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Flee Market Finds – June 2013

Hi there Friends!

2 of the 3 boys woke up Sunday with a fever, so almost didn’t make it to the Rose Bowl this month.  Would have been tragic, I know!  But they are such little troopers!  They kept saying that they wanted to go in the car and see Grandma and Grandpa (who were meeting us there to help push, chase, feed these monkeys).  Thank you my sons, is all I can say.  You nutted up and mama loves you.

With that said, because of the added drama, I totally forgot my camera.  Ed had a phone, yay, but we often get separated, boo.  He loves the dude stuff – sports and comic stuff.  Stuff I wonder why people love so much… honest, but true, people.  We did manage to be together for a few finds, though.  Phew!


These were $165 (how did you guess that?!) for the pair and I think totally worth it.  You can put a chair like this in any room and getting a cushion (or making one) is pretty simple.  Here are some ideas…


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Lots you can do with those chairs!  Here’s a cane peacock chair that I’ve seen in print that is just so sweet in person.  These can get big and ornate, also fabulous, but this girl can fit in a small space, which is nice when you don’t want to take up too much real estate.


The vendor referred to it as a princess chair.  Only for a super stylish, trendy princess!!  And for $145 bucks this conversation piece could be yours.  I think it would be perfecto for a little girls room, a boho sunroom or just for fun in a corner with books and a cool lamp.  These are neat ideas too…

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So there are probably ZERO photos of the next awesome thing I spotted.  There are not many of them in the world, fo sho.  I feel like they were probably from the Raffles hotel in Singapore… don’t you just want to drink a Singapore Slinger looking at them??  Check these out!!


Squeal!  They are TDF (To die for)!  Can you image the brass shined up?!  This is retro glam at it’s best and oh, so An-i-mal (said with an accent, of course)!  I really wanted these, but I had no idea where I would put them and at $400 for the pair, I had to be sure there was a spot.  Don’t want to be a hoarder… or more of a hoarder (guilty look).  These lamps would make any so-so spot a show stopper.  Imagine these rooms with elephant lighting…


Can I just say, these lamps have got to go?! El-e-phants, el-e-phants!!


Hope these fun photos gave you a little inspiration today!

Happy Hunting!  Any finds you’d like to share??  I’d love to see =)

Dreaming of a new sofa…

I’m still working on these darn cushion covers for my ginormous couch (seems ginormous, at least) so, of course, my mind has been dreaming of the day when I can get a new sofa.  A brand spanking, shiny, untouched work of art.  The oldest is 3 1/2 and the twins are 21 months… I think it’s going to be awhile cause you know these kiddos don’t give a hoot about upholstery!  At least for now I can oogle some works of art… which made me wonder why everyone has such “normal” looking sofas.  Next go ’round, I want something less ginormous and more spectacular!






But I think my favorite is the next one!  Whoever came up with this definitely has a sense of humor!

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Have a fab-u-lous weekend friends!  I hope I didn’t give you any ideas on what to do with all those stuffed animals your kids have lying around the house!!

I got the bells

I’m really feeling bell details in decor right now!  Look how creative this bell installation is.  There is just something so cool about it… modern, but calling on the past.  Loves!


So, I’m thinking that I’m going to channel my bell obsession right not into my Restore find.  Here’s the eye candy I’ve been using as inspiration.






I’m having a girlie moment…wait for it…”OMG!  Those teensie bells are just sooooo cute!”

I realize my little fixture is not a lantern, not bamboo and not even square, but there’s some neat fish-scale details there that I think channel an Asian flair.  And I gotta worth with what I got, right?!

Am I on my own here or are you having the bells today too?

By the way, these super purdy lights ain’t cheap and my little masterpiece is currently clocking in at $7!  Hope you like her too… should be done in a day or two.

Fun at the Flea Market

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds from the Rose Bowl flea market.  I absolutely love going to this!  It’s so much fun to see the crazy things that vendors have and the awesome steals that people are walking away with.  I go with the whole family, two strollers and all, so we get there at about 9am for the cheap seats.  Even though it’s later than my husband, Ed and I would like to get there, we still manage to score something fab almost every time.  Plus, isn’t shopping just too much fun?!  I have a girlfriend that says shopping is her hobby – You go girl!

So, I saw this amazing desk with gold drawers and rivets!  I love the thick piece of glass and round wood feet.  The combo makes this truly special.  Isn’t it TDF?!


We chatted with the sellers and they were asking $1,100 which may sound obscene by I really think that it was a pretty fair price.  We agreed that it was from a top designer and between me and you, I’m sure it’s worth way more than that.

The other reason I loved it is because it’s an easy look to steal and super versatile; you could use the bottom drawers as two nightstands or side tables, you could get a third set of drawers and put it in the middle for storage or tv console or whatever!

Here are some of my favorite substitute options…

24" Mayfair Steamer Cube with Drawers Brushed Steel
Restoration Hardware – $1095
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Overstock – $501.99
Home Decorators - $289
Home Decorators – $289

Anyhoo, you get the idea.  Now the price doesn’t seems so bad, eh?  Just that honking’ glass piece is probably a few hundy.

Then I saw this super cool lantern chandelier.  I had Ed take the picture for me… and well, you see what happened…

He’s so funny!  He took a picture of this lamp instead of the lantern.  But you can see it in the back, to the left.  Imagine it in red or chartreuse or shiny gold…$150

You really have to look closely here.  It’s a small iron bird that attaches to a table to hold needles on it’s back (there’s a cork inset) while sewing.  The mouth even opens when you squeeze the tail feathers to keep track of your thread!! $65


This table and set of chairs fold up!  You can keep it tucked in a closet, which is so practical.  Or, if I were to go for it, I’d put it in a kids room.  I love the bamboo details and the fact that it’s actually made of plastic – easy to clean, easy to move around!  $80


The lines of this chest are rad.  I’m imagining a bar with swanky glasses and a decanter on top.  $250


Last but not least, this hand carved lotus plant!  This thing is about 10 feet tall, probably why it’s even still available at 10:30 am!!  It’s definitely a show stopper, but you’re gotta have the space for a beast like this.
Darn, didn’t get a shot of the bottom, which is killer!  Nuts.  I’ll get better at this – promise.
So… which one did I end up with??


Losing my Blog Virginity

Hello Big World… or just you two or three out there!  No matter, I’m ready to get this party started!  Just one question – How to begin my first blog entry?!?  Head first, I guess!

Although I have daily love affairs with almost every trend on the map, here are my top ten that I fall for every time.  It doesn’t matter what season, what the Pantone color of the year is, or heck, what decade it is, I will love these forever and ever.  Let’s see if any of your lifelong love’s are here…

1.  Hand-painted Wallpaper


At night after I pray that my boys are kept safe, I ask that I wake up with the gift to either sing like Celine Dion or paint like these De Gournay bastards.  So far, no luck.

2.  Red Anything, but especially, red walls.


This is truly one of my favorite rooms of all time.  The red trim on the drapes just kills me!  Maybe one day… when I don’t have so many wild boys running around the house!

3.  Mobiles


Maybe it’s the kid in me, but I just find them so fascinating.  Purely artistic, but what an impact!  Mobiles = Happiness!

4.  Animal Print Fabric


Yes, I’m absolutely one of those women who has worn every variation of this trend since birth.  I love it, I don’t care!  Look at this room (Diane Von Furstenburg’s) – It’s glamorous and powerful and sexy and yet, it’s livable.  Plus, it makes me feel badass!

5.  Blue and White China


Drool, drool, drool!!  Nuff said.

6.  The Hand Chair


This chair is just cool… maybe too cool for me, but I want one, I want one, I want one!  And yes, I would sit on it.  I would dole out discipline seated like a buddha on my hand chair – that’ll teach em irony.  (Or give them a “Grey Gardens” view of their mother!)

7.  Blue Lacquer

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Although I do really like lacquer in general, I seem to love the peacock-blue color the best.  And when the ceiling is done too (or at least in a bright color) – Fab-u-lous!  Easy to clean, too, so I might just have to lacquer my entire house!

8.  Chinoiserie Style Mirrors


Everything in this room is TDF (To Die For), but the mirror is the star.  It’s just sooo beautiful that I, literally, want to pet it…maybe kiss it.  Don’t judge.

9.  Sea Urchin Inspired Lighting


The light is a little bit glitzy, a little bit dangerous, and 100% crazy awesome.  I wouldn’t want the job of hanging it, but I’ll definitely take the tough job of admiring it.

10.  Big, Bold Art



Without the art, this would be a very boring space.  But that orange is killer!  And the dog ain’t bad either!  (Do you think they matched the wall to the dog or vice versa?!)

So, those are my obsessions in a nut shell!  What do you think I left out??

I have some great ideas for posts coming up – stay tuned!