Normally, I don’t think it is a good idea to refurbish vintage furniture. Oh sure, I am all for restoration, for matching up a piece with fabric from the correct era, but I have seen some hideous Victorian couches redone with 80’s fabric that have put me off of refurbishing. And sure, experimentation with retro-mod is great, as long as I don’t have to have it in my living room.
But Jeanne Connolly does a good job.
Her “green” furniture store, Vintage Renewal, has got some excellent pieces that make me drool. I am a huge fan of her “toddler” furniture. Especially the Retro Pony Chair:
Absolutely adorable. I love those pom-poms.
Now, I am not completely sold on all her combinations, but everyone has different tastes, right? Some are too shabby chic for me, and others are just wacky. But some of her stuff hits me just right. Which for Hubs means, right in the wallet.
Shop Jeanne’s designs at her Etsy store and her website. Buy green, buy vintage, buy thrifted!
Just to let you know that I am listening to you, oh clamoring throng, here are pictures of the two side tables I purchased the other day. It was $15 for both, so I consider that to be a pretty good deal. The only bummer is one of them had a sticker on the front that looked like it said $3, so these were probably rummage fodder at one time. If I was more clever, I could have gotten them cheaper. Alas. Oh well, I got them from the Salvation Army, and they can always use the money!
The one in the front needs to be cleaned off, but I still think they are respectable tables. As you can see from the one in the back, they are perfect for little TV stands in odd places, so they may get to stay on the first floor yet!
I think they are cute little things.
Hubs is of a different opinion. He thinks they look 60’s without looking MCM, which I disagree with. He also thinks that the cute, gold flecked tops look stained, which he may be right about.
Ah, well. The joy of marriage is compromise, so I will let these be used in the basement or as TV stands. I think part of his dislike stems from jealousy – that he didn’t get to come with to pick them out!
But there is a good side to all this. He proclaimed the other night that he wants the three season room to be decorated Tiki style.
Let the trumpets sound! He has proclaimed it, so shall it be! And don’t mind me, I will just be back here hiding all the Tiki pictures and printouts I have been leaving around the house….