Two Sisters – One Mission
Scouring the Southeast for random Vintage Fabulousness (while trying not to keep too much of it for themselves), two sisters — Donna DeAngelis and Debbie (DeAngelis) Cannon comprise “The Smart Set.” These sisters are business partners; each with a unique perspective on vintage.
The passion for discovering diamonds in the rough came early to both, passed down from their mother. Having been born and raised in Savannah; naturally old houses were their first love — but houses were so hard to collect! The sisters began acquiring clothing, jewelry, and accessories, and later furniture and vintage household accoutrements.
Donna is the formally trained creative half of the partnership, with a BFA in Painting/Graphic Design and a MFA in Interior Design. Debbie provides strategic planning, with a Business Management Degree and earlier career stints in Picture Framing and Marketing. Both women source, refurbish/repair, repurpose, and/or paint items before they are brought to market.
So, what might you find in “The Smart Set” booth? Well, there will always be painted furniture…and lots of it! Need a 1940s Art Deco Waterfall Armoire, perhaps a Mid-Century pair of French Provencial end tables with a fresh coat of white paint? Well, who doesn’t??? Most furniture will feature premium chalk paint from Maison Blanche or Annie Sloan, in colors such as Creme de Menthe, Magnolia, Paris Grey, Provence, or Duck Egg Blue. Mmmmmmm!
Donna DeAngelis collects, adores, then sells vintage pieces, with special emphasis on Fifties and Sixties items. Favorite finds have included industrial metal barstools, monogrammed suitcases, baby blue typewriters and framed Sinatra record covers. Original art and refashioned vintage items also make an appearance, with anything from fashion sketches to hand painted furniture. Donna worked in graphics and fashion design in New York before returning to Atlanta, her current home base for scouting out mid century marvelous wares for fellow vintage lovers.
You will also find vintage table linens and textiles, ornate mirrors, or perhaps vintage candlesticks re-imagined with chalk paint, wax, and heavy distressing. Other items which seem to appear frequently include Replogle globes, Milk Glass, hand hammered Aluminum Decorative items from the 40s and 50s, or fabulous pairs of lamps.
Think — Paris Apartment, 1940s, and you’ll pretty much grasp The Smart Set’s design sensibility. So, come early and come often….the good stuff goes quickly!