Wonderful Wood Antiques at The Snivling Sibbling

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The Snivling Sibbling storefront

Last weekend while wondering around Eagle Rock, I discovered a wonderful antique store called The Snivling Sibbling.  The hubby and I were out and about, and decided to head down to Eagle Rock to find a little lunch joint. When we were done we did a little exploring by foot. Of course I have driven by The Snivling Sibbling many times and have been curious, so I was excited to walk in and see what this shop was all about. Low and behold, it was filled with treasures!

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an overall view of the shop inside

When we first arrived, we were greeted by small sampling of what the store has to offer, lining the sidewalk out front. Something about the entrance also reminded me of the charming old antique stores you might find on a road trip through the small towns of West Virginia.

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The Snivling Sibbling entrance

The shop is not big in size, but it is packed with wonderful antique and vintage furniture, all very reasonably priced and in fantastic condition.

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some treasures at the front of the store

You can find everything from chairs, to tables, dressers, mirrors, and bookshelves. There is even this beautiful art deco bed headboard and foot board (which I definitely would have snatched up if we had had a full sized bed in the house anywhere).

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art deco headboard and foot board

Delightful accessories have homes all around the shop, peppered over the furniture until someone joyfully takes them home.

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accessories are scattered throughout the store

And when you go, don’t forget to look up! Hanging from the ceiling are accessories, furniture, and art, all worthy of snatching up.

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more treasures hanging from the ceiling

In fact we took this chair home, which we found hanging up above. It is the perfect antique addition to balance out some of the more modern aspects of our living room, and looks great in front of our Bachelder fireplace. This chair is probably more similar to the age of our home than most of the furniture we’ve decorated with, and I feel like it brings a bit of nostalgia into our sitting area.

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one of the treasures we were happy to take home with us

The shop was also filled with beautiful mirrors. Some were hanging on the wall, others on the floor propped up against something else. I fully plan to go back for one as we continue decorating our home.

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one of several beautiful mirrors for sale

Jeff, the store’s owner and operator who we met while we were there, had just gotten a few new antiques in and I found his team out back polishing and preparing them for sale.

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a recent arrival, being prepared for sale

I fell in love with this chair, being polished up out back.

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gorgeous chair, probably Victorian, just arrived and being polished up

Before we left, we decided to also pick up this end table. By its original design, it was probably meant for a sitting room. (The little door on the front has a small cigar rack built into the inside.) But I decided to use it in the bedroom. It has a beautiful femininity to it in the wood carving design and the top border, but the rich warm wood makes it elegant and mature.

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another treasure we delightful snagged, now our bedside table

And again, much like the chair, this end table is about the same vintage as the house, so it keeps with the charm of all the lovely vintage details we love so much about our house.

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a beautiful addition to our work-in-progress bedroom decor

What’s your favorite antique store find? Do you have a favorite antique store in the LA area that I should go check out?

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Going Back in Time at Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage

Over the weekend, the hubby and I ventured out to Pasadena to visit Gayle’s Pasadena Architectural Salvage. We want to put a door into an existing doorway between our kitchen and dining room, which is easier said than done. In the process of measuring the doorway and then searching the more obvious places to buy a door like Home Depot or Lowes, I learned that the doors used in the 1920’s are actually ever so slightly smaller than today’s standard door sizes (by fractions of an inch!) So I began a search for an antique door of the proper size (29 ¾” x 78 ½ “) and came across this veritable treasure trove of salvaged goodies from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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They have everything! From fireplace mantles, to old butler pantries, to lighting fixtures, to furniture and hardware galore! I was in heaven walking through the store and trying to imagine from what type of home each of these unique pieces may have originated.

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And there were rows upon rows of old doors. We found the perfect one! We really wanted a glass door, so as to be able to separate the two rooms without cutting completely cutting off the flow of the house. We found this 10-light french door, which will be the perfect entry into our kitchen (which has white cabinets and siding, and grey walls). All it needs is a coat of white paint to match the white we used in the kitchen. I can’t wait to ave it delivered and start working on mounting it!

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Here are a few of my favorite things that we saw in the store. I can’t wait to go back again and see what else appears there!

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I found this chair charming, with it’s leather seat and brass buttons. While it may not be the most comfortable seat for a house guest, it could make a great conversation piece for the antique furniture lover.
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This is just one of many fireplace mantels they had. With it’s it’s natural wood grain proudly displayed and the beautiful carved wood detail, this one take me back in time!

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I have mentioned my love for the Arts and Crafts movement before, and this gorgeous buffet is no exception! It’s wood is in beautiful condition, and it’s natural red tones make for an exceptionally elegant addition for a formal dining room.

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I just adore these kitchen canisters!

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This cabinet just begs to be taken home! (And we almost did… who knows, there’s still time!) I am absolutely in love with the wood inlay, which is almost a bit more Art Nouveau than Arts and Crafts. And the velvet lining inside seems to be original, and in fabulous shape! I can just imagine some mustached gentlemen pulling out his favorite Brandy snifter while puffing on a delicious cigar.

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There is a butler pantry in the Gamble House that looks just like this! If I had a great big kitchen, I would slide this right into it!!

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There were beautiful displays of stain glass hanging throughout the store, all saved for someone (maybe you!) to take home and put in their own window.

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There was also a plethora of hardware! Door knobs, hinges, cabinet hardware, keys… you name it!

Have you ever been unexpectedly led to such treasures? Where do you look for antiques in your town?

Searching for Treasure at the Pasadena City College Flea Market

This past Sunday, I went with a friend to Pasadena to check out the flea market at Pasadena City College. My experience with flea markets is usually that if you’re looking for one thing in particular, you probably won’t find it. So this time, I went with a list of things in mind that I’d like to find for the house (bedside tables, an accent chair, a rug, and a lamp), but I also went with an open mind, hoping that some lucky antique might find me instead.

Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College

This flea market set up was unique in that it was spread across campus in three sections, rather than being all contained in one area. At first I thought this was a little weird, but in retrospect my friend and I realized that it was a great way to disperse the crowds as people walked from one section to the next. I also really liked the reprieve from looking at so much stuff! By the time you get to the next section, your eyes feel refreshed and ready for the next round of rummaging!

One section of the flea market.

One section of the flea market.

All in all, I thought it was a great flea market! There was a fantastic variety of vendors, ranging from antique and furniture sellers, to comic book dealers, vinyl records, costume jewelry, clothing. And since this is a lesser traveled flea market than say the Rose Bowl flea market (very popular among us Angelenos), the prices are generally lower.

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comic books galore

an old bicycle for sale

an old bicycle for sale

Signs, furniture, and rugs all in one place!

Street signs, furniture, chandeliers, rugs, and even drums at this vendor!

I nearly picked up this chair for $75, before I realized that it would go with nothing in my house! But given the right space, and maybe even the time and know-how to re-upholster this baby, it could make for an awesome conversation piece!

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This chair has awesome potential!

My favorite find of the whole day was this incredible antique industrial sewing machine! I saw lots of looky-loos meandering around it from one side to the other, investigating it’s inner workings. Clearly this wouldn’t be a good bedside table or accent chair, but if I had a storefront (a la Anthropologie) to display it in, I would have been excited to snatch it up!

Antique Industrial Sewing Machine

Antique Industrial Sewing Machine

Instead, I did find a couple of decorative gems. Not the pieces I was hoping to find exactly, but I love them all the same! I thought this vintage metal motorcycle sign would be a fun addition to our home. It’s the right yellow to act as an accent to our new ginkgo-inspired rug. Plus, it reminds me of my dad, who was a great admirer of vintage motorcycles!

Vintage Metal Sign

Vintage Metal Sign

I also picked up this lovely arrangement of succulents in a bed of salvaged wood almost the exact same color as the reclaimed wood used in our dining room table. I love having plants like this in the house, bringing a little bit of nature and life inside (and perhaps also reminding us to spend some time outdoors!)

My own little succulent garden.

My own little succulent garden.

What’s your favorite flea market find? What kinds of things do you look for when you go to a flea market?