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Is that a tulip table in your trunk or are you just happy to see me?

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on September 13, 2010

Score #2

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A Find

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on September 1, 2010

A couple weeks ago I scored some vintage Bertoia diamond chairs and some vintage Knoll tulip stools.  They needed a little bit of love, so I spent Saturday morning cleaning up the pieces.  Have you ever used a Magic Eraser?  Holy Cow!  I’m in love.

Anyway, the fruits of my labor:

Before, yucky unfortunate cover on the diamond chairs and a lot of scuffing and forty to fifty years of grime.  Bleh.

They’re the real deal!

Upholstery massacre:

I actually couldn’t properly attack the upholstery.  My wonderful husband got all manly on the chairs and got the covers off.

Here, I’m hoping you can see a before and an after chair.  I’m telling you, that Magic Eraser was AWESOME.  I’m kind of sad I didn’t get more stuff to redo.  Like the tulip cocktail table.  It was pretty rough looking.  But I turned it down before I knew the power of the magic eraser!  (though be aware that Magic Erasers will take the shine off of finishes)


Very cool, right?  Unfortunately, they haven’t quite found the right home in our house.  I’d like to hang on to them, but for the right price I’d consider selling.

I also got some cool chrome chairs that I plan on using as dining chairs once I get them recovered.  More to come on that!

Craigslist Love in OKC

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on April 6, 2010

Feeling Frenchy?  LOVE that second one.  $175, $90 respectively.  Can’t hurt to ask low.

Interesting chairs with a kind of groovy shape.  They’re asking $400 for the buffet, table and chairs.

And a cool table. $245 for table and chairs.  I like the curvy legs.

Snazzy little bar cart so you can style up your place Lonny style.  $25!!!

Snazzy little dresser to paint up as you like. $45.

This sofa has kind of a Billy Baldwin vibe to it.

They’re asking too much, but it’s cute, and they’re willing to bargain.

8×10 rug, $350.

And moving to the less antique-y, finale of our show:

For the patio.  A comfy bargain at $75.  There are so many great outdoor fabrics now, that you can live with these cushions till you find some fabric you love, then slowly add pillows.  Or do a wham, bam, thank you ma’am, presto change-o.

Whew! That’s enough.  And for the record craigslisters…  there’s no such thing as a “leather foot bench.”  It’s an ottoman.  Maybe a footstool.  Most likely an ottoman.

Dining Inspiration

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on March 23, 2010

A little inspiration in the form of a work-in-progress design board.  I’m liking the rustic textures of reclaimed wood, tatty antique rugs and rich leather.  Sources are listed in the image.

Craigslist Love in OKC

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on March 22, 2010

Inspired by My Favorite and My Best, as I so often am, I’m following suit and posting some Oklahoma Craigslist finds.

A snazzy sofa. Listed at $400, it’s definitely pricey, but it can’t hurt to make a low offer.  The shape is very on trend.  Find some bargain fabric, reupholster and slap some paint on the trim.  You’ll be design-blogger-fabulous in no time.  You could go linen-y and neutral grey, or you could go with black trim and a graphic, bold, striped pattern.  The options are endless.

To make up for the price transgression above, a $1, five foot tall beer sign!  Five feet tall.  A great rustic, commercial, “art piece” to add to a little scale and funk to a more finished, refined space.  Something unexpected.  I’d like it best in a fairly contemporary surround mounted on a white wall.

A pop of red from a twin bed frame, $50.

I’d top it with some black and white bedding, ideally something Madeline Weinrib-esque like

I’m sure anthropologie would have something lovely too if you’re feeling more color.

In case you’re the kind of person who styles your shelves with books you haven’t read, 1900’s law books for $2 each.  They have a nice worn quality to them.

I’m a sucker for a good drop leaf table, $120.  Use it as a sofa table or console on a daily basis, then bust it out as a dining table when you have a party.

An interesting “art deco” chair, $40. Reupholster in a fun color, polish up that chrome and you’re good to go.

And last but certainly not least, some bentwood chairs.  Place with your fake Saarinen table for a dash of domino spirit.

So see, who says Okies’ Craigslist sucks it big time?  Just takes a little patience.