Shopping Sacramento: Scout Living

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home  Shopping Sacramento: Scout Living

I’m still pretty fresh when it comes to unique , local shopping in Sacramento (and am open to suggestions!) despite having lived in Midtown for one year after college. But one spot I’ve returned to on multiple occasions now is Scout Living. (We found the Eames chair that some of you spotted in our dining room there!) It’s definitely my favorite shopping find so far.

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Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo

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  1. We love this Classic Balance Bikestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  at our house.
  2. Personalized photo games by Pinhole Press: memory, puzzles, and more… (We made this one.)
  3. Max the Raccoon (or another handmade cutie) from BRIKA
  4. This all-wood Fold-and-Go farm reminds me of the one I had in the ’80s, by Fisher Price.
  5. A playful wink in their bedroom—the Howkapow dog lamp.
  6. A Larry Gets Loststyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  book about your hometown or someplace you’d like to visit—the pup gets lost everywhere from Los Angeles to Seattle, New York City to San Francisco…
  7. Stacking blocksstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  that kids will love and that look good, too.
  8. Eco Doughstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo , the closest you’ll get to the homemade playdough alternative, rumored to be less likely to dry-out.
  9. The Brio Pull Along Dachshundstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  does an incredible job of staying upright, no matter how much he’s jerked around. No other brand of pull-along toy has compared.
  10. This Skootcasestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  looks to be a case of “everyone wins!” at the airport. (I’ve been intrigued for a while.)
  11. Janod Story Box Farmstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo . The French company makes various themes of these sweet boxes of wooden figures (which are perfect for travel). We picked up the Firefightersstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo Story Box in Paris, and Hudson loves it!
  12. Mahalo Ukulelestyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo  makes a great gift for kids, precisely because it’s not designed to be a toy.
  13. Such a great price point for a classic moccasin: Minnetonka for JCrew Baby.  (The entire new collection for babies is adorable!)
  14. An attractive Playmatstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo —for under a baby’s play gym or a toddler’s train set.
  15. Who wouldn’t love The Original Slush Mugstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo ?
  16. Ubbas bath cups, to match their family’s form. (Here’s Hudson with ours.)
  17. Playskool Digital Camera and Projectorstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo . How fun to get a glimpse of the world through a little one’s eyes!
  18. And, not exactly for the child, but new parents would love this beautiful Baby Milestone heirloom set.

P.S. Last year’s Gift Guide for Kids. Those Connectable Drinking Strawsstyle  Hither & Thither Gift Guide: For the kiddo were (and continue to be) a verified hit with our then 4- and 7-year-old nephews!

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Maternity clothing basics

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It’s been my experience that while you don’t need to buy a lot of maternity clothes, you’ll be a lot happier (read: more comfortable) if you get a few key pieces that don’t make you feel like you’re waging a war to squeeze into your wardrobe every day.

Here’s what I think you really need (for cooler temps, with links to my go-to sources)…

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Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

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style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

I don’t always make it, but I have a standing appointment in my date book for the first Sunday of every month at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. If you’re in (or near) the Bay Area, it’s worth checking out. The food trucks and view of the San Francisco skyline would be enough to tempt me, but I usually have a few other goals in mind. One month, it was chairs. This month, it was art and textiles.

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

Just be sure to dress in layers: I was excited to break out a new Old Navy Color-Blocked sweater for the cool morning. But once the fog lifts and the sun comes out, one remembers that fall is the Bay Area’s summer!

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style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country
style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country
style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

Hudson discovered the joy of a tape measure and wanted to stop at every rug which, fortunately, was pretty convenient. Otherwise, I must admit, it’s gotten harder to truly scower the market, with a curious toddler in tow. He usually makes out best of all. (Remember the fire truck? There’s a new-old bulldozer in our midst now.)

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

In the mood to go on a treasure hunt yourself?
Here are the 15 flea and antique markets that are routinely named best in the country:

California
Long Beach Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market
Rose Bowl Flea (Pasadena)
Alameda Point Antiques Faire (pictured)

Georgia
Scott Antique Markets (Atlanta)

Illinois
All Night Flea Market (Wheaton)
Chicago Antique Market

Indiana
Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market

Massachusetts
Brimfield Antique Show

New York
Brooklyn Flea (location varies by season)

North Carolina
Raleigh Flea Market

Ohio
Springfield Antique Show & Flea Market

Oregon
Portland Expo Antique and Collectible Show

Tennessee
Nashville Flea Market

Texas
Austin County Flea Market
Canton First Monday Trade Days

Several States
127 Corridor Sale (654 miles along the highway, from Jamestown, TN, to Gadsden, AL)

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How many of these have you been to? Any other favorites?

Aron and I furnished our first apartment almost exclusively with Rose Bowl Flea finds, and have loved visiting the Brooklyn Flea (indoors and out).

style  Alameda Flea and the 15 best flea markets in the country

On me: Old Navy Color-blocked Crew-neck Sweater, Gap infinity scarf, Ray Ban Wayfarers, Vintage men’s jeans, and Brogues by Skin & Threads.
On Hudson: Old Navy Uniform Zip-Front Sweater, American Apparel sailor shirt, Zara jeans, and Converse classic Chucks.
This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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PSA: H&M is online!

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Remember that first trip to New York I told you about? The one where I went to H&M over and over because there were only a few stores in the U.S.?

Well this is a game-changer… all of H&M’s merchandise is on sale online now. Even the maternity, and the kids, and the home sections! I looked up the shipping and return policy, and it’s $6 each way with 30 days to return. Not bad!

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Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché

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A few months ago, at the Alameda Flea, Hudson fell in love with this vintage pedal car, Vilac’s Fire Jeep. Look at that determination!

I found myself admiring all of the Vilac toys while we were in Paris this past week. While expensive, the beautifully painted, all-wood toys seemed like such well-made little treasures. The company has been making toys in the Jura mountains of France since 1911.

family  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché
family  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché

The children’s floor in the grand, old department store Le Bon Marche had me looking for excuses to bring home presents. If you’re looking for a fun place to shop in Paris with a little one (a place where you’ll be equally enchanted with the adult sections), I recommend a stop.

[The above were all sourced on Amazonfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché , however: Vilac Race Car Toyfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Large Garagefamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac La Petanque Balls with Stripesfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Mini Wooden Busfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Old Fashioned Sports Car Toyfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Baby Car with Handlefamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Metal Carfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Balloon Powered Wood Boatfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Harmonicafamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ; Vilac Pull Toy, Dogfamily  Vilac toys and Le Bon Marché ]

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BRIKA and a Well-Crafted Life

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BRIKA is a new online shopping site that features makers—artisans and designers—of modern craft by sharing their stories alongside their products with the hope of creating a connection between buyer and maker. The site’s founders hope to celebrate the value following one’s passions and building a beautiful life through well-crafted, everyday objects. I’ve been making note of some favorites.

Mariah Rich, for example, makes beautiful leather clutches, hand-cutting, sewing, and finishing them in her Portland Studio. After eight years of designing leather goods for other big fashion companies, she broke out on her own.

(Sidenote: I really need to come up with more occasions to travel light, and carry just a clutch. So beautiful.)

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And Kristen Lombardi of Manimal makes the most adorable baby shoes. She found a Boy Scout’s manual at her local library that had a chapter on how to make moccasins; she sewed her first pair and was hooked.

Right now,

BRIKA is offering a $15 credit to all new customers who sign up through this link.

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(Which means that this infinity scarf–that artist Annie Duong made with her own daughters in mind–will cost under $10.)

 

This is a sponsored post. Thanks to BRIKA for supporting Hither & Thither.

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J.W. Hulme Mini-Excursion Bag

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I wandered into the accessories department at a high-end department store the other day and started browsing around among the Pradas and Proenza Schoulers… the “we start at $1300″-bag section.  I remember thinking that one day, when I was a real grown-up, I would buy myself one of these beautiful, buttery bags, but that was when the highest number in my imagination was what seemed like an astronomical $400. Who knew?! Such a shame because the PS1 bag is really very lovely.

I asked the salesperson “what makes the $1500 Balenciaga bag cost that much” (even though I sort of figured I knew what she’d say: labor, quality of materials, label… the usual) “and the also fancy Marc Jacobs cost that much?”

She looked at me like I was crazy and then glanced at my bag (presumably to check whether it was vinyl). She practically spelled the name: “Balenci-aaaa-ga was Spanish. The bags are made in Italy.” Oh, but of course!  That’s why!  Aron and I were laughing about the rationale when he claimed: “now if there was some sort of lifetime guarantee… maybe then…” 

Which is when I remembered that my other high-end dream bag DOES have a lifetime guarantee!

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Isn’t the leather beautiful? Such a pretty color, and I can imagine the patina getting better with age.

J.W. Hulme bags are expensive, too (my favorite, the Mini-Excursion Tote on the left is $590 and the Legacy Shoulder Bag on the right is $370) but brand guarantees each of its handmade bags for life.

Umm, Aron?

[top image via J.W. Hulme site; bottom left photo by Joyce Lee; bottom right photo via Style Extraordinaire]

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Ideal Summer Sandals

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I know I may be getting ahead of myself, but it was 80 degrees and sunny in Southern California this past Saturday and it got me thinking.

Do you have a fashion image you have pinned on Pinterest and just keep coming back to, over and over again? This one’s mine. There’s something about this combination of cropped, slim army-green pants, tanned feet, and natural leather, gladiator sandals that says summer to me. And it’s what I’d like to be wearing come warmer days. Pretty please.

I think Gap and Jcrew have some pants that might fit the bill. The right sandals, however, can be more elusive. I’ve done some sleuthing…

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To & From

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My new shopping habit, Luvocracry, asked me to suggest a Valntine’s day gift I’d like to receive for the latest issue of To & From–they just released their 2013 Valentine’s Day gift guide. You can find the feature, here, on pages 10 and 11.

Here are a few other things I’d be happy to have on any gift list…

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Teuscher Champagne Truffles (my favorite chocolates)
A bejeweled clutch (and somewhere special to take it tucked under my arm)
Something shiny and delicate with my loved one’s initial
Something shiny and less delicate (ideally with a romantic inscription)
Anything with “A Love Story” in the title (but especially this book)
A preview of summer (with plans for somewhere warm to wear it)
A bouquet of sharpened pencils (because you know I love that movie)
Body glow oil (because I’d never buy it for myself but would probably like to)
Underwear both of us can appreciate
A honey jar (even though I’m already so sweet–ha!)
Classic, valentine red drop earrings
Or A bouquet of paperwhites and a romantic moviestyle  To & From  .

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Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street

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We used to live in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, so walking the strip of shops between Fairfax and La Cienega on Third street was a regular routine (in between pancakes at Doughboys or a cheese board at Joan’s). One must-stop is always OK on Third (I hear they now have a location in Silverlake, too); and since we left, one of our musts from Nolita in NY moved in–Haus (oddly enough, not far from an outpost of NY’s Magnolia bakery).

home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street
home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street
home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street
home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street

OK Store
8303 West Third Street

home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street
home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street
home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street
home design california  Los Angeles: Two favorites on Third Street

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Garde Los Angeles

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home design california  Garde Los Angeles

A lot had changed since the the last time we were in Los Angeles, but the strip of Beverly between Fairfax and La Brea was still reliably packed with design store gems–Heath, Lawson-fenning, Modernica, Ige… Most are more aspirational than realistic, but at least I can afford the food to be found there, too–BLD, El Coyote, Milk, Buddha’s Belly, Terroni…

A new favorite shop had emerged: In a space once occupied by an electronics repair shop, Scotti Sitz has opened Garde, a carefullly curated selected of home goods and apparel. Everything had a stripped down, natural look–minimal without being cold. It didn’t surprise me to later learn that Sitz once worked for Calvin Klein. We spent a long time browsing; I was trying to bookmark all of the designers’ names in my mind when, thank goodness, she pointed out that everything is online.

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home design california  Garde Los Angeles

home design california  Garde Los Angeles
home design california  Garde Los Angeles
home design california  Garde Los Angeles

home design california  Garde Los Angeles

We especially fell hard for these flax-rope lighting fixtures. I think they would look so awesome with our headboard, but I’m not sure I’m quite good enough at being neat-and-clean for the coiled rope on the floor to be appreciated as intentional.

Garde, 7418 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles

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Vintage Shopping in San Francisco

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I’ve asked Mai Le–the street-style blogger and photographer behind the Fashionist–for some advice on shopping vintage. Mai and I met at Camp Mighty, where I found myself wanting to start every conversation with that cliché phrase “I love your shoes!” Her travel stories were as interesting to me as her gorgeous eye shadow and I was so happy when she agreed to school me in vintage shopping–with specific recommendations for San Francisco. 

I don’t shop often, so when I do, I’m careful about what I buy and where. When I proposed highlighting my three favorite vintage shops in SF, Ashley suggested I provide tips for vintage shopping (which is different from thrift shopping, since items are already carefully chosen by the vintage shop). If you’ve never shopped for secondhand clothes, but are interested in affordably adding one-of-a-kind items to your closet for the new year, choosing a nearby vintage shop is a great idea.

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Before I go shopping, I often look at magazines or Style.com to check out silhouettes and colors of the current or next season. It’s a small thing, but knowing what fit and or color palette you like will help guide your eye when deciding what to buy. Sure you won’t be able to find an Acne cocoon coat in this season’s brown, but it may be possible to find a lovely heather gray cocoon coat with the same silhouette (and pairing it with your Acne boots–you’re golden).

Beyond that, look at a vintage just like you would a new item: fit, no stains, well made, could wear as is (unless you sew, but try to not buy anything at a vintage shop that you have to work on extensively), and fabric. Ask yourself if you will wear it and if so, do the math needed for how many wears for it to be “worth it.” And remember to factor in if the item needs drycleaning. My amount is usually $2/wear or less (only for clothes though, I do different math for shoes).

Hopefully these tips will help you find many wonderful new items in 2013. You look gorgeous already!

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style california  Vintage Shopping in San Francisco

style california  Vintage Shopping in San Francisco

no shop
389 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 252-9982

Amber and Leah and their consignors do a great job of staying ahead of the fashion curve in this cute shop located on Valencia Street. I was going in there so much, I started consigning as well. Most clothing items are in the $15-$40 price range.

 

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Vacation
651 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 795-3633

Kristin finds designer items from the 80s and 90s mixed in with clothes that are vintage in modern silhouettes. Located in the TL, she also hosts art shows in the shop and live music shows downstairs. She hosted my photo show in August and I’ve borrowed items for styling in the past. Items can range from $10-several hundred for her vintage designer goods.

Clothes Contact
473 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-3212

Clothes can be bought by the pound ($12/lb.) and specific decade. More digging has to happen here than at no or Vacation, but in 2009 I was really into 80s era Laura Ashley dresses and no other vintage shops carried them. So, if you know that you want a specific vintage item that is not fashionable (at all) you may be able to find it here. Also, if you’re into vintage gowns a la the Golden Girls, this shop might be for you. They have a lot of clothes by the pound and some have price tags that hover around $10-18.

Thank you, Mai!

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Fresh bed, fresh start

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It was a bit of a push, but we began the New Year in crisp, fresh sheets and a brand-new bed. Aron’s parents watched Hudson for a few hours while Aron disasembled and reassembled our old bed in a guest room for our friends, and I ran off to Macy’s to splurge on sheets* for our new one.

It’s been a long-time coming… starting with that headboard we picked out in Bali.
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The Gardener in Berkeley

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shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

We found ourselves back in Berkeley this weekend, drawn toward the Bay in our quest to buy a car. We were successful–hooray!–and since we had to drive home separately anyway, I lingered on Fourth street a little longer than the fellas to browse. The succulents (a current fixation) drew me into The Gardener. Had we not just made one of the largest purchases of our lives, I might have been tempted to buy something, but I instead satisfied my consumer tendencies by snapping photos with my iPhone.

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shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

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shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

 

shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

shop living  The Gardener in Berkeley

If you’re in the area, it’s definitely one to visit. I recognized a few of the featured vendors from Etsy and Renegade; everything seemed carefully hand-selected.

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In case you’ve been pining for a certain fall boot

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After years of pining, Aron treated me to a pair of Frye’s Dorado Riding Boots last year. Funny thing was–once they came, I realized that my trusty Madewell Archive Leather Boots were pretty darn awesome and that I didn’t need such an extravagant gift. I think he secretly sighed in relief, while I tried not to look back as I handed the boots over to UPS.

But this year I spotted some Frye lookalikes at Aldo and couldn’t help myself. A few of you asked about the boots I’m wearing on our trip to Apple Hill; those are the Aldo Laverdiere boots in the dark brown–which look suspiciously similar to the Frye Dorados, don’t you think? (But they cost a whole lot less.) I also think the Aldo Fantlants look exactly like the classic Frye Melissa Button Boot.

[Images and shopping links (clockwise from top left) Frye Dorado Riding BootAldo Laverdiere BootFrye Melissa Button Boot Aldo Fantlant Bootstyle  In case youve been pining for a certain fall boot ]

P.S. I wish everyone could have won the Radisson giveaway. I know you had to comment, but I loved hearing from so many of you! I’ll be announcing the winner on that post and contacting them by email. Thanks again!

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Dieter Rams’ 606 Universal shelving

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I never thought I could get excited about track shelving. But never say never, right?
I’ve been looking around at shelving for my office (I’m totally claiming that room, by the way). In all likelihood, something from Ikea will be making an appearance, but I ordered a catalog from Vitsœ and have become mildly obsessed with its simple practicality.
Dieter Rams designed the “606 Universal Shelving System” (an E-track modular shelving concept) in 1960 and the Vitsœ catalog is makes a brilliant case for starts-cheap-but-gets-exorbitant-quickly modular system, saying that the biggest complaint they get from customers is that they wish they had bought it sooner. Then they suggest starting small–a shelf here, a track there–and adding over the years. After all, it’s a system that has been around for decades–virtually unchanged–and isn’t going anywhere. Moreover, you never have to leave it behind if you move, so it can adapt and grow with any space you like.
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shop living design decor  Dieter Rams 606 Universal shelving
shop living design decor  Dieter Rams 606 Universal shelving
In use at libraries, offices, shops, and in homes, it’s likely that you’ve seen the shelving system somewhere before.
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Still, I think it’s fair to call it “aspirational” shelving: while it’s true that you can start off by spending relatively little, we priced out a wall and quickly closed the catalogue.
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Shopping the Alameda Flea

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shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea

We got to the Alameda Antiques Faire a little later than is ideal. Somehow it takes us at least an hour to get out of the house, no matter how much strategizing we do the night before. Add to that the reluctance to wake a sleeping toddler early and the hour drive to Alameda from Davis and–shazam!–it’s suddenly 9am. Suffice to say, we probably missed out on some of the best scores to be had on Sunday.

Still, we had a really nice time looking around–especially for rugs–and came home with a beautiful 60″ George-Nelson-bench reproduction. And some very nice readers stopped to say hello and welcome us to the west coast! How nice is that?!

Here were some of my favorite sights…
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shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea

Of course the stunning views of San Francisco, across the bay, were one of the best parts of the morning. Somehow we’ve been really lucky lately when it comes to flea markets in amazing locations (like this one and this one).

shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea
shop living experience etc  Shopping the Alameda Flea

P.S. We brought along detailed measurements of our home just in case. I love this “prepare for serendipity”-kit Victoria assembles for flea market hunts.

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