03 June 2009

Found: A Fabulous Flea!

What do you do when you’re friends with your competitor?  You join forces, of course.   And what do you do when the economy is in the tank?   You have a sale, of course!     And that’s just what Mary Daly of The Fabulous Flea and Aaron Rambo and Ruth Davis of Found For the Home have done.  

Two of my favorite haunts, The Fabulous Flea and Found For the Home, are having a huge sale, starting tomorrow – this Thursday through Saturday:  June 4 – 6.   They are calling it a “Screw The Economy” sale and for once, we the shoppers benefit:  EVERYTHING is 30% off!   Found for the Home has schlepped tons of their great antiques over to Mary’s shop, located in the prettiest garage in Houston.  I featured her place, here, and listen people, even if you don’t need or want a thing, go!!!!   Just a chance to see the shop alone is worth your time and effort.   Trust me on this. 

The other day, I was lucky to get a sneak peek at what’s for sale and the prices are great – so great I had to get a few things myself, of course!   I wouldn’t be a shopaholic if I didn’t.  Like Ben (the famous Mr. Slipper Socks Man) says - “it’s not a good day for Joni unless money is exchanged.”  You’ve got that right, Ben.

Here are some of the pictures I took the other day at The Fab Flea, all styled and ready for the sale.   Word of warning - there’s something in the pictures that is no longer available – it’s at MY house now!      Detailed information on the sale and location can be found here.  Enjoy!

 

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The Fabulous Flea is a shop that connects to Mary Daly’s house.  The house is on the left, then the lush gardens are behind the arched wooden gate, next to which is The Fab Flea, housed in a wonderful lofted-ceilinged room that adjoins a large “garage.”   One day, when Daly is tired of the retail grind, the shop can be turned into guest quarters or a party room.   The architect?   The divine Mr. A., aka Kurt Aichler – without a doubt!!! 

 

 

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Love the truck Mary!  You can enter the shop two ways- either through the wonderful carriage doors…. 

 

 

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Or through the arched front door, with it’s antique French lantern and scalloped awning.  Notice the double FFs on the awning. 

 

 

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Today, I decide to go through the front door.  Good thing too – those sconces caught my eye right away!  hehe

 

 

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The large, main room is filled to the rafters with merchandise from The Fab Flea and Found.   There are tons of wood and iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and lots of French antiques along with a great collection of  the unique, one-of-a-kind, “industrial” styled pieces that Found is famous for. 

 

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Hmmmm,  this vignette looks interesting to me.   Look at the lines on that settee, the bottom is actually scalloped!  Divine!

 

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Of course, one of the most fun parts of shopping at The Fab Flea is peeking through the windows at the main house and gardens.   Stalker-alert!

 

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All over the store are these wonderful lamps that are custom made by Found out of, well, found objects!   I love the framed collection above the buffet.

 

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This chair is exceptionally cute with its linen ruffled skirt.  But notice the standing lamp to its left.   There are several of these wonderful lights, in slightly different styles, by Found, of course. 

 

 

 

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Every corner has something great – I love this lamp, and the desk, and the ottoman…and it’s all 30% off!      OK, breathe.

 

 

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To get from the main room to the “garage” – you go through this set of large, wooden doors.  

 

 

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The garage room is filled with a mix of French antiques, chandeliers, and more unique Found items.  

 

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image Great wine table and pillows covered in ticking - but the rocking horse steals the show.

 

 

 

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Along the back wall is this large painting – in muted grays and yellows.   I really, really loved this!!!!   I only wish I had a place for it!

 

 

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You KNOW I’m going to lust over these crystal sconces from Found.  

 

 

 

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Great table and chairs – check out the lions, perfect for a front porch or atop a long console inside.   There’s also this wonderful marble and brass dessert tray that I caught my eye.

 

image OK – someone HAS to buy this corner chair – maybe my favorite piece in the shop!

 

image This picture gives you an idea of how many light fixtures there are – and not one stinker in the bunch.

OK – time to leave, and decide on my purchases.

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What to get????   I adore this settee, wouldn’t it be wonderful in front of a bed?  And that pillow – a huge bolster made from tapestry!   The urns!  That table! 

 

 

 

image I had to MAKE the gang pose for this picture.  The girls were happy to, it was the boys who complained about how they looked!!!!   OK, this was after a long, hard day of moving furniture and styling, but still, they all look great:   Brian Beatty, interior designer extraordinaire, Mary Daly – The Fab Flea, and Aaron Rambo and Ruth Davis, of Found For The Home. 

So, what did I get?   Remember, everything IS 30% off – who can resist????

 

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Thanks guys!   Y’all are the best!

 

 

Store Hours for the sale:

Screw the Economy
30% off Summer Sale
3211 Bammel Lane
Houston, TX 77098

Map and Directions here.
Thursday - June 4, 2009 10:00-8:00
Friday - June 5, 2009 10:00-5:00
Saturday - June 6, 2009 10:00-5:00

For more information – go to The Fabulous Flea, here.

56 comments:

  1. I loved that table from your first photo of it... great purchase!
    Wish I was in Houston, but it's probably a good thing for my bank account that I'm not! Enjoy the sale all you Houstonians!!!

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  2. Wow, what a post! Thanks for making me look saavy and in the know!!!

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  3. Everything looks great!! I just knew your choice would be that fabulous table!!!! It's soooo beautiful!

    Love your blog!!!

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  4. I just knew you bought that table! The lines and patina are great!

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  5. Love the table -- had a feeling...
    Oh if only, is all I can think when I see what amazing shopping you have available to you in Houston. "Texas is the place to be" is what my husband hears regularly from me.

    That painting!!! Oh how I wish.

    Kerry

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  6. I wish I could be there!

    I had an idea it would be the table. I love it!!

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  7. I wish them soo much luck!!!! I also wish I was closer. My bank account is grateful thta I'm not.
    Love the table., the rocking horse on & on but that pair of urns on the right side of the first shop image....whoa & wow!!!
    The apples thrown ever so casually are just a perfect play for the eyes. Genius all around.
    Thanks for letting go with you.
    By the way I received my July issue of Saveur today in the mail & its the Texas issue. Front to back Lone Star luxe. Ironically there 4 times as many Houston restaurants they loved than Dallas. Not surprosed though.

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  8. Did you really get that table?! It's fabulous!!
    Oh Joni you are KILLING me - I wish I had a private jet LOL because I could show up and if I had that jet, I obviously would have the money to shop! I'd pick up that corner chair, and the 2 chandeliers in the photo below it and that gorgeous column in the photo under the ottoman you spoke of. Pure torture, I say! Ah well, maybe if I wish hard enough -- you know the old saying, "If wishes were horses, then dreamers would ride." Ride on! =)
    DELICIOUS post.
    xo Isa

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  9. Fabulous indeed! How will you ever decide which item(s) to purchase? It all looks great. Deborah

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  10. I love those distressed frames ... looks so quaint and charming.

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  11. Oh, Miss Joni......I love everything in this store. Great find for you!!! Where are you going to put it in your lovely abode?

    HUGS!

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  12. Guess where I am going tomorrow?

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  13. P.S. ANd I am in the market for sconces:)

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  14. Thanks for sharing this, Joni! When we return Stateside next month, I want to find a house where I can set up an interior design studio and small store onsite.

    I've done bricks & mortar before - never again.

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  15. This looks like a wonderful sale...wish I could go, but too much company this week end. We have shopped with Found at Marburger and specifically with Aaron, I believe. Now, if you tell me they don't set up there, I'll just chalk it up to old age! :( BTW, love your table.
    marcie

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  16. I am very jealous, VERY,VERY jealous. I would give just about anything to be at that sale. So happy you found treasures!!

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  17. Look at you! Posting so regularly now! Come over and look at my post today. I did a little bohemian set up I think you'll enjoy. My next one is going to be Cote de Texas inspired. :)

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  18. Congratulations on the table!
    You know, I really like that horse head!!
    And I adore that corner chair!!

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  19. That is one fabulous, fabulous flea - love your table. xv

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  20. Now that is the way to shop. What a wonderful way to spend the day.

    Vitania

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  21. I don't know how you chose only one thing! I would want to take home the whole store. The only problem with blogging is finding out that there is this amazing sale going on at the most gorgeous store I've ever seen, and I'm across the country!
    I wonder how much shipping is to L.A.?

    xo
    Brooke

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  22. What a fun sale that would be to go to! I want the HOUSE!!! Gorgeous!

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  23. What a great post! Aaron - who also happens to be my brother - sent me the link this morning. Can't wait to hear how it goes. I've got to get back down there to visit him!
    Love the table, btw!

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  24. Love the blog and the wonderful photos, but I love best the spirit of people helping each other in this hideous economy. Enjoy the table. Perhaps Ben will put a fan on it! (Couldn't resist.)

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  25. Um. Yum!

    Saw that horse head too! And those nifty lucite chairs...and the lamps. I love the staging and layout...the apples the huge leaves in vases. Tremendous!

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  26. Wish I were in the Land of Texas....fantastic shops, great eyes and taste. Gives me so much inspiration.
    Once again, thanks so much.

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  27. OMG!!!! There is more ideas in this post than I have seen in any mag. for years....thank you!! All the best,Chrissy

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  28. Wow what a great shop! I don't know how you narrowed it down. I want it all. Have we been able to ogle the interior of the actual house yet?

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  29. ahhh I want it all! LOVE the name of the sale and I was hoping you'd grab that table. now, if only I could bring something home it would be perfect!

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  30. What a great store and I love that they joined forces for the betterment of both businesses. I hope they have great success with the sale.

    Tricia - Avolli

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  31. * OK JONI, if I were a "BETTIN' WOMAN", I'd have BET (& I think 98% of your FOLLOWING would have, too!) that the table WAS what you bought!!! And for sommmmme reason, I ALSO though you might have purchased that fab little skirted-linen chair to the LEFT of it, for a bedroom or something!!! (Oh well, 1 out of 2 isn't bad, is it???)~

    NOW, about this S-A-L-E~~~ that DOES it~~~ we're moving to TX... all the "GOOD STUFF" is THERE!!!

    When too, do we hear about those two houses???????

    THANKS for the "garage-of-dreams" preview!!! I saw MANNNNY things I'd LVOE to have~~~ think EVERYONE must have!!!

    Hugs,
    Linda in AZ *

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  32. P.S. Okay, so I COVET that painting!!! (What ELSE is new?!?!?!)~~~ "Me"

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  33. Joni, you should get some kind of award, because I bet a lot of people move to Texas because of you. You sure make me want to! Carol

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  34. Lovely table Joni! Thanks for sharing, that place looks wonderful! I love those garden chairs too...and someday I'm having my hubby make me a corner chair..it's on the "to make" list, which is pretty big hehe :0)

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  35. Somehow I knew you were going to take that table home! Because I would have if I'd been close. What fun to have a shop attached to your home!
    Brenda

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  36. Oh, I wish I lived closer that looks like a great sale!

    and I love what Ben says about shopping, it just isnt a good day unless I bought something either :)

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  37. Soooooo many pretties....I wanna go! How did you ever decide on what to take home? I am DYING to know where that great table found a home so don't keep us hanging for too long ;o)
    ~Des

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  38. Love the name of the sale "Screw the Economy" and love their things.

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  39. Has Grant Gibson seen the lions yet? :)

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  40. Joni,

    I almost started hyperventilating at work. I'm headed over there ASAP. Thanks so much for the tip!

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  41. I wish I were there. I want that desk sooo bad.

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  42. What a great way of spending ( a day? money? whatever). I wish I was there!Looking forward to see pictures of "the XXXitems" in your home.

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  43. Maybe they could open an annex in Atlanta? Wishful thinking...

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  44. What I want to see is a picture of that fabulous table from the Fabulous Flea in your fabulous home! Looks like fun, but it's a long way from Arkansas. laurie

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  45. It would take me hours to check out all those beautiful things. And I don't even know how you made a decision. I don't see one thing that I wouldn't love to have. Thanks for the gorgeous photos.
    Rhon

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  46. Oh the piece of artwork, the corner chair, the lighting sconces and ......of course.... the table. Joni you definitely deserve an award for 'spending restraint'. So many exquisites to choose from! Thanks for the tour. -Brenda-

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  47. I can't wait to see where you put that table Joni! Great post and I loved your discussion with Mrs. Blandings at the roundtable too!

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  48. I might have to move to Texas. Sigh. I'll have one of each. thanks! :)
    Lidy

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  49. i am just sighing and ah.... i want to redecorate.

    ps. the comments by ed above is all about sex and sex related things.

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  50. It so nice to see design with warmth and a home feel to it. Some how, a lot of modern home designs lack that.

    Nicolette
    http://www.furnitureanddesignideas.com

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  51. ok that place looks like heaven!!!!

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  52. Aren't those shops so much fun?
    I just had a similar expirience at the ABC store in Manhattan, have you ever been there?

    Love your finds and purchase...

    30% sounds like fabulous deal!
    XX
    Victoria

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  53. Wow! Wish I had a really big truck and a huge wad of cash!!

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  54. oh, I loved that table from the very beginning!! I hope it's going in your house. Please show pictures of it in its new home!!

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