Interiors…Vintage Wine Crates

crate wall

 I’ve been watching waaay too much HGTV lately.

And, of course, now I want to completely re-do our house.  I think we have a bit of a problem with storage, or lack thereof, and I’ve been looking into using vintage crates (wine!) as an attractive alternative to the canvas boxes I bought forever ago at Ikea.   The Boyfriend thinks I have a bit of a problem with owning too much “junk” (his term, not mine).

crate storage

I dont understand why, last week, when we bought a case of wine it was handed over in a cardboard box.  Where was my vintage crate?

Apparently you have to buy them (sans wine unfortunately).  I came across this website that sells gorgeous 6 and 12 bottle vintage wine/beer crates and they’re only around 10-15 euros each.

I’m not really a mathwiz but I think that’s around $20.

crate floral

www.wooden-wine-and-port-boxes.co.uk

FleaPop…Online Thrift

The Boyfriend and I are contemplating moving.  And, unfortunately, when contemplating a new move, it makes me contemplate all new furniture.

fleapop- 40s teal dresser

{1940’s vintage teal dresser}

Now I need all new furniture.

Actually, The Boyfriend has been trying to teach me over the last five years the difference between ‘wanting’ something and ‘needing’ something.  I’m still learning but I’m pretty sure this is one of those ‘need’ situations.

barrel wine rack

{wine rack from vintage wine barrels}

I found this site on Refinery 29, which is another fave of mine, for amazing online flea market shopping.  FleaPop, based out of Santa Monica, is quasi-Etsy-esque in its concept and design but it has amazing home decor, furniture and antiques.

fleapop- vintage produce crates

{1950’s vintage produce crates}

I love flea markets just as much as the next person but they make me feel kind of like I need a shower once I leave, like I’m dusty.  So this is obviously the best alternative.  Online Flea Markets.  Honestly, you can do anything on the internet.

They have incredibly amazing finds, from vintage Knoll chairs (my mom is an interior designer, I notice things like that) to antique candelabras and vintage reproduction light bulbs.  I don’t need it all, like the guy who only makes leather pillows with Jesus hand painted on each, but I need most of it.

fleapop- vases

{saffron serpentine vase}

So maybe I am looking forward to a new move.  Of maybe just new furniture…

Chic Bike Accessories…

For Christmas, The Boyfriend gave me a pink Schwinn bicycle that I absolutely adore.  When I’m not riding it, it serves as a piece of living room furniture in our house so much so that I’ve contemplated putting a potted orchid in the basket so then I wouldn’t have to move it when we have parties.

So I have been looking for chic little accessories and have found the perfect place via Daily Candy, Eleanor’s NYC.

  I ride my bike to the grocery store and flower market and the wire basket just isn’t big enough for everything.  Voila…vintage crates.  I have to visit this shop next time I’m in Brooklyn.

Perusing the site (specializing in “french girl chic” not “Tour de France”) I found a couple other necessities, a natural wicker basket with colorful flag bunting and, most importantly, a wine rack.

I don’t know where I’m riding my bike that when I get there I’ll need wine but it sounds fun.

www.eleanorsnyc.com