Other than laying out by a pool all day reading design magazines and sipping on a cold Pina Colada’s served to me by my handsome BF there are FEW things I like more than sorting through junk at a thrift store, visiting the antique mart, or wafting through the aisles at the flea market. There is something about it that gives me a rush of joy and excitement. Maybe it is the 3 cups of coffee I have had previous to walking into the flea market, or maybe it is some sort of chemical reaction and release of serotonin in my brain, but whatever it is I like it, and it feels good, and I am very into the thrill of the hunt. Should I say and one more time?
So of course it was a no-brainer when I found this space designed by Leanne Ford that I would of course be obsessed with all the vintage and antique pieces in it. Don’t get me wrong there are some amazing big box stores out there that are pumping out some amazing, affordable, and well designed pieces. But, now a days there are so many look a like’s, knock offs, replica’s and fakes that when you find a piece that is authentic and real it really can elevate a room to a whole new level. I love the story that those pieces tell, and how much character and age they have to them. Also, call me creepy but I find it fascinating thinking about who may have used it before or where it once lived. Fun fact I once bought some G.A.R.B.A.G.E leather club chairs off of ebay solely based on the fact that the seller told me that they were once in an old speakeasy in Paris. I am pretty sure he was “romancing the seller” as they call it, but it worked and those puppies were quickly in my living room.
Beyond the fact that the story might be amazing or the patina might be exquisite there are the economic values that come from it – and we all know I am frugal AF (ask my BF for further proof on that). Buying an old piece can often be WAY more budget friendly than heading to a big box store and getting a sad replica with no character or age. And if you find a piece that has a lot going for it but has seen better days you can consider taking it to an antique restoration and repair place to have them give it some new life. Or if you are a little more DIY savvy or handy then get your hands dirty and throw a coat of paint on your furniture to give it a brand new look (just don’t let the purists know that you are white washing an antique gustavian dresser).
So in summary, buy old, buy vintage, by antique, buy junk, buy garbage and have fun with it, as THOSE are the pieces that give a room character and life.