Monday, November 24, 2014

Garth's Thanksgiving Americana Auction

It's Garth's 54th annual Americana auction. It's my fourth annual time getting giddy with excitement waiting for the catalog to come out. As with every year, no disappoints, but loads and loads of temptation. You can (and should) check out the entire catalog here. I've gone through it three times now, because I just couldn't get enough, and here are my top picks from the sale. I should also mention, Garth's doesn't solicit or in any way compensate me for my ravenous adoration of their sales... yet. I know they read these posts though so...hey guys, you can send me some bribe antiques, we'll keep it all very hush hush ;-)

A wonderful mid 19th century appliqué quilt

Love this bold folk art textile.

An antique blanket chest in the most to-die-for blue

I'm such a sucker for pretty aqua glass.

Handsome devil, isn't he.

I may need this. I may fight you for this.

Love the grain painting on this antique cupboard.

How can you resist an apple green farm table!

I may need this antique wallpaper hatbox as well. I mean, could it be any more delightfully foppish?!

Love the mustard yellow/crimson combo on this antique chest.

A sweet antique boo with lovely stencil decoration

Lately I've been really digging these antique copper pieces. You could fill an entire pot rack with them!

I love both of these quilts, but the one on top is especially enchanting, with that unique clover motif!

Handsome Dresser from 1901

I love when a piece of furniture comes with a bit of provenance. It makes the entire refinishing experience a bit more personal. Some clients dropped this dresser off a couple weeks ago to be refinished. We opted to go with refinishing the drawer fronts and top, painting the rest of the case in a deep shade of eggplant. Working with mahogany veneer is so satisfying, it's got oh so much character. I sanded, stained, and sealed the drawers and top, rearranged the drawer pulls a bit as it was missing a few essential bits, but we wanted to salvage as much of the original hardware as possible, and painted the rest of it. When I was working on the piece I discovered the back of one of the top drawers had been stamped by every person who'd worked on it during the original construction, in October 1901. I went ahead and added my name and date and that it was refinished in November 2014. Maybe in another hundred years someone will get a chuckle out of it, the next time it's refinished.

A Cedar Chest Rescue Mission

Not everything can be saved. I have a fire pit next to my workshop, and sadly, some things that I've bought with the highest hopes have met their (furniture) maker within its fiery depths. But sometimes there are mitigating circumstances that elevate a piece of furniture, no matter the condition, above the "to burn or not to burn" quandary. In this case, this antique cedar chest was a family piece, brought to me by a client with the simple heartfelt plea to save it, in whatever way possible.
        Now this cedar chest was admittedly a hot mess. Both hinges were broken, the veneer was pealing up everywhere, and it was missing bits of its feet. I had to stare at it in my workshop for a long time before I could will myself to start on it, and every stage took seemingly longer than the last. Luckily, the owner is a very patient gal (Thank You Mary!!). So without further ado, here it is with veneer removed, new paint, new hinges and new trim. And, amazingly, once I removed three, Yes THREE, layers of veneer and plywood from the top, there was beautiful wormy chestnut underneath.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Cottage for Winter

It's an odd thing- generally by November 1st I'm chomping at the bit to get my holiday stuff up in the house. This year I just wasn't feeling it. I couldn't really get a clear plan together of what I wanted to do, and I like to have fully drawn out schematics before I re-decorate my entire house. Finally this weekend I was a bit more in the mood, put the plan together, and did the floor re-set on Monday when it was dreary and pouring rain. Funny enough, I think it might be my favorite floor set ever in this house. I went for light, bright, and cottage-y and wanted to really play up a color combination I've been itching to try: chartreuse and pale mint. So, without further ado, here's some Christmas-y pictures!  And- this is just a few of the many updated pictures you can find on my house tour.

Flea Market Finds and New Acquisitions

Even though it was bitterly cold on Sunday morning, I hit up the flea market. There's one more this coming Sunday but I might skip it. It was about 20% of capacity, making me long for those wonderful summer mornings when there were hundreds upon hundreds of vendors. But, all things considered, I didn't do too badly. Here's what I picked up:

I actually snagged this antique farm table off craigslist on Friday, but I figured you wouldn't mind if I lumped it in.

This guy at the flea market was selling these amazing prints on canvas. The prices were really fair, and I fell in love with them instantly!

I also picked up another box of vintage christmas balls. I collect them, and I love the color variation on this batch.

You know, for seasonal decorating. 

I don't typically buy repro art, but today was an exception twice over. I had to have this.

And finally I got this adorable solid pine cupboard. I love the paneled doors on it.