1| Examine upholstered furniture for signs of critters like bedbugs or termites. Use a flashlight to look in nooks and crannies for signs of insects or their eggs, and if you find any, skip that purchase.
2| Once home, we have a secret tool: a leaf blower. Give the furniture a good “whoosh” outside before you even bring it in. .
3| Don’t want to bother with reupholstery projects? Look for pieces that are solid wood, metal or plastic instead.
NIFTY 1950s American designer Adrian Pearsall was known for his designs in walnut. This genuine Pearsall chair came from a vintage store specializing in midcentury designers. “It is delicious,” says Stacey-ann. “They have the classics.” She got the...