Around here, we have an email group called Next Door. There may be one in
your area. Also, have you checked Craigslist?  If you want, I can put out a
request for aluminum patio furniture. (I'm in Redwood City, have friends who
live in Sacramento.) Also, IKEA has some metal furniture that you might
find acceptable. Table and 2 chairs for$99. A stand-in, maybe until you find
the stuff you really like.
Sharon C. 

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Subject: [h-cost] Curtains for old houses

Looking for lace curtains for our Sacramento house (which we are decorating
in Arts & Crafts style) has been a pain in the tail because lace curtains
are very much out of style.  I was unable to find any cotton lace drapery
fabric with an overall, antique-looking pattern. And very little lace fabric
at all, just sheers with modern patterns that scream synthetic.

However, I've found a number of pricey but authentic-looking sources for
old-house curtains:

* J. R. Burrows, as previously suggested on this list

* Olde Worlde Lace

* London Lace

* Albert Rackstand Lace on Etsy

In addition I recommend trolling eBay and Etsy for:

* Quaker Lace curtains. A hugely popular 20th-century brand, so you can
still find 100% or at least 75% cotton lace curtains for sale in their
original packages.

* Quaker Lace tablecloths. Denser laces but usable, and often available for
low prices.  Try and stay away from the thicker ones made in the 1960s.

* Knotted lace tablecloths.  Also known as darned net, lacis, and sellers
may even call it crochet or bobbin lace or still other terms. 
Whatever:  These are 100% natural fiber, sturdy, and very handsome. They
probably date from the 1940s, give or take some years. Patterns can be
either geometric or flowing.  I don't like the geometric ones as much, but
it's easier to find matching tablecloths in the geometric patterns.

The difficulty is finding two tablecloths with the same pattern and
especially, in *exactly the same shade of white or off-white*. But for rooms
with single windows, the tablecloth solution can be a handsome and
economical way to go.

For non-lace fabric, I recommend Restoration Fabrics and Trims:


Also plain linens available from:

* and also, various discount home-dec stores.
One of my projects is to stencil some linen drapes.

And silks, from:



* And an eBay seller with three IDs:  brocadeandmore, exclusive_silks, and

And, um, I'm using some tone-on-tone Renaissance brocade from my fabric
stash.  Look, the Victorians would have done it!

Now I'm beating my brains out over finding the patio furniture. 
Specifically a dining set with a round table, and garden benches. There is a
brand called Oakland Living that has great-looking, other-metal-colored
aluminum pieces that imitate wrought iron. 
Unfortunately, they have terrible reviews for quality. I'm not a fan of teak
(or any other wood) for outdoors. When new it looks gorgeous, but it
involves too much upkeep if you want it to stay gorgeous. Wrought iron
rusts, and plastic/resin wicker might work but might blow over. 
Aluminum seems like a good idea but all I see is relentlessly modern in
style. I'm also not a fan of super-deep or super-low seats in any material.

Any suggestions?

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