Décor Hunting at Housing Works in NYC

by Landis Carey on April 22, 2011

While I began my day dreaming of pristine and beautiful pendants from Sarah Foote, I ended it inspecting the table lamp I brought home from Housing Works.

Why this lamp? Its shape is perfect, all it needs is a little TLC. I’m thinking a new finish and shade complete with updated wiring. Yes, friends, I’m getting handy with this one. Actually, I’m really into the idea of restoring lamps with new wiring, etc. to give them new lives, so this is my test run.

I’ve been on the lookout for a wooden chair (preferably a stable one) for this red desk. Before we put it to use, it needs a little sand and paint. The chair was a whopping $25; I’m sure I could have found one for less, but I was really loving its schoolhouse design.

I was blown away by the find of the day: a 2′ by 5′ Parsons table complete with butcher block for $350. It stopped me in my tracks, what a find! But since we have no place for it, I honored it by snapping its picture and then I moved on.

If you’ve not been to Housing Works, go! There are several locations throughout the city, including the two on the Upper East Side I visited Thursday. Even if vintage clothes aren’t your thing, go for the home wares. Not only are there constant finds, but your purchases support an organization dedicated to fighting HIV and homelessness.

Hubby bought these paintings at Housing Works before we met and they still hang in our home today. Convinced now?

(Images: Landis Carey)

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