A Search Engine for Stylish Finds
Anna Applegate and Kathryn Ivey, longtime friends who live in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood, have turned their love of finding and refurbishing vintage furnishings into a blossoming business. This summer, they started Refined ( http:/
After scouring secondhand resources for "pieces with potential," they paint and reupholster, turning the furnishings and accessories into one-of-a-kind finds. Items are posted for sale on their blog and on Craigslist. Before-and-after pictures are featured on their site.
Their first listing, a pair of faux bamboo chairs found at a flea market, repainted in glossy white and reupholstered in a solid green fabric, sold in a matter of days. They also will search for specific items by request and customize pieces to fit a client's home.
They describe their style as a mix of Hollywood glamour, vintage Palm Beach and Southern traditional elegance: "Classic pieces that are updated to fit into young, chic interiors," Ivey says. "Our customers are those who love the look but don't have the time to hunt."