Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Handsome Pair of Antique Benches

There is beauty in simplicity and fine form. I was thinking on that yesterday while flipping through a book on Shaker design. Fluid clean lines, a fresh palette, because sometimes fussy is not what a room needs. These benches are a nice example. They're beautifully built, c.1920, or so, and I'm guessing they were originally in a schoolhouse or meeting hall. I love that they've survived together after so many years. I think they'd be dandy along a rustic farm table, or on a long covered porch. They're solid pine and the tops turned out so rich that I decided to paint the bases white, just to keep it fresh and simple.

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