I have a new best friend. Well two actually, Eddie and Jaithan…
And this is where the hashtag #kiddingnotkidding is ever so appropriate. For not looking like a completely crazy stalker, I am kidding. For the fact that I really wish we could go shopping and have lunch every single day, I am totally not kidding.
Almost two weeks ago, I was invited to do a little Flea Market shopping tour with editor and publisher extraordinaire Eddie Ross hosted by Better Homes and Gardens and Vera Bradley. I am still not quite sure how that invite ended up in MY inbox but it did and of course I totally re-scheduled my flight and extended my trip to be a part of this amazing experience. Eddie Ross has an amazing new book, The Modern Mix, which is all about creating exciting interiors and tablescapes with chic and accessible finds. His ability to navigate flea markets and come out with the most incredible treasures was the theme of the day! We met on Saturday at 10:30am in the Hell’s Kitchen District of New York City.
(Images Courtesy of Kenzie Kramer with Better Homes and Gardens)
Joined by some amazing bloggers and makers… (from left to right) Jen with I Heart Organizing, Me, My Sister Maghan Sisk, Grace with A Storied Style, Ibie with IFALC (on Instagram) and Lindsay with Suite One Studio
Eddie Ross and his book “Modern Mix” were featured in The Wall Street Journal!
Let the shopping begin!
We spent the morning and early afternoon touring and shopping the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Eddie was quite the celeb with everyone there. All of the vendors knew him by name and he was quite the price haggler for us too!
One great thing I learned from his book is the importance of mixing and matching to create interest and depth to a table display. He knew so much about antiques, period pieces and how to spot a flea market treasure. His book has so many great table setting ideas as well as advice on layering patterns and mixing pieces. Another great feature in the book is how to clean antique pieces you find or already have sitting around your home.
I found and purchased three of these amazing aqua blue bowls with Eddie’s help and advice. Although I didn’t need or want all six that were for sale, Eddie advised me to buy three of them. Odd numbers always work great in design plus if one breaks or goes missing, you still have a pair!
Vera Bradley provided us with these adorable shopping bags and notebooks! I sure filled mine to the tip top!
My absolute FA-vorite find were these antique gold salt and pepper shakers I scored for $20!
All of our favorite finds!
Here is how I have incorporated my finds into our home…
Want to meet Eddie Ross? I will be hanging out with him NEXT Thursday, October 8th from 5-8pm at Steve McKenzie’s in Atlanta Midtown West Design District. Hope to see you there!
XOXO, Brittany Hayes