Some people are lucky enough to inherit antiques from their families - good silver from Grandma, wing chairs from Uncle Fred's library, pearls from Aunt Ruth . Sadly for me, my family never seemed interested in keeping "old" things around. Maybe that's all part of that forward-looking California spirit. For me, though, the charm of antiques is that they lived full lives in other people's households before they ever came to mine.
Fortunately, I don't need to rely on capricious relatives for great furniture. For a town obsessed with the new and the young, Los Angeles has a surprising number of fabulous sources for antiques. One of my favorites is Eloquence, Inc., which sells antique and reproduction pieces. I bought these chairs, reupholstered in pale pink velvet, several years ago from the now-closed Shabby Chic in Newport Beach, but you can find similar ones through Vintage Weave near Third and Fairfax and Fringe in Redondo Beach.