white splint basket

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Family Room, Favorite Finds, My House

If you’ve been reading my posts over the past few weeks, you know that I have a new-found love for baskets.  I collected a lot of them to sell at Lucketts and I enjoyed using them as props around the studio.  During one of my shopping trips, though, I bought a basket for myself.

It’s this beautiful, antique splint basket with chippy white paint…

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Splint baskets are made out of thin wood strips, so they are lot sturdier than baskets made from woven reeds, rushing, branches, etc.

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I haven’t seen one before with chippy white paint, though, and that’s what drew me to it.  It has just the right balance of chipping paint with the wood peeking through.

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And how about that pie safe?!  I mentioned it in a post a few weeks ago, but I haven’t shared much about it.

I had seen it in an antique store several times, but it was a bit more than I wanted to pay.  I usually buy pieces with resale in mind, because most things I buy end up being sold at some point!  Fast forward a few months and the retailer who owned it came to my studio.  She was the one I bought the zinc-topped table from and she asked if she could buy it back.  While she was there, she mentioned the pie safe and offered to sell it to me at cost, since it had been in her space for a long time.

Sold!

I was planning on selling it at Lucketts, but I just couldn’t. (Or maybe wouldn’t!)  It’s such a special piece and I decided to claim it for my house.

Some day, I hope to be able to keep it in a place where I can have the doors open and fill it with linens and quilts or possibly ironstone, but for now, it houses our movies. which isn’t as photogenic, but it’s definitely practical.

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Both are happily situated next to the side door…

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I’ve been rotating things in and out of that spot and this seems to work the best there.  It’s substantial enough to look intentional, but it’s not so big that it obstructs the traffic path.

So, we’ll see how long it stays there.  You know how I am with furniture…

white splint basket

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