The Chron featured a good three articles this weekend on the art of finding and restoring flea market furniture. Great topic for AT, but sadly, no pics. So while we dutifully bring you the highlights [after the jump], we had to instead frontpage this lovely picture from the section's one travel piece, a profile of a town in Panama with such striking flowers that we're reconsidering the destination of our next vacation.
• Bouquets for Boquete : Where the orchid thiefs go.
• AROUND THE HOUSE: Susan Fornoff plucks out the NorCal folks listed in Architectural Digest's new top 100 designers issue, as well as a couple of resources for flat panel media display systems and Todd Oldam's latest for La-Z-Boy, the small plush recliner pictured. And... • Items of faded glory regain their luster in hands of skilled restorer: Professional restorer Niall Bourke tours the Ventura Market offering insights on how to suss out the pieces that are truly worth restoring. • Finding a prime flea-market piece to restore: A different perspective: restorer Denise Karger's only deal-breaker is furniture with broken frames. • L.A. collector with a keen eye has no desire for clutter: Ken Erwin is a professional flea market shopper who himself lives in minimal splendor. "Every time he buys something, he sells something."