Today’s featured find is a great pair of Frederick Cooper HEAVY marble & brass lamps.  These were a great estate find.  I was told by the original owner (a former interior decorator) that they are Frederick Cooper, though there is not a Frederick Cooper sticker or other marking on them, so I can’t verify.  They are 24″ tall to the socket and 32″ to the top of the harp.  Wouldn’t they look great with black shades?

Marble Brass Lamps

$200 for the pair.

~kristen

I have a storage issue in my house.  Or maybe I have too much stuff.  One and the same, right?  Anyway, there are not enough closets or cupboards or drawers to keep everything.  As a result, I am constantly shifting piles of stuff.  Currently all of my fine china and crystal is stashed on the landing to my basement.  A perilous situation.  Long story short, in a a fit of redecorating, I got rid of the hutch that was holding it all.  I didn’t have a replacement piece of furniture.

BUT NOW I DO!  How excited am I??!  VERY!!! Can you tell?!

Not only is my new find a great storage solution, it is SO classic and totally design current!  Are you ready?  Want to see it?!

Campaign Dresser

My new campaign dresser is the perfect fit for my open-plan dining room.  It has drawers for my china and linens.  And a great top surface that I can put a lamp on and work on my “styling” technique.  It is a funky gold/mustard color right now, but I’m dying to paint it.  I just got rid of all my gold and “fall colors” that I used to decorate in (posts about that process coming soon!), so I really don’t want to regress.  I’m thinking either a coral color or an indigo/inky blue.  I’m worried that the coral is too “daring” for me, and that it might blend too much with my reddish wood floors.  Really leaning toward the blue.  What do you think?

Lots of people are painting their campaign furniture right now, so there’s a lot of inspiration out there.  Great ideas on functionality and how to style it.

Lonny Magazine via projectnursery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the green!  The tassels are fun, too.

via Honey&Fitz

Bright white! Used as a traditional dresser.

via Desert Domicile

The two-tone is really fun.  Probably not right for my house, but a really neat idea.  (I like this shade of blue).

via Making Macy

Isn’t this little piece cute?  I like this blue, too.

 

So much inspiration!  I can’t wait to get started!

~Kristen

 

 

pursue |pərˈsoō|

 

verb ( -sues , -sued , -suing ) [ trans. ]

1 follow (someone or something) in order to catch or attack them
• seek to attain or accomplish (a goal), esp. over a long period
2 (of a person or way) continue or proceed along (a path or route)
• engage in (an activity or course of action)
• continue to investigate, explore, or discuss (a topic, idea, or argument)

 

I pursue vintage.  I love vintage.  I love things with a history, a story.  The word “antique” seems so stuffy, so old and dusty, so I’ll use the word “vintage” (besides, anything with an association to wine can’t be bad, right?!)  I believe that vintage furniture, and many vintage decor items, were crafted better than those we can buy new in stores today.  The furniture is solid.  The wood is real, thick, heavy.  Pieces have lived through times we may not have.  The wear, the patina, oh Lord, don’t get me started on patina!  Fashion comes and goes and comes back again.  Style remains.

To find an authentic piece sitting in a dusty corner waiting to be saved is my specialty, my salvation.  As the mom of two little boys, I need time to escape the sippy cups and Matchbox cars.  Searching for unique vintage items is my “me” time.  I love the hunt and the thrill of the chase.  The potential to bring a piece back to life and find a new owner, a new home, is exciting to me.  I also enjoy the investigation of it all.  Learning about the pieces I find is part of the fun (sometimes just a story about the owner, sometimes a more general story about what a piece was used for or the company that manufactured it).  I am always learning.

Part of learning about vintage is exploring how vintage is incorporated into design today.  I can’t get through my morning cup of coffee without visiting the popular design blogs.  Diaper changes and toaster waffles wait until I’ve perused the latest trends.  And it amazes me how the latest trends seem to always incorporate vintage pieces.  Of course, what era and style vintage is considered “on-trend” will always change, but surely vintage will be appreciated.  After all, what is new today will be considered vintage soon enough.

My goal is to use Pursuing Vintage as a place to explore vintage, investigate what is on-trend, and share my great finds (I’d love to keep it all, but I’d never have enough space for it all!) .  I hope you’ll make Pursuing Vintage a stop on your morning blog-jog!

 ~Kristen