Christen Bensten has furnished her Arlington house largely with pieces she found locally. Because she has three young children and a fledgling furniture business, she’s hired a picker to scout used tables, chairs, mirrors and chests she can paint.
She has had good luck finding things on Craigslist and Etsy, and at yard sales, thrift stores and the Old Lucketts Store in Leesburg. She has also scored some great stuff on the Mothers of North Arlington Web site.
(Katherine Frey/THE WASHINGTON POST) - A chalk-painted dresser in Bensten’s living room displays some of her collections.The sparrow-topped glass cloches from Wisteria (www.wisteria.com) containbird nests from Save on Crafts (www.saveoncrafts.com).
Bensten shared some sources for used furniture as well as where she discovers the accessories to complete her cottage look:
Stifel & Capra, 260 W. Broad St., Falls Church. Art, vintage designs, artisan furniture and accessories are part of the mix. Bensten sold her own chalk-painted pieces here at a holiday market last year. This is where she buys her Annie Sloan paints.
5906 Washington Blvd., Arlington. This is a consignment shop with lots of interesting treasures. “On nice days, they put things outside so you can do a drive-by,” Bensten says.
Goodwill Store, 6136A N. Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Bensten stops in at this, her nearest location, whenever she’s in the neighborhood. It’s a hit-or-miss kind of place but very affordable.
Random Harvest, 4522 Lee Hwy., Arlington, one of four locations. Bentsen says, “I’ve bought a few accessories there, a large brown-spotted ceramic egg and topiaries. ”
LaurieAnna’s Vintage Home, www.laurieannas.com. She has found vintage picture frames, soap dishes and interesting cup holders on this site.
helkatdesign. Bensten has bought many handprinted burlap pillows from this British-based company. She particularly likes the motifs of rabbits, birds and Union Jacks.
Ekster Antiques, www.eksterantiques.
com. This source, based in Hamilton, Va., offers a stylish selection of Swedish furniture, unusual urns and planters, says Bensten.
— Jura Koncius