It’s time to pull your casa together. You can a) go to Ikea and spend the weekend navigating a zillion tiny wood dowels or b) make an appointment at Bleeker Street, Denise Odell’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it River West antiques shop. The home design guru travels multiple time zones to collect her singular, rustic-feeling amalgamation of vintage curios ($20-$8,000).
Furniture includes a French oak dining hutch from the 1840s, a 19th-century zinc-topped French gardening table (picked up in Lyon), a turn-of-the-century American industrial table, and much more.
Choose from smaller-ticket accents like deer antlers, Japanese fishing boat balls collected off the Alaskan coast, glass tint bottles, cork tree bowls, English ironstone plates, and American pewter and rosewood flatware from the 1880s. Oddities abound, too, like the German wardrobe trunk from World War II or the so-creepy-it’s-cool 1960s papier-mache pig mask (no assembly required).
Bleeker Street, 847 West Grand Avenue, at Green Street (312-243-7071).
Photo: Courtesy of Bleeker Street