Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MOVING DAY! Everything Estate Sale Reduced to GO! Updated 5/22/2014

Tonight is our last night in our Saint Charles home…and May 31st we
pass the torch to the new owners.

No time to be melancholy, I still have some wonderful items that
cannot make the move with me!  Scroll down to
"ESTATE SALE MADNESS" posting for all the updates!

Checkout the items that remain and make me an offer!  Everything
must go by May 31st.  We will be around all Memorial Day
Weekend if you would like to set-up a time to stop by and see
what you may want!

Feel free to share the list with your friends and family.

Thanks for checking in!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Estate Sale Madness Is Here! NEW REDUCTIONS as of 5/24/2014

All items for sale are being sold "As Is" and will be considered sold
when payment is received.

There will not be a public sale, but you are welcome to share this
list/photos with friends and family.

Email me at laurie.ricksecker@gmail.com or call me at 510.368.1447
if you wish to view any of these items, by appointment only.  We will
be around all weekend, email me if you would like to stop by and see
any item(s).

Check back early next week for new home decor items!  


Williams Sonoma Verdigris Indoor/Outdoor Storage Rack
Great for Plants; Pots; Cookbooks; Plates

Custom Needlepoint Upholstered Bergere Chair
Original Price: $1200.  Excellent Condition

Refurbished  Linen Upholstered Armchair with Upholstery Tac finish

60" Round Walnut Tabletop with Iron Pedestal Base (some minor scratches
on top)

Custom Slipcovered Host & Hostess Armed Dining Chairs with casters  

SIX (6) Custom Slipcovered Armless Dining Chairs 

Custom-made 3-piece unit Entertainment Unit with Bookshelves by P.J. Milligan in Santa Barbara, CA
Original Price:  $3700
REDUCED Asking Price:  $350

Custom designed by Laurie, professionally hand painted armoire with pull-out desk option and adjustable shelves.  This piece is so versatile and would be fit into so many different styled rooms.
Paint it BLACK; WHITE; or a fabulous green.

Crate & Barrel Slipcover Chaise with 2 sets of slips
Original Price with 1 Slipcover: $850
Asking Price:  REDUCED $500; second slipcover is a great neutral stripe in beige/gold/brown

White Painted Desk/Console with center drawer

Custom Down Slipcovered Club Chair 

Custom, Hand-Painted Secretary with rush seat hand-painted chair
I can envision this piece with a very different vibe in high sheen black.  Fabulous
architecture shines through but then not so sweet, to change it up!

Custom, Hand-Painted Curio Cabinet with antique chicken wire

Full Size Iron 4-Poster Bed with Removable Iron Canopy
Polo by Ralph Lauren
Excellent Condition ~ box springs or mattress not included
Original Price:  $2000

Calico Corner Upholstered Armchair
Dimensions:  31"w x 34"d x 31"h

Custom, Hand-Painted Child's Rocker with Tea Party Motif

Lewis/Ferrill Down Sofa, upholstered in Ralph Lauren Matlesse
Original Price:  $7500  Excellent Condition

Antique Bench from the 1800's

Custom Square Coffee Table with hand-painted marbling  EXCELLENT CONDITION

Karastian Wool Rug 10'x14' with fringe
Excellent Condition

Woodland Hand-Painted Rooster Grandfather Clock, purchased through SF Design Center
Original Price:  $6000

Antique Kitchen Canister Set in Fabulous RED, very hard to find
Original Price from Sonoma Country Antiques:  $350

Three Fat Hens ~ Ceramic 

SOFA TABLE with Custom Iron Base; Distressed Wood Top

Pillows and more Pillows
Prices vary by fabric and size; email me for details

Two (2) Rattan Green Chairs
PRICE REDUCED:  $30 for both

Two (2) Wooden Base Lamps with Leather Shades
PRICE REDUCED:  $125 for both  FURTHER REDUCTION TO GO!  $100 for both

Handpainted Lamp with Shade

Resin Bubble Base Lamp with Black & White Shade
Asking Price:  REDUCED $75  SOLD

Resin Bubble Lamp with Chocolate Brown Shade/Gold Lining
Asking Price:  REDUCED $95  SOLD

Beautiful Wool 8'x10' Area Rug
One small discoloration at one corner

Gothic Style White-Rust Patina Iron Settee.  I can picture this nestled in a cool, green
spot in your garden or at your front door to welcome guests.
Original Price:  $400
Asking Price:  $75   SOLD

Smith Hawken Avignon Teak Bench
Original Price:  $400
Asking Price:  $75   SOLD

Bright Spot in the garden or on your porch!  Iron Bistro Set in fabulous yellow,
but could be stunning in so many other variations.  Folds flat for storage
Asking Price:  $75   SOLD

Charming Iron Children's Tea/Picnic Table

Smith Hawken Avignon Teak Rocker
Original price:  $600
Asking Price: $75   SOLD

Sweet Verdigris 3-tiered Plant Rack.
Asking Price:  $50   SOLD

Two (2) Rattan Chairs
Asking Price:  $60/ea   SOLD

Kenmore Propane Gas Grill with side work space and gas burner
Works perfectly, but needs a little TLC!
Asking Price:  $50   SOLD

Kendal Antique Mirrored Coffee Table 44"wx27-1/2"D
Original Price:  $960.
Asking Price:  REDUCED $650  SOLD

Karastian Wool Area Rug 8'x10' with fringe   EXCELLENT CONDITION
Original Price:  $4900.
ASKING PRICE:  $1500 or make me an offer!   SOLD

Provincial Gold/Ivory Wool Area Rug 8'x10' with fringe
Original Price:  $2300.

Accent Table Iron and Marble

Antique Garden Table with Umbrella Opening in Center

Pecan Rush-Seat Armed Chair with Custom Back and Seat
Cushions with matching ottoman  Excellent Condition
Original Price:  $1600

Custom designed, hand-painted "Checkers" Accent Pedestal
Table in Red & Cream  (slight damage to leg that is cosmetic)
Original Price:  $800
Asking Price:  $150            SOLD

Antique Pine Child's School Desk with center drawer
Asking Price:  REDUCED $100  SOLD

Four White Stained, Rush-Seat Dining Chairs
Asking Price:  $100/ea or $350 for all 4             SOLD

Ethan Allen Grandfather's Clock in Black Stain
PRICE REDUCED:  $100      SOLD     

Cognac Leather Recliner (little use - perfect condition)
Dimensions:  38"w x 32"d x 38"h     63" toe to back when fully reclined
Original Price:  $3100

Two (2) Slipcovered Slipper (armless) Chairs 
Extremely comfortable; great separately or together as great banquet or loveseat!
Asking Price:  REDUCED $250/ea or $400 for both  SOLD

Pottery Barn Leopard Print Wool Area Rug 8' x 10' (no fringe)  EXCELLENT CONDITION
Original Price:  $600

LR-4.  Ballard Designs Mirrored Accent Table
Asking Price: REDUCED TO $50  SOLD

Design Books ~ Titles on everything from gardening, travel to renovations!
Hardback Books REDUCED $7.50/ea
Softback Books $5.00 ea     ALL SOLD

Monday, January 17, 2011

2011 ~ Thoughts on Design

A new year always inspires me to open my eyes to all that is around
me for inspiration. I never leave home without my digital camera so
I can catch just that moment that takes my breath away. My list is
long: rain-soaked grass, the outline of bare branches, mud puddles,
streets filled with leaves, new buds coming out, rocks, the beach,
sunsets, sunrises, the rain, clouds (this winter has produced the most
amazing clouds!), the glorious shades of green everywhere outside,
the movement of the water outside my window, tree bark, peeling
paint, that perfect bloom on my magnolia tree, rusted metal, birdbaths,
moss, faded textiles, clearly I could go on and on!

Even a trip to the grocery store gets me thinking about color and
textural combinations. Think leeks and articokes on a big platter with
radishes and eggplant. Fabulous texturally and oh the colors! Next
time you are stumped for ideas on what color(s) to use in a room, look
no further than your favorite Farmers Market or produce aisle at the
Supermarket. Mother Nature has done all the work for you! Choose
what speaks to you and try it in your space. Granted, not all your
inspirations will work in every situation, depending on the light in the
area you are using and how it changes throughout the day. But it will
get you started and assist you in thinking about colors in a new way.

Here are some things that I am loving, right now!

• Coral and navy
• Yellow orchids
• Framed maps
• Bordered seagrass rugs
• Art hung on paneled doors
• Black, cream and red ~ mixed with LOTS of texture
• Ebonized furniture
• Blue and white exportware
• Articokes and watermelons as table art
• Repurpose old sterling silver vases as desk organizers
• Zinc urns and columns
• Forced branches
• Don't reupholster ~ drape a beautiful throw or quilt over
• Wicker baskets repurposed as lamp shades (trust me)
• Found pots, jars under console tables
• Antlers, horns and shells!
• Painted boxes
• Vases filled with leaves
• Pussy Willows

Gotta run and get busy planning my next THRILL OF THE HUNT.
Check back often for details and dates for a Late Spring event.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We're Baaaccckkk on Sunday, September 26, 2010!

Watch this website for details on our next event ~ one day
only, Sunday, September 26, 2010. I'm already hunting
and gathering. Don't miss it!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Next Thrill of the Hunt is Set for Saturday, April 17th!

My last Thrill in mid-February was a huge success! Thank you to all
my faithful supporters and newbies. Always wonderful to see new
faces, along with the familiar ones, as you walk through the gate.

Spring will be in full bloom on Saturday, April 17th from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. ~ One Day Only at 1200 Saint Charles in Alameda. Joining me
is my favorite Thrill Buddy, award-winning artist, Suzanne Etienne.
Suzanne will be coming down from her gallery in Ashland, bringing her
newest original pieces and a load of fabulous giclees for sale. If weather
permits, we will have art throughout the garden and brightening the
guest house. If you aren't familiar with Suzanne's work, checkout her
website at etiennegallery.com.

I've just returned from a hunting trip down the coast. Amazing weather
and inspiration galore! The highlander was so packed with treasures
that I had to skip my last stop for lack of room to put one more thing.
Cannot wait to show you all I've gathered from Petaluma to Paris, with
fabulous new sources that I've just come across.

With so many special occasions in the Spring, I will be featuring great
gift ideas for your favorite mother, graduate, bride & groom and
birthday buddy.

Here's a short list of my favorite things that inspire my design:

Lemons, pears, figs, melons, coral, rolling green hills, goats,
lamps, wicker baskets overflowing with flowers, allees, birdbaths,
yellow, Paris, rust, arbors, paintings, nests, urns, clock faces,
grasses, asparagus, geraniums, pigs, the sea, shells, fabrics, ikat
patterns, pillows (lots of them), pearls, turquoise, moss, terra
cotta pots and so much more.

We now accept VISA and MasterCard, along with local checks.
Remember too that I am available year-round to assist in your
interior design needs. No job is too small! Consultation
appointments are welcomed.

See you on April 17th! Don't miss it...and bring your friends.


Friday, February 19, 2010

Great Day To Be At Thrill of the Hunt!

Come on by ~ I'm open again tomorrow, Saturday, February 20th
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Guest House is filled with lots of
fabulous finds for your home and garden. More surprises tomorrow!

Put a Spring smile on and come on by ~ 1200 Saint Charles, Alameda.
Call me if you need directions at 510.368.1447.

Can't wait!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

It Has Been Too Long!

I'm ready to beat the "Winter Blahs" with the first Thrill of the Hunt
for 2010 ~ Friday and Saturday, February 19-20. The doors will be
open both days from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. I'll have something
sure to cheer you up when you arrive!

Come by and wander through the treasures I have collected to spruce up
your home and garden just when you need it most. All this rain has left
many of us feeling soggy! I try to remember this is the precursor to all
the beautiful new buds and green hills coming our way.

Every day things inspire my design aesthetic. None more than color
combinations that I see in nature. When stumped on what colors work
together, just look out your window or leaf through a gardening book.

Much like you can force a bit of Spring by bringing a bowl of Paper
White bulbs and watching them peek up, you can bring sunshine into
your rooms now with a few unexpected color additions. Try adding
orange or coral in a neutral room or add lime in a yellow or blue palate.
Adding a pop of color in small doses with toss pillows, a colorful new
vase or a grouping of items on your coffee table with a chic colored tray
provides you with a lot of bang for your buck!

I'm heading to the San Francisco Design Center later this week to
preview what's new and take in some classes at the 2010 Design Week
event. I'm excited to see the new textiles and furniture lines being intro-
duced into the marketplace. I always return with renewed creativity,
lots of useful information and new ideas to share with my design clients
and Thrill goers.

Check back here often for tidbits I'll be sharing from things I learned
and ideas that popped up while being inspired walking through all the
design showrooms.

Talk to you soon ~ and see you all February 19 & 20!