We're not looking for used furniture (unless you know someone with some great antiques). We'll just get the patio furniture we want to begin with, and buy it in Sacramento or by mail order and have it delivered. It's true Sacramento summers are so hot people seem to spend a lot of time outdoors, but we won't move for weeks. We're still waiting for the Amish indoor furniture we had made to be delivered. We ordered from two distributors and they both take 12-14 weeks from the order date to deliver. BTW, Amish-built furniture is the way to go if you want new Arts & Crafts furniture. We bought a lot of great Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau antique furniture in the 1980s. But we needed more for a larger house, and discovered that Arts & Crafts is out of style these days. Hardly any local antique stores have it.

These are the distributors we bought from:



We haven't seen any of our furniture yet, but Barn Furniture Mart is in LA. My husband flew down there to look at the display furniture in the store and was very impressed with their quality. All the Amish outdoor furniture, though, is rough, rustic picnic tables and that sort of thing.

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On 2/26/2016 9:44 PM, Sharon Collier wrote:
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:

* http://www.fabrics-store.com/ and also, various discount home-dec stores.
One of my projects is to stencil some linen drapes.

And silks, from:

* http://www.silkbaron.com

* http://www.hyenaproductions.com/

* 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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