Sunday, July 26, 2009

Armchair Shopping With Willow Decor

Since I've been on vacation, and it has been raining most of the time, I have had some extra time to do some Internet shopping. Here are some of my favorite new finds! First, I stopped by my favorite Swedish Antiques site, Avolli, to see Tricia Mitchell's new pieces. I loved this dining table and chairs - It's in her ad in the July/August issue of Veranda - No surprise it's such a classic. I loved this dresser with X design. This could go into any room in my house!

This metal Empire sewing box is so charming! But, my favorite piece is this Mora Clock. Notice the lovely, soft lines of this clock. Many of the Mora clocks I have seen recently do not have a good curve scale, they seem a bit off to me. This one is perfect and unique with the diamond detailing on the bottom. Tricia Mitchell has an incredible eye - check out more of her great finds here.
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Next I headed over to see what was cooking at Kym Fraser's 3 Fine Grains. Kym's Dressage Chair below was recently featured in Washington Spaces Magazine (but remember you saw Kym first at WD!) Besides creating beautiful furniture; she's been very busy importing some fabulous antique textiles.

Lucky for us Kym is now also selling the antique sacks - so you can create your own custom upholstery, slipcovers or pillows. I was thrilled to learn this because as you know Kym has one of the largest inventories of original, authentic antique sacks in the country - and these textiles are not easy to find!! Imitators are now printing over old sacks (yuck!), but these babies are the real McCoy! They run $350 -$1200 - the sacks are huge and can be used for multiple projects.

I got giddy when I saw this crown sack from 1874 (wow- 1874!) -because she has three of them! What a find!! I would love to cover my dining room chairs with these!

The Horse sacks are really interesting! This one caught my eye because it is printed on both sides so I could make a bunch of pillows or cover a couple of chairs

Here is the back - aren't these fabulous?!! Now I just have to figure out what I am going to make with them. Of course you can always just have Kym make it for you - check out her new pillows and furniture.
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From antiques I moved on to see what was new at Anthropologie.
This interesting lamp caught my eye. It reminded me of a French whimsical line drawing turned 3D. I especially love the two french bistro chairs with toile pads and table in the center. So unique! The lamp is called the Chateau Lamp and you can find it here. Do check it out so you can see a real close up.
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Because it was still raining and I've got nothing but time, I thought I would check out this new site called Former Furniture. The site, started by an interior designer, features used furniture that her elite clientele want to sell when they are ready to redecorate.

They have some really interesting things. This vintage cabinet caught my eye because it reminded me of the metal desk we just saw in Linda Banks' new kitchen. Check the cabinet out here.
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Meanwhile over at EBAY, I found these really neat vintage industrial stools.

These zinc and metal stools are from EBAY power seller The Antiques Warehouse in Cinncinatti, OH. Many styles were for sale for under $200. Shipping was reasonable too! A great find!

They also had these chairs, which look close to Kristin's kitchen chairs from Covetable Designs. I was on a roll!
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Then, I stopped by to check out what new things were listed from my favorite Antique Textile Queen -"Loodylady" from EBAY's Textile Trunk. I was in awe of this 19th Century French Ceil de lit Bed Canopy. Made from blue and white Ikat fabric. What a rare find! Spectacular! Look at this lovely antique Toile de Jouy quilt from 1790. I bet Marie Antoinette had one just like this!Then I found these gems - gorgeous antique monogrammed French Sheets. The monogram and detailing are spectacular! Who knew such treasures were on EBAY? Finally I found this antique cart cover - Wow - I could just throw that over my sofa and change the entire look of my room! To see all her exquisite textiles click here.
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Well the sun is starting to peek out so I am off to enjoy the beach - hope you enjoyed our Internet shopping trip!

19 comments:

  1. My goodness, I must own the dressage chair! I love it. Great finds!

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  2. I got way behind with your blog, since I shut down my own two. Today I caught up, and it was so fun! You will love Rosenborg -- I still remember the 'Imperial Margarine Crown' -- the crown jewels are in the basement, unless they have been moved. Copenhagen was one of the stops on our honeymoon, and definitely one of my favorites.

    Scribbler

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  3. I just love 3 Fine Grains. Did a post on cushions the other day and included them....and love all of the other images,,,,wonderful. XXXX

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  4. This armchair shopping is the best - love the old sacks, especially the one with the crown. xv

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  5. I agree, armchair shopping is great - especially since I can't do any kind of shopping with the kids at home (I can't even go to the grocery store without major hassle!). Love that mora clock and dining room set!

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  6. Thanks for your ebays tour, and just loooove the dressage chair. I have a wingback I have been waiting to redo. What a great idea. thanks, carrell

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  7. What a shopping trip! I'd love one of each! - 2 or three of the crown sacks! Gorgeous!
    xo Isa

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  8. Thanks so much for including Avolli in your 'armchair'shopping trip. I'm thrilled to be a part of this and love all of the items you have featured!

    My best,
    Tricia - Avolli

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  9. I love it when you go on vacation Gina - I feel as though I've had my own personal shopper choose the most wonderful things for me to enjoy! For me the antique cart cover was the pick, just scrumptious.
    Millie ^_^

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  10. Ooh la la you did find some good things. I love love love the linen monogrammed sheet. I'm a sucker for monogrammed anything these days!

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  11. Dying. I die. haha!!! omg - too much to love. just too much.

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  12. Ebay has become the new refuge for many defunct antiquers of store & crossing the country to markets. You can find some killer pieces if you're willing to wade through all the junk no one bought at garage sales.
    I bought 5 yards of Thibault fabric for 30.00 & then she threw in a few remnant pieces..which were enough to make gorgeous pillows.
    Ebay is the way to go.

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  13. So many good finds! Love them!

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  14. Oh, how I love those grain sacks! I use to live in Europe and I can't believe how I snatched them up years ago way before anyone knew what to do with them and the vendors at the flea markets would look at me so strangely when I bought them. I have them hanging as curtains in my kitchen (you can see them on my blog) which look so rustic. They are the real deal - worn and patched. Your blog is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Elizabeth

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  15. What a marvellous collection of novelties - wonderful taste you have. Those sacks are amazing - I love the horse ones. Wowee! When I was in Paris, we came across a flea market, not one of the big ones, and they didn't have grain sacks but piles and piles of old embroidered linens. I bought 3 small things but wish now I had stayed and gone through the pile for hours. I love these old fabrics with their varied histories...!

    xo Terri

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  16. amazing finds! i especially love the chair, i've been into sacks lately, too! and that chateau lamp is so whimsical!

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  17. Just found out about 3 grains! I hope to own something of theres! Gorgous things!
    I just re-did my living and got a new sofa an chair their pillows would look fabulous on my new sofa!

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  18. So glad I found your site! This is truly wonderful and so glad to see the grain sacks! We have a chair in that I got at a show that I truly think is phenomenal with a German grain sack for the back of the wing chair...I look forward to seeing a lot more of your posts!
    Carolyn Bradford

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