Saturday, November 30, 2013

Vintage Chic ---- The Eclectic Design in D.C.

This year I have witnessed the emergence of a chic, eclectic style I call "Vintage Hip".  This style is a combination of great finds from Antique shops, Auctions and every other venue including Craig's List.  The Washington D.C. area has many new vintage shops popping up in the city and the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia.  The retirement of the baby boomers is the reason so much furniture being sold off at Estate Sales and the Auctions.   No shortage will exist when hunting for great vintage finds.  Furniture, china, silverware and glass items are all on my radar screen.  Architectural salvage yards are few an far between but, The Lucketts Store in Loudoun County. Virginia has many great pieces. I have posted some below.  Integration of new and old pieces into a cohesive design is the goal.  This is Vintage chic, I think it is REFAB!!!

Winter's Vintage Vibe

The Tea Cart, if you find one, buy it.

Old books and magazines

Chic and fabulous.  A mix of many styles, results....Divine Design

The claw foot tub, a vintage mantle and a modern, mid-century chair.  

Vintage Chic, Vintage Hip, whatever it is, it is here to stay.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jonathan Adler, Vintage REFAB!!!

I have followed the work of Jonathan Adler for several years.  I was thrilled when he opened a store in Washington D.C.  Two years ago, I came across a sofa at a thrift store.  It was hiding under an old slipcover and several platters etc. had been placed on top of it. This vintage sofa had been at the shop in McLean, Virginia for over a year.  I purchased it for $45.00 and delivered it to my fabulous upholsterer for a complete furniture REFAB.  Today the sofa is in my home for a cost of $500.00 and a bit of heavy lifting.  With a good eye and some  great fabric you too can have a modern, tufted and stylish upholstered sofa.  I was inspired by many of the pieces in the Jonathan Adler collection then as I am now.  Here are some of the photos and pieces from JA's collection..I have also included the before and after of my vintage sofa designed by Dorothy Durbin!

The lampert sofa along with many other pieces in Jonathan Adler's furniture collection can be customized in many ways.  Check out the video below!

 Below is my vintage sofa before it was reupholstered.

 And, here are the AFTER photos of my vintage sofa REFAB!

I have to admit, it was difficult to post the before photos because the sofa looked so awful.  It does make for a dramatic before and after contrast.

All photos are from
 Jonathan Alder's website, with the exception of my vintage sofa before and after photos by Dorothy Durbin

Thank you to Hakan at Simply Upholstery for continuing to make my furniture REFABS a reality.