Paris, Colorado?

The first Saturday of the summer months in Denver, we have a wonderful event called the Paris Street Market.  While the atmosphere of a true Parisian flea market can’t be duplicated, it is a pretty cool event.  The next Paris Street Market is tomorrow, if you aren’t doing anything tomorrow or if your 4th of July festivities don’t start until the afternoon, I highly recommend making a trip to Littleton to the Aspen Grove parking lot.  Better yet, arrange a trip with your favorite designer, who can help you tell the treasures from the crap.  Here are some photos of the treasures I found at the June market:

The original vibe of this market was shabby chic.  Unfortunately, that look got a bit too common.  Thankfully, the yucky imitators are gone and a few vendors with beautiful pieces remain.  Here are some distressed items that caught my eye: 

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These candlesticks almost came home with me.  I saw several things this great blue color.  

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Since the shabby chic look got a bit overdone, some vendors have started to bring the retro/danish modern/MCM look.  (I actually bought the bright blue table in the bottom of the photo on the right, didn’t realize it snuck into the picture!)

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If you are in the market for a double sized iron bed, they are available in abundance. 
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This great gateleg table was so covered in dishes, I almost missed it!  It is hard to absorb all the treasures.  

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I was so inspired by this painted furniture in fresh colors, I came home and finally painted my night table (only took 18 months to get around to this little project).

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There were lots of great items to accessorize a home and at better prices than the reproductions you could find at Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn.

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This vinyl sofa would be great as a banquette in a breakfast nook or in a house full of kids.  The vinyl looked nearly indestructible.

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With everything from building materials and furniture to accessories and crafts, this unique market is truly a worthwhile stop at least a couple times a summer.  Here is their website with all the details:  http://www.aparisstreetmarket.com/

In case you don’t live in the Denver area, here is a link to the weekly listings of similar sales from Apartment Therapy.  Unfortunately, this isn’t a nationwide list.  I am sure a little googling would turn up results in your area.  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/weekend-sales-guide-7309-new-york-boston-dc-chicago-los-angeles-bay-area-online-089118

As with all outdoor markets, go early, take your time, wear sunscreen and when you like something, buy it, it likely won’t be there when you go back!

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About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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