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White French Empire Settee: Before and After

Here she is!! The sofa settee that I spotted a year ago at an antique store, yet always imagined this piece as an ornate white enameled bench with custom upholstery.

Voila! The French Empire Revival Settee is available on Etsy:)

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Antique Chair: Before and After

Traci’s chair had been handed down to her. It had a strong frame and was built beautifully. I was up to the challenge of restoring her heirloom piece. Here it is before on the left. We loved the original colors of the silk on the seat.

When, I came across this gorgeous Sunbrella silk at right, I knew that we had found our new fabric! We both agreed on it immediately. To add comfort, I added an extra sheet of polyester batting to the existing cushion, being mindful not to make it too fluffy! Here you can see the beauty of the wood from the side.

That is one chic restoration piece, does anyone know what period it is from exactly? My guess is a Thomas Sheraton piece.

Looks like it is going to be another full day. Pop in later in the week for a DIY project and inspiration!

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Event Recap

Taste of Encino consultations!

I like this picture because there is so much going on!

The little Rustic Table, which was probably an antique wash table in it’s day…

The antique carved-wood chair, plus the fishing bowl, where I shared samples of other artists from my CCCOE team.

All in all, it was a great day and I made some new friends.

A big thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support for Pink Pianos!

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Malibu Flea Market finds

This weekend in Malibu at the Lion’s Club flea market, there was lots to uncover…

Look at this beautiful vintage day bed greeted me upon arrival.

VIntage Daybed

This store was a favorite as we rummaged through deep bins of linens dated from the 1920-50s.


Isn’t this one funny!? My friend, Annie, spotted it and she loved the color.

I had to take home, this linen tablecloth. I haven’t decided exactly what to do with it yet, but I did decide not to cut it up!

Here it is draped over my couch.

Linen applique

Just look at how intricate the cross stitching and applique were. They combine to make such a simply beautiful piece.

Cross stitch detail

Okay~ so I admit I didn’t find this next dresser this time around, but I wish I had…

Anthropologie mirrored dresser

This mirrored dresser is from Anthropologie and I love the aged finish of the mirrors.

Vintage linens, glass containers, and worn mirrors are all things to look for on a hunt like this. Not to mention, I had hoped to find a couple of wooden furnishings to refinish.

On our way out, we stopped at this shop brimming with knick knacks.

Burlap covered stool

Glass bottles with stoppers, vintage baby shoes, even little ink wells that could become part of a collection.

This burlap covered stool could be used in a variety of ways in a modern setting.

Other flea markets in L.A. that I have visited include: Fairfax, Rosebowl, and Silverlake shows. The Rosebowl flea market is by far the largest. Plus, I’m hearing good things about another one in Long Beach that is great for buyers.

If you’d like to see more amazing flea market style and finds, check out this book, Paris Style from Taschen. It has some seriously good pictures inside, plus lots of things to look for on your next treasure hunt.

Bon voyage!

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