A couple of weekends ago I spent the day at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta on a shopping trip led by designer blogger, and friend; Eddie Ross. Open the second weekend of every month, Scott’s has something for everyone; from interior designers to DIYer’s the market is quite busy with everyone looking to score that perfect find!
I set out on my antique market adventure not only to look for a few things for our home, but to enjoy smart, practical and creative ideas from Eddie.
From adding to collections to just finding a great bargain, there are several reasons people venture out and shop the antique markets or yard sales. Me? I love the thrill of finding that perfect piece of furniture to restore!
Shopping with Eddie is always an informative event. He is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to antiques and not afraid to step outside the box when it comes to creativity. This is the third time over the last couple of years I have gone on one of his excursions and each time I have come away learning something new.
As you venture out this spring and summer looking for your must-have item or just window shopping, here are some wonderful ideas and suggestions from Eddie for decorating and entertaining with those second-hand finds.
**Look to turn the vintage into something modern. Turn a vase into a lamp; rewire or paint a vintage lamp. It’s an easy job that may cost you about $25.
**Mix and Match metals throughout the house: brass & silver, silver & iron (my favorite combo) for an eclectic mix of modern and traditional. Don’t take it to the extreme and keep the look cohesive.
**When looking to set a table, it doesn’t have to be matchy- matchy. Use a solid color charger with a plain white plate and a vintage salad plate. Take the same color of china but different patterns to set your table. I love the look of Blue and Brown transfer-ware alternating seats at the table. A red/black or black/blue combo would also look lovely.
**Take vintage postcards photocopy on card stock and glitter the edges to use for place cards during the holidays.
**When looking for serving pieces let your imagination run wild with ways you can use odd pieces. A 2-tiered marble topped side table would be lovely lined with large hosta or magnolia leaves topped with fresh vegetables and dip or other assorted hors d’oeuvres.
**Collect pieces that can go from formal to casual like milk glass or ironstone. Use different styles for creating interest on a buffet from flat bowls to pedestal. Elevate your pieces for effect.
**Use vintage tablecloths to brighten your outdoor picnic.
**When decorating a room don’t start with paint and work around it; choose a rug, a picture, a piece of furniture, or even china and draw your color from it.
**The quickest and easiest way to update a room is through pillows.
**Looking for easy artwork? Try botanical pictures from an antique book. Decorating a child’s room? Take pictures from vintage storybooks; mat and frame for one of a kind pieces on the wall. Matting and Framing does cost, but the end result is so worth it.
**Another great idea for wall art is to make a shadowbox showcasing old broaches or antique buttons.
**Don’t be afraid to give an antique gift at your next baby or wedding shower. Anyone can go into Babies-R-Us and purchase a gift, but think how treasured a one-of-a-kind gift would be? From silverware to ivory handled knives, think unique. I know one of my favorite wedding gifts was a piece of my grandparents silver. Not new, but loaded with personality!
|Don’t you just adore this set of baby silverware?|
**Need hostess gifts? Think of a silver olive fork tied to a jar of gourmet olives, a set of salt cellars, or a gorgeous monogrammed tea towel or set of pillowcases. Laundered and pressed these are unique and memorable gifts.
If you ever have the opportunity to shop with Eddie, I highly recommend that you try and attend. He usually keeps events posted on his blog or Facebook page. I promise you will have a really good time!
Next time you are out and about scouring the market or yard sale I hope you can find something ordinary that gets your creativity flowing!