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Chartreuse & Co, Frederick, MD

A couple weekends ago, I checked out Chartreuse & Co in Frederick, MD.  There is a reason why this place made the Great Day Trips in the Washingtonian.  A collection of different vendors in a barn filled with oddities and unfurnished or finds.  Additionally, on the property, there was another barn filled with discards or works in progress as well as a shed filled with architectural finds. My favorite shop and my reason for the trip was Madison and Mabel (the image and below are of the shop). Great industrial and modern finds.

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Of course I had to make a few purchases...but I controlled myself.

Purchased: Crates from the discards barn ($15 for 3, similar to above)

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Purchased: Industrial Pendant  and Eames DCM Dining Chair (let's just say they were a steel)

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Tempting: Vintage Steel Magazine Rack and Glass Pendant Lamp

So definitely check out Chartreuse & Co for a day trip or you can even just pop in a couple hours...they mentioned cocktails at their Holiday Tag Sale happening this weekend!

IMAGE CREDITS: Photo of DCM Chair by Gararge; Photo of Crates by MyDeco

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Just Looking Upscale Resale in Rehoboth, DE

While in Rehoboth on a mini vacation, I discovered a gem of an antiques shop. I was in the store shopping for about an hour. I knew I had something was up when the owner ended up putting me to work. I helped him move some chairs. Ultimately, it was time well spent as I found some great things. The above was my favorite - this African serving tray. While I didn't buy one this time, I just love it! Check out the following other great finds:

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FOR THE BAR...

Incorporate vintage pitchers, shakers, decanters to add sophistication for the bar. Had to buy this great wood/chrome ice bucket with matching tongs.

Mid-Century Chrome Side Table

Hat Box and Shoe Form

Hat boxes take me back...my grandfather had the best hats and the boxes were always really amazing. I couldn't resist the shoe form which makes a great paper weight.

Creepy Old Portrait

Not sure why but I was drawn to this piece.

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Vases, bowls, oh my!

I always love to check out vintage accessories - if you choose carefully - you can enhance the decor of your place. I had to have the small black glass vase and the large grey ceramic vase. Both are the sort you might find at West Elm or Crate and Barrel, at a fraction of the price.

Mid-Century Magazine Rack

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WITH A LITTLE BIT OF WORK

This marble slab lamp only needed a new shade. And the oval back chair, reupholstered would make a great desk chair. The set of four splat back chairs were so charming and would be stunning with an upholstery update as well.

1960s Desk

ODDITIES

I absolutely had to have the Speedaway sled. Despite growing up in New Orleans where there are no hills and it rarely snows. And I like the irony. The vintage (working) projector was also tempting but the sled blew it out of the water.

MORE BARGAINS AND MORE ADVICE

When you are prepared to buy several things, you have leverage...so, try to get the price down! Also be on the lookout for backrooms where items are discounted. The vintage frames above were $2 a pop. It just so happened that they were running a sale on vintage books, $5 all you can fit in a shopping bag. I filled 3 bags...thanks mom for teaching me how to pack...I got a lot of bang for my $15.

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Big Bambu by Doug & Mike Starn

Big Bambú, an installation of 5,000 interlocking 30- and 40-foot-long fresh-cut bamboo poles, designed for the Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The exhibit was created by twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn.  Telgraph.co.uk describes the monumental structure best as, "bamboo scaffolding mangled by a hurricane ."  The construction of the structure continues through the fall when the exhibit closes until the end of October.  You can purchase tickets to take guided tours to walk through the structure.  Without venturing up on to the paths, the bamboo poles creates a feeling of a forest through which roof garden visitors wind through.  The experience is fantastic and there are stunning views of the city.

For more information about the installation, click here.

IMAGE CREDITS: Image 1 from Telgraph.co.uk, Remaining Images by Design For Men

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Baxter Finley Barber & Shop

For over 40 years, Baxter of California, has been known for providing premium men's grooming products.  This month, the company opened a shop on La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA, called Baxter Finley Barber & Shop.  Named after the company's founder, Baxter Finley, the shop showcase their products and barbers provide cuts and shaves for patrons.   The old world inspired design is masculine combining rugged features like Douglass fir flooring and exposed wood beams along with the sleek finishes including subway tile and marble counter tops.  The highlight is the restored Koken “White King” porcelain and leather chairs which are from the early 1900’s.  Kudos to Baxter for creating a refined shop that feels modern while retaining the tradition of the old school  barber shop experience.

IMAGE CREDITS: Images from Baxter Finley

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Shopping at Eastern Market

I finally had the chance to check out the Eastern Market Flea Market yesterday in D.C. I was a little disappointed by the lack of true antiques and my fave, mid century and industrial pieces. But the area is beautiful and as a professional shopper, I managed to find some great items. The following are my favorites from the trip.  Above Thonet side chairs and Industrial stool.

Handmade wood cutting boards - Just amazing!

Handmade Tea Set with Pussy Willow Detail

African Mask and Ebonized table

Handmade Tea Set with Pussy Willow Detail

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