Rewire LA

by Alexis on January 29, 2014

Hunting for vintage light fixtures is a favorite pastime of mine. Whether at flea markets, antique shops, estate sales, or thrift stores, the lighting section is where I head first. Lamps and chandeliers are the finishing touches in a space—the jewelry for the room. Beyond creating the right ambiance with the light they cast, they have the ability to bring a space together and make it feel finished. So when I recently discovered Rewire LA, I was in window-shopping heaven.

Rewire LA sources vintage pieces, brings the internal components up to date, and curates an amazing collection. Their online catalog is huge and so inspiring. If there’s a specific kind of fixture you have in mind, I’m certain you’ll find it in their shop. And if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, just start scrolling. You’re sure to fall in love with something from their inventory.

{ Images from Rewire LA }


Vintage Hotel Luggage Labels

by Anh-Minh on January 31, 2013

{ Photo from Bukowskis }

While there are lots of things about modern-day travel that I appreciate—like in-flight movies and wi-fi—there’s one bygone practice that I wish had stuck around: luggage labels. In the late-1800s to mid-1900s, it was common for hotels to offer these labels so that guests would adhere them to their suitcases. It was a way for hotels to promote themselves, and for travelers to track where they had stayed.

The other day, I spent a few hours on eBay and Etsy searching for labels of hotels that I’ve stayed at over the years. There’s a certain romance to collecting these vintage labels, isn’t there? I’m thinking of rounding up a handful and having them framed for the art wall in my bedroom. Seems fitting since some of these labels are like little works of art.

{ Hotel Astor – via V Books }

{ Inversnaid Hotel - via Villa 15 Vintage }


Thirteen Bees Vintage

by Anh-Minh on December 20, 2012

{ Photograph by Kelly Ishikawa }

I first spotted the home of Megan and Matt Wishnow on A Cup of Jo—back when the couple was living in New York. I loved it so much, I had to reach out to Megan and ask about their current digs in Austin, which she and Matt share with twin daughters Iris and Greta. It turned out, the family (and their lovely home) was a perfect fit for Issue No. 9, our music-themed issue.

Matt founded Insound, an online indie music retailer. Megan operates a wonderful vintage shop, 13bees—named after a Helium song. With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, I’ve been regularly checking her inventory for just the right ensemble. I know we don’t talk a lot about fashion on this blog, but I couldn’t resist sharing some of my current favorites from Megan’s shop.

1950s black chiffon cocktail dress

1930s lace and crepe dress

1960s black velvet cape

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Refinished Furniture Cart Table

by Nancy on April 30, 2012

Being a big fan of Allen Hemberger and Sarah Wilson from Small Batch Creative, I was excited to see their article, “Anatomy of Ice Cream,” in our newest issue. In my book, there is no better food than dessert, and ice cream is at the top of the list! Curious to see what else they’ve been working on, I hopped over to their site and discovered that they have been busy refinishing this vintage rolling cart table.

These tables are quite the trend right now, and sadly most of them come with a hefty price tag. After finding a couple of old carts on Craigslist for dirt cheap, Allen and Sarah decided to tackle this DIY project. Although their mission was no simple task, the end result is absolutely beautiful! I love the gorgeous warm tones of the old wood; there’s a sense of character and richness of color. You can find out more about their process here.

{All images from Small Batch Creative}


There is plenty of visual candy in the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, as Jen Siska showed us in her hi- and lo-tech photo shoots from Issue 2. As you may know, the hotel’s interiors were outfitted by the king of Palm Springs chic, interior designer Jonathan Adler. This particular chandelier from Jen’s photos caught my eye, so I decided to get in touch with Jonathan’s people to find out more. Evidently, the details surrounding it remain a mystery, but they informed me that is it a genuine vintage piece of Italian design.

Since I wasn’t able to locate an exact replica, I decided to search for other chandeliers that share some of the characteristics of this Italian beauty. Below are a few of my favorites. (They are a bit on the pricey side, but they would certainly stand out in any interior, and their modern, artful shapes would never go out of style.)

This first chandelier is the work of one of my favorite designers, Jason Miller. Jason is known for producing conceptual, innovative furniture designs. The Modo chandelier shown above is probably the closest in shape to the original, although with the larger glass globes and the thick black metal bands, it has a slightly more substantial, masculine feel to it. The Modo is custom CNC-milled from solid aluminum and is available in three different sizes from The Future Perfect in Brooklyn.

If you were drawn to the brass finish of the vintage Italian chandelier, then the Branching Bubbles chandelier series by Lindsay Adelman may be right up your alley. The handblown irregular glass orbs and branch-like structures have a more organic feel than the geometric structure of the fixture in the Parker, but her designs are every bit as showstoppingly beautiful and elegant. Every one of her pieces is custom made according to your specifications, so you can be sure it complements your interior perfectly. If the price is a little out of range, Lindsay also provided a great tutorial for how to create your own branch chandelier.

Lastly, who better to turn to for a chandelier that echoes the style of the original than the designer who scouted the vintage design in the first place? Jonathan Adler does swanky, desert chic better than anyone, and his Meurice chandelier series has a great vintage luxury feel. They are also extremely versatile, and I can see the Meurice looking equally at home in a minimalist masculine space as it would in a more decadent, high-glamour interior.