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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.

Upcoming projects...


I've been a bad blogger. I haven't been keeping up with things for a while and I'm full of good excuses. I took a few days off to visit a good friend in Charlotte [what a great little city with such beautiful architecture!] and had entirely too much fun hunting for furniture deals.  I even took home a new desk and demilune table [both of which are too messy to photograph right now, so they'll get their proper introduction soon enough.] 

Some of my furniture purchases [both for myself and for my friends] were inspired by a new book I just finished reading, Good Bones, Great Pieces.  Design books are my version of porn [so addictive, and I just keep buying more], but this one was a class act.  It gave me great insight on specific pieces of furniture, and how having these few essentials can really bring together the design of any room.

What's really kept me completely busy has been my foray into a new business venture.  I have so many things I'm passionate about, but not always is it possible to turn them into careers.  I'm giving a truly concerted effort at my next phase, which is interior design.  I've really been a 'designer' since I was a kid, so it's really not a surprise I'm giving this a shot.  But there's only so many times I can rearrange the furniture in my house, repaint my own walls, and buy and sell my own furniture on Craigslist...

More than anything, I'd love to bring my talents to the homes [or apartments, or other personal spaces] of others! The business license is getting underway, and I just sent in for my business cards [and totally splurged on the stickers and magnets- I mean who doesn't want a magnet with their name on it?!]  It's certainly a work in progress, and I've got a long way to go [any great web designers out there want to help a struggling small business out?!], but I'm looking forward to this new adventure.  Here's a sneak peak at one side of my business card [and no, the email address and website listed on it don't work yet- but I do own the domain!]


Over the next few months, I'm going to be working heavily on my portfolio, so if you have a project you'd like help on right now, I would LOVE to be a part of it, free of charge! [But yes, eventually, I will have to start charging for things like this, since a business isn't really a business unless you're making some profit!]  For now, you can contact me at asimplerdesign@gmail.com!

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].



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...