By Claudia Stephenson
Firstly, thank you for having me on Interiors Addict, Jen! For those of you who have visited me at Peep My Style, you’ll know I’ve been an avid op shopper for about 10 years. In that time, I have come across the most incredible finds, like this dining set complete with 6 Chippendale chairs (they were selling the whole lot for $160), but unfortunately I got there one minute too late!
But that same day I found my pride and joy: this gold dining table base. It originally came with a big hexagonal smoked glass top (you will be glad to know I left it at the shop) and I eventually found a large slab of marble to top it off, which works perfectly with it.
I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to gold homewares, like this sweet little lamp I scored for $8.
I had to physically restrain myself from buying these gold chairs for the dining table; a little too OTT!
One last favourite find are these ceramic horse head bookends, I think I paid about $10 for them.
Come back this afternoon for my top 10 tips for striking gold when op shopping for your home.
Claudia Stephenson blogs about op shopping frequently at her great blog Peep My Style.
Jen is currently on honeymoon in Tokyo, Venice and the UK, and has opened up the blog to a series of fabulous guest posters to share their interiors-related expertise in her absence. She hopes you’ll enjoy them and look out for the odd honeymoon post from overseas! The new Mrs Francis (who will still be known as Bishop for work purposes) will be back at her desk on 11 November.