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Friday, September 30, 2011

My Latest Finds!

I decided to take baby girl shopping with me last week.  We headed over to Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood, where there is a little strip of antique and vintage shops.  I have shopped at 1510 Antiques many times before but hadn't been in a while.  It's a decent-sized shop that is stuffed to the gills with antiques and vintage pieces.  A lot of what they have is rather traditional, but they do have some fun midcentury and vintage pieces as well.  I fell in love with this large brass and lucite lamp.  It is from the 1950's and is really heavy and well-made.  I wasn't sure if I "needed" it, so I left without it.  I couldn't stop thinking about it, so that evening I went back and picked it up!

 As is generally the case with vintage or antique lamps, a new shade was in order.  So I headed to The Lamp Place on South Blvd to get a shade.  It's a great place to take a lamp when you want to try out lots of different shapes and sizes.  They were having a 20% off sale, so all their shades were very affordable (more than Target, less than custom).  I decided on a black silk rectangular shade, to mirror the squared-off lucite elements on the lamp.

Brass and lucite are one of my favorite combinations, so I am loving using the lamp in my family room.  I added some mounted horns and abstract art to create a vignette and modernize a traditional piece of furniture in the room. 

After I left 1510 Antiques, I headed next door to Hong Kong Vintage.  I had read about it before but never shopped there.  If you love vintage clothes, you HAVE to check it out.  It's the mothership of vintage clothing stores, very well edited and organized.  I don't wear a ton of vintage clothes (MoS Washington's vintage clothing collection is way cooler than mine), but they did have some adorable vintage baby clothes (I love those), as well as a few pieces of furniture.

I was on the hunt for a play table for my little man, a place where he can color, make play-doh, play with his train, etc.  I looked at the options at toy stores and big box chains and just couldn't get excited about placing a brightly colored plastic table in the middle of the room.  When I was talking to MoS Washington about it, she suggested something midcentury with a laminate top, which was a great idea. 

Lo and behold, sitting in the front window of Hong Kong Vintage was this fab midcentury table.  It has a walnut base and a laminate top, so it's stylish but the top is virtually indestructible.  And it's perfectly flat on top, making it easy for the little guy to color on. 

I love how the base sticks out beyond the top, highlighting the MCM style.

Little man LOVES it.  He is so excited to have his own special table in the family room.  And his mama is excited that it's pretty too!

Have a great weekend!


Betsy said...

That lamp is to-die-for! You chose the perfect shade too. I can't believe "baby boy" is now "little man!" Great finds-

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Awesome find...I'm totally bummed on the other hand on my find. I was going to get 8 bentwood chairs for cheap, but the seller informed me the price was for each chair :(. I thought her post wasn't so clear...serious bummer! Have a great weekend ladies...

Ashley said...

That lamp is the find of the century--so, so cool!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Room for Thinking said...

Wow, that lamp is actually pretty fabulous. I think it takes a special eye to see the possibility of anything in a cluttered thrift or antique store.

Did you do anything to shine up the brass or just clean it up a bit? The black shade looks perfect with it.

Kerry said...

Neat table! I get so excited about kid-proof things that look cool i.e. not plastic. Hopefully you have discovered washable crayons. They are a life (home) saver.

ABC said...

You have such an eye! I never in a million years would have given that lamp second glance, but it looks amazing in its new home. Also love the idea of adapting "real" furniture for kids' use. Thanks (as always) for all the inspiration :)


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