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Guest Curator: Lifestyle Blogger, Designer, and Retailer Eddie Ross

Apr 22, 2009

by eddieross handmade and vintage goods

A native of Greenwich, Connecticut and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Eddie Ross, aka eddieross, has spent the last ten years working as a style and decorating editor for a variety of major magazines. As Associate Decorating Editor at House Beautiful, he produced the popular “Weekend Shopper,” a monthly article in which he’d travel to flea markets around the country, finding new ways to use old things. Later, as Senior Style Editor at Martha Stewart Living, he produced consistently elegant stories, from concept to completion, relating to a variety of people’s tastes and budgets. He and his partner Jaithan Kochar produce a daily blog at with inspirational tips and information on how to cook, craft, decorate, and entertain both beautifully and affordably.

In 2008, after an appearance on Bravo’s reality competition show Top Design, Eddie, along with Jaithan Kochar, founded Eddie Ross, Inc, offering styling services, guided flea market shopping trips, and vintage tabletop goods right here on Etsy. Every piece in the collection Eddie selected, washed, ironed, and polished by hand. Every piece carries with it detailed descriptions full of ideas. Every piece he would most certainly use in his own home. And every piece is $100 and under. Below, he shares some of his favorites from the Etsy marketplace. Eddie and Jaithan will be hosting a Shop Live in the Virtual Labs soon — so stay tuned for that too! Here’s Eddie.

Spring is finally here and with it, warm-weather entertaining! To kick off the season, I’ve assembled all the makings of a fun, festive al fresco dinner party, vintage modern style!

Super long farm table – Glacier meets Tuscany

Rustic farmhouse meets modern minimalism with barn boards dating back to 1884! Throw in a few dings, dents, scrapes and stains, and it’s a charming start to a party. By jeffbuildsfurniture, $1600.

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Square Chair

This chair may be square, but there’s nothing sleepy about it! I love the hearty sapele wood mixed with the modern metal frame. By artavironi, $1313.

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Oyster Dinnerware-4 pc Set

With our furniture picked, it’s time to set the table! I love this set of hand-thrown dinnerware for its milky color, beautiful lines, and durable glaze. By DodgeStationPottery, $105.

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Vera 10 Vintage Vintage Napkins Set Unused

Now we need some color in the mix, and these vintage Vera linens will do just the trick. They’re painterly and graphic with a bright, sunny floral of yellow-centered daisies and beautiful blue mums. From joules, $28.

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Set of 8 1970s Modern Smoked Gray Glasses

I can’t set a table without at least something of my own! These smoked gray glasses harken back well before the likes of Calvin Klein with a modern square base reminiscent of the chairs. Margarita, anyone? From eddieross, $80.

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Brass flatware set

For the flatware, how gorgeous is this? I’m loving the mix of brass and rosewood on this table. Plus, it gets even better: this is a complete, 144-piece set with serving, salad, and dessert pieces. We’re talking rare! From evebrown, $50.

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Modern Swedish candlesticks

What’s a dining table without candlesticks? Here’s a Swedish set with a cool mix of materials, a chic linear shape, and a profile just low enough for talking (and toasting!) across the table. From bluebellbazaar, $48.

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Mid-Century Teak Candelabras – Set of 2

Nothing says drama like candelabras. These are tall but thin, so they won’t block the view. The graduating heights are perfect for layering light. From rabbitohrabbit, $26.

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Pure Beeswax 10 inch Hexagon Taper Candles

We can’t forget candles, and beeswax are the best. They have a wonderful, natural color, and they burn beautifully. By SwarmNatural, $7.99.

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Mid Century Modern USA Vase Planters White On Gold Spatter Vintage 1950s to 1970s

For the flowers, I’m thinking two, low arrangements in these super cool splatter planters from the 70s. Green hosta leaves, together with white shasta daisies to mimic the napkins, would be beautiful. From VintageEmbellishment, $28.

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Vintage Wood Tray

While Jaithan’s off making drinks, I’m grilling up a storm. Tonight, we’re having barbeque skirt steak fajitas, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges, all served on this cool, modern bentwood tray. From HausProud, $22.

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Split Leaf Bowl

For the sides, I’d use this unusual piece, perfect for, say, chipotle grilled corn discs, together with a jacama lime slaw. By elementclaystudio, $68.

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Dansk Teak Salad Bowl – Big Modern Bowl – Demark

Then, for a salad in this handsome bowl, I’d do chopped Romaine lettuce with a cumin and roasted tomato vinaigrette, grilled onions, and fried tortilla strips. From UncommonEye, $16.99.

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And finally, to dish it up, check out these stylish salad servers! From annrk2020, $32.

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Vintage Modern Georges Briard Glass Dish Set

With the table ready, the candles all lit, and the guests about to arrive, it’s the perfect time to set out the hors d’oeuvres. On a cool, mid-century modern dish set, I’m serving individual quesadillas with a spicy chipotle salsa, chilled shrimp with fresh guacamole, and skewered mango with sea salt and lime. Etsy never tasted so good! By TailfeathersVintage, $35.

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Did you enjoy Eddie’s taste? We sure do! Join us as we host Shop Live in the Virtual Labs with Eddie and Jaithan on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 7PM. See you there!

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  • chakrapennywhistle

    chakrapennywhistle said 8 years ago

    Love all of the mcm picks!

  • SteppingStones

    SteppingStones said 8 years ago

    Great taste Eddie! LOVE the salad bowl!!

  • falconwing

    falconwing said 8 years ago

    I remember seeing you on top design and was so spitting mad when you were eliminated! I am so glad things are going well for you!Yay!:-D

  • MarcoLaGrenouille

    MarcoLaGrenouille said 8 years ago

    Love the leaf bowl!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    Wow, these are some really sophisticated finds that I haven't seen around here before. Great work Eddie!

  • lovesmenot

    lovesmenot said 8 years ago

    i need that flatware set! great picks!

  • SadieAndLeo

    SadieAndLeo said 8 years ago

    Was a big fan of yours on Top Design, my fave! Love the vase planters, gorgeous! Nice picks all around.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Like all your finds, new shops to peruse as well~!

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous items all of them! I'd love to dine al fresco on that farm table! Summer's around the corner!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 8 years ago

    Great modern picks!

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 8 years ago

    Beautiful finds! Danish modern always has a place in my heart.

  • alwaysadorable

    alwaysadorable said 8 years ago

    Lovely lovely ceramics!

  • plumprettysugar

    plumprettysugar said 8 years ago

    My favorite character!

  • timberdoodledesigns

    timberdoodledesigns said 8 years ago

    Absolutely fab, Eddie --- Loved you on Top Design --- Square Chair and Smoked Grey Glasses really pulled it all together for me ---

  • neraidodhmiourgies

    neraidodhmiourgies said 8 years ago


  • sunbasilgarden

    sunbasilgarden said 8 years ago

    Great to see Eddie here on Etsy! Loved your passion on the show. That Vintage Stainless is wonderful.

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 8 years ago

    I love it all! Want!

  • woollypuppy

    woollypuppy said 8 years ago

    Great article!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 8 years ago

    fantastic choices, i'm glad to discover some of these shops. i particularly love your choices in wood - furniture, serving ware, that table!

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great selection. Love Oyster Dinnerware and Modern Swedish candlesticks!

  • budpnq

    budpnq said 8 years ago

    Ack! This was too fun! I love how you made it all come together. Do it again with a living room! Or bathroom! Or maybe a bedroom! Any room! Just do it again! :D

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns said 8 years ago

    I love that salad were hilarious on Top Design :-)

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 8 years ago

    fabulous! i grew up in CT. love the style, Eddie!

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    I watched Eddie on Top Design! great guest!

  • tinahdee

    tinahdee said 8 years ago

    I love your style. Thanks for sharing! -Tina

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 8 years ago

    I wish I'd kept all my mom's Danish Mod fabulousness... off to find the next flea market treasure!

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 8 years ago

    Wonderful picks, Eddie! Go vintage!

  • brandywine

    brandywine said 8 years ago

    I’m thrilled to see you have an etsy shop! I love your style.

  • jenniferladd

    jenniferladd said 8 years ago

    Great picks! And I love eddieross's shop, too!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 8 years ago

    looking forward to the shop live event! jean

  • beggin4treats

    beggin4treats said 8 years ago

    what a pleasant surprise to find you here Love the picks and the way you bring the choices together

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay said 8 years ago

    Fabulous choices! Love the Vera and the Swedish candlesticks!

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 8 years ago

    Beautiful stuff!!

  • EarthBabyDesigns

    EarthBabyDesigns said 8 years ago

    LOVE that table and loved Eddie on Top Design.

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    AMAZING features Eddie -- just moved lofts & I am feeling inspired to decorate my place with your beautiful pieces !! Happy Days ;)

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 8 years ago

    YAY! I love Eddie!

  • metrostation

    metrostation said 8 years ago

    Love the picks!

  • hanako66

    hanako66 said 8 years ago

    Great choices! I am eyeing that flatware...I already have several sets, but I think that I may need this!

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 8 years ago

    Beautiful Selections!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 8 years ago

    fabulous collection!!!

  • VintageEmbellishment

    VintageEmbellishment said 8 years ago

    I love the blend of new with vintage, great complimentary choices! Thanks so much for including our planters with these wonderful items :)

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 8 years ago

    Great selection. I love the chair!

  • debhillart

    debhillart said 8 years ago

    Very chic and timeless choices, I'm ready for alfresco!

  • beckminster

    beckminster said 8 years ago

    LOVE. I just bought those Vera napkins. Had to have!

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 8 years ago

    Great article! Thank you!

  • JoulesVintage

    JoulesVintage said 8 years ago

    beckminster, I am thrilled to be sending the Vera your way! Eddie Ross, thank you so much. This is truly exciting news, and what very inspiring selections you have made, for this season's entertaining!

  • yoote

    yoote said 8 years ago

    How neat and wonderful collection!

  • HausProud

    HausProud said 8 years ago

    Excellent selection! I am coveting the Georges Briard set! Thank you for featuring my bentwood tray. I, too, watched you on Top Design and was thrilled to see that you had a shop here. Hope to see you guest curate again soon.

  • vintagehomerecycled

    vintagehomerecycled said 8 years ago

    The brass flatware gets my nostalgia going, it reminds me of the set my father brought back from Siam (Thailand.)

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 8 years ago

    great picks. I particularly like the split bowl. I love to browse the furniture section on Etsy... lots of good finds!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great article. Love the flatware!

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article, I am a big fan of midcentury modern!

  • Shandells

    Shandells said 8 years ago

    Fab article, my favorite is the chair. A piece you could put in any decor.

  • SnippetsofTime

    SnippetsofTime said 8 years ago

    I adore mid century. Thanks for the picks.

  • ArcadeArt

    ArcadeArt said 8 years ago

    yeah you should have won that show, you were my fave, greetings from the UK

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    Nice choices. Very Danish modern.

  • waltersbeads

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  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    I love that chair!!!

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 8 years ago

    Wonderful choices. I'm glad to find you here, Eddie.

  • GodSendCrafts

    GodSendCrafts said 8 years ago

    Love the table and Eddie the wraparound candlestick holders, would look fantastic on my table.

  • perduedoug

    perduedoug said 8 years ago

    Eddie,this is a perfect way to show all of us how wonderful something can be put together with the great finds on Esty, I hope you do more of these, Inspiring as always, Kathysue

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    Well done! Great finds!

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware said 8 years ago

    Great article with lots of good info. And nice pieces, too!

  • akane

    akane said 8 years ago

    Love the wood and the salad tongs:)

  • tiffanyrenfrow

    tiffanyrenfrow said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful collection! So happy Joules has her fantastic vintage in the list! Love the photos and the friendly article!

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane said 8 years ago

    Nice Salad Servers.

  • kahliya

    kahliya said 8 years ago

    Lovely clean refreshing collection of items for the renewing energies that Spring brings along! Thank you for sharing your taste with us! Mia

  • elementclaystudio

    elementclaystudio said 8 years ago

    Fabulous stuff! and the Jicama slaw sounds fabulous too!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    The split leaf bowl is so elegant!

  • sdlave

    sdlave said 8 years ago

    love you and your taste and would love to pinch your cheeks!

  • bohemiaclothing

    bohemiaclothing said 8 years ago

    Hello Greenwich, I live here.Nice picked up things.Great.have have nice weekend every one. Kiss Marketa

  • fabulousfinds

    fabulousfinds said 8 years ago

    Fabulous the vintage napkins!

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 8 years ago

    lovely set!

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 8 years ago

    Lovely selections. Looks like the setting for a gathering I'd love to attend!

  • vilte

    vilte said 8 years ago

    very masculine selections :)great design

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    Love these items, and isn't it wonderful you can find all of this on Etsy!

  • caradidi

    caradidi said 8 years ago

    GREAT STUFF!!! I am sooo happy to find you on Etsy! You were always my fav on Top Design! You have great vision!

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 8 years ago

    I adore VERA - just love those blue napkins. Great showcase, thanks for sharing.

  • FREErider

    FREErider said 8 years ago

    Love the square chair! Nice stuff.

  • fadaseprincesas

    fadaseprincesas said 8 years ago

    Great picks!

  • livingstonandporter

    livingstonandporter said 8 years ago

    fun collection! love the vera linens...would love them more with the table! thanks

  • EarringVixen

    EarringVixen said 8 years ago

    The square chair is awesome.. totally my style! Simple but so edgy and unique!

  • dantescave

    dantescave said 7 years ago

    really great picks! this is my 2'nd home & clean... what i really need is your advice on how to do marie antoinette feminine so it doesn't look cluttered; but I want all the clutter...with your you have any tips?

  • bstrung

    bstrung said 7 years ago

    Great picks

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