It’s easy to get lost in the LA Vintage Furnishings warehouse just outside of Culver City. Whether you’re a professional designer or a novice looking to liven up your home with some vintage pieces, LA Vintage Furnishings is the place for unique, secondhand furnishings. Owner Katherine Lurie curates her collection exceptionally well, making it one of the must-see shops in Los Angeles. Read on to see what tips Katherine offers on how to decorate your own dwellings with vintage finds.
Hi Katherine! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I grew up outside of Chicago and I’ve lived in Los Angeles for many years now. I also have the good fortune to travel the world quite often looking for treasures.
How did you get started in vintage furnishings?
I’ve been a major collector of antiques and vintage home furnishings as I’ve had the privilege of living in many wonderful traditional and modern homes and estates through the years. I always wanted to have my own shop so I could share my finds with others.
What do you look for in a vintage piece? Any personal tips you’d like to share for people looking on their own?
I always look for good design and sustainability that will last for years to come.
How long have you had your own shop? How have you seen the vintage resale market change since you entered it?
I’ve had my shop for 4 years now, loving every minute of it! In recent times, Mid-Century Modern items have just exploded onto the marketplace! Newlyweds today want what we (the previous generation) grew up with in our parents homes—it’s a funny sociological paradox!
What excites you most about your customers?
Our customers generally have a certain idea or image in their mind of what they want. We encourage them to show us photos of their homes and environments so we can make suggestions as to what they should be looking for and so we can keep our eyes out for them. That’s another service we provide here at L.A. Vintage Furnishings as we have a professional designer from American Society of Interior Designers on staff; Shepard Vineburg, as well as our professional artist-in-residence, Brian Noveck.
I see you source a lot of pieces for film and television. Do you have a favorite experience working on a particular project?
We used to rent our furnishings to the movie studios quite a bit, but more recently we’ve become involved with working on various cable reality shows. Design Star is one of our favorites!
Where do you go locally to discover hidden treasures?
Our preferred method is when individuals seek us out by calling us when they have something to liquidate, sell or consign. Sometimes we also buy and sell from other dealers as well.
How would you describe your personal style? Does it differ from your shop’s style?
My personal style tends to lean toward more expensive items with a true provenance. I collect a lot of signed artwork and furniture. Although I do bring many signed pieces into the shop as well, I’m always careful and aware to be ever-present to bring more moderately priced items into the shop so that our prices are more competitive and affordable to our clients.
What blogs (design and otherwise) do you read right now?
We always look at Apartment Therapy and often times Houzz as well. We also follow many auction sites as well as sites of other dealers.
What are you working on these days?
We’ve just come into a very special collection that has a long provenance in Old Hollywood. We’re presently evaluating a wonderful portfolio of signed black and white photographic portraits of early Hollywood “royalty” taken by George Hurrell in the 1930s, known as his Portfolio #II.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I have to say quite honestly that I’m inspired by everything that crosses my desk—including this interview! We really appreciate your interest and please drop in and see us sometime soon.