reader’s found treasure: orange armchair

We crown Holly the First Place Finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. It really was a toss us between her and the winner (coming soon!).

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One steamy August evening the family and I were out for a little late night Dumpster diving (a long tradition in my husband’s family!) He grew up in Scarsdale where the occasional Biedermeier sofa at the curbside was not uncommon. We were cruising by Pforzheimer House an undergraduate dorm near Harvard Square when I screamed out for my Hubby to stop the car. There it was, this beautiful orange armchair. Perfectly constructed, heavy as horse and as comfortable as any chair we’ve ever owned. I have no idea of it’s origin, it had no original tags on it but my guess would be early 60′s. If any readers know, I would love to find out. — Holly D. Cambridge, MA

reader’s found treasure: island-turned-bar

Check out our second place finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. More soon!

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I turned an old kitchen island into a bar for my apartment. It was a gross wooden and white country bumpkin movable island that my parents left on the curb. I decided to schlepp it from CT all the way to my apartment in Astoria. I sanded it all down, painted it a high sheen glossy black lacquer, and bought some new knobs from Anthropologie. Now it holds wine and shot glasses instead of pots and pans. — Laura S.

reader's found treasure: island-turned-bar

Check out our second place finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. More soon!

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I turned an old kitchen island into a bar for my apartment. It was a gross wooden and white country bumpkin movable island that my parents left on the curb. I decided to schlepp it from CT all the way to my apartment in Astoria. I sanded it all down, painted it a high sheen glossy black lacquer, and bought some new knobs from Anthropologie. Now it holds wine and shot glasses instead of pots and pans. — Laura S.

reader's found treasure: fake street graffiti

Check out our third place finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. Come back tomorrow to see more — and the winner!

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About 2 years ago, I was in a show, “The Sound of Music” in the Cork Opera house, Cork, Ireland. Since the Sound of Music is known for the kids, RTE came over to film the kids as part of their Saturday morning kids show “S@ttitude”. Their logo was stuck to a spare part of a previous set, then left in the green room. I noticed the graffiti side (the text reads “LOST”), and asked if I could have it (I was going through a Banksy period at the time). Still don’t know how to mount it, but it’s light enough to rest on anything. — Will K.

reader’s found treasure: fake street graffiti

Check out our third place finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. Come back tomorrow to see more — and the winner!

shelter_foundgraffiti.jpg

About 2 years ago, I was in a show, “The Sound of Music” in the Cork Opera house, Cork, Ireland. Since the Sound of Music is known for the kids, RTE came over to film the kids as part of their Saturday morning kids show “S@ttitude”. Their logo was stuck to a spare part of a previous set, then left in the green room. I noticed the graffiti side (the text reads “LOST”), and asked if I could have it (I was going through a Banksy period at the time). Still don’t know how to mount it, but it’s light enough to rest on anything. — Will K.