There’s something about summer that awakens an urge to clean out the garage, de-clutter, and make room for kids returning from college or summer guests. As a habitual thrower awayer, I do not need a special time of year to engage in this activity. I find immense pleasure in ridding myself of things – I suppose it’s a condition that sits entirely on the opposite side of the spectrum to a hoarder. Of course it should be said that I typically replace the items I get rid of with something new.
Charles Eames was one cool cat – look for his stamp on the underside of the chair for authenticity if you find it at a yard sale, snap it up! Similar available on Viyet.
I love a treasure hunt, and am not terribly disappointed when I come up empty handed. I console myself with the knowledge that if I did indeed find an Eames Chair, or a fabulous mid-century modern sideboard I would need to give up something in order to make room for my purchase. Having said that, don’t think for one hot second I would leave either behind, I wouldn’t think you knew me at all if you thought that I would even entertain such an outrageous idea.
I am no Eloise of the famed Park Plaza Hotel. I don’t think lampshades make good hats, and broken or chipped china cup does not make a good planter – in my opinion. Eloise and I will just have to agree to disagree on this point.
Mixing new and old pieces makes a home that much more interesting. I surf sites like Chairish – which, by the way you can find my MOM Sputnik Chandelier posted for sale, and Viyet, and trust me when I tell you they have crush worthy consignment pieces, but they can be pricey. For the committed bargain hunter, many of the pieces can be found at a yard or estate sale. One must simply be prepared to dig through a lot of clutter to find it.
If clutter isn’t on your agenda this weekend. These are my Viyet and Chairish holiday weekend picks.
Left: Outdoor High Back Chair . $540. Right Top: Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Table, $1699. Right Bottom: Faux Bamboo Side Table $350. all on Chairish.