Statement Furniture Find

There are places in every home that are screaming for a killer piece of furniture.  Something big that will be the focal point of the room.  A storage horse is usually a convenient perk, but just finding that fabulous piece can be challenging enough. I am always drawn to statement furniture.  I don't know why except that they are by definition eye-catching.  Soo, I went meandering through Midland Antique Market in Indy a little while ago and found this big, beautiful Madam...

Midland Market 1 - Meridian Abbey
Midland Market 1 - Meridian Abbey

Every home requires at least one antique.  It adds character and a bit of a story.  It can be a beautiful framed sepia photograph or a lamp or... maybe... HER.   (I don't even know what to call her.  Umm...an armoire?  A big ass cabinet?  Nooo, I'll just stick with Madam.)

Please forgive the horrible pink and green - I couldn't exactly move her to get a good picture.  She is about 6' tall and wide, and just under 24" deep.  The hinged doors open up and fold back almost completely so she doesn't get much wider than she already is.  And except for the wide stile right down the middle of her making her only slighting less accessible, the deep shelves inside of her could be adjusted or removed so the storage can be used however you wanted.

She'd be a natural at showing off.  I see a collection of Pendleton blankets stacked up next to a number of coffee table books.  Old-fashions snuggled next to a decanter or two set up on a shiny, hammered stainless tray.

She actually caught my eye for my home office.  She is roomy enough to store my printer (and still be able to use it), files, binders, sample materials, reams of paper, and paper trays of letterhead with room to spare.  Yes, she's that big.

Midland Market 2 - Meridian Abbey
Midland Market 2 - Meridian Abbey

So she needs a little work here and there - she's old and deserves the attention.  Let's be honest, I think we all hope to age as gracefully as her.

But this, Madam, would make a great statement piece in your home!

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Have a great day!

                           ~ Abigail

HEY - Are you having trouble finding a killer statement piece for your home?  I love a good hunt so contact me for a free consult to discuss what you're looking for.  I do the leg work for you!

Fine Art Photocrappy

I have had an internal debate regarding modern fine art photography's use in interior design for the longest time.  Stemming from my own preferences towards painted works, I can't seem to make the jump to using straight images from everyday life/pop culture un-softened by brushstrokes and interpretation.

Janet, for example, will never make an appearance in any of the work I do...

Janet
Janet

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Stranger still is imagery that I can't understand wanting in any part of my house.  Ever.  I realize that as art, these images are intended to make the viewer think.  The designer in me still feels that anxiety inducing need to maintain a... feeling (at the very least).

great bathroom ugly tv
great bathroom ugly tv

That photo makes me physically uncomfortable, like I'm choking.  WHY???  Why put THAT photograph there??  An incredible antique vessel sink (originally part of a fountain), solid slab counters and stone floors, and that beautiful wood screen - give them something exotic.  Give them seductive.  Give them tranquil.  Hell, give them humor!

Give them anything but an old t.v. in the corner of an ugly room!!!

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(Deeeep breath.)

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On the up side, I do enjoy family photos.  Just not the ones straight from the point-and-shoot.  I am a huge fan of Photoshop.  Crop, edit, enlarge - manipulate away!  Make it black and white and I'll put it just about anywhere.

Machiel Botman, Guzman
Machiel Botman, Guzman

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Since I have known for some time that fine art photography and I are not always real chummy, I've been practicing.  I created a board on Pinterest where I collect images of anything I can imagine framing and hanging in a room someday.  Favorites...

white zebra
white zebra

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daniel jackson
daniel jackson

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newport
newport

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Schutzs golden
Schutzs golden

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silhouette
silhouette

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duck feet fullerview
duck feet fullerview

(this cracks me up!)

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This one I found and fell in love with while living in Newport, RI.  The photographer is Alexander Nesbitt.  I didn't know that before I moved away so I only recently re-found the photo...

alexander nesbitt crosses
alexander nesbitt crosses

See it matted and framed at Sapo Freaky Burrito at 16 Broadway in Newport, or click the image to purchase a print.  Believe me when I tell that in person, this is amazing.

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I react when I look at these images with feelings ranging from fondness to love, experiencing awe and hilarity and wonder.  This is my pre-requisite for art in someone's home.  They must react positively.*  Professional artwork is an investment (read: freaking expensive) so it better mean more to you than just a pretty picture!  And if it makes you feel like you're choking (the way that stupid tv does me), or repulsed, or depressed, or self-critical - drop that thing like a bad habit (metaphorically - remember this stuff is expensive), because who wants to feel like that every time you look at it?

Do you know what I mean, people?  Can I get an amen?!

What's your definition of photocrappy and does anyone respond to art like they're choking?  This one really took me by surprise.

-A.

*Disclaimer: I am aware that art is personal and subjective and that not everyone would look at a photo of a tv in an ugly room and react like I do, but I just don't see how you couldn't.  And I really hope that the designer of that bathroom or the photographer that snapped that photo never happens to land on my little blog.  But if they do, please know I mean no disrespect!

Headlong into Fall

I don't know about where you are, but Connecticut has rushed headlong into fall.  I woke up on Monday and the drive was covered in leaves.  It smelled like fall and I needed real shoes and another layer of clothing.  Immediately I thought, "Ok, its time to re-decorate!"  The grocery must have been studying their almanac because they set up a table of those tiny pumpkins and clusters of dried cornstalks at just the right time.

Autumn is the time of year that I don't remember that I love until its here again.  I dislike that it is the end of warm and wonderful summer, but then again, it is something of a relief to turn off the AC and snuggle under the covers with the windows open at night.  Plus, it is so beautiful.  Vibrant, saturated ruby and mustard colored leaves are shockingly surreal.  (They were just green!!!)  

Of course, the weather will break for at least another week and we will again be in summer, but it will be short lived and Autumn will fully encompass us all.   It isn't too far now.  Are you ready?

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 It is nearly time for apple orchards and decorative gourds and Hot Toddies.

valscrapbook bird with apples
valscrapbook bird with apples

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Falling leaves and rosy cheeks,  football and tailgating.

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katedaviesdesigns
katedaviesdesigns

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Flannel blankets and plaid shirts, thermoses and apple pie.

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kirtsy
kirtsy

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Sweaters and scarves and boots and wool socks.

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milenachka
milenachka

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Earth tones and natural wonders.

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randy orourke
randy orourke

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I'm ready, if a little sad to see this summer go.  Maybe an extra Hot Toddy to push this bittersweet feeling away.

Yes.  That's exactly what I need.

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My Favorite Hot Toddy:

1 good sized mug

1-1/2 oz. Jameson

1 bag of Lipton black tea

Top with hot water

2-3 lemon slices

honey to taste

Sip for about 10 minutes then feel the warmth that reaches all the way to your toes.

MMMmmmm.....mmmmm....mmmmm

-A.