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The Beauty of Antique Furniture and Accessories

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Redesig Redecorate

Redesign Redecorate

The Ultimate Recycling……….
Making do or making “new” with what you have. An idea that has lasted down thru the generations. When I go shopping for home furnishings I am sorely disappointed with the quality and workmanship of what is available in the market place today. This new items will never be the antiques of tommorow. They seem to have a built-in short life time, not having the wearability or lasting quality of furnishings made in the previous centuries. The craftmanship, the details, the materials are all sorely lacking. Try to find a bookcase made of solid wood, ones that won’t warp over time with the weight of your favorite books, try to find one that has an actual wood back, almost impossible. Sorry, I don’t get the warm fuzzy feeling polishing a particle board or pressed wood piece of furniture. Look at the drawers, how they are constructed, will they last through 100’s of openings and closings? How about the hardware, which is the jewelry that highlights the style of the furniture, is it a fine brass or a horrible imitation? Buying new furniture is a very expensive purchase and should last. What special memory laden piece will your children or grandchildren be inheriting from you, to enjoy and think of all the special memories associated with that piece of furniture and you? Not much of our modern day belongings will ever make it to the next generation. Make in America? Sadly that is more and more impossible to find.

So here is my solution, it is called rescuing, redesigning and repurposing. Beautiful solid wood furniture, artfully designed and crafted accessories, all things which were designed and crafted with quality materials and creative workmanship, where special details mattered, the likes of which can’t be purchased today, need to be rescued. “They just don’t make them like that anymore” how many times have we heard that phrase and how true it is. Antique furniture and accessories which have “good bones” can be restored, redesigned and repurposed to live for another generation. Think of what a decorating impact a couple of special pieces can do for a room. Think of a beautiful sturdy walnut eastlake dresser , repurposed to hold a bathroom sink, it’s new life as a striking vanity. Or it could be reincarnated as a kitchen island with doors made from the drawer fronts for cabinets. A piece of antique furniture may have a worn finish, may need a little elbow grease to release it’s inner glow, add in a creative thought and you have the recipe for a heirloom that will withstand the test of time and have your kids fighting over when you move on over to the otherside. Nothing can imitate the warmth of real wood, the strength and the details of yesteryear, so go “Green” recycle, rescue and revitalize a beautiful old antique piece of a family’s history. Remember every little scratch or worn spot has a story of life’s events. Just like the little wrinkles around our eyes, we earned them , laughing and living, character and patina takes a lifetime to accomplish. Say no thanks to new made in China.

Welcome To Our New Blog

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Rose covered teapot

Rose covered teapot

I am looking forward to sharing with you creative decorating ideas using antiques and vintage items. I call the antiques business the Bliss of my life, my mission making homes beautiful, interesting and comfortable without breaking the bank, all this is 2nd nature to me. I have been a collector since the age of 6 when I fell in love with my first bone china teacup covered with tiny little violets, I was probably the only little girl who asked for a china closet in her room at age 10. Antiques are treasures that come with a story. I become a dectective and follow the clues to find the history and the provenance of the item and then study the clues to learn all about the owner who cherished this item before me. I believe in coming to the rescue of old unwanted or unneeded items . I rescue, redesign, retro-fit, refinish or refurbish to create an item of beauty for someone else to add to their decor and cherish. Antiques and vintage items have a special warmth, patina and character about them. Maybe a little shabby, a little worn, but aged with character, and have a way of attracting your interest to examine a little closer, to touch and to wonder what stories it could tell about the life it had before you set eyes on it. So the next time you see at an estate sale or an auction or in a cluttered antique shop an item that makes you stop, reach out and touch it and pleads to be taken home, don’t pass it by when it talks to you. Bring it home, you will always find a place for it if you love it, don’t let it be the one you regret that you should have not let get away. Write to me, tell me about your special find that pulled at your heartstrings, send a picture too. Us antique lovers are terrible romantics and fall in love over and over again. Whether it is a cherished family heirloom or a find you just brought into your home, this is the place for sharing ideas on decorating with these treasures of all.
Check back soon, the next article will be about an 1880’s Walnut Fireplace Mantel rescued and now living life as a beautiful Victorian headboard for a queen size bed.