The first Sunday of every month is always one of my favorite days because it holds the possibility of a trip to the Alameda Point Antique Faire!  This last Sunday, it was my lucky day.  Hubby and I were up at 4:15 AM so we could be at the show, waiting in line before the 6:00 AM opening.  We don’t look too shabby for just four hours of sleep!


One of my show favorites has always been Art of Salvage.  Owner Michael Avila is a truly amazing designer with fantastic attention to detail and an eye for just the right amount of juxtaposition between old and new to create stunning, elegant designs.  His refurbished French furniture pieces are show-stoppers, literally.  I’ve stalked admired him for years but haven’t actually spoken to him until this last time, but wish I had sooner so that I could have been following his work in between shows.

This just might be one of my all-time favorites… {Note that these pictures, taken with my phone in the wee hours of the morning, don’t do these pieces justice!}


Here you can see that he actually had a matching pair available.  And this hutch is almost identical to mine….I’ve considered taking the center doors off of mine so that I could better see my Ironstone collection.  I just might do it…


And then there’s this chair with its cute buttons.  I love that no part {or side} or a piece is ignored, not even the back!


This chair has a lot of detail but with a timeless look and with its neutral color scheme, it can fit in anywhere.


This chair design is so interesting and I love how it’s been painted.


And speaking of painting, Michael from Art of Salvage uses chalk paint in such an authentic way that while I know the pieces have been painted, they look as if this is how they were always meant to be.  Look at the depth of color and texture in this table!



I went by this booth at least four times {no joke} just to see what else might have been brought out from the truck.  On my last pass, I saw this settee which would look amazing in my entryway.  Unfortunately, I knew just from looking at it that it was a bit too big for my space, but that didn’t stop me from pulling out my tape measure and clinging to desperate hope that it would fit.  Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.


You can find out more about Art of Salvage on their website {HERE}.  You can also follow Michael on Instagram {HERE} to see his latest pieces.



Stay tuned for Part 2 of Faire Favorites to find an amazing selection of European goods {like grain sacks, dough bowls, and demijohns} and some fun custom farmhouse signs.






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  1. I would have had to walk through the place a least a dozen time just to soak all of that creativity into my pores. Thanks for the fabulous inspiriation. Last year, my sweet husband “accidentally” stopped by an estate sale on his way home from Home Depot???? He brough home 2 cane chairs quite similar to those you have pictured above. We put them into our storage “stash” room and made ourselves crazy for about 3 months trying to figure out what to do with them. After seeing this, I know WHAT and WHERE! Thanks!

  2. What a fun way to spend a Sunday morning! Kudos to your husband for going with you.
    You found some really pretty things.

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