Monday, September 23, 2013

Shopping for Inspiration

Sometimes you're looking for something specific, and sometimes you just want to be inspired. That was my goal this afternoon. I had some time in between fabric shopping for a client and another appointment, so I hit up an antique mall. Often I'm drawn to items specifically, but sometimes it's just the vignette or combination of textures and colors that gets me.

Here are some pretties that caught my eye today . . .

These lucite, brass-plated and glass shelves would look amazing anywhere.

 I love over-scaled sconces especially with palm fronds. I, of course, would gilt these.

My phone didn't capture the true vivid orange hue of these vintage barrel tub chairs with original fabric, but they were so arresting. The legs were painted to match and the brass casters finished them off.

Awesome mid-century lamp.

Great, graphic carnival lithograph. Who doesn't need a "Freaks" sign in their home??

Nice natural, masculine vignette with wood, leather and metal.

 Ornate needlepoint ottoman on casters.
The colors in the needlepoint were so rich.

 And speaking of colors, the orange, blues and citrus greens in this rug were amazing.

Loved this trio of abstracts in different metallic frames.

Traditional blue and white pottery with more modern art, layered with a gold mirror and marble lamp make for an interesting mix.


And just to show that anything can be art, these are chalice covers that have been framed. Having been raised Catholic, I think these might be really cool to have. So unique and graphic too. I could group them with the chalice I actually bought at an estate sale recently. I couldn't resist - I told my husband I found the holy grail. He was not amused.

Another piece of interesting art, I'll leave you with this oversized photograph of old rope mounted under acrylic. My husband might have a similar photo somewhere. Need to go look.

Did you find anything inspiring? I know I did.

15 comments:

bluehydrangea said...

The orange chairs are killing me!!

MFAMB said...

so if you ever find an interesting credenza/cabinet thing for under my tv no bigger than 52"...please take a pic and send it my way. bc i am at the end of my rope. i can't find anything!!

The Tiny Abode said...

Mid-Century Modern is so hot right now. Almost too hot. The prices are on the rise! Grab a great deal while you can! I'm also loving the lucite console with brass details! Lots of pretty finds!!

Ashley said...

That series of 3 abstract paintings in the metallic frames are calling my name...were they crazy expensive?

And those palm frond sconces need your gilded touch.

Kim said...

Yep, grab the sconces and gilt them! And love those orange barrel chairs!! xo

Karena Albert said...

So many great finds! You are so right to think outside of the box when it pertains to art!

xoxo
Karena
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A Perfect Gray said...

your local shops are so much better than mine.

charmaine said...

Painting the legs to match the upholstery is genius! And dying over that lucite piece.

therelishedroost said...

All of those finds are fantastic!! THat bar cart!! THe abstracts are a must!!
Wow, wish I went shopping with you!
Best, Karolyn

Brandy@MAKE+MODEL said...

Love everything of course! You have such a great eye! Please let me know which mall. I have a client looking for matching chairs like that. Thanks!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

You always find the best stuff. I love those barrel chairs and the brass and lucite shelving piece is wonderful!

Melissa Crochet said...

Crazy about everything and love the freak art!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

That rug is amazing!!

SHERRY HART said...

Nashville is the bomb for finding cool shit. Love the rug and the orange barrel chairs...well I love just about everything!

Kay said...

Antique markets are great but I have to be super careful not to buy everything I see, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to move around my condo, hahah. I agree that the orange barrel chair is fabulous. It must have been hard to resist :) Hugs, Kay