Whether it’s selling out of her in-home studio or on one of her online shops, Tina Buracchio surely knows how to produce good furniture. Her passion for design and good taste is apparent just by taking a look at her Krrb corner. Seeing the potential in an average piece of vintage furniture isn’t a skill that many have, but Tina certainly has the vision. Whether it’s the addition of a simple accent or a total overhaul, the end results are always something special. The items available at House Candy LA are truly eye candy for your home! We were lucky enough to learn a little more about Tina and her business and think that you’ll be quite interested in what she has to say.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I moved to Los Angeles in 1990 as I was drawn to the west coast lifestyle. I worked for interior designer Michael Berman in the 1990s which inspired me to continue my passion for furniture and design. I currently live in Venice Beach, California after moving from West Hollywood a few months ago.
What is the nicest thing in or about the neighborhood you live in?
Venice is very eclectic! I lived here in 1994 in when it was under the radar and not the trend setting place that it is today. It has evolved from coffee houses and bohemians to hipsters and style makers who have helped gentrify this neighborhood and turn it into a trend-setting destination.
Where do you go locally to discover great treasures?
A big part of my business is consignment. I have customers whose parents or grandparents have passed. They have inherited all of these fabulous pieces of vintage furniture and don’t know what to do with them. I meet with the customer and assess what is of value and how I can help them sell it and make some money. It’s always great to give the background on a piece when I am selling it. It adds to the value.
Today, how often do you go to garage sales or flea markets? Any personal tips you’d like to share?
I don’t really go to garage sales or flea markets. I have my certain shops that I hit up that are located anywhere from the Valley to Long Beach. The staff knows me and will contact me if they get in any pieces that would work for my website. I always hand out my business card and let people know what type of furniture I sell. I use all social media avenues like Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook to get the House Candy LA name out. I feel that networking and social media are so important and this always brings potential business and inventory to me.
Have you ever taken home an object you found in the street or dumpster?
I recently found two nightstands sitting by the side of the road. I had them transformed into a pair of showroom quality pieces. I put them on my site and sold them immediately. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
What is your most cherished thrifted, secondhand, vintage, upcycled object you possess? What’s the story behind it?
When I lived in a Chicago a few years ago my boyfriend and I were apartment hunting. We were in the basement of an apartment and spied a couple of cool pieces under a dusty tarp. Not trying to be too nosy we inquired with the tenant as to what the pieces were. She said that she wanted to get rid of them. She pulled back the tarp and they were two gorgeous Danish Modern credenzas in mint condition. She said make me an offer and we got an amazing deal. Needless to say we didn’t take the apartment but now have these two stunning pieces that we brought to L.A.
What’s your favorite piece you have in your store?
I have furniture in my shop called the Suite Smart Collection. These are all vintage as-is pieces that have been refurbished. Currently I have two pieces from the Bassett Mayan Collection from the 1960s. One is a credenza and the other is a highboy dresser. They were in disrepair but I saw the potential and had them turned into two beautiful pieces. Along with the original walnut finish, white accents were added to the frames. I also just sold two Mad Men style Steelcase type desks. One orange and one yellow.
Do you ever get attached to a certain piece and end up not wanting to sell it?
All of the time! I get in a knot in my stomach when something sells. But if the customer cancels I end up keeping the piece knowing that it was meant for me!
Do you refurbish your own pieces?
I tried but realized that I don’t have the patience and time. I leave that task to my refinisher Ricky who is extremely talented and creative.
A lot of your pieces have bright pops of color! How do you go about choosing these colors? What inspired you to do such a colorful collection?
I grew up in the 1970s and absolutely love retro TV shows. For example the Brady Bunch and Bewitched would unintentionally combine these groovy colors and patterns that people shy away from today because it’s “dated”. Back in the 1960s and 1970s the everyday home color palette consisted of brilliant oranges, yellows, olive greens and teal blues. I have incorporated these color combos in some of my pieces to show my customers that retro is still cool, hence the name House Candy L.A.
Do your customers respond well to these pieces?
My customers respond so well to my colors that I can’t keep them in stock! I am also designing a line of custom pieces that will feature these and many more mod color combinations.
What’s your personal style of your home?
Mid-Century and Danish Modern with a sprinkle of Shabby Chic.
Anything else you’d like readers to know about?
I sell out of my home studio in Venice but have also collaborated with Big Kid Retro Toy Store in Sherman Oaks. They feature about 10 to 15 of my pieces at any given time. I also offer free curbside delivery within the Los Angeles area. I thoroughly enjoy the customer service aspect of my business and am happy that I can offer groovy products at budget friendly prices.