Americasmart picks and my new coffee table

I went to my first big furniture market a couple weeks ago.  Thats not true, I went to one when i was 22 in New York and was totally totally enamored and completely bummed that i couldn’t actually buy anything.  Well now, i have my resellers and this stuff is awesome, so here are my faves:

This piece was the one i was going to buy for myself except shipping it to LA was going to be $200 and the piece itself was $250 so i didn’t. Its a vintage English brass and tufted leather stool, otherwise known as ‘that piece that will take a room from cool to amazing, the piece that will undeniably set a room apart from other rooms’.  I wouldn’t sit on it so much, just look at it, spoon it, take photos of it.  But alas. 

Pretty coffee table – how glamorous indeed.  

Awesome English club chair in the most perfect worn leather.  I have the matching sofa to this that i got at a vintage store here in LA, but almost all of my clients want this right now.

Extremely great stools.  I’m getting over industrial REALLY REALLY fast, but when its combined with warm brown leather and its special, then i can still do it.

The ‘it’ sofa of the year.  I only wish it was vintage and it would be perfect.  And cognac leather instead of black, you know i don’t do black so well. 

I love these, but I hope they don’t start turning up EVERYWHERE.  Instead i bought 6 of these for a client:

They are for a dude, with pretty leather and stitching.  And the price (which will go nameless out of respect for other designers) was amazing.  

Pretty pretty vintage fans.  I’m sad i didn’t buy one of these, but maybe they’ll be at the NYIGF next week.  

Then i popped over to Scott’s flea market – a once a month affair in Atlanta.  It was great, but there are no steals happening here – they know what they have and what they should charge so by the time i factored in shipping and my markup, everything got to be very expensive for me and my clients.  But these captured my heart for a couple hours and i was EXTREMELY tempted:

They are 1950’s Italian rosewood campaign side tables and a matching coffee table. The wood is insanely beautiful – its a mosaic on top, all hand done and absolutely breathtaking. The scale is perfect, but the price was hard to swallow.  $1500 for the set – not a fortune and totally worth it to be honest.  But since we are saving for a house, i just couldn’t do it.  Shipping would be $300-400 and i’ve never spent so much money on anything before.  I thought about them for days and was seriously worried that i would regret it forever.  

The thing is, i don’t really want the set so much as just the coffee table (not pictured).  I wouldn’t put them all in the same room anyway and the vendor refused to break them up.  

Luckily i didn’t pull the trigger because last week i found my coffee table soul mate at a vintage store for $350. It was like in the fairy tale cartoons when the princess sees her prince and everything else goes blurry except him.  It’s love at first sight, they run to eachother and embrace and twirl and kiss.  It was just like that only the R rated version.  

I started freaking out that someone might beat me to it, even though no one else was in the store, so i panicked and walked briskly (without looking desperate) and stood next to it and then called for help to find the price (which wouldn’t matter, i was buying it no matter what…well as long as it was under $500 which i knew it would be) and then when he came over i acted cool and was all ‘hey papi, how much is this piece?’ and it was $400 and i offered $300 and he said $350 and i pulled the trigger.  It’s mine.  And i’m so happy.  

It has copper nails, beautiful hardware and its vintage but it in pretty great condition.  I need to move that other gold side trunk into another room, but first i need to have another room.  

That awesome rug is from Rugs USA and i love it.  And that animal in the background is my cat, General Meow, which is constantly looking like she is laying eggs – i swear her head gets smaller and her body gets bigger each day.  So we call her General Hen and she rolls her eyes at us.  Stupid humans.  

Who is all going to the NYIGF? i’ll be there next wednesday and thursday. Yes, my third trip this month, but what can you do.  

Off to boxing, that’s what you can do.  





  1. You are really toying with my emotions when you share all these goodies. I would hurt someone for the gold coffee table in the 2nd pic. And the leather club chair.

  2. Lovely things!

    Love your new coffee table. And also your cat. Hilarious nickname.

  3. I just felt like your soulmate for a second. I have totally employed the same tactics to assure that all of those other people in the store really won't get a shot at the piece (while they're ignoring it anyway). For me it was a set of chairs at an estate sale. I aggressively sat and waited while my husband found the owner. And my blood pressure has probably never been higher.

    Thanks for making me smile today! :) And congrats on the awesome coffee table.

  4. I'll be at NYIGF on Wednesday as well! Would love to catch up on your I'm A Giant project! Actually, I think Wednesday is the deadline!!

  5. If Charlotte Perriand chairs DO start showing up everywhere, they can begin by showing up at my house!

  6. Lauren

    That glam, gold/mirrored coffee table is way cool. Just so you know, if I ever win the lottery, the very first thing I'm doing is hiring you. I just better start playing.

  7. tuto

    herringbone tiles are mexican tavaleras,
    they are painted on top of white glaze before they are fired.
    got mine in tijuana. have a blue and white kitchen

  8. nicolle

    Hey Emily! I am headed to NYIGF as well. Will be there on Wednesday and hop to see you. Any recommendations on the best furniture thrifting in NYC?

  9. kate

    wow! what great finds. I leave that wee stool in the first pic…but sad for you that you won't be bringing it home. great finds!

  10. Jenni Rey

    O, I want three of those fans. I don't suppose if you ever see them again you could buy them and I could pay you? We live in temecula. Not so far away. I looked all over the Internet for them and your one lonesome picture kept coming up. Just a shot in the dark.


  11. Emily K

    I'm completely drooling over those industrial stools with leather… If only we had markets like that in WI…*sigh* Amazing finds as always!

  12. is that sarreid? you got yourself a good deal lady. either way, looks great.

  13. You sooo crack me up! I totally have those moments too– the princess and prince ones….as well as the ones where I know I will regret passing up the perfect vintage piece. LOVE the new coffee table…what a FIND!

  14. Ugghhh! I posted about this the other day & it didn't go through. But I had to tell you that I felt like your kindred spirit because you sat by your trunk so (the invisible) other people wouldn't get it. I have aggressively sat in chairs at estate sales to claim them before & instantly as I read your post I think my heartrate tripled. This stuff is intense.

    Thanks for the laugh :)

  15. For many neutral color palette rooms, the coffee table is an ideal way to bring color and texture into your interiors. While your coffee table can be the accent of throw pillows, accent rugs, and furniture textiles, consider what other colors exist in your space.

  16. Vicki

    Don't have your show on TV so am catching them all on my computer. Love what you do more and more. I saw on the HGTV site that there is a place where you will tell us our style, (mine?) but moved on and lost it. How do I find where/how to do that? Loved, love, love your Afro Glam makeover. And so want the blue velvet sofa in the Mid Century Artist season 1. Any chance of finding it? You rock! Thanks for your great energy!

  17. JimFrank

    Enjoying ur site. Sad to see shipping stops u from buying goodies. Tip: When u travel to Atlanta shows and know you will need things shipped, try finding one of three to four shippers who specialize in helping u do that. Yes, to ship just one item seems expensive, but it's a flat rate. The price drops fast with each item you ship. Many designers and retail buyers who converge on Atl to stock up at Scott Antique Market each month and The Atlanta Mart have a shipper priced and selected before coming to the show. Most shippers drop the price to $75.00 to 50.00 per item once you have more than 4 items. The great thing is the rate usually applies to no matter how big or heavy your purhase. Pretty great if your buying a big dining table! You can get names of shippers from Both Scott's and the Mart. If you have shipping squared away before u come, it,s so much more fun! Or go in with a friend and combine your shipping for bigger discounts!
    If u do Etsy, then u know lots of sellers use UShip and Grey Hound.

    Loved the side tables u liked at Scotts. Do u know who the maker is?

    Hope the shipping info helps.