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!:

Slide View: 1: Moroccan Tile Wall Art

Now that fall is in full swing, we're all looking for new ideas to make our surroundings feel cozier. Make way for colorful patterned rugs! Well-made area rugs are an easy and interchangeable way:

Slide View: 1: Ridged Terracotta Pot

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

Image of Bohemian Rattan Peacock Accent Chair

Slide View: 1: Overdyed Tilda Rug

Image of Botanical Print - Monkeyflower, 1833

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Slide View: 1: Ombre Brushstrokes Rug

Pair of Leather Tufted Antique Armchairs Upholstered in Black Dining Chairs

Image of Anglo-Indian Rosewood Elaborately Carved Tables - Pair

Image of Boho Chic Al Mansour Pendant Light

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

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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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nyc dreams

My lifelong dream of moving to NYC is taking shape…which leads to constant daydreaming and lusting over my dream apartment (which may, at first, translate into a 2 x 4 space in a sketchy alley in China Town). However, I know that with my design touch (and my equally stylish interior designer roommate) and my attention to detail, we can transform a less than perfect space into an urban oasis. Here are a few of my uptown bohemian apartment inspos:

 

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.