Victorian Inspired Shoot…

There is much to love in this Victorian Tea Party inspired shoot. Avec Toi Events chose amazing details to really bring this shoot to life. With vintage and pastel cups and saucers, gingham upholstery, flowing gowns, and tasty macaroons every element is infused with the shoot’s inspiration. Not only a great inspiration for the big day, but also for a bridal shower, birthday party or baby shower.

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Check out more in the Winter/Spring ’13 issue of Modele Magazine and on Style Me Pretty

Collaborators:

The Found pieces incorporated in this inspired shoot were the Powell Gold Nesting Tables, Howell Silver Nesting Tables, Cooper Gold Side Table, Felicity Coffee Table, Sentiment White Bar, Celeste white Vanity, Jordana Blush Settee, Cana Seafoam Settee, Jocelyn Tufted Cushion, Largon Wingback Chair, Hobbes Wooden Chair, Lilian Wooden Chair, Townsend Gingham Chair, Townsend Gingham Armchair, Russell Green Chair, Heather Farm table, Rosa Yellow Chair, Mildred Striped Suitcase, Pillows, Quilts, Trahan Silver Urn, and Marienne Framed Chalkboard.

Diary of a Picker: Brimfield 2013

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I’m jumping in as a guest blogger today to share a little about my recent experience with Jeni at the Brimfield Antique Show.
When I started working for Jeni at Found Vintage Rentals back in 2010, I had visions of flea market shopping, antique stores, and fun buying trips. I imagined myself alongside Jeni finding beautiful and fun vintage pieces to add to the Found collection. I saw myself as a pretty good antiquer. Having grown up stopping at countless roadside “junk stores” on family trips, I thought I was a bit of an expert. I also fancy myself as one with pretty good taste. I’ve spent some time and thought on the decor in my home. I have a creative side. I can see possibilities in pieces others discard.
At least that’s what I thought. Even with my design experience, creativity, and willingness to get my hands dirty in the name of a good find, I had no idea what I was getting into. When it comes to pickin’, Jeni Maus is a force to be reckoned with.
Last week, after almost 3 years of working at Found, I had the privilege and joy of going on my first official buying trip with Jeni. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen Jeni in action plenty of times. You can’t get in a car with her without pulling over multiple times to check out something she notices out of the corner of her eye. I’ve been flea marketing with Jeni and we’ve “shopped” inside the homes of hoarders together. You might even say she’s always pickin’. But this was my first time on a multi-day adventure with the master.
On this trip, I got to observe Jeni in her element. I’ve always known she lives for the thrill of the hunt but this was a sight to see. Up before dawn. No breaks. No food. No water. A broken boot heel didn’t stop her (at one point, she shopped for 4 hours with nails sticking into her foot…. yikes!). A “sold” tag doesn’t prevent her from finding the buyer to make an offer. It was a little bit superhuman to be honest.
In fact, my mom was also along for the ride in Brimfield. She kept asking me, “Did Jeni eat?” “Is she still shopping?” and “Did she lift that herself?” Jeni doesn’t mess around.
And she isn’t afraid of the hard work of pickin’. Sweat, blood, and hours go into every piece she acquires. She schleps, lugs, and carries her finds for miles. She packs, repacks, and hoists each piece into an oven-like container to get them home. She overfills her carry-on luggage to get that precious last find on the plane.
While I’ve always admired the variety of beautiful and unique pieces at Found, it wasn’t until this trip that I recognized the true singularity of the collection. Going to New England, I expected to see farm tables for miles, crates in each corner, and French bottles everywhere I looked. That was absolutely not the case. I shouldn’t have been, but I was surprised at the scarcity of the really amazing pieces. Statement pieces like architectural elements, multiples of anything, and really quality items aren’t plentiful. Even among thousands of dealers and miles of antiques, you’ve got to “find” the great pieces. They are stashed in the back of trucks, hiding under tables, covered in mundanity. But Jeni sees them.
She’s hard to keep up with. I had to wear running shoes. She’s constantly scanning everywhere she looks. She’ll stop when all I see is junk. She reaches under, inside, and behind where I never would.
Lest you think that Jeni’s pickin’ is accidental, I will say that I have long-ago shed my dreams of shopping alongside her. I realized I don’t have the chops. Hers is an innate and acquired skill. It has taken years of practice, relationships, and savvy. Now, I can still find an accessory or two for my own house or catch a vision for a ceremony backdrop. But I’ve got nothing on Jeni. Her eye, her taste, her vision, her ability to anticipate set trends is astounding.
When people ask me if I get to buy things for Found, I usually smile and say “Jeni buys. I sell.” Little do they know that what they think is a dream job is full of blisters, pulled muscles, and the longest days you can imagine. I’ve had the easier task for sure. I just show people the incredible collection Jeni has curated, and it practically rents itself.
Pickin’ isn’t for the faint of heart. And if anyone has the heart, it is Jeni Maus.
~Allison

Happy Anniversary…Diana + Josh

If, like myself, you adore all things heirloom, you may recognize these two from their rad company, Casa De Perrin. (If you haven’t taken a look at their amazing collection of tabletop pieces and rugs, you really must!) Two years ago, Diana + Josh tied the knot in a beautiful, bohemian celebration at Smog Shoppe. Today, I couldn’t think of a pair more perfect for one another and am incredibly grateful to not only collaborate with them, but call them friends. Happy Anniversary Josh & Diana!

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Check out the feature on Green Wedding Shoes

Collaborators:

Diana and Josh incorporated these Found pieces into their celebration: the Cobble Shoe Shelf, Filmore Wallpaper Table, Justice Teal Metal Shelves, Emily Flour Bin Table, Gaffney Turquoise Farm Table, Bianca Riddling Rack, and the Hastings Painters Easel.

Jackie + Matt…

One of my favorite venues, the Carondelet House in LA continually sets the stage for gorgeous events, shoots and celebrations. Jackie and Matt’s wedding was no exception. As Jackie explains: Inspired by the time of year, we wanted the celebration to feel like our family living rooms over the holidays. We wanted to capture the warmth, sense of togetherness and ease that comes with the season and infuse the evening air with it. This is exactly the vibe accomplished throughout the celebration with its rich tones and personal touches (not a surprise with stellar designer and planner Wilmarose of Lovely Jubilee!).

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Check out more from this beautiful celebration on Ruffled!

Collaborators:

Matt and Jackie’s wedding incorporated the following Found pieces: the Huntington Grey Bar, Pearson Brown Suitcase, Alameda Striped Suitcase, Elliot Hat Box, Hill Hat Box, Wright Striped Suitcase, Bryson Artist’s Easel, Everett Tall Card Holder, Everett Short Card Holder, Jacobson Screen, El Paso Metal Basket, Theron Teal Seltzer Bottles, Walton Seltzer Bottles, Dickinson Vintage Books, and the Beech Fishing Nets.

Feels Like Home…Summer 2013 Look Book

I couldn’t be more excited this morning to share our take on Summer ’13 in our newest look book, “Feels Like Home.” This shoot developed from my recent picking trips and additions to the collection which have inspired me in many ways. In the last several months I have not been able to get enough of the gorgeously handmade indigo fabrics that grace the pages of this look book, leather whose distressed features tell the story of its past, and pieces with an Americana vibe. “Feels Like Home” is a portrayal of what I love about summer. It is the comfy and the intimate. It’s the family gathered around the dining table and the connection of friends forgetting the time in good conversation. It is 4th of July celebrations and nights under the stars. It is a sort of comfort that can be materialized in just about any setting….weddings, parties, or intimate affairs. It is home.

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Here are some more of our favorites that just wouldn’t fit in the Look Book…

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Make sure to check out all the new additions to the collection featured in this issue.

A huge thanks to my love, Joel from Studio EMP for all photography!

Hope you enjoy…

~jeni

 

Jen + Sean…

Even the rain couldn’t dampen this adorable couples’ beautiful celebration. Everything about Jen and Sean just brings a huge smile to my face. Though the weather called for some last minute alterations, this intimate ceremony came together absolutely wonderfully. I can’t get enough of this pair and am just in love with the wedding’s wintery, rustic feel.

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Collaborators:

Jen and Sean incorporated many Found pieces into their wedding, but those pictured here are the Coolidge Farm Table, Nadine Chippy Shelf, and Cranford Metal Baskets.

 

 

Robb + Jess…

We’re gearing up for summer and all that the season brings over here at Found. Just in case you’re not quite as ready as I am, I thought I’d share this couple’s adorable wedding with its coastal winds and sunny disposition.

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Before you run out for a glass of lemonade, check out more on Style Me Pretty!

 

Collaborators:

Robb and Jess created a lovely outdoor lounge vignette with the following Found pieces: Houston White Couch, Powell Silver Nesting Tables, Gregory Wingback Chairs, and the Jocelyn Tufted Cushions