Winter Antiquing

Finding beautiful, ready to use antiques can be a challenge, with so many places filled with worn-down clutter that resembles grandma’s basement. However, antique hunters often forget about an entire other sector of antiquing: the online marketplace. Most people don’t know how to utilize the internet to source items. Especially if you’re in a remote area or a
suburb without many thrift/antique store options around you, finding antiques online that will ship directly to your door can be a super helpful resource.

One of my favorite sources is Invaluable.com, an awesome go-to for antique items & vintage treasures. They’re an online platform that hosts auctions in collaboration with independent auction houses around the world. They have a fantastic section of antique jewelry, so if that’s your specialty then you should definitely check them out!

Craigslist is always a great option for local finds. You can filter by category, so searching for “antiques” or “collectibles” in particular is easy. Also, there’s a specific section for estate and garage sales which are usually chock full of awesome finds!

Freecycle is an often over-looked but amazing source for rare finds. It’s a non-profit company dedicated to people giving away their items for re-use. Oftentimes, a family might move into a new home and not have enough space for everything. They could use Freecycle to get rid of their vintage armoire, for example, and you could pick it up from them at no charge!

Sourcing vintage pieces locally & visiting flea markets is always a great option too, depending on your area. Check out Invaluable.com ‘s article here about some of the best winter antique shows going on this season all around the country! This article inspired me to put together a little list of fabulous winter antique spots that I’ve come across this season in New York City…
I recently got the chance to visit the Winter Antiques Show here in NYC, held in January at the Park Avenue Armory. With its 63rd year running, this show is known as one of the most prestigious antique showcases in America. I had the chance to attend The Young Collector’s Night, an exciting, exclusive, high-energy evening focused towards the young & hip designers, collectors, and artists emerging on the scene.  The evening featured a private walk-through viewing of the 70 venders in the show, along with a chance to mingle with some of New York City’s chic-est interior designers and artisans.This antique show was very swanky, and tickets are pricey, but well worth it for the die-hard antique hunters & collectors.

Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg Winter Market: One of my favorite summertime weekend activities has now moved indoors for those ice cold New York winter weekends! The perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon, bundled up with an apple cider, this market features over 75 vintage & antique dealers selling a curated mix of fashion, nick knacks, jewelry, furniture, home decor, and art (we found some amazing vintage maps here that are now framed in a gallery wall in our living room!). Located right off the Bedford Avenue L train in Williamsburg, this relaxed Brooklyn market brings together a great mix of funky and chic, hip and vintage. The “Smorgasborg” sector of this market also brings 25 drool worthy new age food vendors to the scene. A must see in New York for the vintage antique hunters and foodies alike!!

Artists & Fleas: another one of my favorite NYC markets, featuring a selection of local vendors and artisans in a pop-up market setting, selling a range of completely one-of-a kind items. (From their website…)“a weekend market to bring together the creative and the curious, Artists & Fleas has become a vital destination for the community of artists, designers, vintage collectors and makers eager to set up shop and connect with their audience
locally and beyond. Home to more than 100 individual sellers every weekend, Artists & Fleas has cultivated an international reputation amongst buyers, trend-spotters and
creative entrepreneurs as a place to showcase and discover what’s new and exciting in fashion, vintage, art, design and more.” The Williamsburg & Chelsea Market locations
are sure to please and are always my go-to for picking up funky, one of a kind gifts.

Roland Auctioneers: I was first exposed to this hidden treasure when I began working at a home decor shop in Brooklyn that specializes in buying antiques and refurbishing them for the young, hip Williamsburg crowd. This auction house holds a Saturday auction once a month, with in-house previews available the Thursday and Friday beforehand. The best part…you can participate in the bidding right from the comfort of your laptop on Saturday morning! We would simply go every Friday to view the auction pieces in person, decide what we liked, and bid for them from home on Saturday morning. Roland has so many hidden treasures, from to-die-for furniture pieces to eclectic artwork and bohemian treasures, all at very affordable prices. Some of my favorite personal steals from Roland include a lush olive green upholstered velvet French Provincial chair, and a set of beautiful Botanical plant prints.

Chelsea Flea Market: I have not had the chance to visit this market yet but I am dying to check it out! The Chelsea Flea Market evokes the original Annex Antiques Fair & Flea Market, which dates back to 40 years ago. There is a vibrant mix of 135 veteran vendors alongside new dealers selling a plethora of “antiques, collectibles, ephemera, decorative arts, vintage clothing, jewelry, and other types of antiques (items more than 100 years old), vintage items (including Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern items), and other desirable items from the past.” Located right in the center of the city near the Flatiron Building & Madison Square Park, this market is at the top of my list for spring antiquing!

This season, I am obsessing over natural elements paired alongside a plethora of mixed patterns and textiles, all adorned with an overload of botanicals and plants. This
natural bohemian oasis vibe includes geometric motifs, pops of bright colours balanced with the use of metallics, and mixing up textures & fabrics throughout a space.
See the below vintage pieces I’ve scouted out that embody my current seasonal lush boho vibe!:

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Sleepy Beauties: The Headboards in These 9 Stylish Rooms are Everything ~ETS #bohemian: Image of Moroccan Ceiling Light Fixture

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Love the size of room and window, plants are awesome along with that killer headboard!:

green with envy

My favorite season has finally arrived…fall is in full swing, brining with it rich shades of browns, burnt oranges & reds, and plenty of pumpkin spice lattes.  This season, however, I’m lusting over a color thats a bit out of the ordinary fall color range: enter emerald green. Named one of fall 2016’s top colors by Pantone, green is traditionally associated with growth, rebirth, & prosperity.  This luscious shade mimics an instant sense of richness and depth.  This season, pair emerald green in your home & fashion styling to bring warmth as the surrounding foliage dissapears.  Pair deep greens alongside all-white and neutrals to establish an elegant, luxurious feel.  Or, dress deep greens with shades of purples for an instant, lush bohemian vibe.  Deep emerald also pairs beautifully with metallics and animal prints, adding extra glitz & glam to any application…gold & green is a match made in heaven, in my opinion 😉 Check out my favorite emerald applications below to get your green inspiration goin’…

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summer antiquing!

I came across the article top U.S. towns for summer antiquing on Invaluable.com, which mentions all of the best towns for antique hunting this summer.  For me personally, this article really hit home because I have recently become totally obsessed with vintage hunting (mostly for furniture and funky home-decor doo-dads!)  Upon relocating to NYC a few months ago, I have become an assistant designer at a brilliant antique-eclectic-home decor-interiors and wallpaper shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Part of what we do is find, purchase, refurbish & style antiques to sell…dream job! Along my journey thus far, I have learned so much working in a setting which revolves around scouting out the perfect antique pieces. It’s amazing to me how adding a few antique furnishings into a room can really jazz it up and create an eclectic, worldly vibe that is so unique and reflective of one’s personal style.  Here, I have put together my go-to list of all my favorite places to hunt for that perfect vintage element-whether it be a velvet sofa or antique chinoiserie mirror-which so easily can transform any interior into an upscale, yet edgy dream space…

  1. Craig’s List: I have gotten so many steals via good ole’ craig’s list..a lot of times people don’t know the value and history behind what they have, so this can truly be a great tool for scoring a hidden gem at an extremely affordable price. Craig’s listings are often looking to get rid of their items quickly and are much more likely to negotiate lower pricing with you.
  2. Chairish.com: Another way to browse thousands of antique finds from the comfort of your own computer…this online vintage marketplace site has a huge selection with a lot of beautiful pieces.
  3. Yard Sales, Stoop Sales, Estate Sales
  4. Flea Markets (I love Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta): One of my favorite past-times, you truly can’t go wrong with waking up early and hitting a giant flea market and exploring the hundreds of stalls…there is something for everyone at places like these. Tip: always be sure to get to any kind of market or auction EARLY! The early bird truly gets the worm in the antique world…before you know it everything will be picked through and all of the gems are gone.
  5. Grace & Favor: If you are in NYC, be sure to stop by the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn to check out the ever-changing eclectic mix of hand selected and refurbished antiques and funky home decor items here! This shop also boasts nearly a thousand different beautiful high-end European wallpapers and offers one-on-one design consultations…easily the best interiors shop in Brooklyn!

And always remember, almost anything can be spruced up with a fresh coat of paint or new glamorous upholstery. Be sure to keep an open mind, a creative vision, and embrace the endless possibilities that go along with styling and refurbishing antiques.

This summer, I’m loving mid-century pieces mixed alongside bohemian-esque furnishings such as rattan peacock chairs, vintage etched-silver moroccan lamps, and hand-woven vibrant Turkish Rugs. Here are some of my favorite vintage interior pieces this summer:

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oh the places you’ll go

My new bucket list goal is what I’m calling 30 under 30-to travel to 30 countries by the time I turn 30 years old. I’ve already made it more than halfway, but here are a few of my top must-see travel destinations for the upcoming years.

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Untitled presentation (30).pngAny place where you can order an entire meal for 1 U.S. dollar is high on my radar. Additionally, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the freshness and quality of food in Vietnam. Pho-ck yeah. Add on beautiful turquoise bays, lush greenery, and rich culture, and you’ve got a country that easily makes it’s way onto my list.

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Untitled presentation (33)A few years ago I visited France for the first time.  One thing I missed, however, was the experience of the French countryside, most evident in the southeastern region of Provence–characterized by vast fields of purple lavender, the smell of fresh thyme, and picturesque villas and ruins. Provence is also famed for its world class antiquing, wine tasting, and food. My mom is the ultimate shabby chic vintage lover, so this is a trip high up on my radar for a mother-daughter getaway. My dream trip to Provence would include renting a car and cruising through the stunning French countryside. And lots of wine.

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Untitled presentation (34).pngI honestly don’t know that much about Morocco, but I do know that I’m obsessed with interior design and Moroccan elements speak my language. I’m absolutely head over heels with Moroccan architecture, patterns, colors, materials, and design elements. Ornate patterned tiles in shades of blue and yellow. glass plated silver lanterns, unusual shaped windows and doors. My reasons for visiting Morocco lie in the design field, but I would also love to experience the foods, vibrant villages, and markets that make up a place unlike anywhere I’ve ever traveled.

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Untitled presentation (35).pngRocky coves, sandy crescents, the infamous blue and white clad hillside villages, and grilled octopus that is practically still swimming–these are some of the reasons why Greece has been on my travel list for years.  I absolutely love the simplistic architecture and design elements that capture Greece, along with knockout food and a relaxed vibe every day of the week. The Small Cyclades are a particularly remote group of 4 islands, away from the larger and more touristy destinations of Greece.         wanderlust9.png

                                                                                  

Untitled presentation (36)The next continent that I plan to take on is South America. I am particularly drawn to Columbia for it’s less-touristy, bright and bold atmosphere.  Cartagena is the “queen of the Carribbean coast”       (-Lonely Planet), a gorgeous fishing town with old-world colonial charm.  From people watching in chic cafes in the old town, to soaking up the history lining the cobble-paved streets, or relaxing on the pristine, high-class beaches of Bocagrande to the South, Cartagena is a vibrant mix of old and new, of fast and slow.  I can’t wait to experience such a rich culture first hand.

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Untitled presentation (37)Quite possibly one of the most magical places on earth, Cinque Terre is a group of 5 fishing villages nestled side by side on one of the most stunning coastal backdrops known to man. Marked by steeply terraced cliffs dotted with mystical shades of color, Cinque Terre is an absolutely stunning getaway. Loads of history, arts, and a rich Italian culture put this magnificent little corner of the world at the top of my wanderlust list.

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Untitled presentation (39)My perception of South America as a whole can be captured in this one city: bustling, energetic, seductive, and sexy. Old neighborhoods lined with coffee shops, romantic cafes lit by candles, people doing the Tango all through the night, and stunning architecture are what draw me in. The city itself is said to have a European feel to it, with a fiery Latin American twist.  Additionally, Buenos Aires boasts a heavy artistic scene, creating the ultimate creative playground for adventure seekers like myself.

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Untitled presentation (41)An island nestled in Indonesia, Bali is best known for its pristine beaches, a plethora of lush greenery and sprawling rice paddies, juicy fresh fruits & juices, volcanic mountains, and coral reefs. From my experience island-hopping around Thailand, I’m already well aware that the islands sprawling across SE Asia have a magical & surreal element to them. I can only imagine the rich, bustling culture, vibrant markets, and emerald-turquoise waters that make up this tropical paradise.

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Untitled presentation (45)I had a layover once in the tiny, 4 room airport in Reykjavik, Iceland and ever since then I’ve been intrigued by this country. Maybe a somewhat strange place (the national food is a hot dog..) but also a beautiful country with insane, one of a kind landscapes and natural phenomenons that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

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8th wonder of the world

In August 2015, I discovered a completely magical place. A place I have daydreamed about finding for years. A place I have envisioned myself stopping by after a long day of work, as my way of relaxing. No, I’m not talking about a spa, Disney World, or an-all-you-can-drink alcohol buffet. I am talking about the ultimate food lovers dream…a cornucopia of smells, flavors, cultures.  This 8th wonder of the world is better known as BOROUGH MARKET in London. I have been to my share of food havens (coming from a person who used to go wander around the aisles of Whole Foods for fun). I love farmers markets, organic shops and farms. Any place where I can go and aimlessly meander around looking at food, while picking up on new ingredients and flavors and concocting recipes in my head as I go along.

Borough Market is located in the heart of London, underneath London Bridge. It is the only independently run market in all of London. The market dates back to 1756, still in the same location.  I was most astounded at the variety of things going on in this place. The market boasts over a 100 individual stalls, with local artisan meats, cheeses, produce, vegetables, drinks and flowers along with a huge variety of international fare. To top it off there is a food truck lot outside with cuisines galore (goat milk ice cream sundaes, anyone?) There are literally about 17 different vendors here that only sell varieties of cheese. But, let me cut to the good stuff. Here is a sample of what I saw in my 4 hour venture around Borough market:

cheeses raised on local British, French, Italian, Swiss, and Irish farms. Meats imported from Spain, Gelatos handcrafted from the boys in the North of Italy. Locally crafted liquors, Wines from vineyards in France, Whiskeys from Ireland, a beer Shoppe from Germany, an espresso bar from Italy, and teas imported from India and around the UK. A giant selection of the freshest meat and still-swimming seafoods, and an oyster bar. Spice and condiment shops to be paired with freshly baked breads and pastries made by plump French ladies in flour-dusted chef hats. A shop selling fresh pastas (you can watch the guys in the back rolling the pasta sheets out), and a stall specializing in craft sangria flavors. A full on jungle-themed shop, with tropical flowers everywhere. A stall that sells only different varieties of mushrooms from around the world. A craft paella stand. Freshly pressed juices and an organic smoothie bar. An olive oil boutique. A stall specializing in truffles, and truffle-infused oils. There is even a French stall that sells antiques.

Borough Market quickly made its way to the top rankings of my ongoing favorite-places-in-the-world-list.  Just walking around for a couple of hours will entirely expand your knowledge of food and worldly cuisines. The market embodies a hustling, vibrant atmosphere with the buzzing of different languages alongside aromas sent down from the Heavens. This place is a truly gratifying learning experience with lots of free samples. An experience where all 5 senses are awoken and stimulated in new ways. Thank you London, you’ve outdone yourself again.

spring steals

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Spring is just around the cornerget ahead of the game with my beauty, fashion, and lifestyle picks for a stylish & sassy Spring feel

  1. fringe beach bags (above: yellow fringe beach bag by Regine Chevallier)– I’m beyond obsessed with anything fringe, especially when  in the form of an over-sized bag with bright colors. Perfect way to liven up your spring look.

    2. coconut water beauty products (above: Allafia Coconut Face Toner)This toner is made with coconut water to re-hydrate your skin, along with Papaya to tone and firm. (available online, but I picked mine up at Whole Foods). Also look out for coconut water Hair Spritz by OGX, to hydrate your locks (available at most drug stores). IMG_78343. playful platforms (above: Steve Madden Shannnon) so much easier to walk in than regular wedges! I’m also loving platforms and sandals with an espadrille heel. Wear with jeans and a t-shirt for an effortlessly chic look this Spring.

    4. Gypsy Gold Chokers (above: Gypsy Gold choker necklaces)-Love love love these beautiful chokers from my best friend’s bohemian-inspired jewelry line, Gypsy Gold. I’ve been on a choker streak for a while, and nothing I’ve seen compares to these unique beauties. African pendants, stone, and tusk details alongside colorful crystals and beads make these chokers a must have for an instant update to any outfit. They can easily be paired with a casual look or worn more up-scale alongside a night-out or date outfit.

    5. sexy beach towels (above: Mara Hoffman for Pendleton Towel) sass it up on the beach with a bright geometric pattern towel–also not a bad idea to lay one of these beauties out for a stylish Spring picnic. (below right-similar fun patterns also in a yoga mat).

    6. floppy hats (above by Kimchi Blue)floppy beach-wear hats have been a staple in my bag for a while, but this Spring I’m on the lookout for hats in different colors and patterns than the usual. 

    7. Good Vibe Reads You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. I spotted this New York Times Best Seller amidst a minor anxiety attack in an airport one time. This blunt how to guide is a tale of life changing events and inspiring insights. If you are ever in a funk or feeling down, this is an awesome read.  IMG_7828.PNG8. passport holders (above from Ban D0 at Asos)I love how much classier a passport becomes when it gets tucked inside a chic little wanderlust case. For any of your upcoming travels this season, be sure to cop one of these little gems and fly in style.

    9.  pretty plates (above, Ikat Thistle plate from Anthro)Make your outside spring meals extra beautiful with gorgeous eatery. Spring brunch looks so much better when perfectly plated on a bed of metallic ikat or pretty paisley prints. 

interior love list

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  1. Bar carts: because who doesn’t love their entire alcohol selection available on wheels? Wheel it into entertaining areas and start mixing up the magic, or park it in the corner and jazz it up for a good looking display piece. For a more sophisticated bar cart look, sass it up with fresh flowers in a pretty vase, or small plate filled with limes, grapefruits, and oranges. You can even stack a few cocktail books (one of my favorites, seen below) and use them as a pedestel to display your glasses on.   [safavieh bar cart, pictured above]
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oscarine lucite bar cart, Anthropologie

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cart accent book, available at Anthropologie

  1. copper accents: I always love the perfect pop of metallic, so why not add some copper to the mix. Copper adds a more industrial feel, paired alongside wood and iron. It’s finding its way into a variety of kitchen items: hammered copper cups and mugs, cutlery sets, bowls, colanders, cooking spoons, as well as a variety of geometric light fixtures and vases. Copper is also becoming a hot commodity in the wedding scene, often utilized at table settings (think: rich shades of purple, seen in napkins and flowers, alongside soft copper napkin rings and votives).  [Agnes copper stool table above, from Keeki Australia]
  1. Terrariums: this is an obvious choice for me…I adore fresh flowers, I would put them in every room if I had money to blow. But then they die. So bring in a terrarium for that fresh green pop to a room, and just let it hang out. So low maintenance, and they give your space a clean, bright finish. Do-it yourself terrarium kits are available readily. (You can google terrarium DIY just as easily and get the supplies at Michaels or Hobby Lobby for half the price).  [Cube Terrarium holder above from West Elm]
  1. funky mirrors: a great way to add shape, texture, and color to a space. A funky mirror can double as a unique piece of wall art in a room [Avasa Scalloped Mirror, above, from World Market]

5. Moroccan tiles: great accent in a kitchen or bathroom! the beautiful shapes, patterns, and colors liven up any room. Being that you may not be in the market for a tile update, do what I love to do with a few pieces of Moroccan tiles: use them as coasters. Order a couple of tiles online, or in store, and set them around your living or bedroom areas a lively addition. [Moroccan tiles, above]


6. catch-all dishes: perfect little stylish additions to a bathroom counter top, side table, or dresser top to hold all of those random do-dads that might otherwise end up in the vacuum cleaner (random stud earrings and toe rings, I’m talking to you). Practical and pretty. [Wooden Hexagon catch all dish, above]

7. cowhide: best for last? I’ve always loved cowhide rugs, but the recent addition of metallic splatters and streaks to cowhide finishes has created a entirely new trendy look.  Cowhide is also getting a face-lift through the use of geometric shapes and lines.   And cowhide isn’t just confined to the traditional rug-check out cowhide coasters, poufs, pillows, place mats, purses…[above pouf from West Elm]

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