On the subject of flea markets, here's a spin we took through one of my favorites out in Pasadena, California, together with another great group of readers.
Pair picture perfect weather with the curiosity of others and the group swelled at times with me on my soapbox.
This set of 1940s leather-top tables I loved for their cool, old casters, metal detailing and great lines. To freshen them up, I'd paint them both black, then faux malachite the round one and cut a mirror for the square. Very Hollywood Glam.
Speaking of, as soon as I pointed out these Regency lamps ($40 for the pair!), Telisha pulled the trigger. I'm still waiting to see if she takes my advice of adding brown, black and gold faux tortoise shell drum shades for her living room.
For a bathroom, I loved the idea of painting these old, Chippendale whatnots a fresh coat of white, hanging mirror in the back, then filling the shelves with beautiful bottles for Q-tips, cotton balls, pretty sponges and even sea glass.
For something more out of the box, how about cleaning up an old bird bath, lining it with hasta leaves and building an edible landscape for a summer garden party? At the moment, I'm picturing a beautiful baked brie, raised on a cake pedestal, topped with caramelized pecans and surrounded by sliced, toasted baguette. Add silver spreaders, and you're the hostess with the most.
On the other hand, if you're the guest in need of a gift, I love a table like this because a) you never know what you'll find and b) it's almost always a good deal.Serving spoons, single plates for cookies and vases for fresh flowers all make fantastic hostess gifts. Styling for magazines, too, it's tables like this where I usually find all those quirky odds and ends that make for great table settings and vignettes. Sure, you have to dig a little, but isn't that part of the fun?
Paisley Petunia are certainly no strangers to digging. Both came on last year's trip with us, where Christina scored this set of super stylish cocktail glasses from the 60s.
bar cart I loved. Leave it to Stephanie to snatch it up without hesitation. Last year's glasses + this year's bar cart = stylish summer cocktails! Wedgwood-style chandelier reminiscent of Jaspwerware.
As soon as we all parted ways, Traci from Muse Margaret beelined back and bought it! I'm hoping she takes my advice of painting it black (sans metal), cutting mirror for the top, then adding a vintage Lucite lamp with a kelly green drum shade for her bedside table.Grace Happens; Melissa from Seagrass Interiors; Alex from Rustic Rooster, Ariel from Ariel Gordon Jewelry; Tracy from Comfort and Luxury; Alison from Ali on the Go; Jennifer from Style Your Life; Shelly from LIttle Mrs. Do It All; Theodore from Theodore Leaf; and Janet from Gardener's Cottage. Have a great weekend, everyone, and happy thrifting!