Friday, December 31, 2010

Fridays Finest Finds

I wasn't planning on doing a post today, but there are some seriously incredible finds on Craigslist in DC right now, so I had to share. For all of those that need some inspiration to redo their interiors in the new year, this is for you...

Black French Provincial Sideboard $95 (this gal is gorgeous and i have her dresser sister that i plan on painting as soon as the weather cooperates)
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White Serpentine Dresser $25 (i like the white, but am not lovin' it...maybe some fun splash of color or maybe you already have color on your wall and need something fresh and light, for this price it's a steal)
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ArtDeco Dresser and Nightstand $50 (so mod i love it...i would paint it black and keep all the gold detail)
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Lee Industries 'Sexy Leg' Chairs $250 (these were purchased for over $1000/each only 4 years ago and are upholstered in uber chic golden ikat...still very in right now)
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Dining Table and 4 Chairs $50 ($50 for can't go wrong with this price...donate the chairs if you don't like, but they look comfy to me)
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2 Pink Velvet Victorian Chairs $325/both (these gorgeous gals look perfectly dressed for 2011 in honeysuckle pink)
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I see chairs above in a room like this...

Random Harvest Chairs $500/pair (a bit pricey, but great bones and very versatile)
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Metal/Glass Coffee Table $20/ Ikea Chairs $25/each (sleek sexy coffee table, simple chairs...add a sofa in grey velvet, paint your living room white, get a black/white striped rug from ikea and you have an awesome living room for next to nothing)
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Large Victorian Gilt Mirror $500 plus %15 off in Antique shop (this lovely piece has been on CL for quite some's just sooo gorgeous and i think a pretty fair price for being an antique in great condition)
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The mirror above could look stunning in any room, even a bathroom...

Pottery Barn 3x5 Moorish Wool Rug $40 (perfect splash of color for a kids room)
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Pink Arm Chair $75 (i have the strongest urge to rescue this sad girl...she need some serious tlc. i might not even re-upholster her and just keep her in my bedroom all raggedy like the velveteen rabbit...she'll be my love, a connection to a past life. i want to know her history, how many books were read on her or movies watched. you know, i think that is why i love second hand pieces...they have a story to tell and i love that.)
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Deep Orange Ikea Desk $150 (awesome color and fabulous for a sofa table, console or desk...would look fabulous against grey or even blue walls)
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Here's an inspirational image for the desk/console above, it's taken from House and Garden's Guide to Interior Design...

Black Wingback Chair $175 (it's upholstered in black vinyl, not my favorite, but great for kids because very easy to clean)
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Below is an image by Sixx Design, a hip design company, and the chairs in the photo are upholstered in vinyl, something they do a lot, especially since they have 7 kids, so if you get the chair above you can say you were inspired by Sixx Design...

2 Black Lacquer Chairs $400/pair (so chic, maybe not the most comfortable)
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These chairs would look hot in a room painted this color...
Miles Redd


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fresh Quince in 2011

Come January 1st, Fresh Quince will have a new design! I have been grappling with different images and have finally chosen something I love, so pop on over in the New Year to see my fresh new design. Here's a tiny sneak peek...

Also, I have been following a blog called Ish and Chi for quite sometime. The blogger, Viv, has a feature called Fashion Friday, where she photographs herself in gorgeous new attire. Below are some of my favorite outfits...

Stunning, huh??? Anyway, she has inspired me to create a similar feature, but instead of clothes bought new, I will focus on my second hand items. Starting next Wednesday on my What to Wear Wednesday's, I shall photograph myself weekly in all of my consignment, vintage or second hand clothes. I want to share how I have created an entire wardrobe out of used clothing with a few newbies here and there. I hope it will inspire you...remember great style does not have to be bought new!!!

Lastly, I would love love love to hear from you all next year!!!!! A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a subscriber named Therese who wanted to share her most recent Craigslist find. I was so happy she shared because she bought the most unique and gorgeous bed frame on Craigslist. So, I decided to create a weekly post on Monday's and feature all of your favorite Craigslist, second hand, gotten out of the trash, vintage or antique finds. It doesn't matter where you found it or what it looks like, if it is special to you and your favorite, then I would love to share it on Fresh Quince. So, I hope you all look forward to My Favorite Find posts on Monday's. Here's a sneak peek at Therese's head board, which will be the first item featured starting Jan. 10, 2011...

Please send your favorite find photos to me at or you can reply via my e-mail posts. I seriously can't wait to see what you all have found!!!! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What to Wear Wednesdays: New Year's Eve

Club Monaco silver sequins with cream trim $118.95
Manolo Blahnik silver snakeskin sling back heels $274.95

Are you ready for a New Year's Eve party???? You will be more than ready to ring in the New Year with this dress. Every little step you take will be's truly the perfect party dress. After a few cocktails, you'll hit the dance floor and make some noise, Shakira style. With every shake of your hips the dress will sing for you and your I really feel like dancing right now. And do I really need to say anything about the shoes...comfort and sex appeal, you can't go wrong with these. 

Let's Party this New Year's Eve...consignment style!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Fridays Finest Holiday Edition

My mother wanted to share a childhood holiday story today, so in lieu my Criagslist finds I am sharing this...thank goodness because I have my whole family coming over for Christmas Eve dinner tonight.

You all have no idea how excited I was when she sent this to me!!!! Every Christmas I have asked my mother to tell me a story about Christmas when she was young and every year my mother gets as far as a sentence or two and then she would cry. So, yes every year on Christmas for as long as I can remember we have been crying over my mother's happy childhood. So happy that the memories overwhelm her.

So, here's just a piece of the puzzle I have been trying  to connect for over 30 years (can you believe that??)...

Because I like to think of myself as living in the present and looking to the future, I bow to modern holiday color schemes just because I don’t want to be a stick in the mud.  But if truth be told I’m still shocked when I see a shocking pink Christmas tree or a turquoise dyed poinsettia.    I love red and green, two colors that make me think of the holidays and two colors that find their way into my decorating schemes no matter where I’ve lived.    When I was little and a coloring fiend, my parents had to continually buy me new packs of crayons because the red and green crayons were always worn to a stub.

My love of these colors reached a zenith when I was in grade school.  As the holiday approached in our cold, snowy northern town, our greatest joy was to paint the large windows of our classrooms in traditional Christmas designs (10-12 windows in all).  Red and green, of course, were the predominant colors with dabs of yellow (for stars), dark blue (for night) and brown for reindeer or manger scenes.  In case someone chose the Three Wise Men as their design, purple and gold were also available.  Large holly festooned red bells were popular themes and one window always featured a large candle.  Because it was 100 per cent guaranteed that our classroom lights would be on at the crack of dawn and all through the day, these painted windows glowed like welcoming beacons to cold children who had just trudged several blocks through heavy snow.    We loved those windows with a passion and I’m sorry to say the glorious old building that housed these holiday painters is soon to be torn down.   The future is always beckoning.

A lovely Martha Stewart Holiday mother has every single Martha Stewart Magazine and most of them are under her bed, so she can grab an issue at 3 in the morning to read.

I will be doing just one post next week before the New Year, so until then I wish you all a super Happy Holiday!!! 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Upcycled Cards and a Glitter Star

Every year I receive many cards and I keep them all, so I end up with stacks and stacks of cards...

I am unable to put them in the recycling bin ever. Every card I receive makes me feel so loved to know that my Aunt, friend, or the bank ;) has thought of me during the holidays. So, instead of recycling them, I upcycle them. Sometimes I cut them in various shapes and make new cards, last year I cut them in the shape of trees and glued them on to colorful card stock. This year I made a garland...

I just stapled two circle cut outs back to back on jute. It's sweet, simple and I think looks lovely on my tree, especially with the newest handmade tree ornament by my son...

Glitter will make it all better!
I have had this star ornament for years, but have always felt that it didn't match my home because it is a tad country (not that there is anything wrong with that, I have friends that are into country decor)...

So, the other day I decided to break out the glue and glitter and this is the end result...

Holy Glitter Batman!

I know none of this is new or innovative, but I sometimes feel that people throw stuff out before thinking about reusing...a simple brush of paint, addition of glitter and voila you have something new that matches! As a side note...the lattice is a 200 year old screen  from Istanbul and it was used then to cover Muslim women from onlookers in the street. My parents bought it when we lived there and I have always loved it. So when my mom gave it to me a few years ago, I was ecstatic!!!

Hope you're staying warm and happy!!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What to Wear Wednesdays

Rory Beca Fuchsia Silk Dress $69.95
Jeffrey Campbell Grey Suede Shoes $42.95
Silver Statement Necklace $58.95
Vintage Faux Croc Clutch $15.95 

A chic pink dress, fun purse, hot heels and stunning necklace just in time for Christmas festivities. Add a silver shawl, warm silver tights and you will be the warmest bell of the ball. If you need extra help in choosing the perfect outfit for the holidays, then read the article Holiday Glam Dressing 101 featured in (an up and coming local news source) by Delia Sava. I was interviewed for this article a few weeks ago and had a blast. In it you will see me modeling a few consigned ensembles for the holidays and you will get some advice in how to glam it up for the season by me and Current Boutiques very own Amanda, who also did my make-up. If you are local to DC, Amanda at Current Boutique in Arlington is a fabulous make-up artist. She will not only make you look stunning, but will also give helpful tips as she applies your make-up.  

Not sure about all of you, but I am really diggin' on hot pink right now...

I wish you all a very Happy Holiday!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Design by Moon

Did you all see it last night? We did and it was stunning!!!

The moon appears red during a lunar eclipse in the Qatari capital of Doha, 28 August 2007. It's going to happen again tonight, and be visible across North America.

As I stood there with my son and husband in awe of the moon, I thought about all of the night creatures that look at the moon night after night. Did they notice a difference in the moon last night? Did it scare them? Then I began thinking about decorating with these creatures. My sister and I had a discussion the other day about which animals are our favorite...yes I know a very grown up conversation for a 34 year old and her older sister. I thought it was interesting because most of the animals she picked were creatures of the night...a fox, deer, owl, cat. And my other friend has a serious owl fetish. So in honor of the moon, my sister and friend, Monkey, I have scouted some fun images and items with these nocturnal creatures in mind...

Do you spot the owls below?

Amanda Nisbet

Albert Hadley

Jonathon Adler

Via Emily Abigail blog 

Jill Crawford

Victoria Thompson via Lonny

How about a fox in the next image?...
Lulu De Kwiatkowski via Lonny

And there are deer images aplenty right now, it's quite the rage...

Via Decorpad

Johnny and Stacie Apt.

Eileen Kathryn Boyd via Lonny

via Southern Living Mag

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If any of the images above inspired you, then here are some fun eco-friendly items you can purchase...

These adorable hand made unique owls by Night Owl Paper Goods are upcylced from old sweaters, scrap cardstock and re-purposed bits of cute and would be a simple adornment to a little girls desk or big girl. Price varies between $36-$42.

Owl Sculpture hand carved by Jason Tennant, Silent Flight, Owl woodcarving

Upcycled green owl

Little owl fingerless gloves in beige

fox, circa 1988.

Vintage Illustration - 1934 Woman and Animals

Buck Jr.- Medium Deer Trophy- White

Deer Roses

I think it is so easy to bring images from nature indoors to make us feel more connected to the outdoors. Nature it is what grounds us and makes us feel whole. So what did you all think of the moon last night...did it inspire you in other ways?