Friday, November 15, 2013

Magnolia picking

Not picking flowers but great old stuff at an estate sale in the Magnolia neighborhood here in Seattle. Found a small pile of things I dig- see the photo here and holler if you want to purchase something. Most of it will end up in my shop at District in Georgetown. 5527 Airport Way, Seattle. 

An old West Seattle house

Went to an estate sale in West Seattle yesterday at a great old, white wooden clapboard house. It was on set back on a double lot with views of Alki just down the street at the end of the block. This gorgeous old relic is bound for demolition soon, however, to make room for a mass of new townhomes. Sad to know that gorgeous, wide porch won't be hosting and more summer sunsets. Anyway, I found a couple fun things in the basement- a huge old canvas duffle bag and a set of black & white photos of Mt Hood, Oregon. And a sweet yellow rose bush. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Vintage trophies. If you can't win em, buy em.

I've been on the hunt lately for old, oddball trophies. Have found a few and they're currently living in our basement, on the top shelf of a Danish modular shelving unit. I'd like to think I could have won them myself back in the 1950's. hard to say, though. Cheers! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fresh pick Wednesday

Just grabbed this metal topped workbench and Art Deco floor lamp. Pretty sure the shade isn't original & I'll replace it at some point. Apologize for the poor photos but had to get em in my van before the seller realized I scored such a great deal. ;) it's a good day, people!

long time gone. hello again!

i've been gone way too long but just want to check back in and share a brief update. i've been busy this past year working on several interior design projects, with my favorite being Urban Animal- a new vet clinic on capitol hill here in seattle. i was involved from soup to nuts on this one-  from sourcing vintage furnishings and fixtures, to spec'ing appropriate finishes for the rigors of vet clinic life. really proud of my friend (and client) Dr. Cherri Trusheim for realizing her dream and kicking some ass in the process.  maybe my favorite feature of the space is the custom wallpaper i created (with the help of some very talented graphic designers) using vintage photos of people and their pets. 

in addition to a few working on a few commercial projects this past year, i continued picking for various clients (traveling to new mexico, california, oregon, montana, idaho, wyoming and further exploring the great state of washington to find the good stuff), remodeled our basement, and married the love of my life. it was, to say the least, a very wonderful year. here are some photos of to catch you up to speed... and stay tuned here for future finds and adventures. give me a holler if you see something you want to purchase. cheers! sarah

urban animal, seattle

recent favorite picks...

my lovely bride...

Monday, April 2, 2012

SOLD pair of 9' vintage wooden benches- $310

last week i spent some time down in oregon roaming around the coast and then heading up into the hills of logging country. in the midst of an excursion during a pouring rainstorm, we rounded a steep bend and came upon a tiny little hill town. we slowed down, parked the van and rooted around for some cool stuff to buy. in under an hour we had done our business, loaded the van up and headed on down the road with bunch of stuff to sell to you. here's the first item to consider- two 9' long wooden benches with Formica tops and aluminum edge banding. they're solid, functional, and even better looking than your average wooden bench. picture a pack of your favorite people sitting on these benches around your dinner table, picnic table or backyard fire pit, enjoying an evening of great food and greater stories. these benches come with their own small-town history (who all sat on these benches?? loggers, school kids, community center bazaar-goers, junior varsity basketball teams?), but they're ready to take on a new chapter. (9' L x 18" H x 11.5" D)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

working for Salt & Straw- Pdx scoop shop superstars!

lately, i've been on the junking trail again for perhaps my most favorite client ever, Salt & Straw, Portland's ice cream dream. "" their shop on ne alberta street is killing it, and they're set to open scoop-shop #2 on 23rd (@ kearney) in the very near future. so, that means i've been knee deep in picking mode- finding them furniture, furnishings, lighting and such, in addition to designing something interesting for the bathroom. this building on 23rd/kearney was originally constructed in 1912 as a movie theater (The Nob Hill Theater), and endured a good run until 1986 when it sadly shuttered its doors. since then, this address has housed a number of retail/food scenarios, and these folks did their darndest to cover up any of the old theater's charm. but, thankfully, Hammer and Hand (Salt & Straw's amazing contractor) is peeling back the layers of "remodeling" to unearth a few remnants of what once was, and returning the space to modern-day glory. the stately old timbers and massive trusses have been nicely preserved and appear ready for their new life out in the open again.

so, stay tuned for updates! and in the meantime, here are a few photos to give you an idea of just what all is happening in the land of salt & straw and seattle junk love. cheers!

and by the way, salt & straw will ship pints of their incredible ice cream right to your door. via the magic of dry ice and ups.