Hey, everyone! I enjoyed a few days off but really started to miss sharing here on the blog towards the end of the week. I got so much done, though, and it was focused, unhurried, productive, fruitful…just what I needed it to be. Towards the end of the week, I was feeling a bit fried and antsy to get out of the house, so I went to my favorite local consignment store (it’s Kismet for those who are local or passing through Rochester, MN.)
I originally went in because I spotted a pair of chairs on their Facebook page. I thought they would look nice flanking the hutch in the living room. They were still available, so I went to the consignment store the next morning and they were even better in person. They were both sturdy, in excellent condition, and it looked like the hand-tied caning had been redone in recent years. It was tight, without any holes or wear.
Of course, right when I brought them in the house, the cats had to sit on them to check them out.
I like how the dark wood plays against the lighter pine of the hutch and how the tone of the caning ties them together. I think the fact that these chairs feel more formal works nicely with the simple lines of the hutch.
I wasn’t familiar with this exact style of chair, so I did a bit of research. They have a British Colonial vibe, so I started by searching in that vein. I discovered this is a Raffles-style chair, which originated in the former British colony of Ceylon. I don’t typically gravitate towards British colonial style, but these seem to work well with the rest of my furniture pieces.
I also bought a brass floor lamp for the living room. Jeff sits at this chair by the fire in the early mornings to read, so I thought he would appreciate some task lighting there. This lamp is the perfect size and style.
Aaaand, it ties into the gold leaf frame on my new painting over the fireplace. (You can find my tutorial on applying gold leaf HERE.)
Here’s a sneak peek of it…
Don’t worry…Eulalie found a new home. I just felt it was time to go a little outside of my comfort zone and paint large. Also out of my comfort zone is to put one of my own paintings front and center. At 24 x 36″, this is the largest painting I’ve ever done. The funny thing is that I am not intimidated to paint an entire mural on four full walls in my dining room, but a 24 x 36″ canvas seems dauntingly huge.
Here is the underpainting of it…
I really enjoyed painting on a larger scale and I learned a lot in the process. I’ll paint more large works in the future, but smaller ones will still be what I paint most. They are quicker to render and easier to ship.
I also bought another thing at the consignment store that was a surprise find I couldn’t pass up…
A collection of eight antique rug beaters for $10/each! Someone had just brought them in and I considered just getting one or two, but it seemed like a shame to break up the collection. They were each so unique.
I had to laugh because when I shared them on my Instagram Stories, one of my followers said rug beaters can easily go the way of geese and mauve and powder blue and hearts – 1980’s country, basically. And yes, they certainly can. But I think they have a sculptural quality to them that makes them interesting and timeless.
I am planning to hang them along the wall of the stairs going down to the basement. It’s a pretty large wall and this will be an interesting way to fill it.
A few people asked me if they could buy one, but I do plan on keeping them all at this point. If you are looking for antique rug beaters, you can find similar ones on Etsy HERE.
So, there’s my consignment store haul! I did buy a skinny wood tote for magazines, but I haven’t taken a picture of that, yet.
There were a few other things that were tempting, like an antique pair of spectacles and a 1930’s typewriter, but I only bought the things I knew I had a perfect place for and would use. I’ll share the “rug beater wall” once I get them hung up!