The White Attic in Andersonville is on to something: Reinventing antique and vintage furniture into something original and new. More than expert antiquers, owners Terry Ledford and Doug Stucky hand pick every piece in their store, looking specifically for furniture in need of re-creation.
To do this, they combine modern color and style with the vintage backbones of each piece. Ledford himself handpaints the furniture, sometimes in bold contrasting colors in unexpected places (like edged detailing or inside drawers). The results are ultra-original and in a category that extends beyond "shabby chic," we think.
This is truly a neighborhood spot, as we learned from a Chicago Home web article: "...Most of the pieces actually come from Andersonville: Ledford acquires many of the vintage pieces from nearby Brownstone Antiques, rewires lamps at Cas Hardware, uses a neighborhood woodcutter, and picks up supplies at Thybony Wallcoverings."
Read more about Ledford's White Attic in a 2005 Chicago Home magazine article. The website presents two collections, but it's recommended that if you see something you must have, you should call the store to make sure they've still got it (don't forget that each piece is one-of-a-kind).
Photo: The White Attic