The month of January has slipped past me. Where did it go? A close family member has been ill recently and I’ve been busy …..hmmm busy? I’ve rewritten this sentence three times and still can’t find the right words. To say the least things have been concerning, despairing and difficult. I could really use a week of playing around with paint, furniture or upholstery. Those are the things that get me through this crazy journey.
Before things fell apart I started this great old sideboard. She’s a good solid piece with great stature. I love this kind of sideboard so proper!
Look how clean and crisp this one looks in all white. Fresh as a Daisy. Ha Ha, Though not quite as tall as my old girl.
Even as I write this I feel silly, or worse yet selfish, going on and on waxing poetic about a sideboard. I swear sometimes I think I’m just crazy. Do you ever think your crazy getting such a kick out of decorating? I do. Sometimes it seems like the most frivolous thing in the whole wide world.
and yet….I remember this quote by Albert Hadley
I deeply believe that a beautiful decor can have a beneficial influence on our lives.
Thanks Albert, I needed that.
This vignette via The Ironstone Nest provides just the inspiration I need with it’s aged, worn, and loved finish. The shelving and vintage bottle carrier say
“hey, relax go ahead have a piece of toast with jam, make a cup of tea”.
Yes I’m using quotes and yes this furniture is talking to me and yes I’m eating simple, empty carbs. Sometimes life requires you to sink into comforting rituals. Tea and toast are so wholesome.
I was able to get a little start on my project and take a few hours over the last few weeks to play dress up with her. I’d love to lock myself up and hide away with my sanding block and paint, but you know what they say about life happening while your busy making other plans. The top is stained in dark walnut and ready for wipe on poly. Gosh I love that stuff. No lines, no streaks.
I got the first coat of paint on and think I’ll just leave the hardware as is. I’ll also distress it a bit to compliment the little bit of warping on the left cupboard. After all, that’s what we call character.
I love the finish on this piece. All worn and wonderful.
This is my kind of room! I love the mix of art, fabric, modern and old.
My piece works with old oil paintings, mad men glasses, or even modern gallery frames. The clean lines make it very versatile.
Sorry for the fuzzy pics. My camera seems to be out of sorts as well. The feel of this 1945 oil painting has the colors and look I love. The blues and sky are as lovely as a summer day. I won this painting at auction and need to have it appraised. It’s by listed artist and says Pleineir Otto Dieterle 1945 on the back.
The other painting appears to be from the same period but who knows. It’s that blue again, so happy and cheerful. It looks like an Italian village. I’d love these things together in a white room where the colors would pop. Throw in a little bright blue velvet, how about some oversize houndstooth in blue.
Via Wydeven Designs
Oh what fun and these chairs are so Happy!
I”m feeling better already.
Life’s bumps are for navigating.