Yesterday I went to a local consignment store not expecting to find anything based on past visits but as you know, one never knows where the next treasure will be. A classic Billy Baldwin/tuxedo style sofa caught my eye. It was upholstered in a terrible brown/blue/cream plaid but the lines were spot on. I pulled up the middle cushion and the design gods started singing as the Henredon label smiled back at me. For a steal, I could buy a vintage, down filled, Henredon tuxedo style sofa that was in perfect condition minus the ugly fabric. So I asked myself, "what would Lara Spencer do?". I know the answer based on her new book, which provides a list of the manufacturers and designers to look for when shopping for vintage:
Baker, Drexel, Henredon, James Mont, William Haines, Kittinger, Verner Panton, Parzinger and Karl Springer.
Taking Lara's advice, I purchased the sofa. Now I just need the perfect fabric and a home for what is going to be an amazing vintage piece.
Before (seriously ugly fabric but I think it is a silk/cotton blend; probably expensive at the time):
My #1 favorite: Dorothy Draper fabric
Or maybe I should just go all out and do Animal Print!!!