, Los Angeles, 90016

Trend Report: Color, Color, Color

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A while back, someone sent me a  couple of pictures of this catalog from Crate and Barrel saying, “Look! Colored chairs- you’re ahead of the curve!” (Referring to my table with multicolored chairs set, aka the project that would never end!)

I just love getting messages like this one.
Even coming across it in my email this morning made me smile, because, after all, who doesn’t want to be ahead of the curve!?

A Lesson in Colors and Textiles

So it’s pretty basic that color and fabric can completely transform a piece of furniture. The right combo can take something you want to hide in the corner to a showpiece that everyone loves. The wrong picks can make a piece that was already pretty good look pretty terrible. I saw a lot both today at the Long Beach flea market.

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Not as big (therefore not as intimidating) as the Rose Bowl flea market, Long Beach still had a wide variety of stuff. It had great vintage clothes, dishes and colored glass as far as the eye can see, lots of pieces of furniture sitting there just waiting to be rehabbed, and some really creative finished items. It didn’t seem as crowded as Rose Bowl or even Fairfax, but I went at the end of the day, so it may have died down by then. Anyway, I left feeling super inspired.

So, walking down the aisles, searching for that perfect piece for my next project, I nearly choked when I stumbled upon chairs just like my roadside find I recently finished. Remember this post? These chairs?!

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Well, they were just like them but different. Different fabric, different paint, different feel.

I loved mine so much I couldn’t bear to sell them. These just weren’t my style… but it was cool to see someone else’s take on the exact same piece. It really goes to show how much difference the paint and fabric can make!

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Another view of the chairs in Long Beach. I wonder if they found them on the side of the road, too?