Monday, January 28, 2013

Week In An Instant

Images Clockwise, Left to Right:
1. I picked up this vintage ashtray from a dealer of ours this week, and I'm smitten. I have a big weakness for anything small, and an even bigger weakness for objects that I can put things in. Such is the case with this little thunderbird. I plan on containing a few pairs of earrings with this guy. Thanks Greg!!
2. Asheville has been under several winter advisories this January, none of which have resulted in a big dump of snow (yet). Ethan and I did have a few "Faux Snow" days together, though, and we did a lot of cookie baking and movie watching.
3. Grocery shopping on another "Faux Snow" day, a rare moment when the aisles weren't filled with frantic milk-and-bread shoppers.
4. A little glimpse at some new smalls in the shop this week. Love the bold font of the "margarine" try juxtaposed with the antlers. All are available for purchase here!:)

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Oddfellows Makeover #2!!

Some of you may be wondering how we Oddfellows have been celebrating the new year thus far. The answer: with a bang of course! After having completed the new store counter and stained glass room, we just kept on with the makeover. One of our dealers, Jeff Venturella, has recently expanded into what we once referred to as "the garden room." Although Jeff has been a dealer at Oddfellows for a while, taking over the garden room has proved an exciting feat.

You may have noticed a certain container outside our doors the last few weeks. The container housed tons of new goodies while Jeff and crew completed a few major updates to the garden room, which included new paint on the floors and walls, as well as major lighting additions. The transformation has been amazing. Much as I loved the garden room, it was definitely a little gloomy. Jeff's furniture--goods from the Northeast region of the States, as well as imports from Belgium--has completely and utterly made my eyes grow wide with excitement. It's a vast improvement, and one that I'm sure our customers will enjoy as well. And because Jeff has been in the antique and import business for over 20 years, he comes equipped with knowledge and amazing taste to boot. His stock includes a wide selection of mid-century modern, architectural accessories, store counters, tons of beautiful doors, lovely stained glass, Mission-era furnishings, as well as an eclectic mix of industrial lighting.

Have a look at the pictures below. They certainly don't do the new makeover justice, but definitely give you an idea.  Also, be sure to check out Jeff's website for even more great finds at As an added bonus, Jeff is extending a major, major deal for you guys. If you see anything on his website you would like to purchase (, he will deliver to the Asheville area free of charge. Awesome, right?

 The dark garden room, pre-Jeff. You may recall that this space previously housed our stained glass, as well as concrete accessories and outdoor furniture.
 The top two photos in this set show the work in progress; Jeff dismantled old shelving and gave the floor and walls a fresh coat of paint. The bottom two shots show off the new space, complete with furniture and accessories.
Just before entering, an amazing architectural entryway. Our chimney pots never looked so good!!

In addition to new lighting, Jeff installed this beautiful antique, hand-painted stained glass sky light. Truly a rare centerpiece, Jeff purchased it on the Belgium/French border on one of his buying trips. Best of all, it can be yours!
A close-up of new art on the walls, stained glass hanging, and some great industrial lighting fixtures juxtaposed with a vintage sofa and chair.

What a great makeover, right? You'll have to see for yourself what I'm talking about, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section below. Remember to check out while you're at it to take advantage of Jeff's amazing delivery offer.

Friday, January 18, 2013

T's Ten, Week of 1/13/13

1. A friend of mine has been looking for a mirror and when this arrived in the shop this week, I knew I had to share this one with her. Like Rachel, this mirror is both sophisticated and a little girly/glam all at once, and a stunner to boot. I love that it is round (round mirrors are my favorite) and I love the gilded gold frame as well. Dealer #076, Gilded Mirror, $138.

 2. This tiny Japanese altar is really awesome. It's dated to the late 19th century, and packs a lot of punch despite its small size. I like that the dealer put a clock inside, because this altar would make a great clock surround to flank a fireplace mantel, or stand alone to display smaller objects. Or you could live dangerously and let your kids use it as a dollhouse. Dealer #133, Japanese Altar, $265.

 3. Speaking of children, I wish I had a few of my own so that I could make use of this painted tiger oak chest. Originally used for storing blankets and quilts, I think it would be perfect for hiding away toys and stuffed animals. I love the sweet creamy white border and the little drawers add a nice touch as well. But the best part are those kelly green hinges, which add an unexpected pop of color. Dealer #01, Painted Tiger Oak Blanket Chest, $250.

4. You've probably seen several different versions of these industrial tables float into the shop in the last few months, but none quite like this. The dealer that brings them in makes them himself, using industrial sewing machines as bases. With a little bit of elbow grease and paint, Steve has come up with this bold, graphic version. Obviously the pop of color is great, but add to that the awesome arrow, and you've got one great statement piece. Dealer #02, Arrow Table, $495.
 5. There's nothing better than a great functional piece of furniture. This maple Heywood-Wakefield secretary/bookcase is a great example of form meeting function. I especially love these kinds of pieces in smaller homes or apartments, because it's like a 2-for-1 deal. You've got the secretary to the left, which can be tucked away at a moment's notice, along with the bookcase to the right. The best part; it won't take over a room! Dealer #83, Heywood-Wakefield Secretary/Bookcase, $595.

 6. I'm not gonna lie; I've been testing out this lounge for you guys to make sure it's in good functional order. No need to thank me. It's cozy as can be, and I'm sure it won't be long before someone kicks me off and says, "I'll take it!." This lounge, manufactured by ABC Carpet & Home (yes! the ABC Carpet & Home), is brand new and at this price, you won't want to miss it.Dealer #444, Lounge from ABC, $795.

 7. When you're doing all that lounging, you'll need a side table to place all your cocktails and books. Consider this version. It's the perfect height to flank a sofa or chaise lounge and doesn't look bulky or heavy. We've got four total, and they are super cute. Also, because they were originally pub tables, we've got a few low stools you can prop up beside of them for a little lounge-side bar. Dealer #44 Side/Pub Tables, $235 each, 4 available.

8. While we're on the subject of bars, check out this pair of hand painted bar stools in the French country style. I love the rush seat juxtaposed with the Robin's Egg blue of the stool's frame. I think these would be perfect next to a kitchen island or you know...beside a fancy bar! Dealer #OMD, Pair of French Country Style Bar Stools, $465.

 9. This stool is so sweet, especially because of the hook rug textile on top. I love the burst of pink and red florals, and it's a great reminder that sunny days are to come despite the cold temperatures we've been experiencing. Plus this would be a great little piece in a nursery or little girl's room. Dealer #28, Hook Rug Stool, $49.

 10. This store counter is really lovely, don't you think? I love the green painted top and the carved floral basket front and center adds a really charming element. How perfect would this be in a downtown shop? Even better, use it as a kitchen island in your home. Dealer #AE1, Store Counter, $475.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Week In An Instant

Images Clockwise, Left to Right:
1. This linotype is from Oddfellows and now belongs in my collection...Isn't he so regal? Not sure what I'll do with him just yet...he would be fun on a t-shirt though.
2. We have really been enjoying our 2013 calendar this year...especially because it was handmade by a good friend and local artist, Kreh Mellick. Lucky for you, we've got a few copies available for purchase at the shop!
3. Last night Ethan took me to Dobra Tea on Lexington Ave downtown. It was my first time and I'm absolutely in love! Definitely check it out if you've never been...the selection is incredible, and I'll definitely be back to explore their amazing menu of options. Click here to learn more about Dobra! P.S. Their herbal Lullabye tea is amazing.
4. Here's a little sneak peek at a big thing happening at Oddfellows. One of our current dealers is expanding and this week was spent prepping for the arrival of his new goods. Be sure to check back this week for more details..or just pop by the shop!
5. One of my favorite buildings. I had a delivery to Greenville, SC this past week and this building downtown is amazing. I wish I could live in it! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Lamp Love

There has been a big debate going on in my house as of late.  I was pondering the necessity for two end tables in our living room recently because space is of the essence in our bungalow. Eventually I decided to opt for a floor lamp to save a little room. The hunt was on, and continues to this day. We've tried a few different variations so far in the past month and nothing is quite fitting. Trust me, I never knew choosing a floor lamp could be so difficult, especially when a handsome, yet extremely picky husband is involved. Amidst all of the hemming and hawing, I realized how many great options are available at Oddfellows right now. Take a look at these. Can you guess which one might end up at our house?

 This "floor lamp" is actually a vintage dental station. How cool is that?!? Dealer #NYA, $399.
 Definitely a more traditional option, but a really great choice because it could function in just about any room, any decor.  Dealer #150-C, $195.

 Ah, yes. This chrome arch lamp with marble base is a classic option. Dealer #83, $295.

 Loving these two options as well for their vintage aesthetic and pops of mod color. Dealer #133, $68 each.

This chrome industrial version is tried and true, and I like the flexible neck. Dealer #02, $50.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Week In An Instant

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a great holiday--I know I did. If the old adage about what you do on New Year's Eve/Day is a reflection upon what you'll be doing the rest of the year, then I'm in good hands. I rang in the new year dancing with friends and laughing with family. The best way, really. And of course we gave ourselves time to reflect on the year ahead and what we hope to accomplish. Lucky for you, I have a lot of blog resolutions! In the meantime, a few snippets of life...

Clockwise Left to Right:
1. I'll spare you all of the New Year's jokes I came up with concerning this ring...but yes, a new ring for a new year. This is green turquoise and I found it at one of my favorite shops in Asheville. If you guys haven't checked out Elementality then do yourself a favor. It is a hidden gem tucked into the Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road. Expect to find beautifully crafted jewelry and unique apparel.
2. Yep. Winter is here for a while, so I've been wearing my Bean boots constantly. They are perfect for keeping my toes cozy in the warehouse and let's just say that I wouldn't be disappointed with a little snow to really break in the new boots.
3. I gave this book, Honky Tonk by Henry Horenstein, to Ethan for Christmas. Little did I know how enamored with it I would become as well. The book's pages are filled with candid, intimate portraits of some of country music's most celebrated musicians. My favorite part, however, are the random shots of old juke joints and their patrons taken throughout the south. I highly recommend this book!
4. Grouping of ammonites from a gem shop downtown. I love how they look all grouped together.
5. This guy! Did you know that in another life, my husband was a soul/60s garage DJ in Atlanta? It's true. Nowadays, between school and work, he hosts a radio show on Asheville FM Community Radio called Smoke Signals. He was asked to join a few other DJs for the 3rd Annual NYE Dance Party held at the DeSoto Lounge in West Asheville. It was a blast, and I love Asheville FM. If you get a chance, check out this link here to learn more about Asheville FM and be sure to listen to Ethan Saturdays 5-7PM by following this link.