Rad Finds at Raj

Loving the boho chic vibe right now, and Raj on 3rd has all kinds of items that you can use to build that look in your home. Some are expensive (they have lots of gorgeous inlay items) and some are more suited to a rehabber’s budget.
Highlights from my recent trip:

Love this chair. The sales girl said it came from Iran.
Love this chair. The sales girl said it came from Iran.
I'm all about lanterns. And those of you that have been reading for a while now know about my obsession with anything orange or grey!
I’m all about lanterns. And those of you that have been reading for a while now know about my obsession with anything orange or grey!
These stools are awesome! They also have some really cool poufs made with similar fabrics.
These stools are awesome! They also have some really cool poufs made with similar fabrics.
Last but not least, the inlay! I love, love, love the white on white coffee table.
Last but not least, the inlay!
I love, love, love the white on white coffee table.          Liberace-tastic!

Raj is located at 7961 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

 
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Rose Bowl Flea Market: Favorite Finds

Here are a few of my favorites from the last Rose Bowl Flea:

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Love this set by Uber Chic home… I brought a friend to check it out, and she ended up ordering a custom piece for her closet. I think I may have to get one for my place!
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This color.
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Love the color of the legs, love that this table is tiny. For some reason, I was loving everything green this month!
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Love these coffee tables! They had a ton and were right at the entrance… love the grape sweat crates.
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I like anything reminiscent of marquee lights!
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These sweet little tables had interchangeable tops. Lots of vendors had some, so you’ll surely find commercial versions out soon!

Inlay Effect: Making a $10 Table Look Luxe

Yes, I am all about inlay. Yes, I have been debating getting a similar effect with stencil, yes I struggled to find just the right side table to stencil, and, yes, I had a bit of trouble learning the “right” way to stencil. The key seems to be patience, which I severely lack.

And since I lack patience, I want to give you an update on how the stenciling project is coming along. It isn’t quite finished yet, but I just can’t wait.

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Isn’t it just GORGEOUS!? I have painted the different underhang-y parts (we’re technical here) with different designs to see what looks best, and since the legs are curved, it has been a bit hard to line the stencil up just right, but I’m still pretty pleased.

Here are a few photos of the process:

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After being sanded- since I was painting it black, the main purpose of sanding was a smooth surface. I didn’t care about removing all of the paint.
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After the first coat of black paint (I opted for two).
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After the stenciling process began. See how messy it is around the edges? Yeah, that took some getting used to!

Again, here are the before and after photos:

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Updates!

Lots of them going on…

I’ve been re-tooling and repainting the table trays. Adding accents, changing around the colors, etc. More pictures up soon, I promise!

I’ve been stenciling away on my side table. Wow- stenciling is WAY harder than I expected. Mainly because it requires a lot of patience, which I am short on! But it is going to be so gratifying to finally finish, and I’m already OBSESSED with the direction the side table is headed.

I have a table and set of six chairs that I’ve been working on between projects for about five months. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long. These suckers have to get outta my house– they’re positively taking over my living room! 

Speaking of living room…

I’ve been obsessed re-doing the whole thing. Yeah, I may be moving anytime now since school is about to start, but who cares? I’ve been looking for a slipcover for my couch (which sounds a lot easier than it is.) If you have any suggestions, please, please, please let me know!

I ended up finding one at Ikea (the devil!) that matched the measurements of my couch, but once I lugged it home, the arms were too short (rats!) Returning the thing was much harder than actually buying it. Has anyone else noticed that there are so many people “working” at Ikea, but there are only ever 1-2 that seem to actually be doing much?