Modern Upholstery

While searching the Internet and a stack full of magazines, I came across this great apartment in Elle Decor. How fabulous is that upholstery! Such a contemporary look for chairs that are probably 80+ years old. Love, love, love.


Vintage Fixtures are Chic...and so is Kelly

I just adore this photo of Kelly Wearstler from her blog, my vibe my life. Shopping for gorgeous vintage light fixtures in a pink sweater and heels? This is nothing short of fabulous...

Enjoy the weekend, I hope there's sunshine where you are!

Photo from my vibe my


MARKETS: Southern California

If you find yourself in sunny Southern California this weekend or subsequent weekends in May, don't miss these antique markets. All three are terrific shows. Any suggestions on other antique shops or markets that are 'must-see' in SoCal?

SANTA MONICA-Santa Monica Airport Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market ($4–$7; first and fourth Sunday of each month, next show is May 1st; 3050 Airport Ave.;

PASADENA-The Rose Bowl Flea Market ($8–$20; 5–4:30 on second Sun of each month, next show is May 8th; 1001 Rose Bowl Dr.; is host to 2,500 vendors...and great for celebrity watching!

LONG BEACH-Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market ($5–$10; 5:30–3 on third Sun of each month, next show is May 15th; 5000 E. Lew Davis St.; and is home to 800 vendors.

Rose Bowl Flea Market and Santa Monica Pier

Viceroy Santa Monica
photos from Pinterest


Buy this House for $1

Every once in a while I like to share photos of a great 'antique' home that I've visited or read about. This weekend I was visiting my sister and picked up a copy of This Old House Magazine. Amy herself lives in an old house, a charming farmhouse built in the 1880's. If you haven't read the magazine, the last page showcases a home that needs 'saving'. This month, a Greek Revival-style house that pre-dates the Civil War is being sold for $1, but needs to be moved from it's present location outside Indianapolis. I can imagine this  place in a charming beach town with vintage bicycles in the drive next to a hedge of hydrangeas. The staircase alone  is makes me want to research the cost of moving a whole house. Anyone know?

Photos from This Old House Magazine


Hollywood Regency

Hollywood Regency-style is back in a big way. Made popular by designers in the 1930's, Hollywood Regency is defined by opulent fabrics (velvets, chenille), large and detailed furniture (tufted sofas), elaborate lighting, and pops of color. Antiques lend an authenticity to this style that's tough to replicate with reproductions or new pieces. Without some 'age', the extravagance of this style can quickly move from lovely to tacky. So look for an antique dresser or mid-century buffet table to lend some personality to your decor...anything goes with this design aesthetic!

This wallpaper and rug are wonderfully complimentary

Grey, white and yellow look fabulous together