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

Park City Style

Here are some highlights from my favorite store in Park City, Root’d.

They say the devil is in the details for good reason… details are what make a space special. And, boy, was this store special. I loved it. It felt like everywhere you turned, you noticed a new item that you just had to have.

Don’t just take my word for it, here are some photos of my favorite items:

photo 1-9

This was right inside the front door. Love that it reminds me of fish scales!

Who doesn't love a butterfly  chair? The animal hide seat stays true to Park City Style.

Who doesn’t love a butterfly chair? The animal hide seat stays true to Park City Style.This lamp just feels luxe.This lamp just feels luxe.

First thought upon seeing these chairs: they have to be touched. Second thought: Must. Sit. Down.

First thought upon seeing these chairs: they have to be touched. Second thought: Must. Sit. Down.photo 3-5

Find Root’d at 596 Main St. in Park City, UT or at rootdhome.com.

Love, Love, Loving Thrive Decor

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:

Having a little fun with a giant gilded mirror (yes, this would be in the closet of the dream house I'm designing in my imagination).

Having a little fun with a giant gilded mirror (yes, this would be in the closet of the dream house I’m designing in my imagination).

Pink. Crystal. Need I say more?

Pink. Crystal. Need I say more?
More crystal and some plates.

More crystal and some gorgeous china.

I love a wingback, and this fabric... perfection.

I love a wingback, and this fabric… perfection.

I drooled over these chairs for at least five minutes before exploring the shop.

Must have drooled over these chairs for at least five minutes before exploring the shop. They just feel elegant.

Thrive Decor is located at 7427 Beverly Blvd  in Los Angeles, CA.

Trend Report: Two Tone Treasures

I’ve come across two different two tone pieces in the past month or so… and think they’re totally going to be the new thing. It’s really a lovely look for a guest room, for a guy’s room, or if you just want to make a statement.

Best of all? It’s a totally easy update for rehabbers at any level!

Love the legs and the shape.

Love the legs and the shape of this dresser at the Fairfax Flea Market. At $125, it’s kind of a lot. I mean, a good rehabber could get something like this at a yard sale or Goodwill and paint it for less than half the price. Plus, the top of this one was a scratched up mess. 

Forget about rehabbing an entire piece, just paint the trim, change the knobs, and you’re good to go! For a piece that’s more plain or doesn’t have trim, you can create the look with painter’s tape.

Two Tone Dresser at Rosebowl

This dresser (from the Rosebowl Flea Market) was black and white. The lighting and my bad photography skills make it look pink, which wouldn’t be all that bad, if you ask me. I think it would be AWESOME if you painted the black parts navy and gave it a nautical flare.

Wait and see, this look will be EVERYWHERE by next year. It’s a simple (and inexpensive!) way to update a classic, make a statement, and give your room some pizzaz.

Craigslisting…

Can have multiple meanings. I realized this tonight, when I told a friend I was spending the evening “Craigslisting.” 

“What does that mean???” He responded, then I realized what he thought it meant (browsing the personals.)

HA! Nope, to me it means browsing the “for sale” and “free stuff” sections. CL is a great resource for cheap finds to rehab. I’ve been both a buyer and a seller and have been fairly successful with turning a profit.

A little advice for your “Craigslisting” adventures in the future:

1. If you’re buying, ask for photos/ measurements before you go to see it. It’s not nice to waste the seller’s (or your own) time.

2. Bring cash! It’s the only way to pay, and when people see the cash in your hand, they’re a lot more likely to negotiate.

3. Ask the seller if they have anything else to sell… you never know what you may find!

4. Make sure the car you bring can actually transport the item (see my post “Prius Problems”).

5. Go with someone! (Hello, you don’t know these people) Or else tell someone where you’re going and give them the person’s information from the post/ your correspondence.

6. If you’re the seller, make sure someone else is home with you, or show the item outside of your home. I will often bring items outside to the sidewalk if someone is coming to look (’cause I don’t even want them knowing which apartment is mine!) I also like to let a friend or family member know that someone will be coming to my house. Basic safety, guys!

Hope these tips help and happy Craigslisting! 

Fairfax Flea Market Finds

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles is at the Fairfax Flea Market. In the parking lot of the high school on Fairfax and Melrose, this market has live music, good food (tacos, crepes), and lots of stalls with all kinds of goodies. Of course my favorite items are the ones that have been re-worked or repurposed.

I’ve been going to the flea market for years, and have noticed that with rising popularity, prices have also gone up. The key to flea markets is negotiating, so you can still get some things at very reasonable prices.

Here are a couple of my favorite things from yesterday:

Coffee Table @ Fairfax Flea

This was just awesome. I wasn’t brave enough to even ask how much it was going for, but it would make an amazing statement!

20130224_132856

I love the look of all the industrial/ metal furniture from the 40’s and 50’s and have noticed a trend where stores have been stripping the paint off pieces to show off the pretty natural gray. This table is wood, the effect is achieved through paint. A pretty cool piece, and the drawers were stable (it’s pretty normal to find a piece you love that’s a little off kilter.) The center of the table lifts up, it would be a great place to store your notebooks and laptop if you’re a student, or you could install a mirror on the top and keep your makeup inside. He was asking $230 I think, but you could probably talk him down. Still, I think that’s a little overpriced.

20130224_134116

This piece was awesome. The guy had some really cool stuff. His lamps were cool, too. I love the metal and wood mix that’s so popular right now. This piece was super sturdy, and my friend and I both were wishing we could weld. This booth was kinda in the corner, so he wasn’t getting as much traffic as he should, but people were still flocking in, talking about the pieces, and taking photos. Because his stuff is clearly that good.

I didn’t end up buying any furniture, I prefer to source stuff that’s a lot less expensive (and a lot of the vendors have pretty much already redone their pieces.) But more on that later! All in all, a pretty successful and inspiring Sunday afternoon at the Fairfax Flea.

Getting Inspired

If you’re anything like me, you can scroll through sites for hours and hours to find inspiration. Wait, is that only me?

Mayyybe I’m a bit obsessed. I love going to new stores, looking at catalogs, and, yes, I do sometimes pay more attention to the props than the models in magazines. I’ve been known to completely miss what’s going on in a movie because I’m so wrapped up in the sets. The colors, textures, shapes- ahhh, I just can’t get enough!

There is, of course, that great time waster Pinterest. I’m a fan, but I’ve noticed photos totally trend. Like 3-4 people I follow will post the same pics. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s annoying but I’m not gonna stop pinning anytime soon!)

Where else do I look for inspiration? Antique stores, restaurants, when I go to someone’s house. Pretty much everywhere. I even caught myself wondering if furniture the exact color of a green light would be good, then I realized it was a green light so I’d better start paying attention to driving.

I also adore getting emails from sites like One Kings Lane, Joss and Main, and Fab. Yes, they have a lot of good stuff for low prices, but I just get inspired by the stuff they’re showing. It gives you a chance to see what’s in and gives you a good idea of popular designers and brands.  I like to look at the items and get inspiration on how to re-work new finds (“oh, if I just glue some wood on top of this, it’ll look like that” “If I paint these lamps, they’ll basically have the same effect in my room.”) You get the idea. 

I even have an “inspiration” folder with hundreds of photos from various sites for those times when ya just can’t think of where to go with a project. 

How do you get inspired?

Prius Problems

 

I drive a Prius. It’s great, I save on gas, it is easy to park, the trunk is relatively roomy. But what is a girl to do when she finds a large piece (or set) that is just too exquisite to pass up? Borrow a friend’s truck, of course!

I’ve not always been so lax about borrowing vehicles. Once you come up with a few rules, it’s a piece of cake.

So what’s the best plan for borrowing a car?

1. You don’t want to mess anything up, so I say BE CAREFUL! Like more careful than you’d be with your own car (duh.)

2. If something gets messed up, you are responsible for fixing it. Do it.

3. I always bring blankets/ quilts to protect the interior so pieces don’t scratch, tear, or get anything too dirty.

4. If something gets dirty, take it to get cleaned.

5. Don’t forget to say thank you!

Now, borrowing vehicles often comes with a silly story or two, so for your entertainment:

The first time? My friend was driving her boss’s vehicle, and we snuck off on her lunch break to grab a chest my friend was throwing out. Imagine two girls moving a heavy piece, angling, huffing, and puffing while trying desperately not to scratch or tear anything for fear of her job. Looking back, it was pretty comical.

Another time, I found this AMAZING mirror next to a trash can while walking in the Hollywood Hills. I left a note in the mailbox, and the owner actually gave me a call. My friend offered up her poor hubby’s beloved Jeep. The mirror didn’t fit. NOT an option. We found cables in his trunk and decided to try and tie it to the roof. Woo hoo! Right? Well, it was a pretty scary ride back to my house. Every time we came to a stop, it seemed like the mirror was going to fall on the hood and break into a million pieces.  Eventually, we made it to my place and got the mirror inside, her husband none the wiser about the perilous journey.

I’ve borrowed cars countless other times without a hitch, so don’t be afraid to ask. Hey, your friend may even drive you and give a hand!

20130129_194232

Borrowing a truck Tuesday night, before I removed all of the table’s legs.