I thought it was only fitting- in the private collections posts- to first showcase some of the homes I am most familiar with! Some of the very homes that helped inspire Efatuate.
This one is a wonderful little weekend home in Palm Springs, CA, recently redone by my father and stepmom. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, it is a beautiful desert community in southern California almost equi-distant from the beach, LA and San Diego, making it an ideal vacation spot for weekenders. It is known for its mid-century design and architecture, heavily reinforced by Hollywood during the Golden age. Examples abound across the city, most ranging from the 1930′s through the 70′s.
In outfitting their home, The ‘rents decided to follow the Palm Springs tradition and have started decorating with a multitude of vintage furnishings and midcentury decorative items. The best part? Amazing prices. Almost everything has been found by scouring thrift stores, estate sales, online listings and so forth. Both of them swear that the key to success is patience. As in- don’t buy just to buy. (The owners of Gypsyland, a vintage store outside of PS, shared a similar sentiment. The mother-daughter duo has been in business for 11 years, and has worked alongside the Storage Wars guys. Some days are empty-hands brutal. That’s part of the search,they say.)
Two of my favorite pieces in the house: a pair of green reproduction retro matching suede high back chairs, by American Leather. Found at an estate sale. In magnifique condition, might i add…
I checked out American Leather after this, naturally. They have an amazing range of styles for chairs, (many in modern/vintage styles) and every conceivable color/fabric style. You do have to purchase them through a retailer, however.
I love this beautiful set of vintage 50′s/60′s Captain chairs. These were found at an estate sale in Laguna Beach. Again, perfect condition. These are called Drexel Declaration Captain Chairs, designed by Kipp Stewart and Stewart MacDougal. These two pieces would have been the end chairs for a dining room table set. I found some good information on this designing duo, over at Retro Renovation, and a whole host of comments on finding, selling, and matching “Drexel Declaration” pieces. (Retro Renovation- a great “e” find also, might I add.) Another great place to view this set (sold) and some gorgeous mid-century furniture is the blog, “Circa Midcentury”,
The next piece takes us back to the little desert shop, Gypsyland. This is a find sure to make some ladies jealous out there. A dusty pink, microsuede vintage couch! How cool is this?
As many of you know, teak is a very popular material used in Midcentury designs. This next installation (quite literally) is an original all-teak Danish wall unit by Hansen. When putting it in, my father added steel reinforced teak rods on which to suspend the pieces. Its quite wonderful, and really stands out:
Below, The Walnut Lane coffee table and the Brown Saltman side table (both original) help pull together the room:
The acrylic hanging amber teardrops in the background are my absolute favorite!!! They were a random find at an estate sale in Laguna. Oh my gosh……Love. Here they were when they were hanging outside. I told her I would put up a fight for these…..so neat.
Most mention the bar stools as well…..made by the Rattan Company in the 50′s.
The authentic 50′s-60′s glasssware in the bar:
A great example of the thrift spirit; this piece was purchased for $35. My dad put in some major elbow grease and hard work and restored it to its original glory. The missing piece……one handle.
ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW WHERE TO FIND A HANDLE??????? Please let us know!!!!
The Brasilia Broyhill dresser, Before:
They have done a wonderful job!!!!!! The second part of the collection will be posted next. Pyrex!!! I had no idea there was such a collectors market for Pyrex. But indeed there is. And it’s huge. Stay tuned…….