Friday, May 10, 2013

Show Us a Retro/Vintage Corner of Your Home

I read about the Show Us a Retro/Vintage Corner of Your Home link party via Dana over at Mid2Mod. It's being hosted by Donna at Hung Up On Retro and Kylie at Lucy Violet Vintage, two Australian vintage bloggers.

And though regular readers will have seen this corner recently (it was one of the subjects of today's post), that little snapshot doesn't provide a comprehensive view for new readers.

So welcome to my favorite little vintage corner, with some additional details about each of the pieces in it. There's a lot going on here, which makes it fun. This corner is also a pretty good representation of my journey as vintage modern collector over the years since it contains both my oldest and newest vintage pieces!

Starting at the left, there is a vintage Emeco Navy Chair purchased several years ago from Circa Antiques in York, Pennsylvania. If you're ever in their neighborhood, it's worth a phone call to see what they're up to. Seriously some of the nicest dealers I've ever met--they pulled four chairs especially for me when I mentioned I needed dining chairs as a newlywed and wanted a few big name pieces for my collection. They met me at the Modernism Show that the Art Deco Society of Washington hosts every year with their picks and each one was so perfect that I bought all four. Great eye, great talent, great dealers. 

Immediately to the chair's right is a small desk I acquired via Craigslist from a DWR employee who was upgrading from his 1970s Dixie Furniture to something fancy from his employer. This desk has been an entryway table, a buffet, a dog crate disguiser and, finally, a desk, though it has been years since I used it that way.

Ignoring the art for a moment, the Marshall Martz lamp was a recent Goodwill find. It's sitting on an end table made by my husband's grandfather and the waterfall scene was painted by his grandmother. All the way to the right is a Broyhill Saga sideboard that has been used as an entertainment center, a dresser and a catch-all storage piece over the last three homes I've lived in. I bought it at the DC Big Flea around 2008.

As for the art, I did a full post on that here quite recently since all of it is relatively new and came from local thrift stores. I recently added a printable of my own design and an estate sale find (both shown in the above photo, but not in the other two, which were taken a few weeks ago). 

There are several other vintage pieces pictured: a Gorham wine coaster, a Seth Thomas clock, a set of Hollywood Regency brass elephant bookends, a 1960s globe. Everything has a story.

Is there anything else here that particularly catches your eye?

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