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Frenchblue & Co. {vintage}

Who says you can’t work with your best friend? Or that starting a business with a family member always leads to trouble? I’m all for collaborating with others who share a common vision, whether it’s a mother, sister, husband, or BFF. We work with who inspires us and who ‘gets’ us. Period. The longer I spend time online researching companies, the more I’m finding sisters, couples, and best friends going into business together and finding success. You don’t have to go it alone! Take Frenchblue & Co. for example.

This small online shop is owned by a team of two sisters who have exquisite taste and love to shop flea markets and estate sales to unearth treasures for the rest of us. You know, for those not out bargain-hunting brocantes on the weekends in Paris. {Sigh.}

Together these talented ladies scour mostly France and California to gather vintage and antique items for the home that stand out as different. Inspired by the designs of Dorothy Draper and Kelly Wearstler, it’s no surprise to find everything from pineapple lamps to pale blue cane chairs in their shop.

My favorite finds: the pineapple lamp ($125), Ram Side Table ($895), a pair of old French beaded bulb covers ($165), and of course their jewelry selection of rare pieces that you won’t see all of your friends wearing at your next soiree.

What about shipping? Frenchblue & Co. offers free insured shipping within the U.S. or they’ll deliver at no charge locally in the Los Angeles area. If you live outside of the U.S., please email them for rates.

(images from frenchblue & co.)

Posted in fashion + accessories, Objects, vintage on February 04, 2008

Rian Rae

Jeni Crawford contacted me last month in regards to her charming new store Rian Rae, which she calls, “The online version of the store that I would like to open someday.” Jeni has an eye for beauty and her eclectic mix is a fresh and cohesive blend of old and new finds. It takes a lot of confidence to open a store and present your “best of” list to the world – you hope your customers will walk away feeling the same about your finds as you do. Jeni’s collection is a delight, she will no doubt develop quite a following with such exquisite taste. Congrats, Jeni!

Peeking through her offerings, I couldn’t help but notice all the texture, subdued hues, and the general nature theme she has going on – everything feels so casual yet so very sophisticated, and she has some of the best lighting ever at all price points. Jeni told me that Rian Rae is a work in progress so you can visit the site daily and expect to find new items.

Here are some of my top picks: The crochet throw and pendant lighting (love the airy feel and oh so tactile!), French crinkle pendant (reminds me of Paris), Scandinavian stag head (I’m not even a big fan of animal heads on the wall, but I would totally own this), and the Marseilles beverage dispenser (we had these at our wedding for sangria).

Thank you for sharing your new shop with us Jeni, we’re inspired and happy to see unique and beautiful pieces!

(imags from rian rae)

Posted in Objects, vintage on January 11, 2008

Mothology {vintage inspired goods}

From the Science geek to the nature lover and flea market fan, Mothology carries wares that feel 100 years old with that good old gorgeous vintage appeal that so many of us adore. French linen, mercury glass, metal chairs, canvas bucket’s, it’s all vintage-inspired and available online at Mothology.

Shops like this one are especially good for those of us tucked away in the freezing snow without a flea market in sight for at least another four months. It kind of helps us cope. I can’t wait until it’s time to head back to Brimfield in May (13-18). I’m so happy to learn that it doesn’t fall on the same weekend as the ICFF and the National Stationery Show because this year I may be able to finally attend both (I usually pick Brimfield over the New York shows). Now I can attend both events. May will be a busy month, yay!

(images from mothology)

Posted in vintage on January 10, 2008

Jennifer DeLonge Fresh Vintage

While researching kid’s stores for my round-ups, I discovered that Jennifer DeLonge, children’s furniture designer and rock star wife to Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, has a new section on her website where she offers restored vintage finds under the name Fresh Vintage.

Since so many of you like Marimekko, I had to point you over to these super cute vintage Marimekko Kivet dot lampshades measuring 16″H x 10″D for $200/pair. They’re the cat’s meow. She also has a set of white wicker lamps that are just over 32″ high and at $299 for the set, they’re also decent on your wallet. Great site to bookmark for times when you’re looking for something new (to you) for su casa.

(images from jennifer delonge)

Posted in Objects, vintage on December 21, 2007


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