In Boston I lived within walking distance to a shop called Eddie’s, owned by a guy named Eddie who had a thing for vintage furniture. He’d find it everywhere from our neighborhood’s sidewalks to estate sales in tony suburbs and take it back to his shop where you could smell the paint fumes in the back room. This was my stop by shop, to check in on what was being hauled in from the front (I once intercepted a $40 crystal chandelier by being curbside) and what was coming in from the back, freshly painted pink or turquoise. Thanks to Eddie, I outfitted my oldest daughter’s room in a vintagey Kate Spade palette of pink, red, and turquoise.
Last week I stopped in Uptown’s Nadeau furniture and while it’s not vintage, the prices are low and the paint colors are refreshing. Lots of distressed pinks, reds, blues, and greens, with plenty of white and natural wood. If you find a piece you like there’s a good chance they’ve got it in another color, however it’s not so mass-market that there’s a gazillion out there and their stock seems to refresh pretty often. I might purchase a pink nightstand for my next daughter’s big girl room and at the least, it’s an excuse to window shop on the weekend and sneak next door to Isles Bun & Coffee. Nadeau, 2756 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-208-1540, furniturewithasoul.com