A third-gen­er­a­tion an­tiques dealer cel­e­brates her love of Paris and all things vin­tage in her Cal­i­for­nia home.



An old map of Paris, for ex­am­ple, serves as art­work. Tiny boxes fea­ture the Eif­fel Tower. “The Eif­fel Tower is kind of my thing,” says Emily, who is the founder/owner of Mag­no­lia and Wil­low, lo­cated in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia (see Sources). The cou­ple hon­ey­mooned in Paris, and the ro­mance of the place adds spe­cial ac­cents to their home in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“I’m ob­sessed with ev­ery­thing old,” she says.

Emily grew up in the an­tique busi­ness, as her grand­mother, mom and aunt had a store in Emily’s home­town of Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia. “I re­mem­ber walk­ing to the shop from school and do­ing home­work in the back. As a teen, I started do­ing es­tate sales with my mom.” In Oc­to­ber, Emily cel­e­brates the seventh an­niver­sary of Mag­no­lia and Wil­low, a 500-square-foot space filled with of­fer­ings from var­i­ous an­tique and vin­tage deal­ers. The store came about af­ter Emily left her man­age­rial job and be­gan sell­ing things on ebay. She no­ticed there weren’t a lot of vin­tage or an­tique shop­ping places in Wrigley, the Yeps’ neigh­bor­hood in Long Beach. “On the cor­ner of Mag­no­lia and Wil­low, there was this va­cant shop space. It was run down. It was sad.” Within a month, with her sup­port­ive fam­ily wield­ing paint­brushes, the space had been trans­formed, and the store was ready to open. It pro­vides plenty of in­spi­ra­tion—and op­por­tu­nity—for the Yeps’ dé­cor. “I do shop a lot from our store,” says Emily. “If I’m drawn to some­thing, I try to make it work at the house. I up­grade as I go. If I find a bet­ter chair, I get rid of the cur­rent one and update. Since I’m con­stantly sur­rounded by op­por­tu­ni­ties to buy, I could be a hoarder oth­er­wise!”

She and her hus­band have been in their cur­rent home about two years and while it dates to the 1940s, she says it had al­most no style at all when they moved in. “Sadly, any char­ac­ter from that era had all been pre­vi­ously re­moved.” Luck­ily, she’s been work­ing to give the place some joie de vivre. In ad­di­tion to the Paris theme, another mo­tif is nau­ti­cal, both be­cause Emily’s grand­fa­ther was in the navy and be­cause of Mar­shall’s pro­fes­sion. He’s a seafood bro­ker who works in down­town L.A. “There are some nods to that in the house, such as in our kitchen, where there is a lot of fish dé­cor,” says Emily. “We’re kind of weird with the nau­ti­cal, though; Mar­shall is Ja­panese-chi­nese and he’s into fish that re­late to sushi, which are harder to find in home dé­cor.” Mar­shall gives Emily free reign to dec­o­rate, as he has lit­tle in­ter­est, says Emily. His only re­quest? Not too girly, please, so she keeps just a few pink ac­cents con­fined to the front liv­ing room. There, flea-mar­ket finds blend with items she pur­chased from deal­ers at her shop and gifts from her fam­ily. Take, for ex­am­ple, an Amer­i­can-made blan­ket by Farib­ault Woolen Mill Co. “It’s one of my fa­vorite gifts, from my mother-in-law. And the pil­lows on the couch spell out Y-E-P; those were found on Etsy and were gifts from my mom. If some­thing isn’t vin­tage, we try to buy U.S. and qual­ity made. And we sup­port mom-and-pop busi­nesses, be­cause we’re mom-and-pop.” Since Emily has opened Mag­no­lia and Wil­low, she’s seen the neigh­bor­hood trans­form, with a new brew­ery, Ital­ian restau­rant and cof­fee shop. It may not be Paris, but it’s the Yeps’ lit­tle slice of ur­ban de­light. And at home, there are al­ways plenty of Eif­fel Tow­ers and charm­ing vin­tage ac­cents wait­ing.

THE SHELF IN THE BATH­ROOM was orig­i­nally used for a dis­play at the Mag­no­lia and Wil­low store. It was crafted out of up­cy­cled fence boards. “That’s the orig­i­nal paint, such a great color. I didn’t touch it! I wish all wood was that cool. We had a bunch...

“MY MOM COL­LECTED THREE VIN­TAGE SIL­VER PAT­TERNS, and I got to choose one when I got mar­ried,” says Emily.

THE JEWELRY CAS­KETS, de­signed for use on a van­ity top, fea­ture scenes from—where else?—paris.

ANOTHER PINCUSHION DOLL, this fig­urine has been wired to be turned into art; in the past, it would have been sit­ting on a fab­ric skirt. To the right are French per­fume bot­tles.

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