Chair-izona, Part 1

I spotted some great chairs in Arizona!

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I love this funky colorful spin on a traditional classic. Fabric choice really does make all the difference. A little paint and new upholstery can turn any chair into a focal point.

Speaking of paint, check out these great green tractor stools I came across!

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I’ve always loved tractor seat stools. They’re usually quite comfortable. Painted this happy green color, these were real showstoppers.

 

 

 

Color Me SMOCA

Hello! Happy summer to you! Please forgive my blogging hiatus of the past few weeks – I’ve been enjoying summer so much that my laptop got ignored a bit. But I have been busy collecting Design Finds and I have many to share in upcoming posts.

Two weeks ago I got the chance to spend several days in Scottsdale, Arizona. What an amazing place! It was my first experience with the desert (except for the time my cousin and I drove from LA to Vegas, but I’m not sure that counts since we didn’t really get out of the car) and I totally fell in love with it. The landscape is so beautiful! The heat didn’t even bother me – I was so taken with my surroundings.

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I had a mini freakout of joy and disbelief when I saw my first Saguaro cactus. They really do look like the ones on the Roadrunner cartoons! I had a similar reaction when I came across the amazingly vivid and beautiful colors in the Lounge at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA):

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Now THAT is how you add some color to a wall!

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Or a table…

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I was totally inspired. The wheels in my brain have been spinning ever since I saw this space thinking about ways I can translate what I saw into my own home.

Stay tuned in the coming days for more Arizona Design Finds!

Instagram Roundup

Are you following @AlexandraDesignFinds on Instagram? If not, here’s a bit of what you’ve missed:

Giant chandeliers…

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Pink vintage clocks…

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Funky side tables…

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Midcentury flea market finds…

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Vintage Bicentennial fun…

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Repurposed license plates…

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Over-the-top architectural detail…

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Cool counter-weighted table lamps…

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Eye catching accent chairs…

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Colorful retro turntables…

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An enormous stash of blue mason jars spotted in Tennessee…

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Tiled doorways…

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The occasional rhino…

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And me playing tourist close to home at Mount Vernon…

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Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the house, but this photo is the inside of George Washington’s 16 sided barn. Isn’t it stunning?

Spotted at: Giant chandelier, Restoration Hardware. Pink clock, Galleria, Culpeper, VA. Side table, HomeGoods. Midcentury vignette, DC Big Flea. Bicentennial can and license plates, Made, Staunton, VA. The ornamented doorway is a bank located in Staunton, VA, and the tiled doorway was another building located nearby. Table Lamp, Arhaus. Chair, Z Gallerie. Record players, Urban Outfitters. Rhinos, West Elm. Last 3 photos, Mount Vernon.

 

 

DC Mix

Not all the cool stuff in Washington DC is inside the Smithsonian – sometimes it’s right outside. I spotted this great mix of Emeco chairs outside the National Museum of American History last week. It’s a mix of the classic and indestructible Navy 1006 chair in aluminum (originally made for the US Navy in 1944), and the Navy 111 chair in red and flint grey. The Navy 111 chair is so named because it’s made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles. All are American made and historically important – the perfect chairs to grace the outside of this particular museum!

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Chairspotting

My love of chairs is well documented on this blog! Here are a few more fun ones I’ve spotted recently:

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This is quite possibly the coolest vinyl chair I’ve ever seen!

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Some fun color for the patio this summer. Would you mix and match or go with all one color?

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Although I think I’d change the upholstery to something more eye-catching, I love the lines on this vintage midcentury piece.

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While we’re talking upholstery, I love the bird detail on this one!

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Here’s another fantastic made-over chair – neon paint paired with simple but lovely linen upholstery, making a classic shape look wonderfully modern.

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And speaking of modern, I’m loving this square barstool with the red seat pad and the super thin frame. It catches your attention without being visually heavy.

Spotted at:

Vinyl Chair, Bird Chair: Sage Style, Kensington, MD

Midcentury Chair: Modern Mobler, Kensington, MD

Metal Outdoor Chairs: World Market

Neon Chair: Yves Delorme, Charlottesville, VA

Steelcase Barstool: Staunton Antiques Center, Staunton, VA

Design House

Last week I did a quick run up to the Lucketts Store for their Design House and outdoor flea market. This isn’t the big Spring Market (which is in May), but was a lot of fun. I saw many lovely things!

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I really love vintage doors and have my eye out for some for my bedroom to decorate the very big empty wall behind my bed. The ones I saw were way too tall, but I loved them anyway!

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These drawers also both caught my attention, but I wasn’t sure what I could keep in such shallow drawers. Ideas?

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There were some neat lighting ideas:

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And bunnies and birds:

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And chairs:

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You might recognize the above chairs here also!

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And random fun:

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It was a quick visit, so I didn’t buy much, but I did find this wall basket and painted cast iron hook to hang it with for my youngest daughter’s room. She likes to keep birthday cards and notes from friends and relatives, so I was thinking this would be a pretty storage solution.

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FYI – I have not forgotten that I promised to tell you about Design Finds from my trip to Charlottesville! Look for those soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to Flea

It’s April – get outdoors and find a flea market this weekend! Wandering around an outdoor flea with a hot cup of coffee in my hand is my favorite weekend activity. Listed below are a few going on in the Washington DC area. If you don’t live nearby, find one near you. Wherever you live, I would love to know which flea market you visited and what you found! Comment below or send me a note from the Contact page. Happy hunting!

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Eastern Market Flea, Washington DC, Sunday 10AM-5PM (www.easternmarket.net)

District Flea, Washington DC, Saturday 10AM-5PM (www.districtflea.com)

Georgetown Flea, Washington DC, Sunday 8AM-4PM (www.georgetownfleamarket.com)

Lucketts Store Design House and Outdoor Flea, Leesburg, Virginia, Friday-Sunday 10AM-5PM (www.luckettstore.com)

Chartreuse and Co. Market Days, Frederick, Maryland, Saturday 9AM-4PM, Sunday Noon-4PM (www.chartreuseandco.com)

I’ve posted the times, but show up early for the best pickings! Also remember to bring cash or a checkbook – a lot of dealers take credit cards now, but not all of them.

Road Trip Part One – Culpeper, Virginia

I’ve driven past the town of Culpeper, Virginia countless times over the years, but last Friday was the first time I ever got off the highway and explored the town. It was lovely! We had just planned to stop for lunch, but ended up spending hours poking around all the fun shops on the historic main street.

We had a fantastic lunch at It’s About Thyme – duck salad for my husband and Greek salad and roast chicken for me. (And no, I didn’t eat all that by myself!)

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There were so many wonderful stores, but I fell in love with Harriet’s General, which showcases entirely products made in the USA, all beautifully displayed on vintage furniture finds. They even have an Airstream on the wall!

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More road trip fun tomorrow!

 

Road Trip Preview

Hello! Happy Monday to you! My husband and I took a little road trip this weekend and I have some fun things to share with you this week. While I get myself organized, I thought I would share this fantastic mosaic love seat I spotted on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Every inch of it was covered with vibrant colorful tile – what a showstopper!

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Happy Birthday to Me

I learned the fun way on my birthday last month that having a blog is almost like having a gift registry – it makes it pretty easy for people to know what you like!

Remember these?

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I’m now the proud owner of four place settings! Perfect for our family of four, and will also look great alternated with our stainless flatware for larger gatherings.

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I also got this fun poster – or as I like to call it, A Checklist of Things That I Need.