When we were kids my sister Kristin and I used to get a kick out of the show Sanford & Son about the life and times of a junk dealer. I’m feeling like I'm "living the show" as I get ready for my renovation.
This is one of my favorite parts of the project – finding the "original character". Not original not to my space but to somewhere. It’s fun, but messy as things are piling up in my apartment. The days of hiding things under the bed and in the back of closets are over, so everything I find sits out in the open. As you can imagine, it’s starting to look a little Sanford & Son-ish in here - in a good way.
A couple weekends ago I went to Olde Goode Things Warehouse in Scranton PA. I try to get up there whenever I can, and ALWAYS before a renovation. My Mom comes with me every time, and has as much fun as I do. The warehouse is inspiring and big. We saw so many great things that I have to go back. If you live anywhere close, make a day of it and go!
I was looking for several key pieces and found a big one - the fireplace mantle which is always the focal point of my living space. The mantles are well organized and stacked up to the ceiling. Hanging above my head, I couldn't get a very close look, but the shape and details caught my eye, so I took the plunge.
Sunday night it arrived. I had my fingers crossed I would love it as much up close as from a distance - happily I was not disappointed. The main design detail is an acanthus leaf which is about as big as my hand – a scale I could not fully appreciate from a distance. It is old world pretty, but also has a modern look in the simplicity and shape of the base.
I can already see it in my living room. In fact I can hardly resist the urge to sneak downstairs and set it up against the wall to see firsthand how it will look...
Until then, it sits in my entry hall along side an oval window, a pair of arched gothic transoms, an entry table, a pair of French cabinet doors, a chandelier and whatever else comes through the door next - that is if I can fit another thing through the door...