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!