Vanessa Londono

This New Yorker returned to her city roots after a long stint in the Lone Star state. Find Vanessa exploring vintage shops, pubs and eateries wherever she goes. Aside from writing, Vanessa is responsible for the bustling community of the AT Marketplace.
Daily Marketplace Deals: Rare (Almost Too Good To Be True) Listings
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors who love quality home furnishings and good design. When it comes to home decor, tastes may differ but often you can find the same big-box sofas and dressers in just about every home. It’s a challenge to find truly unique furniture and much less find it inexpensively. These rare pieces are just that—uncommon Marketplace finds at extraordinary price points.
Jul 24, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Discounted and Discontinued Ikea
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors who love quality home furnishings and good design. When I moved to New York City over 10 years ago, the closest Ikea was in New Jersey. Rather than trek across state lines, I combed through Craigslist listings for Ikea furniture I could buy secondhand.
Jul 18, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Must-Have Planters and Vases
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors who love quality home furnishings and good design. In the dog days of summer, it’s difficult to find comfort anywhere except right next to the air conditioning unit. If you can’t bring yourself outdoors, then bring the outdoors in. Small planters and vases are abundant on the Marketplace; you’re bound to find a little home for your greenery.
Jul 14, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Next-Level Repurposed Industrial Style
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors who love quality home furnishings and good design. When you’re shopping for storage, you want someone who knows how to maximize space, a revisionist if you will. Take for example Wes of Artspace Industrial. He repurposes vintage steel lockers, file cabinets and other items into unique, one of a kind furnishings all from his workshop in update New York.
Jul 12, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Tribe and Territory’s Luxe Beni Ourain Rugs
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors who love quality home furnishings and good design. If this picture gives you the urge to sink your toes into a plush rug, then consider Tribe and Territory your source for all that is sumptuous and comfy. Former fashion stylist (and self-proclaimed design obsessed) Katie carries vintage wool rugs made by the Beni Ourain tribes.
Jul 11, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Designer Throw Pillows
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors who love quality home furnishings and good design. It’s a well known fact that the fastest way to change the look of your home is to change the textiles. Throw pillows are the easiest and most budget-friendly place to start. New throw pillows can really freshen up your style and inspire the aesthetic of a whole room.
Jul 7, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Stylish Desk Chairs, Vintage & New
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors that love quality home furnishings and good design. A hard days’ work requires support, particularly for your lower back. It seems that standing desks are all the rage nowadays but a good desk chair is forever. Similar to a mattress, this isn’t a furniture choice where you’ll want to compromise comfort for price.
Jun 30, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: San Francisco’s ModPop Mixes Vintage and CB2
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors that love quality home furnishings and good design. ModPop calls themselves mid-century enthusiasts but their Marketplace corner is so much more than that.
Jun 29, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: West Elm Lighting, Anthropologie and Pottery Barn Decor
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors that love quality home furnishings and good design. Lighting isn’t just lighting. It sets the mood for good or bad. And when it’s done right, lighting can take your breath away when you walk into the room. The Rosie Li brass wall sconce from West Elm (featured above) isn’t traditional in nature but it sure is beautiful.
Jun 22, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Sophisticated Tallboys and DWR
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors that love quality home furnishings and good design. When you’re ready to upgrade from hand-me-down dressers, take a look at MCMBKNY. The Brooklyn-based online store specializes in mid-century modern furniture. They offer local delivery in New York City and shipping across the country. Along with dining table sets and credenzas, they carry beautiful tallboys.
Jun 19, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Leather Sofas, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Moroccan Rugs
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors that love quality home furnishings and good design. Sometimes it seems like Netflix was invented to spend your weekends sprawled out on a buttery leather sofa like this one. Quality cowhide and clean lines make up the modern silhouette of the Madison Sofa. Available for $1699 (delivery included in the price!) from HipVan.
Jun 16, 2017
See 12 Stylish Goods for Sale From Your Neighbors
It’s hump day but don’t distress. If your week is feeling a little long, take part in some retail therapy. These fresh Marketplace listings are priced to move. Take a look, make an offer and don’t forget to list your own. The Marketplace is open to all, selling quality home goods and furnishings.
Jun 14, 2017
Build It on a Budget: Home Office Essentials from $20 to $299
I often end up on the sofa in a nest of throw pillows and blankets when I work from home. While comfortable, this arrangement doesn’t really provide focus to the tasks at hand. It’s why experts recommend carving out a nook where you can have an established space to buckle down and work. You don’t need much to get started, just a desk, a lamp and a chair. I built a few home office setups using secondhand and vintage finds from Marketplace.
Jun 8, 2017
Shine On with Decorative Brass Accents
If your home is anything like mine, it’s a mix of secondhand, lower-cost furniture with a few slightly more expensive pieces. It’s been a slow transition to upgrade from futons and flat-pack furniture as my budget allows it. I’ve learned that decor accessories with metallic finishes can really make a room look and feel more upscale. Brass particularly has a worldly quality to it that gives your belongings a polished appearance.
Jun 6, 2017
Friday Top Picks for Sale on Marketplace
Start the weekend by making your home just a little prettier. See what your fellow design-loving neighbors are selling this week on Apartment Therapy Marketplace.
Jun 2, 2017
Crate and Barrel for Less: Secondhand Finds in Chicago, LA, NYC and DC
Shopping at Crate and Barrel is a surefire way fill your home with stylish furniture, kitchen gear and decor. Now you can find secondhand Crate and Barrel furnishings for less, much less on Marketplace. For example, the solid walnut Reveal desk normally retails for $899 but is available for $450, gently used. The Crate and Barrel website has the Linea II nightstand priced at $400; a Marketplace steal at $150.
May 30, 2017
Velvet Gems We Want to Scoop Up
Velvet feels luxurious. The word, much like the upholstery, is sensual and lavish. It’s enough to want to wrap yourself up in swaths of the fabric, yet it doesn’t take much of the plush texture to give a room a sense of opulence. Velvet furniture and home accessories are available at every size, shape and price point, to create a look that works for you.
May 24, 2017
Monday on Marketplace: Everything and Anything in a Basket
Want a dose of farmhouse chic or bohemian living in your home? It’s as simple as adding a basket. Whether it’s made of rattan, seagrass, fabric or wire, baskets add a bit of history and warmth to a space. I’ve pulled together a small list of favorites but there are plenty more for sale on Apartment Therapy Marketplace. Let me know how you’re using these baskets and more in your decor. How pretty is this bamboo basket? The charming cherry blossom design is hand-painted.
May 22, 2017
Splurge, Save, Steal: Grab a Seat Outdoors in Time for Summer
It’s a balmy 80+ degrees out in New York City and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. Sure, summer doesn’t officially start for another month, but everyone knows Memorial Day Weekend is the real kick-off to the season. If you don’t have plans yet, then get ready to make some that include relaxing outside on these outdoor seating finds from Apartment Therapy’s Marketplace. Whether you can afford to splurge or are looking to save, these listings are worth a look!
May 19, 2017
Come Sit By Me: Benches Available in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles
I have yet to meet a room that couldn’t benefit from a bench. From the foyer to the dining table to the end of the bed, a bench offers more than just a seat. Its simple design lends itself to multi-functionalism. It can be a coffee table, a landing spot or a display oppoortunity. Whether finished with tufted upholstery for a polished appearance or in raw wood to achieve industrial chicness, benches can fit every style.
May 17, 2017
Monday on Marketplace: Anything-But-Basic Vintage Finds
I’m moving this week which has me rethinking all my belongings and decorating choices. Suddenly I can’t stand neutral furniture that feels too safe. I’m gravitating to truly unique finds that pop with color, pattern and texture. I want to surround myself with furnishings that invigorate the mind. This week’s Marketplace roundup is inspired by the items that make you say “Wow!”—these listings come with plenty of flair and fun.
May 15, 2017
New Life for Old Finds: 11 Ideas for Salvaging Old or Broken Furniture
I regularly cruise around the local salvage yard and my neighborhood on garbage pick-up days for curb finds that can be saved. Every day people toss out broken furniture that can be reused in other ways. Sure, not everything is salvageable but these ideas will get you looking at your belongings and even Marketplace finds with a new perspective. Make your own cozy bench seating with good bones from an old dresser. Create Inspire tried their hand at it with marvelous success.
May 4, 2017
On the Hunt for the Weird and Cool? Check out Reuse America Vintage Warehouse
Say what you will about odd finds for the home but I tend to gravitate to them. In my living room hangs a 5-foot marquee letter Y — an impulse purchase from Marketplace. It comes with a fun story: it was once used in a Korean beer commercial featuring Psy of Gangnam Style-fame. Unusual finds—big and small—can add a special something to your space to make it stand apart. It’s why I’m constantly checking Reuse America Vintage Warehouse’s Marketplace corner.
May 3, 2017
Monday on Marketplace: Loveseat Steals to Swoon Over
Picture me as the emoji with heart eyes when it comes to loveseats. I adore the cozy sofa alternative like no other piece of furniture. There are plenty of loveseats on Apartment Therapy Marketplace, in all shapes and styles. I rounded up a few deals that I’m lusting over. There’s even an outdoors option for the sunny months ahead! I can’t get enough of this aqua blue outdoor loveseat.
May 1, 2017
Splurge, Save, Steal: Home Decor Inspired by Nature
Despite not being an outdoorsy person, I love nature but I love it more indoors. I regularly bring home little bits of the outside. On my desk is a tiny bowl of sea urchin shells I painstakingly brought back from a scuba diving trip. In the living room hangs a sculptural (and broken) tree branch I dragged home from the neighborhood park one day.
Apr 28, 2017
Splurge, Save, Steal: Chic and Charming Brass Finds
Brass accents in home decor is a trend that never ends. I have to wonder if it’s even a trend at all. The metallic element adds a bit of sparkle and history to its surroundings. Whether it’s polished for a high-glam effect or left tarnished for an aged patina, vintage brass is popular on Apartment Therapy Marketplace at all price points. The cute whale brass statue that currently lives on my coffee table is one of my own purchases from the Marketplace.
Apr 21, 2017
5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Get Your Secondhand Purchases Clean
Secondhand goods come with a history and sometimes it’s a dirty one. Before bringing home a vintage chair or dresser from Apartment Therapy Marketplace, take some time to disinfect and deodorize your purchase. These eco-friendly products (some you might already have in your home) are a great way to get your old furniture looking fresh. You come across a beautiful vintage chair for an even more gorgeous price, but you can’t help but notice the musty smell. Don’t worry.
Apr 20, 2017
Monday on Marketplace: Al Fresco Living Options
With Easter behind us, I’m counting the days until Memorial weekend. (But really, aren’t we all?) Something about the spring season makes me want to spend as much time outside as possible. If you’ve also got a longing for al fresco living, then check out Apartment Therapy Marketplace for patio furniture you can pick up locally. I’ve rounded up a few tempting finds that will have you basking in the sun.
Apr 17, 2017
Splurge, Save, Steal: Must Have Patterns & Prints Under $300
My name is Vanessa and I can’t get enough of prints and patterns. I blame the fact that I’m moving into a new apartment in a few weeks, something about it feels like a clean slate. Instead of packing and downsizing my closet, I’m pouring over the possibilities available on Apartment Therapy Marketplace. I’ve always played it safe with solid colors but now is the time to be bold with bright patterns and eye-catching prints for the walls.
Apr 14, 2017
Keep it Fresh in Pink
While Facetiming with my younger brother and his girlfriend who recently moved to Colorado, I spied a rosy mirror in the background. It’s Millennial Pink, he corrected me. (Those kids keep me young.) He had recently updated a secondhand find to the muted pink hue that’s all the rage. It wasn’t until then that I noticed pink is everywhere – while rose gold may be on its way out, other shades of the trendy color feel fun, new and perfect for the spring season.
Apr 12, 2017
Splurge, Save, Steal: Fixer Upper Deals
Tis the season for DIY projects! Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to break out your arsenal of spray paints, sanders and wood glue and get to work. I scoured the Apartment Therapy Marketplace for fixer uppers under $300. These listings require some work but nothing you can’t accomplish over the weekend. Take a look and share your thoughts on what should be done with them. If you’re going to make an extravagant purchase, do it on a live edge wood slab.
Apr 7, 2017
Build It on a Budget: Makeshift Guest Room
Living in New York City comes with a few concessions. You don’t pick people up at the airport and guest rooms are nonexistent. When real estate is at a premium, very seldom do people have square footage to spare for the occasional visitor. Air mattresses and pullout sofas, as uncomfortable as they are, do offer a tolerable solution. Below are some options that offer your guests a hospitable experience for under $1,150.
Apr 5, 2017
Monday on Marketplace: Deals on Unique Secondhand Sets
One of the bittersweet parts of shopping secondhand is that you rarely come across the matching counterpart to your find. Sure, it can be part of the fun to search high and low for a complete set but that can take years. Take it from someone with a few lone pepper shakers. I’m starting this early April roundup by scavenging the Apartment Therapy Marketplace for pairs of all kinds. Here are five listings worth your time.
Apr 3, 2017
Splurge, Save, Steal: Spring for Planters
Don’t let the April 1st snowstorms threatening part of the Northeast fool you, spring is on way. Although some of us can’t open up the windows and let it in (I’m a little jealous of those of you who can), you can prep for the sunny months ahead. Start shopping for planters now and pick up some tips from the green thumb pros. That way you’ll be ready to maximize the greenery both inside and out of your home.
Mar 31, 2017
10 DIY Hacks to Know When Buying Secondhand Finds
It’s not easy nowadays to find vintage goods in great condition and at a bargain price. Dealers and flea market sellers are savvy to the demand for well-made, one-of-a-kind furniture and home goods. But that’s not to say you can’t score a deal on an almost-good castoff and improve upon it with a little elbow grease. So roll up your sleeves and use these tried-and-true hacks to update just about anything you pick up at a secondhand shop or on Apartment Therapy Marketplace. 1.
Mar 28, 2017
Monday on Marketplace: 5 Deals Under $100 Near You
Happy first day of spring! If you’re still digging your way out of the last snowstorm, take a break and hit the Apartment Therapy Marketplace. The newly launched site for shopping home decor is packed with good finds. This week I’ve picked some solid deals available for $100 and under in cities like San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. Don’t dismiss the size of this vintage Turkish rug.
Mar 20, 2017