Retro Fiend

Here are the latest pieces that Kelly has up for auction. ▼

Atomic style coffee table.

Vintage Homecrest chair.

Vintage Danish modern style end table.

Mid-century modern chrome lounge chair.

The chrome lounge chair was one of our finds from last weekend. It is definitely a cross between an Arne Norell chair and a Barcelona chair. I think the wood inserts between the legs/frame add a nice touch. I’ll keep posting as soon as Kelly has more listed. Check out more of his items here.

Friday Favorites

Atomic hairpin stool by thewhitepepper.

Boomerang table by groovygirl60.

Large rotund vase by sarapoloma.

George Nelson lamp by Modish Vintage.

Hardoy Butterfly chair by Hindsvik.

I was in the mood for some atomic style today!

This weekend we’ll be painting our spare bathroom. Kelly is prepping it right now, and getting the concrete floors ready for paint. Since the bathroom will be used for outdoor activities, guests, skate dudes, etc.. we decided to go with an industrial feel. After this phase of improvements, we’ll have to redo the tile in the shower. That will have to wait since we’ve got so many other things going on. We’re really happy with the way it’s turning out so far, and we managed to gather all used fixtures except for the faucet. Post + pics coming soon!

Instagram + Craigslist

I’m still waiting for the phone fairy to surprise me with a new 4S iPhone… In the meantime, I’ll just continue to play around with my old one.

▲Broyhill Brasilia armoire  ▲Mid-century modern chair ▲Mid-century modern lamp, coming soon to my shop ▲Vintage pottery

Craigslist was good to us this week, thanks to Kelly’s searching skills. We’ve been looking for an Eames Aluminum Group chair for him, but finding one at an affordable price is nearly impossible. He confessed to me a few days ago that he had been watching one on Craigslist that was just an hour away, and I agreed to help him with the cost.. I just wanted to see him get this chair because he deserves it! So here’s an Instagram shot of it, but I plan to do a proper post on it later. This chair is gorgeous! It’s an early one too, manufactured in 1976.

So here’s the office chair we’re replacing. Not too shabby, either…

So Kelly will be selling this beauty after we get some major home projects done. We have the permit for the fence installation, so that should start next week. We also found some quartz kitchen counters on Craigslist this week for $100. It seemed too good to be true, but we have enough to do our entire kitchen. The guy who was selling them has a remodeling business and he took them out of a really nice home. They ended up sitting in his garage and he just wanted to get rid of them. They are literally like brand new! I am so excited to be finishing our kitchen and patience really does pay off! We have been going over different options for our countertops since we found the house. I really wanted to use concrete in the beginning, but for many reasons it wasn’t a good option. Then I priced Corian and other solid surface materials. Zodiaq quartz by DuPont was my first choice overall, but I quickly found that it wasn’t an option due to price. Well now it is!! That’s exactly what we ended up with, and the color is perfect and actually one of my favorites. I’m honestly stunned and I can’t wait to share the progress once we get it going. I’ve got plenty of “before” photos, so I plan on putting something together soon. Right now, Kelly is taking exact measurements, and we’re searching for the perfect faucet/sink since we need to get the counters cut for them also.

I swear, we’re probably the only people NOT doing the typical outdoor/beach/BBQ Memorial Day weekend thing. We love to do these things, but we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get these countertops and now we’re completely engrossed in getting this kitchen done. Besides, there’s a tropical storm on the way here…

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! I’d love to hear some advice/stories on kitchen remodeling experiences. I know how frustrating it can be, but also very rewarding!

Around the house.

We’re still getting settled at our new place and waiting for the garage/workshop to be finished. I still need shelves for my books, hangers for my clothes, and misc. stuff like hooks and bathroom accessories. The house is holding stuff that is supposed to go in the garage and we still have to get everything out of storage, so there’s still LOTS to be done. In the meantime, I’m so glad to be back to work on Etsy, and I’m loving my new workspace. Here are a few of my favorite things around the new place…

I love the view from my desk. We’re surrounded by a jungle-like atmosphere.

So cool! There’s a riding club right down the street.

A small view of my office.

Kelly and I shared a small closet at our apartment, so it’s really nice to have our own closet space now.

It’s the details that inspire me. What are your favorite spaces around your home?

Renninger’s Loot

Last month we went to our favorite flea market, Renninger’s Extravaganza. They’re held three times a year, and we count the days til we can go to each one. It’s definitely one of our favorite things to do together. Here’s our furniture haul from the last trip!

Left to right: 2 Drexel side tables, a Selig lounge chair (we’ll reupholster the cushions), Mersman coffee table, triangle side table with lamp built in, mid-century chair with floral fabric (we’ll have reupholstered), atomic bar stools (also need to be refinished), Danish modern floor lamp.

This Selig chair has great bones, and it just needs a little TLC and new fabric.

I love the simplicity of these Drexel tables. We’re not sure if we’re selling these yet…

I found this within five minutes of walking through the gate. I just need to dust the cobwebs off and give this a good cleaning/oiling and it will make a gorgeous lamp!

These atomic stools will need the most work, but I couldn’t resist! We got a great deal on them. I actually like that they’re original, but they definitely need to be reupholstered. This will be a fun project for me.

Well, I’ll be super busy for the next two days because Tuesday is our last day of school for the semester, and then I’ll have a month off. I can’t wait! This semester has been the toughest yet because it’s getting close to graduation. Next semester I’ll be taking a commercial photography class which includes using the 4 x 5 large format camera (again) and a location photography class. The commercial/illustration class is going to be a tough one..

My plans for my break include putting a lot of time into my Etsy shop and getting caught up on lots of projects. We also have another flea market extravaganza to go to in the middle of January, so I’m really looking forward to that. I’m hoping for some great things to happen!

 

 

The Extravaganza!

As usual, we had a great time at Renninger’s. I’m sad that we’ll have to wait until November for the next one. We saw a lot of great original pieces, including a set of Bertoia chairs, a set of Platner chairs, a variety of Eames chairs, and lots of other mid century modern furniture and housewares. We left with two Jens Risom inspired side chairs for a great price, and a Danish modern tea cart or rolling bar that we saw at the January show. We were really glad it was still there! At the last minute, we found some really great small hairpin leg tables that we’ll use on the deck for plant stands. I’ll shoot some photos of those later. We came really close to buying the Bertoia chairs, but decided not to at the end. We always leave with a feeling of “we should’ve bought…”, but there’s always next time!

Kelly is super busy refinishing the furniture we already have and he’s going to start on the tea cart today. He did an amazing job refinishing the Italian rocker we found at the last show, and we have new cushions for it as well. I’ll post some photos of it when he assembles it. We’re glad to say that this business is more than full time and worth it. I’m almost caught up on my home chores and school projects, so I’m going to shoot some photos for my Etsy shop today for a bit. I’ll post some sneak peeks of my new items later!

We have another busy week ahead of us, full of projects and now that the weather is getting nicer, we’ll be working and spending more time outside. I purchased an annual pass for our local inlet park, which has a long boardwalk that I love to walk/jog and take photos at, so I’ll be spending a lot of time there. Also, our NSB Skate Park will be having a two year anniversary party on Saturday with live bands, contests and food, so that should be a lot of fun! I’m glad to get this week started- happy Monday, everyone!