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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday Marketwatch!

Happy Tuesday!  I'm so excited about the items I am listing this week and next on MoS Marketplace!  Most of them come from the amazing estate of a federal judge.  He owned historically significant papers (lots of Presidential signatures), furniture, and art.  I'm excited to share a few pieces with you this week and more next week!

Osa Johnson's Four Years in Paradise

(These might be fancy- I don't know for sure, so I have priced them as though they are not.  Antiques Roadshow potential!)

And not from his estate, but equally fabulous:

Check out these listings and more at MoS Marketplace!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Rainy Days

It's supposed to be a rainy couple of days along much of the East Coast.  While rainy days can complicate our day-to-day routines, sometimes they are a nice change of pace and a good excuse to break out cute rainy day accessories.

Scalamandre's Zebra Umbrella has been on my "want" list for a while now. 

A classic Burberry trench will be your go-to for Fall, Spring, and any rainy weather in between.

Hunter wellies will keep your toes nice and dry.  Buy the boot liners will keep you warm, too.

Switch your standard bag for this coated canvas version- it will be impermeable to water and keep your belongings safe and dry.

Do you have a favorite rainy day accessory?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Vignette

Emily Procter's sophisticated office space

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via Lonny

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday's Cheap and Chic

I spotted this tufted fuchsia velvet chair on Honey and Fitz the other day.  I love the turned legs on casters- they make it look more expensive than it really is.

While I don't know that the quality of World Market upholstered furniture is such that I would use it in a living area, it would work well as a bedroom occasional chair in a girl's room!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Better Homes is Getting Better!

I have some of my grandmother's old Better Homes and Gardens decorating books from the 1960's, and they capture the peak of interior chic of that era.  Since then, BHG has definitely moved away from high fashion home decor and more towards a mass market (and rightfully so- they are a huge publication).  I think I signed up for it when it was $5 on Amazon, and I have to admit when I flipped through the latest November issue, I liked what I saw, particularly the work of interior designer Meg Lonergan.

Check out Meg's home, which perfectly mixes high and low, old and new for a collected look. 

To give the appearance of built-in bookshelves, Meg added floor-to-ceiling Ikea Expedits to her living room.  Would you have ever guessed?  I love the bullseye mirror layered overtop them.  Notice also that she had a custom rug made for the room- this is a detail that makes such a difference in good design, if you can afford it.

Meg found the pair of armchairs beside a dumpster.  She upholstered them in an up-to-date ikat for a modern look.

Using an old steel column as the base, Meg had a craftsman create the wood top, balancing the heaviness of the table with visually light ghost chairs.

Instead of the typical beige walls with white trim, Meg accents the gorgeous trim in her home with a darker paint color contrasted against light walls.

In the master bedroom, Meg splurged on antique chests beside the bed but saved by finding the Audubon lithographs at a thrift store.

Great story in Better Homes and Gardens!  And we love finding new (to us) talent like Meg Lonergan!

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Things We Do For Love (of brass)

It's back to reality after spending a beautiful weekend in the mountains.  The leaves were gorgeous, and it really felt like Fall.  As soon as we planned to go to the mountains, I immediately started checking Asheville Craigslist to see if there was anything I needed to bring back with me.  I spotted some great things.

Like this pagoda china cabinet:

And this faux bamboo hutch.
But they were too large to fit in my car.

But as I was browsing, something else that caught my eye was someone selling some unusual brass animals.  I immediately called the lady on the phone, and she said she had a whole box full of brass pieces she could show me.  I didn't really want to tell her I was coming from Charlotte (sellers in smaller towns often start inflating prices for "city folk"), but I knew I wanted to see what she had for sale.

She and I decided to meet at a McDonald's just off the interstate, on our way up to the mountains.  It was night-time, so she said she would bring a flashlight.  That's normal, right?

My patient husband and not-so-patient children would sit in the car while I sifted through the lady's box of brass. 

The lady finally arrived, alongside her husband, driving an old white Crown Victoria with Texas tags.  It was starting to feel a little sketchy (as if a CL transaction in a McDonald's parking lot isn't already a bit sketchy).

When the lady opened her trunk and started to wave around the flashlight, I cautiously peered in (not sure what I would see) and soon realized that she was grossly understating her inventory when she said she had A box of brass.  More like an entire trunk full.  I wish I had taken a picture, but I couldn't dare compromise my buying integrity this early on in the transaction!

While my family sat in our car, anxious to get to the house, the lady and her husband proceeded to set up an entire retail display of brass objects on the trunk and roof of the Crown Vic.  In the middle of the McDonald's parking lot.  This is one of those times when my husband thinks my vintage obsession is a little crazy. He might be right.  I wish I had a picture of the display, but it was pitch-black dark and, once again, I was too nervous to take any pictures.

Unfortunately, the owners of the Crown Vic were TOUGH negotiators, and while there were tons of pieces I wanted to purchase, I could only afford a few. 

So I left the parking lot with a small but beautiful brass menagerie that included some rare pieces that I never see elsewhere-  birds, parrots, giraffes, and a huge cabochon fly.

Stay tuned to see more on MoS Marketplace!

Have you ever been involved in a crazy (legal!) buying transaction?!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Vignette

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Neiman Marcus and Target Holiday Lookbook!

Neiman Marcus and Target are my two favorite places to spend money.  Ironically, I probably spend more at Target than Neiman Marcus, but I love them both.  You've probably heard about the holiday collaboration between Neiman Marcus and Target- they just released the lookbook, and while some of it is random (Carolina Herrera pencils?) I generally like what I see!

Here are a few favorites:

Glitzy barware from Altuzarra

Elephant packing bags and stationary from Carolina Herrera

Leopard slippers and a fun skateboard from Derek Lam

Yoga mat and jewelry box from DVF

Glittery pouches and a lightweight scarf from Marc Jacobs

Party dresses for little girls from Marchesa

Sparkly wool cape from Prabal Gurung

My favorite- a lunchbox and thermos from Tory Burch

What do you think?  Check out the rest of the lookbook here! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Weekend Find!

Check out my latest find:  a brass Sputnik-style dining table and 4 matching chairs!

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Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Marketwatch

I'm excited to share this weeks MoS Marketplace listings with you!  Many come from the amazing estate of a doctor in Albemarle, NC.  His home was a midcentury dream- full of furniture from Thayer Coggins and Founders (none of which I could afford, sadly), a real zebra hide, and midcentury accessories galore. 

Check out these listings and more on MoS Marketplace!
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