Monday, November 8, 2010

Metrolina with Eddie Ross

The Metrolina Antique Show in Charlotte, N.C. is always a treat but this year was even more amazing because I had the pleasure to meet Eddie Ross, a former editor at Martha Stewart Living, contestant on Bravo's Top Design and lifestyle decorating extraordinaire. Eddie was charming, knowledgeable, passionate and all around fun. During the two hour fleamarket tour he provided insightful entertaining and design ideas on how to give old antiques an updated, fresh look. Here's a small glimpse inside the tour including tips from Eddie!

Eddie explained that you can find affordable antiques at fleamarkets - even cheaper than new products at major stores. See his short video here.

Look for vintage ribbons and buttons to add details to pillows, duvet covers, magnets, gifts and more!

Linens, linens and more linens! Linens are great to pair with modern dishware or bedding, frame as a headboard or use as cocktail napkins. Look for interesting details like monograms and color-inspired patterns. Got a small stain? Try dyeing linens with a fresh color!

Old prints make great wall art especially when framed with linen or burlap wrapped matting.

Beautiful susanis bring a colorful and exotic accent to any room.

Eddie Ross next to vintage globes, books, suitcase and phone...enough said.

Eddie pointed out old oil cans, which after thorough cleaning can be used at the bar for a small dash of vermouth on martinis.

Jaithan Kochar, me (looking oh-so-short) and Eddie Ross at Metrolina!

As an avid fleamarketer, I was impressed by Eddie's knowledge and ideas on injecting new life into otherwise dated antiques. His tour also motivated me to think boarder in terms of purchasing and re-purposing vintage pieces. Eddie and I may have different styles, but it was truly inspiring to see and hear his design perspective. I also realized that no matter what your style or taste is...there is always an object, idea or inspiration to be found at the fleamarket. My passion and love for the hunt has grown even more!

Links - Check out Eddie Ross on his blog, Twitter and recent feature in The New York Times.


picciolo said...

wow - looks like a great tour and market, did you buy anything?
: )

Gretchen O. said...

Hi Diana,
It was so great meeting you! What a wonderful day...Eddie and Jaithan were great. Your photos are awesome. I got some of the vintage trim. (at the very bottom of the photo.) I look forward to delving further into your blog...AND I can't wait to see what you do with your poster...I can't stop thinking about that great find!

--Gretchen O.

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Looks like so much fun! And what a great antique show! I love all those Suzanis and I would have gone crazy with that table of old prints!

cindy said...

oh wow, that looks like fun ... i love all the things you've shown us, especially your cute self. you are petite ;)!

mydesignchic said...

What a fun time...I was not able to go this year, but it looked like they had some great the antique prints - could have used some of those!! Thanks for sharing...

abigail said...


megan said...

sounds like you had a wonderful time! such fun, colorful pictures. :)

Nathalie said...

wow! such excellent tips! i love the thought of giving new purpose to old things. the oil can tip is so much fun!

Danielle@Fresh Quince said...

Looks like a lot of fun was had by all :)!

pve design said...

Sorry, I have not visited in quite sometime. How great that you got to meet Eddie & Jaithan and see how they can scout and score such finds.
Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving~

Holly said...

how fun! i need to hook up with him next time he comes to the alameda flea market. i really like the oil can tip.

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