Shopping Vintage on Etsy (Tips & Tricks Too!)

On a whim I bought this concrete bust of David on Etsy (from this shop) without any idea where it was going to go in our new studio. He now holds a place on our front console that is getting a great linen skirt made for it.

As designers, we shop on Etsy A LOT.  Not only for newly made or custom items (as detailed in this post), but for antique and vintage items too.  Etsy has become a bit of a “normal budget” 1stDibs in that there is some high end antique dealers, but mostly its small shops with decent prices for interesting goods.  You just have to dig a bit more as it is a bit less curated, but in the best way possible! You can still find amazing deals on lots of things on Etsy, where as some other online vintage shops you cannot.

A good example of this was when we were looking for a pair of vintage x-benches for a great project below (you only get a sneak peek here as we are pitching it to magazine right now).  We found the perfect set from an expensive vendor but perused Etsy to see if anyone else had a pair we could refinish.  And we found the EXACT pair we loved for about 1/4 of the price.  We had them repainted and reupholstered and they came out perfect and added that patina we were looking for in the space.

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Fashion Friday: Spring Denim Trends with Nordstrom

I wear jeans  6 or 7 days of the week, which means I have quite a few pairs! But I actually need a couple more as some are ready for retirement (read: sagged out bum, holes in places I did not pay extra to have holes…) So I partnered with Nordstrom (my favorite place to order denim thanks to their fast shipping and easy returns) to share some of the cuts and styles I’m loving for spring and summer and paired them with the types of shoes I’d pair with them.  I hope this helps you with your denim shopping!

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Etsy Sources for Custom Upholstery

A bunch of you have asked me on Instagram where I got my new ottoman, which replaced our glass coffee table a.k.a. “The Baby Guillotine”. I looked high and low for a  zebra cowhide ottoman in the size I needed for my long, narrow living room and struck out.  And the designer grade custom items I was pricing out were a fortune.  So I turned to Etsy (as I do quite a lot when looking for custom goods that don’t break the bank). I had one made for me by the shop 1801FurnitureCo. and it came out perfect!
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Fashion Friday: Singing In the Rain with Joules

Today I’ve partnered with one of my sponsors, Joules, the adorable British clothing brand to share some picks that Henry and I made for rainy spring days ahead of us (please- I’ll take rain over snow!) Also, Joules was kind enough to offer a 20% off code for EOS readers good until June 10th!  Use RAINAWAY at checkout!

Is there anything cuter than a baby boy in a raincoat and wellies? I think not. Especially when toddling to Starbucks with his daddy (who also happens to be wearing a Joules raincoat purchased last year- this one is the same fit but different color).  I have tons of Joules stuff for Henry because its so well made and lasts forever. As a mom, I’m a huge fan (and was before they were sponsors!)
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Sponsor Welcome: Old New House AKA the only vintage rug source you need!

The one element I have been using in homes non-stop the past couple years (no matter the style of decor) have been antique Persian or Oushak rugs. There is little else that can really ground a room and make it feel more sophisticated, warm and lived in than a rug with patina.  I especially love the look of these layered over wool or jute/sisal rugs (which also can make them a bit more affordable as you can buy a smaller rug and still have the impact!)
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