Lunch Finds with PIF

I had a lovely lunch this week with my Partner In Finds and spotted some great lighting at the same time!

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The cobalt blue glass looked amazing against the texture of the reclaimed wood and the varying sizes of the pendants gave it a great funky fun vibe. And of course everything looks better with Edison style filament bulbs – these long ones are wonderful.

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After lunch, we stopped by JT Interiors in Potomac, Maryland and PIF picked up this lovely seat for her garden. She has plans to clean it up and give it new life – I’ll keep you posted on what she does to it.

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Spotted: Shell Glow

In honor of the beginning of summer and all my beach-loving readers (I’m more of a mountain girl myself), here are some gorgeous shell covered lamps I spotted last week – I just love the way they glow! They are more art than lighting – but beautiful in any decor.

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Next week I’ve got an amazing Field Trip coming up – can’t wait to share it with you!

Spotted at: Pottery Barn

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.

 

 

OMG

We interrupt this week of Design Finds because this just arrived at my door:

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That is a serious stack of paper – the 2014 Restoration Hardware source books. Apparently RH is moving to a model where they only do one mailing a year  – sort of like IKEA. Except this is thirteen catalogs, not one. (Which is funny considering that IKEA is a way bigger store than any RH I’ve ever been to.) It’s actually not even a mailing – this stack was so heavy it arrived by UPS!

In any case, it looks like I have some reading to do. Back tomorrow with more Design Finds!

On second thought, since we’re loving on Restoration Hardware, I’ll show you my favorite RH purchase so you won’t be completely without Design Finds today – our ship’s light:

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I think they actually call it the Royal Master Sealight. Regardless, it looks awesome in our living room.

Knoxville

On our Spring Break road trip, we spent one beautiful morning in Knoxville, Tennessee – a lovely little city. I found a great little shop on Market Square called Bliss Home. There was so much to see in every inch of the shop – all of it fun and also well priced.

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I am a huge fan of the mismatched throw pillows trend. A wild mix like this one is wonderful.

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This huge chalkboard with the architectural black frame was amazing. Whimsical and sophisticated all at the same time. It was a little big to fit in the car with all our road trip gear, so I bought this fabulous orange Moroccan patterned mug instead:

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I’m almost positive that my coffee tastes better in it.

Outside the shop, there were some other fun Design Finds:

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Building numbers in tile.

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A dismantled radiator becomes railing supports.

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Orange Panton chairs brighten up an outdoor restaurant patio.

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And then there’s this crazy thing – the giant Sunsphere, built here for the 1982 World’s Fair. The sphere itself  is 75 feet across, but unfortunately it was closed when we were there, so we didn’t get to go up into it. I was dying to look out through the gold glass -it’s layered in 24 karat gold dust! The world must look pretty glam from there.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

In Chains

This sparkly chandelier caught my attention this weekend:photo 1 (9)

When I got closer

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I saw that it was entirely made of

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chains!

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How cool is that? Love it!

Spotted at: Arhaus (www.Arhaus.com)

Ebay to the Rescue

When we moved into our house, one of the first things I changed was the ceiling fans. Due to the limitations of the HVAC system in this house, ceiling fans are a necessary thing here. However, the ones that were here when we moved in were a Victorian style, which made no sense in our contemporary home. Thankfully, I happened upon The Modern Fan Company, and found this for our master bedroom:

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It even has a fun remote control as well as a wall control. I can turn the lights off from bed! We liked this fan so much we also installed one in our 2 story front foyer.

Fast forward a few years, and all of I sudden I discover that the incandescent 100 watt light bulbs this fixture requires are now no longer made. (Somehow I completely missed hearing about this before it happened.) We looked everywhere, hoping to find a store that had some left. We tried every alternative we could find, but compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs didn’t work because of the dimmer in the light. We tried many LED bulbs, all of which are expensive, but none lit up the room the way  the incandescent ones did – they either shone down rather than in all directions, or they just weren’t bright enough. One even gave the room a blue cast that was seriously depressing. We looked for 100 watt light incandescent bulbs while we were in England, but discovered they were not compatible. Then yesterday I thought, “Ebay! Someone must be hoarding 100 watt bulbs and selling them on Ebay!” And I was right. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier. Now a big box of bulbs is on its way to my house. Let’s hope I bought enough to last a lifetime!

Halo Fan: www.modernfan.com (According to my research, this fan is now made with a Halogen light.)

Instagram Anyone?

I’m sort of addicted to Instagram. I’ve never totally understood Twitter*, but I definitely get the “a picture is worth 1000 words” value of Instagram. I use it almost exclusively as a source for design inspiration. I won’t follow anyone who posts too many pictures of their cat (except you, cousin Emma)! I often share random photos I’ve taken of Design Finds there, thinking they’re pictures I probably won’t use on the blog. But it occurred to me as I looked over my Instagram pictures yesterday, even though I might not have enough to say about individual photos to justify a blog post, as a collection they are fun and inspiring. So here they are (some of them, anyway)! Sources, if I have them, are listed. If you like what you see, follow me @alexandradesignfinds.

My Inspirations:

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If I could own a piece by any artist alive today, hands down it would be Dale Chihuly. My house isn’t quite big enough for this, but I would be willing to make do with something smaller. His work takes my breath away. Every time.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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The hardest thing about vintage is knowing you’ll never know the story behind the beautiful patina of age.

Trunk above and storage boxes below, Ekster Antiques.

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Vintage Sideboard in a field. It could not possibly look as beautiful indoors as it does here. Could it?

Source: Rust and Feathers

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Vintage midcentury switchplate. Private home, Bethesda MD.

Architectural salvage is so photogenic:

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Sources: Reclaimed doors, Lucketts Store. Window from Philadelphia Civic Center, Teds Bulletin Restaurant.

I’m always taken with industrial style lighting:

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Lighting sources, from top photo to bottom: Flora’s Feathered Nest, Crate and Barrel, Ekster Antiques, Crate and Barrel.

Of course, I take pictures of chairs. Lots of chairs.

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Vintage school chairs at Ted’s Bulletin restaurant.

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Yogurt shop color pop.

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Sources: Houndstooth chair, Crate and Barrel, Blue Stools, CB2

Random Fun Things:

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Mirror with frame made from reclaimed flooring from a North Carolina textile mill.

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Day of the Dead decor – do you love it or does it creep you out? I can never quite decide.

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Mirror: Lucketts Store Market. Throw pillows, artwork: Dwell, London.

*I don’t understand Twitter, but I am on it! Follow me there @alexdesignfinds