The Backstory | Interning for Kelly Wearstler
Remember this post when I was searching for the perfect dining chairs?
Scored 4 matching midcentury beauties on Craigslist at $150/set and upcycled them into these haute pink stunnas that also live in my LA pad…still working on the finishing touches so you can see them styled in all their glory!
This campaign dresser was another score on Craigslist, my GO-TO resource for super affordable gems. I paid $125 for her, not the most inexpensive piece but she was in good condition since I knew I’d spend quite a bit of time refinishing her. She lives in LA too, where all my fave pieces go to summer. ;D
Before porter chairs were all the rage (about a decade ago) they were NOT easy to find y’all.
I searched for months and months and finally found these brand new domed chairs on eBay for around $500/piece. They’re worth thousands after this finish job (below). They now live on the harbor in a fabulously luxe estate. From tacky to tres chic!
I searched high and low for a beautifully shaped settee for this hotel lobby renovation.
I knew I wanted a very traditional shape with a curvy body and found her in Old Town Orange at a local antique dealer’s shop. She was probably one of my more expensive finds (around $300 before upcycled work) but one of my favorites to date. After gilding the frames, installing new foam and padding, reupholstering with a mix of vintage and velvet fabrics, she now resides in Pasadena and serves as the main seating for guest check-in. Fit for royalty!
Ever since I was a wee lil lass I remember fashioning old thrift finds into my daily ensemble choices. Upcycling is easy as long as you have the patience for it. Like yoga to some, it’s a form of meditative activity for me. I completely zone out the minute I step foot into a flea market. Digging through piles of old junk may scare most people away but it’s the thrill of the chase that keeps me yearning for more! You never know what treasures are waiting to be found!
What was your last great find???