Fun Finds Online

I’m loving these funky online finds from Joss and Main and One Kings Lane.

This chair is fun and is a steal at $329. I know the print is bold. Once you get tired of it (which would be after about 6 months if you’re anything like me!), it would look great with a different fabric. The shape is great!
Fun shape, fun fabric.
This garden stool would make a great side table.
Love this shape.


Love this mirror and shelf with added storage.

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:

Everyone knows I can’t resist a wingback!
Loved the finish on this.
Sold, but this fabric is divine.



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

All About Otomi

During a recent trip to Cabo (I need to do an entire post on the amazing, wonderful, mindblowing resort we stayed at called the One and Only Palmilla) I found this beautiful textile.

The headboard in our room was covered with this woven bright orange tapestry with birds and other little creatures dancing around. If you know me at all, you know that the fact that it was orange was enough to get me hooked. Add on that it is a print (yeah, I’ll go for pretty much anything in a print before even thinking about a solid color) and I was double hooked.

Walking around the galleries and tourist shops in San Jose Del Cabo, I found this fabric from the room for sale. Much to my delight, it comes in every bright color you could want. I later found out it is called Otomi fabric, after the people that make it.

Here is one display. You could buy runners, pillows, or "table cloths" pre-made. Honestly, I'd love to use a table cloth as a quilt!
Here is one display. You could buy runners, pillows, or “table cloths” pre-made. Honestly, I’d love to use a table cloth as a quilt! 

Much to my dismay, I thought the vendors weren’t haggling low enough and passed on the opportunity to buy some, thinking I could find it online for much cheaper. Nope. It is wayyy more expensive online. Apparently it is pretty popular in some circles (isn’t it obvious why?)

And it is so expensive because the designs are hand embroidered.

Here I am holding up another cool print, obviously deep in thought:

alliotomiGuess I’ll just have to plan another trip to Cabo to pick up some pieces. That’s legit, right?

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?!

Finished chair

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?