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Retro + Vintage finds: Highland Row Antiques.

After Highland Row Antiques took off for a couple months from their usual first Saturday furniture extravaganza, I was so excited to see it back this October! I really have no need for any new furniture at the moment, so I knew this trip would be a tough one.  Restraint can be a real challenge, especially when I come across a good deal. I was SO close to making it out the door without a single purchase.  But I ultimately caved and snagged a chair that every other person was coveting [that's part of the thrill of these sales!].  It's now my favorite chair in the entire house! Here's a brief overview of some pieces I photographed.

Retro desk with a great pop of color, $175.  This could be used in a teen room or it could be dressed up to be part of a more adult space.  Who doesn't love apple green?
I'm on the hunt for a place to store fabric samples, and this vintage metal card catalog would fit the bill, it was just a little pricey at $150.
I absolutely loved the pattern on this vintage wingback chair.  The back of the chair was upholstered in a contrasting light green velvet. I don't have a spot for them now, but I would LOVE to have these, $285 for the pair.
I came across this bin of random fabrics, some that had old Hawaiian shirt designs, others that had Dr. Seuss characters. They would all make great framed wall art for a kids room! Prices varied, but they were very reasonable.
Another great pair of chairs, this time with a more Danish modern flair.  The fabric was actually really interesting, and had a great color palate, but they would make a really simple reupholstery job, $145 for the pair.
Despite my better judgement, I ended up buying a piece of furniture anyway! I just had to have this retro lounge chair [if it isn't obvious yet, I have a thing for chairs...] It has a solid wood frame, and a great sloped design with button tufting in the army green upholstery. You just don't see furniture pieces like this everyday with such unique lines. It was priced at just $85 because the upholstered section of the chair wasn't properly attached to the wood frame.  Once I took a look at it and knew I could fix it, I was sold.  On top of the fact, it seemed like a really plausible project for my foray into reupholstery, but for the meantime, it is THE most comfortable  chair in my house, hands down.

Saturday Antique Finds.

Mason Jars, $12-22 each

This Labor Day weekend was a both busy and relaxing one.  I went to a friend's bachelorette party and wedding, started prepping for painting several rooms at my house [I'm probably painting as you read this], did some restaurant reviewing and antiquing, and even took a day trip down to Serenbe farm. This post, I'll just show you a few antique finds from Highland Row Antiques, all of which are affordable and would make great additions to any home or apartment.

I've always had a soft spot for mason jars.  These are extra special, since there's a variety of colors.  They make a simple home for tea lights, and can bring warmth and light to a porch or dinner table.  

Metal Garden Chair Seating for 4, $225

These metal garden chairs are actually really comfortable, and can easily be sprayed in any color to give them a new life.  

Hanging Light Fixture, $30

I had a little bit of deja vu when I saw this hanging light [did I maybe post about this before?]. It's a metal fixture, so it has an industrial look, but this is softened by the warm white paint color.  I would love to use this in a kitchen over an eating area, but it could also be used in a bedroom or office for some overhead accent lighting.

Art Deco Vanity, $185

I really need to find a good excuse to buy this vanity.  It's a great little piece, and has so much character.  What's even better is it's fully functional, with all the drawers working perfectly [that isn't always the case with old furniture like this].



Meet my den/living room/fireplace room?

My house isn't huge, so a lot of rooms end up being 'multi-purpose' you might say.  This room is the epitome of that.  It's the first room you enter when coming into my house, but it also doubles as a small dining room, since I took the old dining room and turned it into my living room [if you've known me over the past few years, my house is a veritable character from The Transformers; it looks one way and before you know it, it's become a completely different room]. I also have some chairs up against the window, since the room felt a little odd without anything there [and since I wrote this, those chairs have actually been swapped out for my old sofa, but that's another story]. I love this room because it has some great architectural features like the original 1930 bookcases flanking the fireplace. It's also the most colorful room in the house.  So even though it's constantly evolving, I thought I'd share a little piece of me and my home with you.

What I consider one of the best architectural features of my house: the working woodburning fireplace, original glass bookcases, and the great little bungalow windows.  It's also a perfect spot for my newest piece of art [a birthday gift from my mom].
The best Craigslist deal I ever came across: these chairs were $15.  Not $15 each. $15 for both.  I was pretty proud. The ottomans are mid century and I bought from respective thrift stores.
I just had to add this photo because Maggie was do darn cute.

People seem to love this little vignette of my teacher things: I've always organized my colored pencils and markers this way and I love using old mason jars.=

I'm so proud of my giant J! I found this at an antique store and it actually lights up, but I have to get some of the wiring fixed.  For now, it's just a symbol for Jo :) I just need to find a tiny O and I'll be complete.  You can also see two pastel pieces my Aunt did [almost all the artwork in my house is from her] The lower one is actually of me and my Mom. The above one is my favorite- reminds me of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Just a few of my books...

My little dining table that I almost never sit at, but makes a great dumping ground for my keys and bag and mail and lots of other junk!

My very discreet litter box, topped with my blue glass collection and my vintage black globe.

Some neat vases made from different mediums. Left to right: ceramic, Murano glass, recycled paper.

My front door, and my turquoise wood rack here I hang all the necessities [and display my Scrabble photo art- I need to find the site of this artist, so stay tuned for that]

Saturday finds: sifting through highland row antiques.

Typewriter in teal: $55
Painting of birds: $225

I have an addiction and it's one that can't be helped. I'm obsessed with sifting through antique and thrift stores.  I can't help it- there's just something about having a sea of furniture and objects from the past at my disposal that gets me giddy.  
Last weekend was the first Saturday of the month, making it the day Highland Row Antiques, one of my favorite local antique stores, hosts their monthly market.  Many vendors come and showcase furniture, their specialty typically being of the Danish mid-century modern style.  All the mint condition pieces are snapped up within the first hour, so if you're really on the market for something- get there early to first dibs!  I'm rarely ever shopping for any big pieces of furniture [though if I had some kind of storage unit, I'd buy up all my favorites and figure out how to use them later- like a hoarder would] so we usually get there sometime mid-morning.  What I've really been searching for are bookcases, but I'm so picky when it comes to larger pieces, I've yet to see anything worth even photographing.  


I did stumble upon some great pieces, all of which would make a nice vignette together.  There's a definite recurring theme of teal, black and white, with a touch of yellow.  The total for all these things rounded out to just shy of $800, the chairs and art being the bigger ticket pieces. But I think they'd all make for a fun lounge space. Figure in a side table plus some paint [say, in a light grey], and I'd have an entirely new room ready for around $1000. [I could totally do one of those HGTV-style shows]


Like this look? Take me shopping with you, and we can get any space pieced together in no time.


Tomorrow I'm heading to the monthly Scott's Antiques Market, which I've actually never been to.  It's supposedly one of the best places to get anything and everything in Atlanta, so I'm looking forward to some good finds. Happy hunting!

Small ceramic bowl with glazed teal interior: $18
White ceramic vase: $25
Glass candy dish: $12
Pair of paint-by-numbers: $68
Vintage lighted sign: $95
Pair of houndstooth lounge chairs: $300



Musings on a nightstand: water and writing.

I figured out why I decided to share my nightstand with you.  I mean really, how long can a  person wax poetic about a lamp? [in my case, quite a bit] In reality, I think this might actually give you a little insight into me and my quirky habits, some of which may become recurring themes here, and others I may try to repress and plead plausible deniability that they were ever shared with you.  Think of this as 'show-and-tell' for adults. [I LOVED show and tell in kindergarten- I'm pretty sure this habit of mine traces that far back, maybe even further]


Rather than repeat the same photo I took of the nightstand [with the addition of helpful numbers, just in case you get confused between the glass of milk and a flower- these things are tricky] I figured you could just refer back to the previous post, or use a little imagination.


2. Water: I'm always thirsty, and being parched reaches its all-time high when I'm asleep.  I have an irrational fear of being without water, or really any drink [insert image of the little girl in the M. Night Shyamalan classic, 'Signs' with her 37 glasses of water strewn about the house]. The water pictured here is a rather large bottle of Acqua Panna, the self-proclaimed 'finest still mineral water.' I've never been one who can really taste the difference between obscenely expensive water and water that's free. I'm pretty sure I started refilling this bottle with tap a long time ago, so don't take me for a water connoisseur.


3. 5-Year Journal: I have to be the world's worst diary/journal keeper.  Since I was just a little Jo, I was obsessed with these wonderful, tiny books that held the potential of keeping your deepest secrets under lock and key. I probably had a whole box full of diaries. I could also probably count the number of pages I wrote on with two hands.  Then came the 5-Year Journal, a perfect device for someone like me since all it requires is one brief line about your day.  I've even went so far as to jot down just one word [it still counts!].  This one is a particular favorite of mine since it's filled with Jane Austen quotes that I adore. [I'm that girl who re-reads Pride and Prejudice yearly and watches the movies any chance I get...]



4. Music Journal:  I have no issues filling the pages of this book.  Since I was twelve, I've had a penchant for writing down lyrics from my favorite songs.  They usually had to do with some boy who I thought was just the BEST [but later would probably find him to be the WORST...the trappings of young love].  Fourteen years later, this exercise has become much more therapeutic, and is far less about silly boys, and much more about music that moves me, or reminds me of my past [or future?].  Usually, I just have a standard journal that I'll fill every inch of, but while I was in L.A. this past March, I found a bonafide *Moleskine music journal, which has proved to be very useful. Lyrics are so often overlooked, that it feels right to give them a place to 'speak.' 


5. Writing implements: simple enough, but I have specific tastes when it comes to these sorts of things. I always like to keep a #2 pencil [old-school yellow preferred] and a flair pen in navy or army green or black. [I told you I was specific!]



*fun fact: I've always pronounced Moleskine the way you would pronounce molester [it sounds even more inappropriate when pronounced by this British man] and it's a habit I have trouble breaking- so no, I don't have a molester journal, and no, I'm not a pervert...