Last fall, I spent the day at The Springfield Antique Show looking for treasures. If you haven't been and you are local, it's a must-go! It's a very large outdoor venue with hundreds of dealers in every style and aesthetic you can imagine. I am really looking forward to their big show this Spring!
Towards the very end of my junket, I came across a dealer who had some cute pieces of furniture she had painted and made over. I had been looking for a storage piece for my office and in the back of my mind, I knew I really wanted a mid century credenza. However, I was also a little weary that a mid century piece might look a little out of place amongst all my shabby style furnishings. I spotted this cool credenza that had been shabbied up with cream paint and distressing and I was smitten. But, I was by myself, and driving through the crowds at the antique show to pick it up was not appealing to me. So, I walked away from it and TRIED my darndest to wipe her memory from my mind.
Fast forward two weeks later.
I'm perusing Craigs List still on my hunt for a storage solution. And there she was! I had to do a double take, but I was certain it was her, and she was local! And still available! We picked her up the next day.
I've been using her in my office since then, but yesterday, I got into the rearranging mood and switched her to my foyer......
Our home is a traditional four-square, so our foyer is tiny. I have really struggled with it over the years, but I think I've finally got it right!
I find it interesting that by placing a large piece of furniture in a small space can really open it up!
It is also a very dark space, so utilizing a painted piece and the mirrors helped to lighten and brighten and make it more welcoming.
I kept accessories to a minimum. My friend Lynda at Happenstance Home found one of these fleurs baskets at Joann's a long while back but I had not been able to find one here. Our little store finally got some a couple weeks ago. I added some hydrangeas and hung it by the door.
Everything else was shopped from the house. I've had this chunky alabaster lamp for years. The flowers on the shade were cut off of a thrifted shirt. You can find some fun embellishments on clothing!
So tell me, what do you think of the combination of a clean-lined mid century piece of furniture with my more shabby french farmhousy accessories? Kinda quirky, I know, but very me!
I started a credenza board on my Pinterest page that you can view here. I am now on the hunt for a credenza to fill the empty area in my office. It just so happens that I found one last week while thrifting with a friend, but I didn't buy it. With bated breath and fingers crossed, I will swing by there today and see if, by chance, it is still there! Wish me luck! Otherwise, I'll be on the search, and you know what, it's always fun to have something to search for!
Until next time......
~ keep dreaming ~