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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Leafy Greens

No, not the kind you try to eat and juice everyday to hopefully look like Elle McPherson when your 48, but rather prints! Sometimes there are crazy patterns that you both love and question. Independently from seeing it in use in cool ways, I would think I would HATE Hinson’s classic banana leaf wallpaper print. A classic for certain, but such a “Grandma’s Palm Beach condo” look. YET, I am currently loving it. Why? I don’t know. But I am. Sometimes you should not question design attraction, you should just go with it.

The Beverly Hills Hotel made this print famous. I am pretty sure I need to stay there before I die.

Um, awesome much? Yes, much too much.

Nicky Hiltons dining area looks amazing with those pink and black chairs.

The April House Beautiful featured this Steven Sclaroff entry featuring the Hinson favorite.  I’d have hung a big piece of art on the right hand wall to break it up a bit. I feel like I might get attacked by a gorilla…

Jamie Meares rocked out these chairs HARD. So fun paired with a pink sofa. Oh yes, I went there. Try convincing your husband to do THAT.

A lucite and banana leaf print clutch from Charlotte Olympia. Because why leave all the fun to our walls?

Another version of this is slightly more… preppy, somehow.  Peter Dunham’s Fig Leaf print has been on my brain lately too!

Love how Lauren Liess used it as an accent in this awesome room she did!

Preppy Interiors Through the Years

Carrying on from yesterday’s post I was inspired to research the “preppy” aesthetic in interiors, both current and of yesteryear.  It’s fabulous to see the trends and items that weave themselves from the past into modern versions of rooms and homes.  Here are some great images of designers that specialize in this look, which has many trademarks such as a mix of antiques and newer items, bold prints, classic details, animal prints, rich color, gilded details and luxurious upholstery.

Dorothy Draper and her masterful  Greenbrier Hotel:

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Sister Parish, designer to Jackie O:

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Miles Redd, who does modern glam preppy like no one else!

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Bunny Williams:

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Charlotte Moss:

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Markham Roberts:

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Palmer Weiss:

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Kemble Interiors (Celerie Kemble and her mother, Palm Beach fixture Mimi McMakin):

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Aerin Lauder’s home is a fabulous example of the preppy look:

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Badgley Mischka’s country house is equestrian preppy chic:

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A fabulous dorm room (yes, dorm room) of a student a Drew University:

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Here are some of my picks for adding a little old school preppy flair to your home:

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1) Leopard carpet

2) Chesterfield Sofa

3) Pendelton Blanket

4)Chandelier

5)Trunk

6)Painting

7) Faux Bamboo Chair

8) Bullseye Mirror

Current Obsession: Vintage Suitcases

When I saw this picture  in the new Lonny Magazine (amazing, by the way) it solidified one thing for me…

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Why the HELL did I not buy the stack of gorgeous vintage suitcases I saw the other weekend at the SoWa Open Market???  ARRRGGGHHH! I was all “I dunno, they seem expensive at $65 a piece. Should I? Should I?” and then stood there for like twenty minutes doing the “I want to buy them buy my bank account will not like it one bit” dance. I finally told myself I could probably find more/better/cheaper ones at Brimfield in July when I go. But we all know that’s a load of hooey- Brimfield is shockingly expensive.

Beyond my insane non-buyer’s remorse, I have been obsessed with stacks of vintage suitcases for a while, but of course more so now that I don’t have any. Just look at these beauties! As side tables, hallway decor or even stacked on top of other furniture pieces they add such a fantastic vintage feel to any space!

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Adorable other uses for vintage suitcases- as pet beds and storage for crafting supplies!

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How about this bad boy lined with my fave Chenonceau print from F. Schumacher? Wouldn’t that make packing more fun?

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