Flea Market Finds at the Rose Bowl

Last Sunday was probably one of the best times I’ve ever had at the Rose Bowl (well, other than the time we filmed Flea Market Flip!)

It was like all of the vendors brought their A-game to make up for the rain the month before. I’m absolutely in LOVE with everything I got!

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I loved all of these midcentury candle holders. The tins are so pretty and are brightening up my kitchen counter right now!
craftsman
This Craftsman toolbox really represents Roadside Rehab to me. I can see it on display in my office one day. It looks a little roached out, but it still has some mileage because its got good bones and is so beautiful!
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I bought this chair for my house. It was picked at a farm in CA, and they said they think its from around the 1930s. The leather cushion is stuffed with horsehair.
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This was my FAVORITE cup when I was a little kid, so I couldn’t pass it up.
I was in love with this Royal Crown soda cooler. It was so pretty. My parents grew up near the RC Cola factory in Columbus, GA so this piece made me nostalgic.
I was in love with this Royal Crown soda cooler. It was so pretty. My parents grew up near the RC Cola factory in Columbus, GA so this piece made me nostalgic.
vintage projector
I just had to snap a photo of this vintage projector. I love the green (Kelly green is a personal favorite) and the fact that the plaque says “Hollywood.”
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So happy after a long day of hoarding junkin’.

Makeover Madness: Dining Area

I’ve been thinking about refreshing my dining area but haven’t been able to bite the bullet because I just love my current table and chairs.

Thing is, my current stuff doesn’t fit the space. I live in an apartment that was built in the fifties and my table is very contemporary. It’s rectangular and the space looks like it was made for a round table.

Because of some silly mint green tile in the kitchen with a light green strip, I painted a wall in the kitchen lime green and the attached dining area hot pink. (“Hey, maybe with all the bright colors, people won’t notice the puke-y tile,” I thought.)

So, long story long, the wall colors aren’t gonna change but I think I’m finally ready to part ways with my old table and make way for some new energy in my space.

Here’s what I’m thinkin’:

Here's what I'm thinking: a white tulip table. Mid century modern in a mid century space. Not very original, but stay with me here...
Here’s what I’m thinking: a white tulip table. Mid century modern in a mid century space. Not very original, but stay with me here…
I think this rug would bring the area up to date.
I think this rug would bring the area up to date.
Add chairs like these babies from Chairloom/ the cover of Anthology Magazine.
Add chairs like these babies from Chairloom/ the cover of Anthology Magazine and the main stuff is set!

Now for the details…

Add this pretty bar cart.
This pretty bar cart…
And some other gold details...
And some other gold details…

And, Voila! I’ve got an awesome space that pays homage to my apartment’s mid-century roots while staying up to date and a little funky!

Here is where the idea started brewing: staging a Ritts Co. table we re-did for Flea Market Flip to get photos of the details. Notice the gold-y yellow chandelier and the black and white art, which will be staying. The gold cart and details will complement the original lighting, and the rug will bring out the art.
Here is where the idea started brewing: staging a Ritts Co. table we re-did for Flea Market Flip to get photos of the details. Notice the gold-y yellow chandelier and the black and white art, which will be staying. The gold cart and details will complement the original lighting, and the rug will bring out the art.

Flea Market Flip Favorites: High Flyin’ Chandelier

I have to say I love a good light fixture. And when filming Flea Market Flip for HGTV, I loved making this one!
Why? Because I got to use a saw-zaw to cut the legs off of a nasty old birdcage. There’s just something special that gets my blood pumping while tearing stuff up with power tools(I blame my inner redneck.)

Birdcage Chandelier. Here's a secret: I hung it in my living room!
Birdcage Chandelier. Here’s a secret: I hung it in my living room!

I’m definitely not saying we were copied, but great minds certainly think alike. Shortly after we made the chandelier, similar fixtures started popping up for a fortune in stores like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.
What did we spend? Probably about $250 between the birdcage, paint, and chandelier. The good thing about elbow grease is that it is totally free.
Not a bad deal to make such a statement!

Our birdcage looked a lot like this when we bought it, but bigger and probably dirtier. This one was at Olde Good Things in West LA for $600 a couple of months ago (after the trend was big- that's why the price is so much higher than what we paid.)
Our birdcage looked a lot like this when we bought it, but bigger and probably dirtier. This one was at Olde Good Things in West LA for $600 a couple of months ago (after the trend was big- that’s why the price is so much higher than what we paid.)

Flea Market Flip Favorites: The Liberace-tastic Ritts Table

Let me start out by saying that I LOVED everything we made on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.
While I was so proud of the bed-to-bench and another bench was my baby, I absolutely loved this lucite table by the Ritts Company. It was a last minute buy at the end of the day (super marked down!)

Before: Ritts Company Table
Before: Ritts Company Table

It was in pretty rough shape, even though it had been in storage near Palm Springs for decades. Can’t you tell?

Talk about dated: this fabric was a nightmare!
Talk about dated: this fabric was a nightmare!

Here’s a photo of one of the chairs when we were just getting to work:
Ritts Chair Without Cushion

We loved the lucite and the shapes but hated the colors. We had a vision. We found some gorgeous white faux crocodile to cover the cushions with, and determined that the set should be ALL WHITE!!!

The term “Liberace-tastic” was born (how appropriate with Beyond the Candelabra coming out!?)

After: totally luxe and worthy to of being deemed "Liberace-tastic"
After: totally luxe and worthy to of being deemed “Liberace-tastic”

It’s kind of a joke at this point, but I’ve been called a “design hoarder” more than once. Who ended up taking this baby home? ME!

It was gorgeous with topped with my crystal candlesticks. Eventually, I sold it to another rehabber. He wanted to paint it all black and use it for poker night in his man cave… go figure!

The table in my own dining room!
The table in my own dining room!

Flea Market Flip Favorites

It is nearly impossible to choose a favorite project from when Shea and I competed on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip.

I think that I am the most proud of the bed-into-a-bench job that we did.

Before: A Junky Old Bed
Before: A Junky Old Bed
After: An Elegant Addition to Any Room
After: An Elegant Addition to Any Room

I loved the colors we ended up choosing, and it was my own personal mission to mix the blue with the teal patterned seat and the velvet pillows. Shea and I can practically read each other’s mind when it comes to decor, so she loved the color combo, too.

Check Me Out on Flea Market Flip on HGTV

My friend Shea and I were on the pilot episode of HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. It was such a blast (and a lot of hard work!) Here’s a clip I found on the site:

Flea Market Flip Preview

I’m always randomly getting texts about the show being aired, and apparently it was over this past weekend. Be on the lookout for a post about my favorite projects!