Tag Archives: South Jersey

Starting in the Middle – Part II – What is Found In America?

postcard copy (3)

Theresa – when you left off last week, you were showing us some pics of things that you found at an auction.  Just to clarify….when you are out shopping as Found In America, you don’t purchase anthing?

That’s right – ain’t no money coming out of my pocket.

But, Found In America is a business?  How do you have a business selling things, if you don’t buy them?

I am starting out slow…I have a strategy – lol.  If anyone is actually reading this blog, they may think I have a good idea and begin to follow me on Instagram.

Do you have a Found In America handle?

I do – it is foundiam.

What is it that you post on Instagram, and why would people want to follow you?

Right now, I am posting a mix of inspiring design images and the things that I find while I am on my travels.  I am hoping that I will eventually get to the point where I have so many followers that eventually someone will want to purchase what I have found.

How does that work logistically?

I am working on that (i.e., I’ll worry about it when someone actually wants to buy something).

What is the most interesting thing you have found?

A Dinosaur Head

A Dinosaur Head

That’s awesome!  But do you think there’s a large market for that?

Not for your average homeowner, but there is a commercial establishment somewhere in the world that would love to have it.  They just need to follow me (on Instagram).

Last week, you showed us what you saw at the outside auction.  Can you show us what was going on inside?

A Pair of Paris Apartment Nighstands

A Pair of Paris Apartment Nighstands

A Mid-Century Chair

A Mid-Century Chair

Beautiful Wulitzer Jukebox

Beautiful Wulitzer Jukebox

A Rat Pack Bar

A Rat Pack Bar

Can you help us out with what you mean by a Rat Pack Bar?

The Rat Pack ruled Las Vegas and Hollywood during the 1950’s and 1960’s  They were Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop & Peter Lawford.

The Rat Pack

The Rat Pack

Do you have examples of the kinds of chairs you find at the auction?

IMG_7882 (2)IMG_4838 (2)

Do you find things that don’t necessarily appeal to you, but know they have value?

Yes, I found a pair of Hollywood Regency style chairs that don’t work for me, but certainly would work in a room that is looking for glamour.

Hollywood Regency

Hollywood Regency

I found this black pair on Pinterest for $2,140.00

418272b5aa288a18153fbecaf34b6530Have you ever bought a pair of chairs for your own use?

Yes, Cheryl and I went hunting for a client, and found these mid-century fireside chairs.  We bought them because of their potential.

We saw the potential

We saw the potential

We put a lot of time into looking for the right fabric

We put a lot of time into looking for the right fabric

Are you ever tempted to bid on something?

Yes, I loved this rug and wanted it for a space I am working on at the shop.  But, the guy I was bidding against was very, very serious and I knew I really didn’t have a chance, so I gave in pretty early on….he was very intimidating.

I Gave It Up

I Gave It Up

So….you left without buying anything? 

OK – I confess….just one little cute chair.

So Cute!  I could not resist.

So Cute! I could not resist.

Remind us again – what is it we need to do to help you be a success with your Found In America venture.

Follow Found In America on Instagram – foundiam.

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under fleamarket finds, interior design, Uncategorized, vintage furnishings

This is Not the Paris Fleamarket

IMG_0237

Innovasion was a vender at a Fall festival in September 2012.  Since “I have been in France” this week on the Innovasion Facebook page – I thought it would be fun to do our version of our fleamarket look.

Great as a TV stand

Great as a TV stand

Cute as a small kitchen island - it rolls

Cute as a small kitchen island – it rolls

Cheryl spraypainted the top of the desk over lace - sold!

Cheryl spraypainted the top of the desk over lace – sold!

The box on top of the desk was the inspiration for this coffee table.

IMG_0223

A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

Don't think I really want to part with the tool box - used it on my front porch

Don’t think I really want to part with the tool box – used it on my front porch

My Front Porch

My Front Porch

The tool box is now at the shop and held Spring flowers for an event we hosted for In The Works – link at the bottom in case you are interested in what that is all about.IMG_7234 (2)

Isn't she beautiful

Isn’t she beautiful

There’s the tool box again

IMG_0238IMG_0236

IMG_0235

IMG_0233

IMG_0232

Notice the cute wicker shopping cart

IMG_0231

How cute is the farmhouse table

Another angle of the cute wicker shopping cart

Another angle of the cute wicker shopping cart

French gray marble top table - so Paris Apartment

French gray marble top table – so Paris Apartment

The cute little bench did find a good home

The cute little bench did find a good home

Another view of the lace top table with a cute set of nesting tables underneath

Another view of the lace top table with a cute set of nesting tables underneath

One of my favorites - it sold a while ago, but is only now leaving for Ocean City, NJ

One of my favorites – it sold a while ago, but is only now leaving for Ocean City, NJ

What else did we do while at the festival?  We designed the Music Lounge Stage

Ed built the mock baby grand piano.

Ed built the mock baby grand piano. – Read Abigale’s Ashes to learn about that

They made such a mess

They made such a mess

After everyone left, I put it back together

Now it looks the way I like it - all neat and tidy

Now it looks the way I like it – all neat and tidy

Then we brought the backdrop back to the shop

So cute - but it doesn't look like this anymore

So cute – but it doesn’t look like this anymore

And what is the backdrop exactly?  It is the top of a 60’s jukebox that I found at a fleamarket.

Top of 1960's jukebox

Top of 1960’s jukebox

The fleamarket was not in Paris, but right here in the good old USA – which is a prelude to my other business that I am attempting to launch – Found In America

Found In America - Discovering What You Will Love

Found In America – Discovering What You Will Love

For The Schreadley – the baby grand piano featured at The Music Lounge – read Abigale’s Ashes posted in June.

In The Works – www.intheworksone.wordpress.com

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

3 Comments

Filed under fleamarket finds, interior design, vintage furnishings

My Inspiration

l50b4f343-m1o

My Inspiration

I have been thinking a lot lately about making a real estate investment.  I have started to get a feel for what is on the market locally (South Jersey).   This house is so sad…..I would love to make it happy.

l50b4f343-m0o

I would love to make it look like this.  Source - housekaboddle.com

I would love to make it look like this. Source – housekaboddle.com

The enclosed porch

The enclosed porch

There’s not a lot of room to decorate the enclosed front porch, most especially with the heating thing that’s in the way.  But, how much room do you need to make a small space look beautiful?

Source – Tumblr – notmybeautifulhome

Let’s step inside…do you think ghastly is a good word?

What adjective would you use to describe the living room?

What adjective would you use to describe the living room

Where to begin?  I would start with changing the front door and ripping the paneling off.  I would hope that hardwood flooring would be the only thing lurking under the carpet.

A new front door.  Source - Authentic Home Blog

A new front door. Source – Authentic Home Blog

Oh!  A fireplace

Oh! A fireplace

I would definitely paint the fireplace white.

Source - Houzz - Dana Wolter

Source – Houzz – Dana Wolter

Source - Pinterest

Source – Pinterest

More paneling to remove

More paneling to remove

I like the blue and white combo for the dining room with the up-dated look of applied moulding on the bottom.

Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue.  Source - Apartment Therapy

Benjamin Moore Stratton Blue. Source – Apartment Therapy

Do I need to explain the kitchen?

l50b4f343-m8o

l50b4f343-m7o

There’s plenty of room for this island

Source - nadafarmlife blog

Source – nadafarmlife blog

What about the bath?  Side note – pet peeve – toilet seats left up when agent takes pic and posts.

l50b4f343-m10oIf I want to keep pink as the inspiration color – I know I won’t be able to afford to do this.

Source - Roxxn.wordpress.com

Source – Roxxn.wordpress.com

So….I can paint the walls gray to tone down the pink

Source - askville.amazon.com

Source – askville.amazon.com

Are you surprised by the bedrooms?

l50b4f343-m9ol50b4f343-m11oSimplicity is the word for the look of the redone bedrooms

Source - babiniec-cafe.pl

Source – babiniec-cafe.pl

Source - newlyweddiaries blog

Source – newlyweddiaries blog

And then this needs to be replaced

What is it?

What is it?

Much cuter!

Much cuter!

Best, Theresa

A Mid-Twentieth Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

4 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized