Vintage Purchases for the New House
Our new house is a different style and while we don’t have to completely change for the architecture, I’m VERY excited to incorporate a new style into the house. Our last place was light, bright, airy and midcentury which I still love, but I want this one to be more family-friendly, comfortable and warm. The two shouldn’t be mutually exclusive, but as a mom I’ve learned a lot about life with kids so I’m making some different choices this go around.
I’ve seriously tried to NOT buy too much before we move in and really learn how we use the space. Also I’ve had exactly ZERO time to shop lately. But during nap-time on Saturdays I troll craigslist and ebay and I’ve found a few gems that I pulled the trigger on. I thought it would be fun to show you the original Craigslist photos instead of them all styled out. You really have to use your imagination and envision it in your house, right?
First up was a collection of antique english pine furniture for our bedroom. As you all know good quality dressers are so expensive and yet vintage often have drawers that don’t work. I’ve been looking at Restoration Hardware but man, they are like $3k. So I found this beauty for $500 (which admittedly is WAY more than I spend on anything on Craigslist but I really really liked it, and so does Brian):
It’s so old and pretty, with some detailing but not too ornate. The same lady had this armoire:
It was only $350 and is in great condition, too. Our new master bedroom has two walls that can accommodate both and I love how much storage they both have. Hopefully we can get them into the suite (the bend into the room is pretty tight).
Then for some reason I also bought this from her. The description was ‘Gustavian Pine Antique’ and I will say that I’m a HUGE sucker for anything Gustavian. That might be the most pretentious thing that I’ve ever written. It was from the same lady and I think it was around $100 but i’m not sure it was a good move because I don’t have a place for it. It is super pretty, though. It’s just really large – too large for a side table but too deep for something against a wall … maybe a play table for the kids? Dunno. Whoops.
From a different Craigslist seller I bought this dresser which I LOVE for Charlie’s room:
How sweet is that! It was $350 and I have like 3 perfect places for it. I’m super into demilune tables because they can be implemented so seamlessly into rooms instead of a rectangle that juts out. So every time I see dresser like this I want it. I’m so glad I finally pulled the trigger.
Onto rugs. I’m going to write a HUGE post about family friendly rug options because you have many. Ultimately what has worked the very, very, very best for us is vintage or antique persian style rugs that are so busy and colorful that you can’t see a speck of dirt. Plus I LOVE how they look. The trick here is to not spend too much money on them or you will stress out about it. Our living room is really big and I wanted one big rug so we needed a 12×15. Typically 12×15 persian rugs are $8 – 20k or more from a dealer. So I’ve been on ebay and craigslist on the weekends trying to find a steal.
But let’s backup for a second. Three years ago I saw this at an antique store in Pasadena:
I LOVED it. The colors were so vibrant and it was just so old and pretty and storied. I didn’t buy it at the time because I was all ‘I want a bright airy house with bright airy rugs’ but I stared at the photo of it all the time, like a missed connection on the train or a vacation love that you didn’t get their info (this happened to me when I was 12… Austin… I thought about you for years). Every time I went to that antique store I visited it and wondered if now was the time. It was 12×15 and was $2700 which is an EXTREMELY good price. But I just didn’t need it! Ugh. and I was trying to be smart and not hoard something so expensive. So now, of course I need it but it is sold.
Well good news:
I found one very similar on ebay. This was what the photo of it on ebay looked like:
Yeah, not impressed, I know. Its SUPER hard to tell if its pretty or not, right? In the description it did say that its more corals, pinks and bright reds and less burgundy but I was still nervous. There were a couple more details of it that convinced me that it was really well made and bright. It a 12×15 for $2800 which is a GREAT price. I texted it to a couple friends (including Ginny) and they convinced me, late on a Saturday night … after a couple glasses of wine … to pull the trigger. I had 14 days to return it, by the way so I had an out but I was still nervous that this ENORMOUS purchase was going to end up looking like a cheesy burgundy machine made rug.
We opened it up and here is what it looks like:
It may be hard to tell there, but it’s extremely beautiful. The colors are so happy and bright – indeed more corals and pinks than reds. And the best part? This rug is going to hide everything. It’s going to be a huge dose of color in the room (with a navy sofa on top) and its going to make my life easier, right????
I got them both for $400. I have a fantasy of a stair runner out of antique persian rugs, but I’d hate to cut these up … I suppose I need to buy some that are in worse shape, right? I like the top one more than the one below, but they are both pretty and check off the boxes that we need – colorful, inexpensive and family friendly (they are both 3×6).
Next, I found this little cute guy on craigslist for $100 and couldn’t resist its adorable shape:
What say you, chair? Do you want to be in a ticking stripe? A vintage floral (ooh!!!)? or a classic solid linen?
Last but not least I snagged this little round side table up from a craigslist seller and love the details and secondary shelf on it. I have a lot of new stuff to show you, the sofa that is being made (from Cisco home and I’m SO EXCITED about it), a chair that we splurged on (from Big Daddy’s) and all our lighting (from Circa) but those all deserve their own posts which we have planned very soon. I’m trying to curb my vintage purchases for a while until we get in there (in less than 10 days!!)
So what do you think? Do you like that rug? Or do you think its gaudy? I’m firmly on ‘team rug’, and not just because it’s too late to return it. I feel like I know the market and finding something like this in LA, in that size, with bright colors, would be $8 – $20k. In my fantasy land we would have something less bright, like an Oushak or a muted more sophisticated color-way. But this rug is going to get an insane amount of traffic, and the doors to the backyard are going to be right next to it so I just really wanted something that wasn’t going to look gross in a year.
Wish us luck, and I will see you on Craigslist/Chairish/Ebay/EBTH on Saturdays between 1 – 3pm 🙂