Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Finds

How did this whole week race by? I have so many exciting things to post on my new project... and the days went by in a blur.

However, I am committed to my new Friday Finds. It seems they were popular last week - things got snatched up quickly! So here we go...

I'm loving this pair of chairs. Recovered in navy with white piping? $100

This very sweet antique couch is a delicious shade of bubblegum. Perfect for a bedroom or child's room: $575

This charming pair of wingbacks screams for adorable box pleat skirts. Or cover them in leather and nailheads - very Ralph: $50 (oh yes, that's for TWO).

OK, this couch looks scary. But it's fabulous, and read the description. Antique wicker with the original spring cushion. That means sturdy and comfortable - recover with some Beth Rawlinson fabric and you're done: $125

Love Rachel Ashwell furniture (and I'm not talking about Target pieces)? I do... but they're expensive. This table is available (from Wellesley, natch) and it's perfect for the kitchen, or put in a corner of the library and pile on the books: $800 (originally $1600)

Lastly, this bed is gorgeous. Really gorgeous. It's at an Ebay auction drop, so maybe you can negotiate the price. But it's worth it, especially if you're tired of PBK and Land of Nod for children's beds. $600

Let me know what you pick up!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Finds

I'm starting a new post for Fridays... I am always trolling Ebay, Etsy and Craig's List for vintage finds. Most require a bit of work, but the bones are amazing. This week I bought two AMAZING antique wooden signs and will post those next week. But I thought I'd start posting things that are wonderful that I don't have a use for currently - snatch them up before they're gone!

These adorable painted spool beds would be perfect for children's rooms, either together or separate: $200

I love this farm table. Perfect refinished as a kitchen table, or paint it and use it as a desk. And for $75, you can afford to put in some elbow grease.

Finally, some lucky soul will snatch up these Michele de Lucchi pendants. Normally they're $520 each at Unica Home. You can buy 3 and suspend them over your kitchen island for $500!

Let me know if you snatch any of these goodies up!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to me

Photo: Lisa Rigby, Flickr

I remember reading this around New Year's this year. It's by Henry Ward Beecher:

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.

I love this quote. And on today, my birthday, I would replace January with the 15th of July. Those of you who know me well know that this has been a sad, bumpy year personally. However out of that sadness many wonderful things have happened - new, closer friendships, a stronger marriage, greater compassion and sensitivity towards others, openness to new opportunities and the shedding of any negative in my life. Now that a full year has passed I feel like I can start over.

On that note, I am parlaying my love of design and renovation into a revitalized career path. Today I officially started a new house renovation. Stay tuned... it's a new year, and a new me. I feel very blessed.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Porcelain Farmstand

I love ironstone - practical, durable and yet beautiful in its simplicity. Originally designed by the British for rural America its starkness is extremely modern and nostalgic at the same time.

Recently I have noticed a trend that is a new twist on that combination. White porcelain farmstand accessories are everywhere, and I for one just love them.

has lovely farmer's market baskets in 3 different sizes - strawberry, raspberry and plum - available at Velocity Art & Design.

There are two artists on my beloved Etsy who are creating porcelain mason jar and milk bottle pieces.

Alyssa Etinger's
refined pieces define high/low. I of course love the milk bottle that says Concord Dairy. She also has a new French mason jar - a larger size than her milk bottles and perfect as a vase for summer wildflowers.

Pigeon Toe Ceramics also showcases porcelain mason jars, and they're gorgeous lit as votives (as above).

What do you think of this trend? I'd love some of these for a birthday present... hint hint!