Many of you are probably still braving the stores with your shopping lists to ward off the tryptophan high. I seriously started Christmas shopping last August (the earliest ever) though it feels like I shop all year round especially when I see the right gift for a certain person. Last November 5th, I got one of the last available spots and joined Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar on their Metrolina jaunt for the Fall International Collectibles and Antiques Show. Not even the descending Rothko-esque clouds threatened the afternoon of fun and learning.
It was just the inspiring activity I needed after weeks doing High Point Market. I went with interior designer friends who are Metrolina vets, Wanda Horton and Davetta Moore---the perfect companions for this Metrolina newbie. Fashion of the day was flea/vintage inspired of course, so I wore my vintage abstract print top from a St. Augustine, FL shop which I got eleven years ago (it's one of my faves, I've kept it all along), shearling vest from Wellington , New Zealand from a trip 8 years ago and a pretzel necklace from the Spitalfields Market in London from 3 years ago.
Eddie was brimming with clever and creative ideas for the home, holiday tabletop decor, and gifts that I will definitely be shopping more in flea/antique markets for future home needs and gifts. This also ties in with a recent conversation on Twitter about affordable luxe.
Here is Eddie talking about how we can update this sheet
by cutting the fringe and lining it with a clean trim.
As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
lovely bric-a-bracs that will individually
add character to any existing tableau
He talks about everyone's love for blue and white china
for the numismatist
Wedgwood black jasperware for the avid golfer
Eddie emphasizes the importance of adding live greens
into a space and jade plants are perfect for the more
manicured than green thumbs out there (like me)
old photographs are enchanting but they creep me out a little
Davetta Moore, a Charlotte interior designer,
with her favorite print.
brooches and jewelry that can be used as napkin rings
or curtain tie back accents
He stopped to say that the pair of
70's Rococo wheat sheaf tables are very "Elle Decor".
get the look for $250
The easiest way to update old lamps would be to
change the finials aside from the shades.
Jaithan Kochar, Eddie's partner, rocking the military chic look.
Being a furniture girl, I have a fascination for old tools
Antlers and other natural curiosities intrigue me
and I'll fill up a roomful of it if I could.
Yes, perhaps quite cringe worthy for some of you but I love it!
It brings back memories of our trip to
I wanted to get this duffel bag and dreamily fill it up with a few good finds. Metrolina is definitely worth coming back to and I will, once I've stop gypsetting. I left with nothing (which was quite a feat) but frabjous tips from Eddie Ross. He was amazing, totally in his element, and oozed with warmth and charm. Follow them to a flea market near you!
On another note, yet similar thread.... Allow me to introduce one of my best friends, Zeb Grant, from Atlanta. We met in France the summer of 2007 and knew from the start that we were kindred spirits. He can wield a scalpel very well (in a CSI-ish way ;-)) and uses the same precision with his interior design and floral design talents. I was so thankful that he came to help us with SNUG last High Point Market. We love to eat and shop and can swing a foodie/flea market/high street/high fashion roadshow anywhere any day!
I got these woodworking tools for Alex in St. Ouen.
Zeb helped me search and carried them back to our hotel.
It was a great small assortment of tools for the
SNUG partner who really enjoys crafting furniture.
He crafted this amazing chest which was his signature piece and came in different finishes. It was hand painted and distressed by Dyan Lowery who is also a SNUG artist, among other hats. The artwork on the chest was inspired by an antique chest that was almost falling apart brought back from France. On a side note, Alex and I grew up surrounded by and making traditional furniture. SNUG is quite a departure from that but we believe and understand the value of the old to make and appreciate the new.
Zeb got these beautiful architectural etchings
and had them framed when he got home.
This painting was also a great find and works well
I think it's safe to say that his baby, Gracie, approves of them too.
in the corner of Zeb's pad.
While I was trying on fab fur coats,
Zeb got this magnifying glass from the
Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill
He just put up his tree the other night before going off to the woods of Kentucky to experience new delights which includes skeet shooting---(don't worry Zeb-I did it too, once, with the beau in the Virginia hinterlands at The Homestead)
I got this purportedly Balmain dress from Porte de Vanves. Zeb is right next to me in his signature color wielding a wood tool but I cropped him. He made me swear that I wouldn't post any of our photos with our lardon laden cheeks from this trip.
Old keys hold some kind of mystery and I got these from P de V too. Check out The Antiques Diva report on Portes de Vanves and make an appointment before you head to Paris. When I am back for a serious shopping trip, I will definitely call Toma Clark Haines, I am a fan of her blog. I will also download The Paris Apartment's cool IPhone app Keys to the Fleas, perfectionnez n'est-ce pas?
Here are some fleasurable finds from my stash:
aside from exploring the temples of Angkor and precious gem shopping,
a miniature tole set from Wellington, New Zealand
a picture perfect scene I captured
at a Greenville, South Carolina antique market
To read more about elegant thrifting, check out
The Find by Stan Williams,
the @elegantthrifter no less