Monday, October 28, 2013

T's Ten, Week of 10/27

This week has been busy at the shop! We love it when the air is crisp, leaves are changing color, and we can revisit with familiar faces that stop by the shop each year to see what new goods we've got. Tom had a successful buying trip, and while we don't know the exact date of its arrival, the container should be here sometime in mid-November.

We are also really excited about the event we are hosting with Amanda Brown of Spruce Upholstery. Hopefully by now you have had some time to read about the event, but just in case, you can read about it here. Amanda's book just arrived at the warehouse, and I've enjoyed looking through its pages. There are some really great decor ideas that I had not thought before, as well as a step-by-step explanation of the basics of upholstery. The book is included when you sign up and attend the class, so come by to get a preview! And now, a few treats for you guys to check out!

1. First up, a chest of many drawers! We often have folks stop by the shop searching for a cabinet that can be retrofitted into a bathroom vanity, and this is piece would be great for a project like that, especially considering there is plenty of storage as well. Dealer #444, Chest of Many Drawers, $325.

2. Ethan and I often talk about what our dream kitchen would look like, and we agreed that this kitchen island would certainly be included in the kitchen of our dreams. It's a custom piece made from old barn wood, and constructed by the Amish in Pennsylvania. The barn wood has a lovely finish, and would really complement any kitchen, but especially my dream kitchen. Dealer #AE1, Kitchen Island, $1450.

 3. I'm also loving this Swedish table. The gold highlights carved on the legs and surrounding the top are what really excites me about this table. It's a great height for a small entryway or could even be used as a dressing table. Dealer #150, Swedish Table, $395.

 4. And now a little something for your walls! These posters are fun, and with Christmas just ahead, would make perfect gifts. There are a few "Tattooed Lady" prints, some Johnny Cash, and the Andy Warhol style Dolly Parton is my favorite! Dealer #NYA, Poster Prints, $24 ea.

5. And while we're on the topic of Christmas gifts (I know, I know..not even Halloween yet!), these little collections would make perfect stocking stuffers. Choose from sequin patches, vintage matchbook collections, or old display cards from vending machines. Dealer #297, Vintage Sequin Packs/Display Cards/Matchbooks, $5-10.

 6. This 1940s server/chest of drawers is a lovely statement piece, don't you think? It's a custom piece painted by one of our dealers. I love the dark slate grey juxtaposed with the lighter, natural tones of the birch wood paper applied to the front of the drawers. Dealer #800, 40s Server, $585.

 7. I love this pair of mid-century side chairs. The upholstery is in great shape, and the lines of the arms and legs give a really sophisticated look to them. Perfect for a home office, or flanking either side of a living room floor plan. Dealer #83, Pair of Mid-Century Side Chairs, $495.

8. If you're looking for something less traditional in the way of storage, these chrome lockers are awesome. I love the look of them. They aren't your everyday school locker. A more sophisticated version for sure:) And if you're like me, I can always use more closet space. Dealer #44, Chrome Lockers, $295.
 9. How fun is this mannequin?!? The torso is covered in old newspapers from Italy. Such a fun look. We've been displaying them in the shop as decorative objects, and they certainly add a unique touch. Dealer #44, Mannequin, $125 ea.

 10. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and we've already helped a lot of visitors to the shop out with new dining tables or chair sets. This bonded leather set of 4 (only 3 pictured) would be a perfect addition. I love the chartreuse color and the fact that they are super comfortable doesn't hurt! Down the road they will need some upholstering, but for now you can enjoy them this holiday season when extra guests arrive! Dealer #DC, Set of 4 Bonded Leather Chairs, $198.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Week In An Instant

Images Clockwise, Left to Right:
1. A few weeks ago I turned 30. I kicked the birthday weekend off with this elderberry margarita at WALK in West Asheville, one of our go-to places when we don't feel like making dinner. The cocktail was great, and I turned 30 surrounded by lots of family and friends. And so far, everyone has been right; my 30s seem to be taking shape nicely, although I've convinced myself I'm losing my eyesight due to "old age." 
2. This week Ethan and I visited Sky Top Orchard in Zirconia, NC near Flat Rock. While we were there to pick apples, I ended up getting distracted by all of the farm animals. This goat in particular was hilarious. He refused to move from his sun tanning spot, and the look on his face was one of pure joy. 
3. And then there were apples. And apple cinnamon donuts! It feels like we won a lifetime supply of apples. This weekend we're going to make cider for the first time. 
4. A detailed shot of a kilim runner that sold this week at the shop. I love the pastel pink and royal blue. 
5. While hunting and gathering last week for our booth, I came across this mid-century era painting and couldn't bear to let it go. It looks perfect in our bedroom and because I had to make room for it on our wall, it also inspired an impromptu burst of design inspiration. I began rearranging every little thing in our house and it's looking pretty good!

Also just a quick reminder-have you checked out the upcoming event we're hosting in November? Amanda Brown of Spruce will be teaching class participants how to construct and upholster their own bench to take home. Read more about it here.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Oddfellows Hosts Bench Making Class with Amanda Brown!

Hi Oddfellows friends! I'm excited to announce an upcoming event here at the warehouse. On November 13, 2013 we will host Amanda Brown of SPRUCE Upholstery as she teaches a class of 15 how to construct and upholster their own benches. The event is in conjunction with Amanda's Fall 2013 Book Tour, in support of her newly published book Spruce: A Step-by-Step Guide to Upholstery and Design. In addition to the book, Amanda also has an instructional DVD series called Spruce At Home, and is also a contributing writer to Design*Sponge. In addition to the class at Oddfellows, Amanda will also be hosting a book signing at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe downtown starting at 7PM. What an honor it will be to have her join us at the shop for a day!

 This class, with Amanda's helpful guidance and knowledge, will teach you how to construct and upholster your own bench to take home. Students will pad, staple fabric, and attach tapered legs to complete a 16"-deep by 48"-long bench. The registration fee includes all materials and supplies, as well as a copy of Amanda's new book. Read below for the details, and be sure to check out Amanda's website SPRUCE for more information about Amanda and her team.

Description: From wooden substrate to finished bench, students pad, staple fabric, and attach tapered legs to complete a 16"-deep by 48"-long bench. Pneumatic tools will be used for this class, including an air compressor and staple guns.
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 13 (1-5pm)
Location: Oddfellows Antique & Design Warehouse 124 Swannanoa River Road
Class Size: 15 people
Registration Fee: $245 per student (includes a copy of the book)

And as if that wasn't enough, Amanda will also be giving one lucky attendee an upholstery tool kit (valued at $225, and $125 worth of fabric). Say what?!? Yes! Sign me up:) This class will probably fill up pretty quickly, so be sure to register soon!!

*I would also like to give a big thank you to Becky Johnson, one of our dealers at the shop. She played a big hand in organizing this event!! Thank you again Becky:)