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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

**SOLD** MoS Marketplace: Pair of Large White Faux Bamboo Lamps

Just listed on MoS Marketplace- matching pair of white vintage ceramic faux bamboo lamps!  Each lamp has been completely re-wired with a new cord, socket, brass hardware, and a 3-way switch.

The lamps have fabulous faux bamboo detailing and are hexagon-shaped.  The lamp bases (excluding the brass neck and hardware) are just under 18" tall, so these lamps are nice and substantial.

Depending on what type of shade you choose, you may or may not need these harps and finials, but they are included with the lamps.

A simple black drum shade would look great!  Or, you could take inspiration from below and use a yellow shade!

Here is a *very* similar lamp sold at Pieces in Atlanta:

And a similar pair in yellow and white:

This pair of vintage ceramic lamps is available for $200.  Because of their size and the fact that they are ceramic, shipping will be $50.  If it ends up being less than that, the difference will be refunded to the purchaser.  Also available for local pick-up in Charlotte.  Email us at to purchase.

Bullseye Mirror Makeover (and a Mini History Lesson)

Convex mirrors, bulls-eye mirrors, eagle mirrors- whatever you call them, they are one of our favorite decorative accents because they are entirely timeless. You can use them in the most traditional of rooms, as seen below...

Or you can spiff them up with a coat of glossy paint and make them entirely modern.

I know very little about identifying furniture by period so I thought I'd dig up a little bit of background information regarding Federal period furniture, from whence the eagle mirror originated. It seems that eagle mirrors as we know them are a product of the late Federal period. The Dumbarton House website tells us that:

Our nation’s early years, when the Federalist Party led the American government between 1790 and 1828, generally defines the Federal period. During this time, a strong sense of nationalism was born and many government leaders, like Thomas Jefferson, looked to the classical past of Greece and Italy for inspiration in forging the identity of the new American democratic Republic.

Unlike furniture of the preceding Chippendale style, which possesses bold carving and rococo curves, that of the early Federal period (1790-1810) emphasizes straight lines and simple ornament. Furthermore, it tends to be light and delicate, allowing for ease in portability. Neoclassical elements, such as fluted or reeded tapering legs, classical figures, festoons, urns, masks, bellflowers and eagles ornament the furniture and decorative arts of the period. English designers Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite most frequently are associated with furniture of the early Federal style. By contrast, furniture of the late Federal period (1810-1830) copies ancient forms such as the klismos chair. It tends to be heavier in appearance, and often is ornamented with three-dimensional carvings of caryatids, dolphins and eagles.

An antique Federal eagle mirror like the one below will command a four figure price. Philadelphia Federal Giltwood Convex Mirror, c. 1810, $8,000, 1st Dibs
Philadelphia Federal Giltwood Convex Mirror

Luckily by the time the 1950's rolled around so did reproductions. Syroco (short for the Syracuse Ornamental Company) perfected a molding technique whereby they could make perfect reproductions of original carvings. We've blogged about Syroco here before, which churned out a ton of reproduction eagle mirrors made out of a composite material. You can find them on ebay and Etsy for a song, and they're not too precious to paint.

I scored this eagle mirror on Ebay a while back for a song. With shipping, I think I literally paid about $12 for the whole shebang.

I decided to make it pop with a few coats of red lacquer. This couldn't have been easier to paint. I simply removed the screws from the back, which allowed to me take out the cardboard backing and the convex mirror.

Then went to town with my spray paint. It took a few coats to get full coverage, and I let the frame dry thoroughly in between each coat. Since it was made of composite material, I was a bit worried about the paint adhering without primer, but it turned out just fine. If you do have primer handy, though, you might want to use it rather than than risk having your paint bubble.

Once the painting was complete, I popped the mirror back in, screwed the backing back on, and voila, the project was complete. 

For a while I had the mirror hanging on the top shelf of a bookshelf to create a focal point. 

But then I engaged in my favorite hobby- furniture rearranging- and it now hangs over my little bar area by the kitchen.

If you're thinking of incorporating an eagle mirror into your own decor, here are a couple of inexpensive options I found in a quick search- but there are zillions more of these on ebay, and I've seen them occasionally at thrift stores and secondhand stores. 

Etsy, $45
Federal Convex Eagle Bullseye Mirror

Syroco Eagle Mirror, Ebay, $9.99

Are you a fan of the eagle mirror? What color would you paint yours?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hitting the Paris Flea Market

Voila- finally a Paris post. I swear I really did go!

I arrived in Paris early on a Sunday morning and made my way to my hotel on Rue Bonaparte (on the Left Bank, near Saint Sulpice). It was still a bit early for me to get into my room, which fortunately took care of any inclination I may have had to nap! So I dropped off my bag and headed with my parents to Paris's best-known flea market, the sprawling Les Puces de Saint-Ouen.

To get to this particular market, you take the 4 line on the metro all the way to the last stop, which is Porte de Clingancourt. The market itself is about a third of a mile away from the metro stop (you pass under a lovely highway overpass to get there), and as you walk there it's easy to wonder if you're in the right place, or if everyone who waxes poetic about French flea markets is actually delusional. The street on the way to the market is lined with stores selling cheap knock off sneakers and undesirable leather goods; meanwhile men periodically shove fake Louis Vuitton and Gucci purses in your face as you walk along. Just before the flea market, there's an outdoor market selling cheap clothing and bric a brack- don't get deterred- that's not THE flea market!

Finally you'll veer to the left on Rue de Rosiers, where the true flea market begins. It may look like a normal street lined with little shops, but veer off on either side and you'll find a pleathora of individual stores and marketplaces. 

We started off to the left at Marche Mallasis, which takes you back in a circular sort of courtyard lined with small individual shops. Nothing there really had pricetags so it was hard to tell exactly what range I was looking at, but I don't think that any of the finds there were of the inexpensive variety. It was a well-edited selection of furniture and art. 

I loved this little bar cart, but something tells me shipping it home would be more expensive than the cart itself!

A one of a kind chair!

My parents had artwork almost exactly like this hanging over their bed in their hotel room- it's a unique way to frame smaller prints that might be overwhelmed if framed individually.

Lovely paintings. I wish I knew more about buying art.

After Marche Mallasis, we headed across the street to Marché Vernaison, and that's when things really got interesting. This market was much more along the lines of the flea market experience I was expecting. They had a little bit of everything there- beads and buttons, jewelry, majolica, barware, linens, art, this and that, you name it. 

I loved the huge tortoise shell hanging here (can you spy it behind those massive vintage lamps?).

All sorts of beads for sale (though mostly plastic). 


It's hard to see here, but this was a whole booth full of antique keys. 

What can I say, I love skulls and taxidermy...and that abounds at this market! I tried to buy a vintage bottle opener made of a taxidermy deer foot, but was told by the slightly snooty vendor that it was 100 euros. I figured I don't need a taxidermy deer foot bottle opener that much!

This place was stuffed to the gills with ridiculously eclectic bakelite jewelry

Ahhh, silver!!!!! And lots of it at every turn! This was my favorite, and perhaps the best type of bargain to be had.

Does anyone know what those little contraptions are in the middle? Every silver booth had plenty of them. We had to ask and were kind of surprised at the answer.....any guesses??? 

Why can I see this type of thing popping up in Anthropologie next season? Lots of vendors had antique printing press letters (or I think that's what they are).

The shops in this part of the market are situated on small, quaint, zig zagging alleys. Just when you think you've seen everything, you realize you've only seen half!

Majolica....this whole shop was lovely.

My souvenir- a hammered silver cup that I'm going to use as a toothbrush holder. 

After about 3 hours of wandering the flea market my jet lag started to kick in a bit and we headed out to grab a bite to eat back in our neck of the woods. I think we barely scratched the surface of the flea market and I can't wait to go back again once I'm in Paris- this is definitely something you could do over the course of a couple of days if you really wanted to cover everything. I wouldn't say that there were dirt cheap bargains to be had, but I did find the silver prices very reasonable. 

It obviously helps if you have something you collect, otherwise the selection can be a bit overhwelming. I looked mainly at vintage barware and silver. I didn't focus much on furniture because of obvious problem of getting it home, but I can see how designers might love to shop here for their clients when someone else is footing the shipping bill! 

More from Paris as the week goes on! 

Monday, June 28, 2010

**SOLD**MoS Marketplace- Neiman Marcus Coco Chair & Cushion

Just listed in MoS Marketplace- one of our readers is selling this amazing Coco Chair & Cushion that was purchased directly from Neiman Marcus. This sophisticated accent chair is in pristine condition, brand new, never used. Asking $550. The chair itself was $649 and the cushion was $299, so this is a perfect, new chair for almost half off the retail price!

This lovely chair is made of ash with a light blue finish and has a cane seat. The chair measures 36" hight x 21" wide x 20"  deep. The cushion is brown with a cream and blue design and is made of Aubusson-weave wool.

This chair is available for pickup in north Houston, Texas, or the seller is also willing to make arrangements to ship the chair (shipping is estimated to be about $100). Please email us at with inquiries!

Back in the US of A!

Two flights, two airplane meals, one wedding on the Seine, umpteen glasses of rose (I lost count), three trips to St James, one steak tartare, one metro strike, and two tired feet later I'm home from Paris and trying to get back into the swing of things. It pained me to board the RER on Saturday afternoon to CDG, but I have to say that twelve hours later when I walked in the door, there was something nice about being home and climbing into my own bed.

Many, many thanks to MoS Charlotte for holding down the fort last week while I went "off the grid" for a bit. I had thought I'd be online more, but the opportunity didn't really present itself, and I have to admit, it was kind of nice to detach from the electronic mediums that usually dominate my day. Things I didn't think about at all in Pairs: the oil spill (sorry), the Real Housewives (blasphemy, I know), happenings on the Hill, and other general matters presented by the 24 hour news cycle that usually get me through the day. A welcome relief...but we'll see how long this detachment lasts now that I'm back at a computer all day!

Now MoS Charlotte gets the week off and I'll finally be showing you a bit around Paris. Stay tuned this afternoon!

Friday, June 25, 2010

**SOLD*** New on MoS Marketplace: Framed Map of Georgia Coast (Sea Island, St. Simons, Jekyll, Cumberland)

I found this fabulous map of the Georgia Coast just south of Savannah in an antique shop.  The gorgeous colors of the map first attracted my attention, as well as the map's fantastic illustrations.  When I turned it over, I saw that it had been professionally framed by Freeman Victorius in Charlottesville, a fancy framing shop.

Here is a close-up of the top part of the map, highlighting Sapelo Island and some famous ships :

The middle part of the map highlights The Cloister, Sea Island Beach Club, and St. Simons Island.

The lower part details Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island, as well as James Oglethorpe (founder of Georgia if I remember my elementary school history classes correctly)...

The map is in perfect condition.  Any shadows in the picture are from me taking the photograph!  Including the frame, it measures 18 inches tall by 12.5 inches wide.

We love decorating with maps, especially when they are meaningful. 

Elle Decor

This map would be perfect for someone with special memories of these classic Georgia beaches! 
Price:  $85
Shipping $5 or local pick-up in Charlotte
Email us at to purchase!
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