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Chairish Giveaway

Chairish should be your first click and one-stop-shop for all things vintage and pre-loved.  The site is an online consignment marketplace that makes it a breeze for design lovers to buy and sell pre-owned decor to one another.  The person-to-person shop features exclusively curator-approved treasures.

New York Chairish Collection from The Walkup

And for those fellow Manhattanites, Brooklynites and New York City area friends, Chairish even features the latest local finds from nearby sellers for convenient pickup.

Job changes, moves, renovations, style changes – there are many people who have exquisite home furnishings to sell that are perfectly lovely, but just don’t work in their homes aesthetic anymore. Until now, we thought our consignment shopping was pretty much relegated to clothing (vintage Ferragamo capes, anyone?) and accessories. Enter Chairish.

Chairish and The Walkup inspired by Moonrise Kingdom Set Still by Wes AndersonThe Walkup’s collection at Chairish is inspired by set stills from Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson. Plaid stairs, a rose patterned rug, a french horn case, striped sofa and midcentury meets Victorian details. 

Ever love a chair so much that you’ve come to cherish it? Chairish’s mission is to make the world more beautiful, one room at a time and to help design aficionados to save people money in the process.  Who doesn’t love  a good pun concept?

Chairish and The Walkup Giveaway

Like a patchwork quilt, these seemingly disparate items from various genres and years all work together.
 
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Chairish is generously hosting a giveaway to introduce The Walkup readers to their site — a $100 gift card towards any purchase at Chairish. Perhaps treat yourself to items from my Wes Anderson inspired collection or anything at all that strikes your fancy from an inventory of pre-owned, unique pieces!
Here’s how to win… 
  1. Visit the giveaway page and enter your email address.
  2. Go to the Chairish site and take a look around! Might I recommend my Wes Anderson inspired collection?
  3. Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite item.
One (1) winner will be chosen on January 10 at 11:59 ET. Open to US readers only. This post in partnership with Chairish, all opinions are my own.
 
Did you know that you can also shop vintage easily, and on the go, using the Chairish iPhone App found here?
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Fornasetti

Ever since I first saw the seemingly etched face of a woman named Lina Cavalieri dripping in black and white halftones from candles, plastered on the backs of chairs, and resting on pillowcases, I needed to learn more about this  obsessive motif.

Piero Fornasetti and Lina CavalieriLeft / Right

Piero Fornasetti, an Italian sculptor-cum-interior designer and renowned Milanese painter, found the face in a 19th century magazine clipping.  There is something calming and curious about Cavalieri’s likeness, a modern Mona Lisa, her eyes follow you. And yet, for how many times the face has been stamped onto a plate or other objet d’art, it never becomes boring. A face, like a pattern, like a friendly sister or relative, I’ve grown close to her symmetry.

Piero Fornasetti and Lina CavalieriLeft / Right Original Source Unknown 

“What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” he once asked of himself. “I don’t know…I began to make them and I never stopped.” To date, Cavalieri’s ubiquitous face has been manufactured in thousands of ways. The artist crafted over 13,000 products in his lifetime which spanned 1913-1988.

Piero Fornasetti and Lina CavalieriTop / Bottom Left / Middle 1 / Bottom Right

“I do not believe in eras or times. I do not. I refuse to establish the value of things based on time.” – Piero Fornasetti

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Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique

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Name:  Tenae Stewart
Location: Middletown, California (Just north of California's Wine Country)
Occupation:  Art history student raised in the family floral business. 
Now, shop owner of Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique.

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Based on the West Coast, Tenae Stewart of Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique sells vintage (mostly leather-bound) books & handmade sundries for the discerning bibliophile. She supports the timeless experience of immersing oneself in a good book again and again (not everything is better digitally). Remember the feeling of crisp paper between your fingertips? The satisfaction of dog-earing a page? The heft and subsequent weight loss when a large volume is completed? If you, like Tenae and the great Thomas Jefferson agree that you “…cannot live without books” – then meander over to Strawberry Moon Books & Boutique.

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A hardcover copy of Cabbages and Kings, a collection of short stories by O. Henry. This copy was printed by Doubleday, Page & Company, in 1917. This book features numerous short stories involving a small American town and the lives of the people who live there. 

Tenae’s  inspiration to start the shop came from her longtime love of books (both reading and writing.) Some of her favorites include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Night Circus, all of Sherlock Holmes and My Gun is Quick. One of Tenae’s favorite parts of the job is “book hunting” at library sales, book fairs and hole-in-the-wall used bookstores! She’s basically a book detective.

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A hardcover copy of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, written in 1895. This particular copy was printed by Reader’s Digest in 1984.

Books are not just rewarding to read (quotes, new words, novel plots and ideas!!) – they are also great additions to a bookshelf as double duty, home decor.  The shop is the first step towards the owner’s  dream of creating a book and gift shop on the Pacific coast; Tenae hopes to expand into a brick-and-mortar location in the future.

The owner divides her time between classes, running her Etsy shop, volunteering as an art teacher at a local private school and working at my family’s flower and gift shop where she is a manager, buyer and display coordinator. How does this girl have time for a social life?

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A stunning antique copy of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated into English by Edward Fitzgerald.

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This is a beautiful burgundy and slate hardcover copy of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It features gold lettering and designs on the cover and spine and an attached burgundy ribbon bookmark. 

 Tenae has graciously offered one of The Walkup blog’s audience members an “Antique Reader’s Set” which includes One (1) Vintage Book and One (1) Handmade Bookmark. Enter below and good-luck! 

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“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.” ― Voltaire, Candide