Drive down North La Brea Avenue of Los Angeles and one can see a multitude of retailers with truly unique wares for the home. And on 160 LA Brea resides East Meets West Antiques , a keen-eyed retailer that specializes in antique Americana decor and furniture pieces, whose authenticity and selection is reflected in the collector's prices (and rightfully so; many of these pieces could be considered historical art of our country).
In a society where everything is commodified, reproduced and sold at a discount, it's refreshing to see a local Los Angeles store whose focus is on truly unique items that could work equally well in a modern or traditional setting (juxtaposing the clean lines of a modern interior with the equally simple antique lines of a Shaker chair or 1890 Pennsylvania bench can result in stunning effect). Look at this amazingly austere 19th century camel painted pine bench
or the utilitarian beauty of a 19th century sawbuck worktable, and one can easily begin to pine for the workmanship that once proudly signified American home furnishing quality, before the advent of overseas manufacturing and compressed wood particle furniture. I'm especially fond of an original black painted hanging wood chalk board, its apparent age and weathering and an upholstered prayer bench
from New England from the late 1800's. East Meets West Antiques showcases the sort of items one saves up to own, but could become the centerpiece of an interior.
If coming out to La Brea is out of your range, it's easy enough to just peruse their changing selection of wares on their website
, where all measurements, materials/finishes and prices are shown (although in many cases, you will have to contact them for a price quote). But I'd argue it's worth the trip out to La Brea Ave., with Pink's Hot Dogs just up the street, and the tony range of decor retailers and clothiers of Beverly Blvd...a stylish weekend sojourn we highly recommend!