The creative team behind One Kings Lane knows a thing or two about unique interiors. Discover your own eclectic vintage and flea-market finds with the help of these tips from Andrea Stanford, One Kings Lane Vice President of Designer and Vintage Sales, and General Manager of Hunters Alley, the shopping site's just-launched vintage- and handmade-home-goods destination.
You know what they say: One man's junk is another man's treasure. But navigating through another man's junk in search of gems can be intimidating and frustrating if you're not familiar with the ins and outs of bargaining for used goods. Rely on our tips for smart flea-market shopping and discover an economical (and fun!) way to outfit your home. And since used wares often need a bit of TLC before they're ready for display and use, we've included how-tos for some of our favorite tag-sale transformations.
Fish-shaped wares -- dinner plates, soup bowls, serving platters, wine bottles, and other objects displaying gill-to-tail beauty -- make it easy to dive in to the spellbinding and soothing world of the sea. An ornamental collection can glide along a wall or above a shelf, creating the serene mood of a softly bubbling aquarium while requiring none of the maintenance. Many pieces can also perform their original, more practical job of serving food. What better vessel to present a whole poached salmon or a helping of chowder?
Few of us forget our childhood bike. In all its shiny, tasseled, banana-seated glory, it brought us pure joy and our first taste of freedom. Lately, it seems, our collective love affair with bikes is being rekindled, with adults around the country feeling a passion for cycles they haven't experienced since their youth.