Lara has been hunting treasures at flea markets and yard sales since she was a small child with her mom.  Her passion for design and reinventing flea market finds led her to Antiques Roadshow, which she hosted for two seasons.   She has also created two shows on flea marketing which are now in development, and is currently writing a book on the subject for abrams, which will be out in the fall of 2011.  Below are her latest finds, tips, and transformations.
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This is a bent wood bar cart from the late 50's. It had a repair, so I was able to get it for 50.00! To paint or not to paint...that is the question. I will definitely use it for the book though. Love it!
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Look for this in my book in a totally different color. It has great bones and two of my favorite embellishments.. Faux bamboo and greek key!
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Another score from the rosebowl that people passed up all day!! It's actually a pair of metal faux bamboo gilded side tables. No glass? No problem!
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I bought this set of 40's porcelain kitchen canisters for Kathy Griffin. We did her kitchen clean white, with tiffany blue and lime green accents. They were 90.00 for the set and look great on her countertop.
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This metal military storage cabinet from the 1940's is certainly suffering from battle fatigue, but if you powder coat it with glossy white (ask your local body shop, It's how they paint cars!), it will be recycled and reinvented into an amazing console.
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I love these vintage glasses. Who needs pottery barn when you can get these great vintage bar glasses for a dollar a piece ? Look for them at local thrift shops. I always find them there.
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This painted metal table base was forty dollars. 1940's, they look very modern mixed with midcentury or hollywood regency pieces. Would make a fun nightstand in a little girl's room too.
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Anytime I see old leatherbound books, I snap them up. As long as the bindings are intact, they look great on a bookshelf. I like to mix them in with objects, modern books, anything that creates an interesting collage.
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This is a shot of my family room. The 60's circular sofa was a score from a palm springs second hand store. It had bad fabric but great bones! Tip-- I covered the sectional in faux ostritch vinal because, as u can see, certain little friends like to rest there. It is indestructible!
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This industrial looking metal picnic table with built in seats was a total flea find at 40.00. Probably from the 1940's, with original green paint, It folds up into a suitcase!! See the handle? I would keep it open in a small kitchen or eating nook, or in a kids playroom.