Shop til you drop

We had some serious shopping to do for our clients yesterday after taking a few days off for the holidays. Our “missing pieces” lists were overwhelming long by this point. Usually  the order in which we tackle a project goes like this: FIRST AND FOREMOST, a detailed floor plan with dimensions of each piece that will eventually be in the space, from there we go to rugs, upholstered furniture, new pieces, and lastly old pieces. We like to nail down what new pieces (that includes custom designed ones) we’re going to use first, and fill in any holes with antique or vintage pieces. Antique shopping is one of our favorite things to do, but there are definitely no guarantees that you will find exactly what you are looking for. It usually takes a few trips to check everything off your list–fun, but VERY time consuming! These Chinoiserie style stools caught our eye for one of our clients…These stools were also great. We love their curvy, iron legs. They are selling for $2,800–the dealer knew how special they are!We’ve had our eye on this mid-century modern glass with gold detailing chandelier for about a month. It’s not in perfect condition, but it is a good get, and would be a great piece to hang over a more traditional dining room table. We’re ALWAYS on the hunt for side tables–for some reason good vintage/antique side tables are one of the hardest things to find. We would have snatched up this side table if it had had a mate, but alas, it was the only one.  We have a very special client in mind for this gilded faux bamboo 1950’s bar cart. It has some great little details you can’t even see in this picture. If you like the look of this piece, we found a good modern reproduction last week at Ballard (click here to see it). We have brass pharmacy style standing lamps on the brain (see our recent roundup here).   This one is super chic!

Been obsessed with antique book furniture lately. There was a pair of these little side tables made to look like a stack of books. They’d be fun in a library or as cocktail tables in a living room. We recently purchased this lamp in the same style. Does anyone know anything about the origins of this book furniture style? One of our current clients loves the look of De Gourney wallpaper (who doesn’t?!), but covering all of the walls of her dining room in it is not in the budget. We’re toying with the idea of framing a couple of panels of beautiful wallpaper and hanging them on the walls for her instead–or possibly hiring an artist to create a design of our own. Yesterday, we spotted this framed panel below–it looks like Gracie wallpaper to us. What do you all think about framing a fabulous wallpaper instead of going whole hog? Worth it or not?

  • Ada-Marie

    Love that bar cart!!!! Great find.

  • Christine

    That framed wallpaper is amazing!!

  • Glossy Esquire

    That book end table is from Pier 1 circa 1993-ish. When my parents split my mom and I needed some pieces for the house. We bought that exact table in your photo and had a clear piece of glass made to go over it. I think she just got rid of it!