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Monday, November 4, 2013

Moving Sale Post #2

Yay for vintage smalls. They are perfect for nonsensical and useless vignettes. 
TEXT or call 312-550-8980 for info or to pickup! 

I have way too many things to move with me, let alone photograph, but here are some highlights I am willing to part with. 

 $40 Set of Vintage Brass Measuring Cups beautiful tarnish and patina, or polish to your liking. Pictured here adorned with pheasant feathers next to a pair of antique slippers. Why not?

$100 English Hand Hammered Copper Mirror Inquire for exact dimension. Estimated at 20". Mirror is beveled, has some minor discoloration.

$10 Bird Print The only thing I'm selling in this picture is the bird print. Framed in an inexpensive frame. Who wants to drive to Berwyn for a bird print? Nobody. Nice picture though!

SOLD! Jansen Style Nesting Tables purchased from the estate of a former furniture buyer for Marshall Fields. European, probably French, 1950s. Glass tops with mirrored edge, pineapple finial at cross bar.

SOLD! Pair of Marble, Wood, and Brass Lamps Gorgeous pair of Regency lamps, fluted marble columns, Gilded wood and brass bases. Significant tarnish and corrosion to brass finish, still solid and usable. Not working, rewiring required. I adore this pair and meant to keep them for myself. (I still may, but this supposed to be a purge, afterall.)
$15 Cesca style side chair I have two available for $25 as well. Canning is fine, a bit discolored. Tarnished chrome could easily be remedied with fine steel wool. Great look for the price!

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Moving Sale Post #1

Houndstooth who? Oh hi! I haven't done a show in like 8 months and now I'm selling my house. That means it's time to purge, purge, purge. Long post of THINGS, here. Apologies for the crap photos, etc. Contact me with questions! 312-550-8980

$30 Oh my. These little Danish tables have a few scratches, which is why they are $30 for the pair! Sturdy! Adorable.

 SOLD!This is a Paul McCobb for Calvin serving piece, marked. Original laminate top folds out for more serving space. Two drawers with original hardware. Why so cheap?? I will tell you: It's a great look but is wobbly, gentlemen. Those little castors have seen better days and the piece really needs to be reglued. As is! This is a moving sale. Great look.

SOLD! Big red and brown painting! Oil on canvas. Why so cheap? Because I painted it once when I needed a huge painting. How big? I do not know. Probably just over 3' x 3'

 SOLD! Kilim pillows, set of 3. Okay not everything is bargain basement realness. These are so  so great, but I don't really have a spot for them anymore and I have SO MUCH STUFF. So I will sell them for a fair but not bargain price. Velvet backs on the larger two. Largest one is over 16" x 16"

SOLD! This lamp! photo does not do it justice. I just bought it for myself! But I need no more lamps. It's glamorous and white and ceramic and brass. Original shade, heavy paper with gold strip and gold interior. Glass and brass finial. Photo stinks! See it in person. Tarnish to brass.

$160 Big huge Italian mirror. She is heavy.  A few discolorations along bottom. Size? I don't know. Around 4' wide. Can be hung vertically. Original tag, now missing, said "Made in Italy" and had a purchase order from 1964 attached.

 $30 Look at this bundle of wheat and straight lines! Gilt/gold/Italian. Hangs on wall.

SOLD! Restoration Hardware Harvest Table. 7' long, 42" wide. Pine. Full of scratches and character. Imagine it with super modern chairs on a covered patio. Use it for canning or shelling peas. There is a bowl of brown eggs on it. You are an urban farmer.

SOLD! Pair of Art Deco Lamps. Brass nestled in between stacked wooden blocks of maple.

$220 Pair of ridiculously gorgeous 1970's Lucite & black plastic lamps. One shade is unglued at the seam on back, and has minor discoloration. Casts great sexy light on your smokey-mirrored coke table.

$300 Almost matching set of Bamboo, rattan, and oak porch furniture. Victorian/Aesthetic Movment. Two minor breaks to caning in settee, unnoticeable, otherwise minimal wear and very sturdy.

$200 Pair of nightstands/end tables. Thin book-like-leather tops, mahogany bases. These lovely regency style tables were purchased for far more dollars several years ago, but alas, no more space. There are multiple scratches on the tops and legs, and discoloration to leather on the tops. Price reflects vintage condition of finish. Must see in person to commit. Very sturdy.

Hello Pharmacy Cabinet from Restoration Hardware! You are not vintage, obviously. I'm selling mine for $1000 firm, down from the retail price of $1495. Great deal? Maybe not. But a deal all the same. It's practically brand new. Perfect condition.

$120 Speaking of Restoration Hardware, here is a polished chrome etagere from the same store. I am so embarrassed about how much stuff I have from them! What kind of vintage dealer/designer am I? 5 shelves, glass, in excellent condition.

SOLD! Teak sofa frame, purchased from Toomey Gallery in Oak Park. Was told it is French. Filthy cushion included. Originally had 3 back cushions as well. One arm and leg are loose and need to be reglued. It has been in this condition since I purchased it, but is miraculously stable as is. Needs work but could be nice!

 $300 A couple years ago I spotted this gorgeous desk Campaign style desk by Kittinger on Craigslist. In a fit of madness I paid $750 for it. I knew the base needed to be tightened, etc. What I didn't know is that the base probably needs professional help, or to be taken apart and put back together by a skilled furniture person. One of the feet is literally GLUED on, and it fell off when I was unloading it from the car. It's a stunning thing to look at, but beyond my abilities to repair. It would need some minor soldering to be sturdy again. And the finish is in vintage condition. That said, I have loved it as a statement in the room. Have seen it at auction more than once in better condition for over $3000. Yours for $300! Yay.

$500 Midcentury chair and ottoman. Purchased from Room Service in Andersonville. Was told it was Paul McCobb but does not have label, and I can't find proof or any matches. Bought it with new upholstery 3 years ago, but was never flawless and shows minimal wear. Clean, no holes.

 $650 Pine Cabinet Originally purchased from SCOUT in Andersonville. Over 6' Tall, about 32" wide, 14" deep.

SOLD! Adorable console/sofa table. Brass and glass. Glass is lightly chipped but unnoticeable. Tarnish to brass. Regency/Campaign style.

Phew! Well that's it for now. Stay tuned for potential follow up posts! Things will be marked SOLD when no longer available. I also have a lot of vintage smalls that I will be posting later. CALL OR TEXT 312-550-8980

Friday, June 28, 2013


My place has been on the market now for a few weeks. I struggled with this decision. I love my house- the lightness of it, the proportion of the rooms, the modest but pretty sleek kitchen- but other factors won out.

There is an open house this Sunday, June 30 from 1 PM- 2:30 PM, 2632 S. Oak Park Ave, Berwyn, IL. The current listing price is 185,000. The house is two bedrooms, one bath, with a full very usable high-ceilinged basement and huge walk-up attic. It's a great house for two people, or could be easily made quite large with the renovation of the attic.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Oh make me over: dining room style

Currently the dining room looks like this, more or less.
Walls are painted Benjamin Moore's Iced Cube Silver. The Georgetown Double Pedestal Table isn't leaving anytime soon, and I still think that the French Empire chandelier is doing it for me. 

Lately, though, I've been hankering for a bit of paneling/wainscot and possibly a color change. I could use more storage, too, and I have just the wall for it. The other thing that would be nice is a pair of sconces to offer some architectural interest and provide better mood lighting options.

Finally, I have my eye on a Debbie Carlos landscape that I just have to have, and the dream chairs I have settled are are definitely in the vein of Brno.

I've come up with two mood boards.

While both utilize elements that I already have in place, they each require additional investment and time. 

Thoughts? A or B? or neither, in which case we probably don't see eye to eye.