Three Chicago Design Events—and an App

Vintage Pine’s awesome annual flea market, sweet deals on luxury goods at Kneen & Co., Golden Triangle’s sidewalk sale, and a cool app for buying art.

This Saturday at Vintage Pine, check out a paint demo from an Annie Sloan paint expert. This stuff can cover anything.   Image courtesy of Annie Sloan

Vintage Pine’s (1454 N. Dayton St.) annual One Magnificent Flea Market is Saturday, August 2. What’s so magnificent, you ask? For starters, the event planning company Heffernan Morgan Ronsley is bringing three (yes, three) truckloads of party props: glassware, urns, vases, candleholders, floral arrangements, holiday decorations, and more. Other vendors include Boutique Home and Millionaire Rejects. Find furniture, artwork, lamps, vintage accessories, fabrics, and pillows.

Seeking yet more magnificence? Also this Saturday at Vintage Pine, there will be an Annie Sloan chalk paint demo from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Company expert Susan Lynk will answer all of your questions about this nifty paint that goes over just about anything (wood, brick, metal, varnish, shellac, wax). Before you go, check out these pro tips for scoring a deal at a flea market. 

Kneen & Co. (399 W. Fullerton Pkwy.), the luxury home décor shop that carries such posh brands as Nymphenburg, Lobmeyr and Hermès, is having a sample sale to make room for new pieces. Get up to 50 percent off. The sample sale ends August 1.

The Golden Triangle (330 N. Clark St.) is having a Sidewalk Sale August 12-16. But don’t stay outside—check out the European and Asian antique showroom’s recent redesign.

There is a cool new (and free) app, called Curate, out there for nervous (and smart) art buyers. Nervous, that is, about the possibility that their new investment will not look so hot in their house. Curate allows you to see artwork, accurately scaled to size, on your walls. Developed by sisters Cari Sacks, an art collector, and Patti Bartelstein, an artist, it grew out of their own experiences with needing to Photoshop paintings onto virtual walls before feeling confident about opening their wallets. 

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