As the days are getting shorter, you might find yourself wanting some additional lighting sources. Here are a few I like.

MCM floor lamp:
MCM floor lamp
Asking: $145
Condition: “Paper edging has a few small tears…Wood in great condition with less then normally occasional small marks seen on close inspection mostly.”
Dimensions: 60″T
Location: Alexandria, VA
Thoughts: Not 100% sure about the shade (I’d want to see it in person), but I like the simple shape of the base a lot.

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Retro arc lamp:
retro arc lamp
Asking: $155
Condition: “Perfect”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Adams Morgan, DC
Thoughts: These are a little modern for me, but I certainly understand the appeal of creating overhead light where there is none.

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Pair of Pottery Barn arc sconces:
pair of pottery barn adjustable arc sconces
Asking: $100 (for the pair)
Condition: “Good”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Reston, VA
Thoughts: I like these.

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Mercury glass ball lamp:
mercury glass ball lamp
Asking: $75
Condition: “Excellent”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Alexandria, VA
Thoughts: Pretty. Would look especially nice at Christmas time, if you’re the type to redecorate for the holidays.

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Coral-filled ginger jar lamp:
Chinoiserie Coral-Filled Lamp
Asking: $150 (shade not included, unfortunately)
Condition: “Great”
Dimensions: 32″ to the top of the finial; jar is approximately 10″ in diameter
Location: Arlington, VA
Thoughts: I’m drawn to this despite its popcorny look in the photo. The coral filial (see it up there, camouflaged by the painting?) really does it for me.

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My bedroom has a little nook between two closets.  It’s the best spot for my bed, and I really like the whole setup–except that there’s no space bedside tables.  Thus I always have a random assort of things on the floor next to me: a book, a water bottle, my cell phone, etc.  It’s less than ideal, but it’s really the only option right now.  Someday I’ll be a real grown-up with a nightstand, but until then, these CL finds are all for you:

Coral nightstand:
coral nightstand
Asking: $15
Condition: “Great”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Unidentified Northern VA location
Thoughts: Adorable.

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Mini chest of drawers:
1950s chest of drawers nightstand
Asking: $75
Condition: “Excellent”
Dimensions: 30″T, 30″W, 18″D
Location: Rockville, MD
Thoughts: A little extra storage never hurt anyone.

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Black floral nightstand:
black floral nightstand
Asking: $220
Condition: “Excellent”
Dimensions: 28″L, 18″D, 27″H
Location: McLean, VA
Thoughts: Not really my style, but I could easily get behind this choice for someone else.

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2-drawer nightstand:
2 drawer wooden nightstand
Asking: $20
Condition: “Fair” …”Has some minor water damage on the top”
Dimensions: 26″W, 15″D, 22″H
Location: Dupont Circle, DC
Thoughts: Not a bad choice if you like cleaner lines / no pulls.

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Black lacquer nightstand:
black lacquer side table
Asking: $100
Condition: “Excellent”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Fairfax, VA
Thoughts: Love the spirals on the legs.

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Brass and mirrored nightstand:
brass and mirror accent table
Asking: $175
Condition: “New” (but also says “refinished”)
Dimensions: 15″W, 15″D, 22″H
Location: Centreville, VA
Thoughts: Delightful, if a little pricey for CL.

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Want a bit of fun wallpaper for the back of a bookcase, petite powder room, or other small project? You’re in luck. CL has two very good options right now:

Indian/Oriental wallpaper:
indian or oriental wallpaper
Asking: $50 (unclear if that’s the price per roll, or for both available rolls)
Condition: “Good”
Dimensions: 33′ long, 21″ wide, 21″ pattern repeat
Location: Germantown, MD
Thoughts: This has so much potential. (Side note: I just discovered that “Indian wallpaper” yields the prettiest Pinterest results ever.)

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Cole & Son Acquario wallpaper:
Acquario wallpaper by Cole & Son
Asking: $400 (for two rolls)
Condition: “Good”
Dimensions: Looks like 10.05 meters by 68.6cm
Location: DC
Thoughts: Crazy expensive yes, but so fun. And a slightly less crazy expensive than it would be retail (though I’m pretty sure they had it listed for $450 last week, so there might still be room for negotiation).

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Blue and white is such a classic combination–and so versatile. It can be traditional, country, preppy, modern, pretty much anything you like. Here are a handful of blue and white items that show the color combo’s range:

Ceramic lamp:
blue and white lamp
Asking: $25
Condition: “Good”
Dimensions: Ceramic base: 17″ tall; with shade: 30″
Location: Potomac, MD
Thoughts: Classic. Pretty. Affordable.

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Side chair:
blue and white side chair
Asking: $250
Condition: “Like new”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Takoma Park, MD
Thoughts: Sweet without being saccharine.

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Set of 9 ceramic balls:
blue and white ceramic balls
Asking: $35
Condition: “Like new”
Dimensions: 5-6″
Location: Fair Oaks, VA
Thoughts: Am I the only one who’s been bought to baskets/vessels that look ridiculous once you get them home and display them empty? This would be a quick (and attractive) way to remedy that. Way better than the bag of potpourri balls you were considering.

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Chippendale sofa:
blue and white chippendale sofa
Asking: $225
Condition: “Good” … “Shows some slight wear but still looks great”
Dimensions: 7′ long
Location: Springfield, VA
Thoughts: This is such a lucky find for the right space.

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Pair of Pottery Barn striped curtains:
blue and white striped curtains
Asking: $40
Condition: “Excellent”
Dimensions: “Not certain” … “Most likely the standard 44″ x 84″ size”
Location: Leesburg, VA
Thoughts: Perfectly preppy.

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Porcelain tea set:
blue and white porcelain tea set
Asking: $45 (includes tea pot, creamer, sugar bowl)
Condition: “Perfect … with no chips, cracks or wear”
Dimensions: Teapot: 7.5″ tall, 10.5″ wide, 4.5″ deep;  Sugar bowl and cream pitcher: 4″ tall, 5″ wide, 2″ deep
Location: NW DC
Thoughts: Yes please, with a spot of cream and two sugars!

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Set of 6 parsons chairs with slipcovers:
blue and white checked dining chairs
Asking: $190 (~$32/piece, which includes the chair and the slipcover–not too shabby!)
Condition: “Amazing”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Manassas, VA
Thoughts: For the country mouse in each of us.

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Vintage Japanese porcelain basket/bowl:
blue and white vintage Japanese porcelain basket
blue and white vintage Japanese porcelain basket side view
Asking: $45
Condition: “Flawless: no chips, cracks, or scratches”
Dimensions: 9″ circumference
Location: Springfield, VA
Thoughts: Lovely. Really lovely.

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Ticking stripe fabric:
navy and white ticking stripe fabric
Asking: $5/yard
Condition: “Never been used and in good condition”
Dimensions: 13+ yards available
Location: Reston, VA
Thoughts: Whatever DIY project you’re planning cannot go wrong with this fabric.

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Tell me–what’s your favorite color combo?

This Sunday morning I’m lusting over a piece that neither fits my decor nor my budget, but it sure is pretty…

Kilim Rug Coffee Table / Ottoman:
Kilim Rug Coffee Table Ottoman
Asking: $1500
Condition: “Perfect”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: McLean, VA
Thoughts: This is stunning and–I imagine–truly one of a kind. The seller has actually listed the whole room (below) for $5000, so there might be some room for negotiation on the ottoman.

Kilim Rug Coffee Table Ottoman full room
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Pair of authentic Moroccan leather poufs:
pair of moroccan leather poufs
Asking: $160
Condition: Like new
Dimensions: 22″ w x 14″ h
Location: North Arlington, VA
Thoughts: Poufs have been in for a while, but these look especially authentic, which makes them seem extra special/less trendy to me. Love the warm camel color.

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Yellow Moroccan pouf:

yellow moroccan poufAsking: $75
Condition: New
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Clarendon, VA
Thoughts: This one is definitely more trendy, but who’s to say that’s necessarily a bad thing. It’s cute!

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Gray seems to be everyone’s favorite neutral these days, so here’s a round up of some of my favorite gray items on CL.

Gray trellis rug:
5x8 gray trellis rug
Asking: $190
Condition: New
Dimensions: 5’x8′
Location: Leesburg, VA
Thoughts: Could work in any number of spaces.

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Room & Board Loring sofa:
Room & Board Loring Sofa in gray
Asking: $675
Condition: “Like new”
Dimensions: 78″w x 37″d x 31″h
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Thoughts: Deep discount for a nearly new sofa in a good neutral color.

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Vintage rolling desk chair:
vintage gray rolling desk chair
Asking: $80
Condition: “Excellent”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Thoughts: I’m digging the shape of this chair, which strikes me as both traditional and charming–always a winning combo for me.

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Pair of Barbara Cosgrove lampshades:
Barbara Cosgrove gray lampshades pair
Asking: $120
Condition: New
Dimensions: 13″ diameter, 8.5″ high
Location: Alexandria, VA
Thoughts: If you’ve never shopped for lampshades before, you probably think I’m crazy, but if you have, you know that attractive/well-made ones are surprisingly expensive, so two for $120 doesn’t sound unreasonable to me (though I’d probably try to negotiate down a bit anyway).

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Rustic gray wall display cabinet:
rustic gray wall cabinet
Asking: $100
Condition: “Good”
Dimensions: 16.25″ L x 5″ W x 23.5″ H
Location: Clarendon, VA
Thoughts: Cute way to add a little extra storage to a bathroom, kitchen or entryway. Probably a bit overpriced.

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Gray leather sofa:
gray leather sofa
Asking: $2200
Condition: “MINT condition – no scratches at all. It comes with 10 year structural warranty.”
Dimensions: 98″w x 38″d x 33″h
Location: Sterling, VA
Thoughts: I know, this is super expensive for CL, but it’s beautiful. And a really good looking leather sofa is hard to find used.

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Assuming you couldn’t do beige and boring, which of these unique sofas would you choose?

Baker Campaign-style settee:
Baker Campaign settee
Asking: $750
Condition: “Wood and cane are in very nice condition. Cushions (not pictured) are fine but upholstery is dated and needs to be redone.”
Dimensions: 83″ wide, 28″ deep and 32″ high.
Location: Fairfax City, VA

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Royal blue MCM sofa:
MCM royal blue sofa
Asking: $1200
Condition: “Freshly reupholstered, clean as a whistle.”
Dimensions: 83″ Long; 31.5″ Total depth; 22.5″ Seat depth; 28″ Back height; 17″ Seat height
Location: Not identified (in Northern VA section)

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Vintage mustard yellow sofa:
vintage mustard yellow sofa
Asking: $150
Condition: Not described
Dimensions: “Please do not ask for measurements. It is super long.”
Location: SE DC

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Ethan Allen pink damask sofa:
Ethan Allen pink damask sofa
Asking: $350
Condition: “Good condition”
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Not identified (in MD section)

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Cast stone face pots:
Cast Stone Face pots
Asking: $40 each, $70 a pair
Condition: Not described (but they’re not supposed to be perfect)
Dimensions: Not provided
Location: Calvert County, MD
Thoughts: The seller makes these in five different finishes, but the plain concrete one is definitely the best. The rest feel a little over-the-top/cheesy to me. Note that there are four or five faces on each pot (hard to tell by the pictures), so they’re a little kooky, but I like a little kookiness!

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Spring may be behind us, but botanical prints are forever in my heart.

Pair of botanical prints in brass frames:
Vintage botanical prints
Asking: $95 each
Condition: ”Good”
Dimensions: 29″ w x 39″ h
Location: Fairfax, VA
Thoughts: This isn’t the deal of the century, but it’s a very fair price for a well-framed, decently sized vintage botanical print in good condition. And they’re so cheerful!

Check ‘em out.

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