Flea market vintage finds

Three words:  Milo Baughman Chair.  

It was a religious experience finding this chair.  Sure, i see Milo chairs all the time, but not like this.  I felt my design soul being massaged by mid-century angels, i could hear the melodies of thousand young tenors from the 1970’s.  It was magnetic, magical and totally me.  

I spotted it first, nay, was drawn to it first but was with my friend who is pregnant and she needs a rocker so i insisted that she buy it.  She loved it as much as i did otherwise OF COURSE i wouldn’t have relinquished this beauty to someone who doesn’t appreciate it. Please.  

The price tag was $950 but when we asked ‘best price, cash money, right now?’ the dealer said $650.  WHATTHEFUWHAT????? My insides freaked out,  but i had to keep cool on the outside. YOU CAME DOWN $300 without us even asking!!!!!!  

Naturally i regreted giving it to her, but the good thing is that she lives and is very close to me, i’m over at her house at least twice a week, so i can visit it, sit in it, sing to it, whatever.  

It’s the most beautiful color of brass i’ve ever seen in VERY good condition.  The fabric is fine, but its worn and kinda dirty and could use an update, for sure.  

But its just so unique and beautiful.  I’m obsessed with it and will regret not buying it for the rest of my life.  

But moving on:


Two adorable yellow tufted chairs.  I want to strip them of their skirts and style the hell out of these guys.  So great. But i didn’t buy them because my garage is full of other amazing vintage finds for my One Kings Lane sale, so i’m not allowe to hoard until I get rid of some of these things.  Besides they were both for $350, which isn’t terrible, but they were really faded so needed to be reupholstered which would add at last $600 with fabric.  Not bad, but not a steal enough to hoard.  

Hi little guy with white porcelain body and gold antlers.  You are very cute.  

Little gold ball on a little base.  Great score for $10.  

That’s nice and all but what about my new painting?

Strangely enough i have 3 of these paintings from this artist, from the same dealer at the flea market.  I love how they are abstract, yet still portraiture.  And the colors are ALWAYS me – tons of blues, greys and saturated tones.  They feel timeless, yet were painted in the 60’s and 70’s.  

Remember this chick from my guest room post?

Yep, same artist.  

Anyway it large, like 40″ square and its going to go in my bedroom above my dresser, instead of this painting which is WAY too hot pink for Brian to handle in the bedroom:

That painting by Orlando is probably going in the bathroom. I’ve actually commissioned another one from him for above my bed because i love his work (he did this one in 5 minutes and doesn’t count as ‘his’ work, although, i do like it). I told him to do whatever he wanted within my color palette.  I’m very excited. If you don’t read his very entertaining blog already you should.  

Saturday afternoon i told Brian i was hiking with Corbett when instead i accidentally went to meet a Craigslist seller about some rugs:

It wasn’t a lie. We really had intentions of going on a hike, but i just had to see these in person first. Three art deco chinese 9×12 rugs from the 1930’s, owned by Bette Midler in the 80’s.  I’m not kidding.  

This one looks more purple here, but its a pretty saturated pink, although closer to wine than red.  I saw it on Craigslist last week before i left for New York and tried to see it, but it wasn’t a priority so i never made it.  I was so happy and relieved that all three rugs were still available and the price had come down.  

I felt like a massive hoarder, or more precisely like a rug addict. I actually don’t need ANY of these rugs, let alone three. But the one that i wanted was the first one and she said that if i bought that for $500 i could have the other two for $100 each.  $700 total for three 9×12 antique deco rugs.

I know.

She made me a offer i couldn’t refuse.  They all need to be professionally cleaned which does cost around $240 each so when i go to resell them (which i will because guess what chicas? i’m opening an online vintage store) i’ll have to calculate that price into it.  

Meanwhile i’m hoarding three 9×12 deco rugs. I was sure Brian would commit me.  He would do it lovingly, and probably come and visit once a week at the crazy house  He’d probably bring me a photo album of all my favorite things so i can flip through pictures of each piece, admiring them, like one might their children whilst in prison. There was no way he is going on in life thinking i am stable. I bought not one, not two, but three unnecessary antique deco rugs, with cash, to a stranger in the middle of a September Saturday in South Pasadena.  

Please show support and convince Brian not to commit me by commenting whether you do or don’t think i should have bought those rugs.  Please.  


  1. decorbuddy

    Loved the rugs and all of your recent finds. The history, alone, on the rugs was reason enough to buy them. How fun for someone.

  2. Renngrrl

    Of course you should have bought them! Take them home, pet them, love them, squeeze them and name George. After a while you have a client(s) that _NEEDS_ at which point, no one wil call you a hoarder… They will call you prescient.

    Ps. glad I'm not the only person who drags home big CL scores just because they were a good deal. If you do get committed, I'll save a spot on my bench during arts and crafts hour. Now to sell these spaghetti resin lamps before my DH finds them.

  3. hillary

    Those rugs! Are to. effing. die. for.

  4. sg5785

    I love the green rug. Wouldn't it look great under the Milo brass?

  5. Sarah W

    Oh you totally made the right decision buying them! Especially if you are opening a vintage shop.

  6. Awesome rugs – at a great price …so worth the risk! ;)

  7. They're totally gorgeous, and a great deal, but I kinda think yikes. The deal part is all relative when you're spending $700 (plus at least that for cleaning & restoration) on things you don't need or have a use for, that you instantly stash in your garage. Sounds just a leeeeeetle bit hoarderish. But on the plus side, having you committed probably isn't in the budget now, so hey, win-win. ;)

  8. Kit

    You are not insane for buying those rugs. Especially since I need to buy the green one from you. :)

  9. I was at the Rose Bowl for the first time this past Sunday – so fun but brutally hot! I'll have to go back when the temperature doesn't resemble the surface of the sun. I know I only saw about 1/4 of what was there!

  10. Lauren

    Online Vintage Store – YES! That sounds even better than the OKL sale. Btw, speaking of dreams coming true… when are you announcing the winner to your Open Sky contest? :)

  11. Liza

    Please tell me when you are ready to sell the deep wine/yellow rug. I absolutely want to buy it ASAP.

  12. emily jane

    So my therapist says that as long as you are paying your bills on time (and you aren't borrowing from your retirement fund to do it!), she doesn't worry… Of course, now I'm kind-of remembering a part about not hiding the behaviour (I simply prefer the British spelling)..? But you showed Brian the rugs, right.!? Phew, not to worry then… I'm thinking that no one will question your 'impulses' once the online vintage shop opens and all these heavenly goodies are available to the rest of us -in fact, I'm sure you'll eventually garner praise for what they'll call your 'razor sharp instincts'… Personally, I'm salivating equally over all three -these rugs are g o r g e o u s !!! Well done!
    PS. I went ahead with my CL purchase: an 8ft long, diamond tufted, needs-to-be-reupholstered, greenish-gold velvet couch -it's totally the 'before' brother to the couch you recreated in the Hollywood Regency episode- for $75 bucks (plus the cost of the Uhaul)!
    Always good talking to you…

  13. Annie

    You were absolutely right to buy the rugs. I am very envious of your vintage decorating style and love posts like this because I've never been to a flea market or anything but some day, when I get the guts, I'll have a much better idea of what to look for!

  14. Ang

    Oh how I enjoy your craziness! Keep hoarding, sistah.

  15. Alyrae

    Yes, you should have bought those rugs. You would only need to be committed if you didn't!

  16. Nicole Malcolm

    Ummmm hello….I would have bought all three rugs for that price, they are fabulous! I want the pink/blue one :) Oh and that precious Milo chair! I wish I was able to go flea-market shopping like you and find to-die-for vintage treasures!!!!

  17. courtney

    Your hoarding is an inspiration to us all, and frankly, better you than me. Saw you at the rose bowl on Sunday, was going to say "Hi! Did you know we are bff?" But then realized that was going to be awkward since we haven't actually met… so I walked the other direction. Saw the yellow chairs too – and debated the exact same quandary. Found some rad 1960's night stands and blue globe pendants. Can't wait to go back when its not HELL-HOT. That was seriously hell-hot.

  18. Madeline

    Online vintage store via emily henderson. there is a god. and he does answer my prayers.
    holy crap. when will it be up????

  19. Annie B.

    You couldn't have NOT bought these rugs!! I would've voted to have you committed if you HAD passed up this sweet deal because it would indicate mental instability…. My Aunt had a pretty bad antique hoarding problem back in the 70's and 80's when I was a kid and to keep her husband off of her back she would buy the stuff, gift wrap it and then have her Mother give it to her as a "present". Downside: she was being deceitful. Upside: my Uncle thought his Mother-in-law was very kind and generous.

  20. Sara

    It would be a crime NOT to buy those rugs at that price!!! I want that green one. Seriously!!

    The other pieces are great, too. The chair, I mean, insanely great and I'm jealous of that little brass ball ;).

  21. Kimberly (LolaLalaBean)

    You're opening an online vintage store? Yay!!! Can I just say that you totally made my life? I got to all the thrift shops and flea markets out here on the East Coast (Massachusetts to be specific) and we don't have half of the cool things you show. In my wildest dreams I'd never find any of these great designer furniture pieces. Totally thrilled to be able to buy your style:) Any update on the book pitch? I think you posted something about that to us that you were pitching a book idea. You know we all are dying for a book from you:)

  22. I'll see you in the loony bin! Or is it the LONY Bin?? Even better! I'm sure we could find loads of things to hoard there as well!! You would have been insane to pass the rugs up. I passed on Rose Bowl this weekend…actually thought it was Long Beach weekend and almost drove down there way too early on Sunday morning until my partner in crime wised up to the fact that Long Beach is actually this coming Sunday. You should go if you haven't. Better deals than Pasadena.

  23. I'm sure someone will love those rugs. Keep one for yourself, sell the other two. I like the pink one with the orange border. The other ones aren't my cup of chai. But I can imagine that they will look great in the right kind of rooms.
    So, no, you aren't certifiable.

  24. Mrs Lee

    Brilliant, you are amazing. Don't second guess yourself for a SECOND.

    Fellow Destined-for-the-looney-bin-vintage-hoarder-with-barely-understanding-husband

  25. Rebecca

    Insane???? Why YES you are insanely brilliant when it comes to finding lonely, unappreciated material things and making them blossom to live again!!! All of those unwanted, negleted items are just screaming out for someone to swoop them up, make them beautiful and give them a family to call their own!!! If you were hoarding, throwing them in the back of your car or basement or bathroom and never ever touching them until that day you have nothing to do THEN I would say your sweetie has a reason to think you are crazy. But this is what you do for a living, and you I know he loves you BECAUSE you are so crazy!!! Yes – please tell us when the online shop will open!!!!!

  26. Molly

    Are you seriously starting an online vintage store?? YES!!!!!!

  27. elz

    Do people still say the "bomb?" Because those rugs are the bomb!

  28. mary

    Can't wait for the online store. Love the rugs but the cost of cleaning them is so high. I'd probably spray a little Febreeze and call it a day.

  29. I TOTALLY agree with your purchase- brilliant bargin if you ask me- AND you are going to be reselling them- it's a business expense- right?? They are beautiful! I would have bought them too- had I had the $;)

  30. Mary

    So excited about your online vintage store!!!

  31. JILL

    there is not even a question!!!!!!!!!! you just bought 3 rugs (giant rugs) (antique rugs) (beautiful colorful rugs) for cheaper than the price of one. i would have done the same exact thing. no questions asked. don't you feel bad for a hot second.

    and i have to say, what a great friend to give up that chair. so impressed!

  32. Leah

    hoarder schmorder. you find amazing things and must buy them. simple as that! now maybe we will all benefit from your vintage prowess when you open a shop!!!

  33. Those rugs are an incredible deal!!!!

  34. EmilyHS

    Let's just go ahead and commit Brian so he stops threatening to commit you! Or perhaps he should offer to rent you a giant storage space so he doesn't have to witness the insanely good taste you have on a daily basis.

  35. Brad...

    Emily… please tell Brian that we respectfully submit that he should chill… the rugs are fantastic…

  36. First-time commenter; posting to defend your right to buy. When does "need" come into the equation, I ask? It's not about need, it's about want. And besides, you're selling them in your new STORE (maybe). I think that's what's called a "shrewd business maneuver" or something. You mustn't quell the urge to buy, especially when you get such great g-d stuff. It's a gift, I tell ya.

  37. Christy B

    You could not NOT buy those rugs. THAT would be insane.

  38. Suzan

    You are the smartest person in the world for buying those rugs. And the world is very, very big.

  39. jenjo

    I think the purchase was justified for the following reasons: The rugs are beautiful and relatively rare since they are antiques. The price is exceptional. Rugs are often one of the most important focal points/starting points in a room, and 9 x 12 is a great size. You should be able to sell them, and make a profit. They have the celebrity cachet, which makes them more sellable.

    The hardest part will be letting them go. If you don't sell all of them, who could blame you! Also, one might make an appearance in one of your designs.

    I love your show and your blog.

  40. Amanda

    Love the rugs, you lucky girl!

  41. THOSE CHAIRS!!!! LA has the best antiques. Its not even fair. Those would be 6k in nyc.

  42. those rugs? that's karma for giving your friend that chair. good work.

    now sell them to me.

  43. Insane for buying the rugs? Ahhh…. no. But you should be totally committed for giving up the Milo chair. Seriously, you should talk to someone who can help you so that you never, ever do something that crazy again! Friends are great and all but WHEN will you find that chair again?! Love those paintings. Want, want, want.