A young an­tiques dealer makes her mark on the world in her first apart­ment.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - By Kathryn Drury Wag­ner

Dec­o­rat­ing her first apart­ment, a young an­tiques dealer shows you how to make your mark.


IS­SUE, when we fea­tured their South­ern Cal­i­for­nia home in the story “Gypsy Soul.” Daugh­ter Emily, who sells an­tiques with her mother, Ann, has a fab­u­lous aes­thetic, and when we heard she was strik­ing out on her own and mov­ing into her own apart­ment, we were de­lighted to doc­u­ment the re­sults.

“I was so ex­cited to move into my first place,” says Emily. “Be­fore that I was work­ing with dec­o­rat­ing my lit­tle room in my par­ents’ house.” The idea of get­ting to fur­nish a whole place, es­pe­cially a kitchen, was thrilling to Emily, who has a col­lec­tion of vin­tage Pyrex and cook­books that were just cry­ing out to be dis­played.

Emily has been sell­ing an­tiques for about two years, with her booth at Mag­no­lia and Wil­low in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, but, she notes, “We’ve been col­lect­ing for­ever.” Her new apart­ment is a 1937 gem that is so per­fectly suited to Emily it seems to have come from a dream. There’s a


TAXI­DERMY,” says Emily, who has been ve­gan for four years and blogs on the sub­ject.

“But my money went to an an­tiques dealer.” She’d rather keep things out of land­fills than quib­ble too much about leather this or feath­ers that.

“If you go vin­tage shop­ping, you never know what you might dis­cover.”

“MY MOM AND I SPENT THE NIGHT CAMP­ING OUT be­fore an es­tate sale to get that pea­cock chair,” says Emily. On top of the vin­tage lug­gage is a Boy Scouts crate. “I col­lect Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts items.”

black-and-white tiled kitchen with shapely built-in shelves, a liv­ing room with stately hard­wood floors and a fire­place, and a pink-tiled bath­room. Ac­cord­ingly, her dé­cor went the­matic. “The bath­room has kitchsy knick­knacks. The liv­ing room and din­ing room are more re­fined, a bit more tra­di­tional. I love in­cor­po­rat­ing all decades. I love 1920s, Art Deco and mid­cen­tury up un­til the 1970s,” she says.

While pre­par­ing to move out into her nest, Emily “got into the dec­o­rat­ing mind­set. I prob­a­bly shopped two months straight for the space, and the apart­ment got pretty well filled.” She used her vin­tage con­nec­tions and hunt­ing savvy. “Mag­no­lia and Wil­low is my fa­vorite place to shop be­cause

I’m there all the time, and all the deal­ers have amaz­ing taste. I get

a lot of stuff there.” She also went to

The Vin­tage Em­po­rium in Long Beach, es­tate sales, and the Long Beach An­tique Mar­ket. Her net­work of an­tique dealer friends helped out, as, she says, “there is a lot of swap­ping from garages.”

When she’s not sell­ing vin­tage, Emily is busy at Street Plant, the Val­lelys’ skate­board­ing com­pany. “I’m an owner, and I also do mar­ket­ing, mer­chan­dis­ing and ac­count­ing.”

What’s her ad­vice for any­one who is start­ing their first home? “Do not rush into dec­o­rat­ing all at once,” she says. “I did that, and it put a lot of pres­sure on me fi­nan­cially and oth­er­wise. It’s bet­ter to take your time. You might find some­thing you like in six months. For me, it was eas­ier be­cause if I found some­thing I liked bet­ter, I could sell it. Take your time.”

For Emily, shop­ping vin­tage is about both the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and the joy of ex­plo­ration. “If you go into a store and you al­ready know what you’re go­ing to find, it takes some of the fun out of it. If you go vin­tage shop­ping, you never know what you might dis­cover.” Much like life! We wish her the best in her new home.

top: THE SHELVES, from Ikea, are an ef­fi­cient use of space in a spot just out­side the kitchen. A closet door swings out into the area, so Emily can’t put fur­ni­ture up against it. Emily changes up what is on dis­play sea­son­ally.

left: EMILY IS WEAR­ING a vin­tage 1970s shift. “I love wear­ing flo­rals and bright col­ors.” op­po­site: BY HER 1920s ARTS AND CRAFTS STYLE SEC­RE­TARY DESK, Emily created a wall col­lage with many na­ture and out­door ref­er­ences, in­clud­ing a trusty Girl Scout...

top: EMILY’S VIN­TAGE-STYLE SOFA IS FROM NOVOGRATZ, avail­able at Wal­mart. “I think the bead sign truly just came from an old bead store,” she says. As for the shiny side ta­ble, “I wanted to in­cor­po­rate some brass in this room, as I like the tex­ture and...

right: THE “SU­PER COM­FORT­ABLE 1970S CHAIR,” Emily says, is from the Sal­va­tion Army.

THE POR­TRAITS are from the 1960s and were all done by the same fe­male artist.

THE LIV­ING ROOM BAR IS ART DECO. To the right of it is some spe­cial fam­ily art—a fin­ger-paint­ing her mom did with her grand­fa­ther when she was a child.

“I LOVE THIS HUTCH be­cause it’s not too huge, and a lot of mid­cen­tury hutches are enor­mous,” notes Emily. The hutch holds some of her Fran­cis­can ware and mid­cen­tury bar­ware.

[ be­fore ] THE 1970S CAN­IS­TER set brings back memories for Emily, who found the set dur­ing a trip to Dal­las, Texas.

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