Winner's Circle: Robert and Gretchen Groebel
“Gretchen and I have known each other since we were kids. We grew up in the same town and we ran in the same circle of friends. Our lives went different directions but came back together, and we have been married fifteen years now.
I developed my love of vintage shopping when I lived in Connecticut. There was a terrific flea market on 25th and 7th Avenue. It was about the hunt; it was about finding really interesting things, and you could always find something. As we got married and traveled in New York, we used to do this on weekends and you would always find something. We have done this continuously since we have been together.
The thing we love about Everything But the House is the diversity of the items for sale and the opportunity to look. It’s like going to a flea market but not having to stand out in the rain or the cold. It’s really about the discovery for us and the opportunity to find something new that we didn’t know we were looking for." -Robert Groebel
Oil Painting on Wood Panel
Dorothy Thorpe Lucite Twist Double Candlestick
Savonarola Chair with Bone Inlay
Art Glass Vases
Contemporary Neoclassical Style Gueridons
Zebra Pelt Area Rug
Chinoiserie Three-Drawer Chest on Stand
Triple Bullet Three Stemmed 1950's Pole Lamp
Handwoven Turkish Kilim
Vintage Hand-Carved Tanganyika Bookends
Blenko Amber Glass Handmade Bowls
1968 Tami Lonakoff Limited Edition Lithograph
Authentic Cow Horns Mounted Decoratively
Gypsum Selenite Desert Rose Cluster Mineral
Lexmod Gridiron Stainless Steel Bench
Pair of Art Deco Style Wooden Wall Panels
Vintage Footstool with Greek Key Upholstery
Unsigned Original Oil on Canvas Board of Woman's Portrait
Painted Wooden Box
Pug Needlepoint Pillow
Vintage Italian Espresso/Cappuccino Machine
Caucasian Hand Woven Wool Prayer Rug
Zimbabwean Hand-Painted Plates
Korean Moktak Fish Drum
Pair of Ben Seibel Orb Bookends
E. G. Kaufmann Original 1968 Gouache Folk Painting on Paper
Juan Horta Castillo Hand-Carved Wooden Folk Art Mask
Vintage Rococo Style Wall Mirror
Brown and Black Earthenware Vase
Twelve Vintage Chinese Miniature Cups
Santa Clara Native American Black Pot
Antique Fireplace Trivet
Timothy Ottochie Signed Limited Edition Cape Dorset Stonecut Print
Wood and Pewter African Animal Napkin Rings
Hand Knotted Pakistani-Persian Tabriz Rug
Stack of Six Wooden Bowls with Wood Graining
Ludovico de Luigi Cast Bronze Stallion
Hand Painted Ceramic Platter
Dora Lounge Chair
Triggering Device Electric Gas Lighter
Persian Kerman Hand Woven Wool Area Rug
Vintage Pair of Czech Ceramic Candelabra
Three Cantilevered Side Chairs with Woven Cane Backs
Steinerbad Pasing Serigraph Poster
Russian Gemstone Jewelry Box
Seascape Acrylic on Canvas
Large Porcelain Parrot Statues
Large Vintage German Salt Glaze Pitcher
West African Fertility Doll
Arhaus Faux Fur Blanket
Metal and Glass Horse Decanter
Pair of Vintage Chairs from Mexico
Vintage Royal Doulton Robinson Crusoe Toby Mug
Antique African Dogon Awale Mankala Wood Game Board
Hand-Knotted Persian Ardebil Area Rug
Pair of Antique Model Sailing Ships
Vintage Silver Tone Butter Server on Stand
Azis Offset Lithograph
Porcelain Chopstick Rests
Moroccan Style Brass Foot Warming Stool
Framed Photo Offset Lithograph "Le dejeuner sur L'Herbe" after Pablo Picasso
Pair of Vintage Brass Tone Andirons
Hand Knotted Kilim Area Rug
Stuffed Anteater Doll
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ON INCORPORATING VINTAGE PIECES INTO A HOME?
It is terrible to think that everyone goes through life assuming everything matches. There should be some tension among your objects so that it begins to describe who you are. I think it’s important that a piece speaks to you or that you have some level of connection to the object. And utility is important; you shouldn’t buy something just to look at it. If it was designed to be used, you should use it.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DECORATING STYLE?
It is definitely eclectic, it tells a story and it’s not contrived. The things that you see in our house connect us to one place or another, one event or another or continue the story of what we brought here together, so it’s evolving. This is a reflection of who we are; our collective point of view. You can pick anything in our home, and we can tell you its story is or why it’s here.
WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK TO EBTH?
It’s the hunt, the curiosity of seeing what other people have collected over time. I often find myself looking through everything from the first page to the last because you never know if there’s something great on the final page.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE EBTH FINDS?
The first piece we bought was a painting that reminded us of an older version our youngest son. Out of all the rooms, it has made its way into our bedroom, so it’s personal and we’ve made it our own. I’ve never seen anything like it before, and the fact that it fits perfectly inside the fireplace is an added bonus. Then there’s the 19th-century porcelain Chinese figurine by the chair. It’s an earthquake detector. The story behind it and how they’re used make it a really cool and unique piece to have.