To Market, To Market

Welcome to this week’s collection of curated Craigslist postings from the DC area.  See my Pinterest page for links to each item’s posting.


From Hollywood With Love

Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.  -Marilyn Monroe

Some might call it over the top, but in my opinion the style of Hollywood in the 30’s makes a perfect setting for any bedroom. Mix it up with a little bit of L.A.’s mid-century pieces, and you have an eclecticly modern room in which to lay your head every night. Pulling inspiration from some of the hottest designers of the last few years and one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, I’ve compiled images to get you ready for your bedroom renovation.  

Clockwise starting from top left:  Jonathan Adler – Other Projects; Jonathan Adler – Private Residence NYC; Adore Cherie; Dorothy Draper

Usually when I design it starts from an inspirational piece. I found this bed on eBay and fell in love with it. A bit different, I realize, but how great would this be lacquered? Honestly, I like it as is, but I think it has so many possibilities.

I love how the headboard curves around the nightstands. I think it fits perfectly with these Hollywood styled discoveries.

1.  Check out these great Moroccan designed lanterns. I’ve paired two similar styles together. These can easily be turned into functioning lights or can just be hung as decoration. Bids start at $49.95 per lamp.

2.  The bed. Bidding starts at $349.99, and this is definitely a good one to watch. The bedding is a mixture of selections from Etsy. The two Euro shams are from a bead artist in New Delhi. She uses great colors and geometric patterns. Also, listed these are 16×16, but she does custom sizes on request. The boudoir pillow can be found here. The bedspread is an image I found on a website. This look can easily be achieved with a simple white duvet cover, some fabric paint, and a stencil.

3.  This fantastic pair of blue enamel lamps blend in with the pillow and also give a good pop of color on the nightstands. I wouldn’t do wooden or metal lamps with this bed. A ceramic or enamel color is definitely best. $349 for the pair.

4.  I’m not sure if it can get any more Hollywood than screen printed movie stars on your seat back. A bit cliche, yes, but also lots of fun. These unique and glamorous finds are from a furniture manufacturer in Turkey on Etsy. $955 per chair including shipping to the US.

5.  What better way to balance out the color of the bed than with a black and white zebra hide rug? You can get the authentic zebra hide here which honestly tends to creep me out, or you can go with a stamped cow hide at a much lower price.  See here.

6.  Most Hollywood Regency rooms would insert a mirrored dresser at this point, but to tone it down a bit, I chose this Mid-Century piece. I like the lines and it’s also a really good price. There’s also a good amount of tabletop room for other great accessories which are key to this style of design. $750.

7.  In deep contrast with the dresser, I’ve chosen this fun mirror from Etsy. The color ties in with the bed and also offers a pop of color in that corner. It’s hard to argue with this little guy at $148.

Accessories for this room can be found here, here, here, and here.

You probably can’t get enough accessories in this room, but at least you have an idea of some styles to start with.

 Have a great week!

Spit and Polish

Well, more like paint & fabric, but you get the idea.

A few weeks ago, I took a trip down to Charlottesville, VA – home of the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  I always think that you can find the best deals in college towns considering the majority of the clientele is under 21 and eating ramen noodles to conserve going out funds.  While there I came across two fantastic and affordable antique/consignment stores close to campus.

The first, Circa, is 4 store fronts + 3 trucks full of furniture, artwork, lamps, and all types of accessories.  I found everything from a vintage Knoll Pollock Desk Chair ($100) to adorable french bistro furniture to old library pieces from the local public library.  I did pass on the velvet art scene for my bedroom wall, but hey, maybe one of you can go back for it.

The second store, Possession Recycled, was not as large or as varied in product, but I did find a set of 4 dining chairs for $85.  Now, yes, there is a reason that these guys were $85, but with a bit of paint, fabric, and a staple gun, we now have brand new dining chairs for less than $35 each.  Check out these before and after shots.

The original chair.  I liked the lines of the chair, but the upholstery was completely wrong for the chair, my house, and well, pretty much everything.  It is a very simple design, and while I like contrasting modern and traditional elements, this was, to politely put it, not a successful choice.





My first step was to find a new fabric for these little guys.  I like this pattern because it doesn’t compete with the chair’s design, and it lends itself to the clean simple look of the piece.  It also doesn’t clash with the 4000 colors that I have placed in my living/dining room. Each chair took about half of a yard, but depending on your chair seat, fabric choice, and repeat, this can vary.


Since the wood of the chairs had seen better days, I decided that for my first attempt at rehabbing furniture, I would go with paint instead of a full out refinish.  A few coats of Behr’s Premium Plus Paint in Starless Night, and Voila!  My new set of 4 dining chairs!

Practically artwork, right?  We thought so.  Our space saving solution for two of these guys is the wall above our staircase.  I have to give credit for this incredibly efficient idea to my partner in crime.  Those Army ingrained organizational skills really do come in handy some days.

Wouldn’t these be fun with this Saarinen style dining table found at Cannon’s Online Auction House in Richmond, VA.  You can find great deals from these guys if you watch their online auctions.  Furniture rarely goes for over $100, and their “Buy It Now” options step down as they keep them in inventory.  If you can wait until the end of September, you can get this table for $87.50.  Crazy, right?

Weekend Round Up

Last week was my birthday, so estate sales took a back burner this weekend to my birthday party. Miss DC from Perfectly Paired (a fantastic bridesmaids blog, btw) and I hit up the 50% off Sunday sales. If you aren’t familiar with the Estate Sale world, here are a few things to note:

  1. Sales across the country can be found here and here.
  2. Private sales are usually best, but there are always exceptions to every rule.
  3. Moving and Liquidation Sales can be ok, but as morbid as it sounds, true estate sales from the dearly departed are best.
  4. The discounts tier as the weekend goes by – Friday Full Price, Saturday 25% off, and Sunday 50% off. If you love it and have to have it, buy it on Friday. It won’t still be there on Sunday and you’ll be depressed for weeks. If you are just killing time and going for fun, go on Sundays. You do get the best deals, and you don’t know what you missed from earlier in the weekend.
  5. Oh and the most important part – always carry cash.  You are much more likely to get a bargain if you are offering payment in the green stuff.

Our weekend treasures:

1.  Antique Gilt Table. This table has been my favorite find to date. It’s simple lines give it versatility for almost any interior style, and its petite size make it perfect for our tiny reading nook in the living room.

2.  Vintage Army Trunks. One estate from Sunday was that of an old Colonel in Virginia. His garage was full of generations of army trunks. These are actually pretty easy to find in the DC area, and there are so many options. I believe this one will be a front hall table, but check out these great options I found around the internet:

Song Bird is Nesting used the old shipping crate style trunks as a bench and storage.

Trunk a touch too short for a coffee table?  Add some casters like this little guy shown on Cactus Creek Daily.

That’s all for today kids.  Have a great week!

English Breakfast Tea Nook

White Walls.  White Floors.  White Ceilings.  An institution, you say?  Of course not.

Your new dining room.

As trends move away from china cabinets, chippendale chairs, and a table for twelve, we begin to look for dining furniture that blends into our living spaces.  As innovative as the invention of the t.v. tray was, I have a strong belief in the separation of spaghetti and How I Met Your Mother.

Keeping the room light and airy creates the illusion of a large space but will also allow you to create cozy areas using furniture and accessories to visually divide it up.  Who doesn’t love the idea of a library/dining nook?  Lucky enough to have a record collection? Even better.  Not ready to commit to refinishing your old wood floors, try whitewashing! The banquette is a no-brainer.  Raise your hand if you don’t secretly wish your friend will grab the chair when you sit down for a long dinner together.  I thought so.  

Clockwise starting top left:  Apartment Therapy; Technic Turntables; Philip Gorrivan; Wooden Floor StrippersRoom Polish

If your kitchen opens into your living/dining area, here are some great ideas for millwork, artwork, and storage solutions.  I love the idea of open cabinetry, but I should really brush up on my organizational skills.

Adjoining kitchen concepts all courtesy of Elle Decor.

And finally…

The finds!

1.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have built in millwork shelving, here is an option from Etsy made with recycled wood and steel.  If you don’t have a large collection of books or records, it is also a great alternative to the traditional china cabinet.  $700

2.  I fell in love with this vintage green leather sofa – perfect banquette – from England on Ebay.  Unfortunately, the international shipping makes this more of a splurge-worthy item, but in my opinion, so worth it.  $812 before shipping.

3.  This is a great deal on a tiered, vintage chandelier (plastic crystal, shh) from Ebay.  These are best found in small local antique/resale stores or estate sales.  $309.50         No j-box for a light fixture?  Try this option from the MoMA Store.  Use your own vintage family pictures.

4.  To make a banquette with arms a bit easier to maneuver, a trestle farm table is best.  This Amish antique is a great example of the style to keep an eye out for.  This listing also has an option to “Make an Offer.”  It never hurts to try to get a $450 table for $300.

5-7.  Vintage medical stools are all the rage now, but how great is this collection?  My suggestion – keep lines similar on fancier versions and contrast with the simple shop style.  Another great reason for stools is the versatility.  These can always be pulled into the living area for game night with friends.  Trivial Pursuit anyone?   Options 5, 6, 7.                 5 – $150; 6 – $115; 7 – $180

8.  The silver lining to the takeover of big box pharmacies, is the recent flood of vintage pharmacy furniture into the market.  Here is a perfect example.  This antique Rexall apothecary cabinet makes a unique sideboard for any dining room.  Complete with the old medicine labels, this piece is a great find for any room of your house.  $495

And the grand total is…

$3211.50 – the cost of a dining table and single chair from Restoration Hardware.

Happy Hunting!

drum roll, please…

After years of reading/stalking/loving/criticizing the blogosphere, I have decided to embark on my own journey through the interwebs.

“Why now?” you may ask.

Having recently found myself sharing an eleven foot wide house with another person and another almost person we call Oliver, my personal space has greatly diminished, and with it room for my many projects, thrifted items, deals that I couldn’t let get away and…well, you get the idea.

What to do, what to do…

Of course!

Share my finds with the world!  And by world, I mean my three friends, Matthew and mom that will be reading this.

Combine this with my need of a new creative outlet, and I am happy to introduce…

(insert drum roll here)

Five & Design.