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craigslist search terms

Emily Oster

Lately, I have been on a big Craigslist kick. I am sure the obsessive phase will pass soon and I will return to searching on a more sporadic basis - but in the meantime I thought I would share some of my go to search terms. 

1. Bamboo/Cane/Wicker/Rattan - I use this set of terms when searching for items like these. 

 faux bamboo dresser painted in high gloss gray paint via  Natty by Design

faux bamboo dresser painted in high gloss gray paint via Natty by Design

I am always on the look out for faux bamboo case pieces. Popular during the 60s this style is not easily come by in the Midwest but can be found more readily in the South especially in Florida. They will most often be found with an old paint job or in wood but with a high gloss paint job this style looks fresh and new. 

 Bentwood cane chairs in Sofia Coppola's Manhattan apartment via  Curbed

Bentwood cane chairs in Sofia Coppola's Manhattan apartment via Curbed

 mid-century cane back dining chairs in a room by  Chris Barrett  via  House Beautiful

mid-century cane back dining chairs in a room by Chris Barrett via House Beautiful

I never ended up pulling the trigger on any dining room chairs so I am still on the hunt. St. Louis has a fairly large selection of mid-century furniture so every once and a while I will come across a set of interesting cane chairs. I love the natural texture and the light and airy look that this style brings to a room. 

 rattan accent chair in a room by T.Williams Design and Jason Todd Bailey via  Atlanta Homes

rattan accent chair in a room by T.Williams Design and Jason Todd Bailey via Atlanta Homes

I love rattan for the same reasons I love cane - the texture. I have missed out of this type of chair a couple of times and I am still kicking myself. 

2. Four Poster/Four Post/Canopy Bed - I mentioned in this post how much I love four poster beds and since they are generally very expensive new - vintage or used is really the only way to go for us. I am hoping to find one with simply lines and a good wood tone - not too red and not too yellow. 

 1940's four poster bed  A Country Farmhouse

1940's four poster bed A Country Farmhouse

3. Henredon/Drexel/Mastercraft/Lane - Searching by a quality brand is often a quick and easy way to weed out the cheaply made items and to find furniture that is almost guaranteed to be better constructed than the majority of furniture being made today. I generally look for tables and case pieces although a well cared for Henredon sofa is a great find too.

 Henredon burled wood side table via  Etsy

Henredon burled wood side table via Etsy

 Drexel chest via  One Kings Lane

Drexel chest via One Kings Lane

Happy shopping and have a good weekend!