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This exquisitely crafted oak table ($999) is a no-brainer for family meals.
Stash magazines or umbrellas in these irresistible antique English buckets ($395).
This reproduction Venetian mirror was modeled after the real thing in Old Plank's on-site workshop. It looks like a million bucks but costs $699.
Edgy and glam, these glittery black crystal sconces would look great flanking a fireplace or bed. ($399 for the pair)
Whether you love the soothing summer scene or not, this painting's gilt frame is the real showstopper of the $688 find.
We love the look of needlepoint for dressing up a solid-hued sofa. This pillow has a new back and costs $395.
You'll be the toast of the lakefront on this vintage lemon Schwinn for two ($980).
Brass trim adds richness to this breezy rattan nightstand ($495). Put it in a guest room or lake house.
A decorating pitfall we?d like to avoid: living in a house where everything can be instantly ID?d by anyone familiar with the latest Restoration Hardware catalog.
Mixing things up is a must, and our hunt for original (and affordable) accent pieces recently led us to Old Plank Road, an under-the-radar antiques and vintage furniture warehouse near Logan Square.
Yes, you could spend major bucks here, and interior designers often make the trek from out of town for just that purpose. But if you look beyond the chic French cocktail tables and glitzy ebonized desks with $20,000 price tags, you?ll find that Old Plank?s 31,000-square-foot showroom is also a great source for what they call ?smalls?: things like interesting candlesticks, mix-and-match glassware and funky clay cats that made us think of our new spray-painting skills. (Many ?smalls? can be had for under $1,000; some are less than $100.)
Have a piece of furniture that needs some TLC? Old Plank offers on-site restoration and upholstery workshops in which craftsmen bring antiques back to life and fabricate gorgeous custom items destined for homes in Palm Beach, the Hamptons and wherever a mile-long dining table for 20 is required.
Old Plank Road, 1750 N. Springfield Ave.; 312-714-3000 or oldplank.com
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