Thursday, July 14, 2011

So Haute

For those of you new to my blog, I frequently write about what's haute  to shop for when shopping vintage.  Some of my haute finds are just for me, others were purchased with clients in mind, and some are just for sale.

Check them out.

I've been loving horse heads.  I found the clear glass one.   I bought the book for its zebra cover.
The series of women's faces are copies of Piero Fornasetti pieces made into paper weights.
If you missed my post on Fornasetti, go here.

 I always buy orbs when I see them.  These mottled brown orbs are exceptionally nice.  Again books bought for their chevron and snakeskin covers.  The striped pillow is made from a feed sack.  The wall sconces are new and electrified.  I could see them painted hot pink or turquoise.

The planter is mid century modern.  What a fabulous imprinted border.  This would work well for holding magazines as well as plants.  The framed botanicals are original hand-colored book plates.

Another horse head.  You may have already seen the horse head in a previous post.  I used it as a book end with some covered books.  If you missed that post, go here.
I was excited to find the tortoise shells.  I'm trying to figure out how to hang them on a wall.
Any ideas ?
The four small squares are vintage geometric-patterned coasters.  The snakeskin print scarf is vintage as is the snakeskin blotter.  I think I may use the blotter in my kitchen, almost as a tray.  I think it will look good with my snakeskin fabric back splash.  To  see the back splash, go here.

My last find is the orb finial--I have a pair of them.
I've seen books tied with twine, but I really like the use of an old leather belt too.  You could also use a silver or sequined belt for some bling.
The old lab bottle had its label, but not its stopper.  I added some feathers to fill the space.

I hope I've given you some ideas for your next vintage shopping trip.

Please share your haute finds.



  1. Wow! Thanks for the inspiration and out-of-the-box thinking! Those are some great finds...

  2. Love all the pieces and vignette ideas. I have one turtle shell and just have it on a tray now. I want to get a stand for it. You could probably hang it on a wall with those hanger discs they sell at Hobby Lobby that you wet and stick on the back of a plate. Sure it would work for a turtle shell, too.

  3. Oh how lovely! Thanks for coming by! My shops are in the DC metro area...Leesburg and Frederick area. You should come by.

  4. I'm an "orb" collector, too. Never saw one I didn't drool over. I call them "spheres," but may change to "orb," as "spheres" is kind of hard to say -- tee hee! Perhaps you could mount the shells in a defacto shadow box of sorts with a nice linen fabric behind them. What a find, as are all your pieces. Thanks for giving us a look into a decorator's mind.