April 29th, 2008
Its time to add another couch to the Brick House.
I’ve been thrifting, hitting craigslist, and doing the flea market dance but finding the perfect vintage couch is the most difficult endeavor. Mostly the pieces I love are priced way out of my range. Its to bad those Knoll Split Rails are like $4000…
Here are my 3 new – but retro feeling sofa options under $1000:
Edie Sofa in Rouge at Urban Outfitters
Shipping charge: $115
6-8 weeks for delivery
Corona Sofa at Macy’s
$899.00 – sale $650
out of stock – till June
BYRD Sofa at EQ3
many fabric options
$150 for delivery – or pick up at the store in Burbank
I really like the Byrd Sofa at EQ3 and might end up going that way. They have lots of fabric choices and the pricing isn’t bad. I see a scouting trip to Los Angeles in the future…
Although my dad just called and said they are donating a bunch of my grandparents furniture – including a 1950′s couch that is 9 feet long. I have no idea what it looks like but he says it needs to be reupholstered. I wonder how much that could run…maybe its got good bones – crossing my fingers.
April 25th, 2008
The pink bathroom got a shower and a new floor.
This is the cheapy external shower kit we installed. The best part of the whole thing was asking the guy at Home Depot if he had brass nipples. He did – and in lots of sizes.
We had to install a shorter nipple to attach the faucet and anchored the pipe to the wall. The whole project cost about $120 and took 4 hours. This external shower kit is a piece of crap. We had to take the whole thing apart to burrow out some holes and reinstall it about 4 or 5 times. It kind of works, but the shower head leaks when you just want the tub faucet on and when you turn the shower on it is SO LOUD. Painfully loud.
So we have yet to use the stupid thing, and continue to shower in the blue bathroom. Oh well…
But we did finish the VCT floor. I actually really like it, and love how durable it is. We had it sealed and waxed and now it looks great. Now that I finally bought a digital camera, there will be better pics to come!
April 21st, 2008
On Sunday I went with my sister to the Long Beach Antique Market for the first time. For years I’ve been pretty reticent about going to flea markets (well you have to get up so early) and I imagined them to be stuffed with overpriced shabby chic crappiness.
I am an idiot. There was a ton of great stuff there, and the prices were unbelievably cheap and reasonable. Now I am addicted and see a future of uncontrollable shopping.
I purchased a black sculptura “donut” phone ($20), a pair of mid century lamps with fiberglass shades (big ticket $75), a mid century secretary ($40 – that will eventually be a bar), and a short knoll tulip table with a marble top and metal base ($25!).
Pics coming soon…