Saturday, January 28, 2012

General Store Candy

My co-worker made the mistake of bringing in old fashioned candy which I gladly devoured.  I know this isn't a horrible thing.  I mean, who can resist Necco waffers and Good & Plenty?  Not this girl.  I reminds me that I need to make a trip to the General Store in the historic downtown area of our town.  I have lived in this area my whole life and always remember going there as a kid.  Its funny to think that when I was in high school, I vowed to move far away.  I did Chicago for 4 and half years.  But that was only 35 miles away.  There really aren't many other places I would live aside from Paris, Boulder, and San Francisco.  Chicago is definitely the love of my (location) life.  I think even if I moved far away, I couldn't be there for more than a few years.  And out hometown (yes, my husband is from the same town as me) is just ... well, home.  Of course, our reasons for living here and not in the city were made financially; our mothers are our day care but, we live within 25 mins of the city and end up there pretty much every weekend.  I do love the fact that my son (and future children) will grow up in my hometown especially with weekend excursions to the historic district for the farmer's market and old time, General Store candy.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Clock

A couple of years back, my brother (who I have mentioned somehow manages to find the coolest things in Boise, ID) bought me this clock for Christmas.  It doesn't keep time at all but, it is one of my favorite pieces of decor in my house.  It is solid walnut and has, in my opinion, a wonderful look to it.  Although my brother repairs old clocks and watches as a hobby, I just can stand to send it back and be without it until he fixes it.  So it sits, remaining unplugged, on my bookcase in our front room.  Part of me doesn't really care that it doesn't keep time.  Sometimes I plug it in a let it run anyways because it makes a humming tick that isn't on time at all.  I actually think that is what makes it so interesting.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The things my brother finds....

If there is anyone I know that is just randomly lucky when it comes to finding great mid century pieces, it is my brother.  He lives in Boise, Idaho and for some reason, always comes across the best mid century furniture for super cheap prices.  And buy lucky, I mean finding a Selig Z chair for $20 at a garage sale (along with some others below).

Rotating coffee table


Solid Ash Desk (trying to get him to send me this one)

Solid Mahogany desk

Solid Ash end tables


The Z Chair

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


This past weekend, one of my favorite consignment shops went out of business and as a result, everything in the store was at least 50% off.  Unfortunately, I got there too late and mostly everything was picked over.  However, I found these guys in a bowl in the corner of one of the rooms for 50 cents and I had to buy them.  I really have no clue how old they are but, they are solid brass and about 3 inches tall.  I just thought they were pretty cool especially for the price.  I tried to research them but, I found nothing.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Recent Purchase: Side Table

Ok, so you have to excuse the bad picture but, I picked up this small walnut side table at a resale shop a few weeks ago for a mere $30.  I sort of fell in love with it for no real reason.  It's small but it has a magazine rack on the bottom and a cute little cabinet on top.  Right now it is in the little reading corner I have in our frontroom but, eventually I want to have it next to the piano (which we have not yet moved from my in-laws house) so I can store music books on the bottom and my metronome and pitch pipes in the cabinet (I studied voice for about 8 years).  I wouldn't say it is in the BEST shape but, I managed to clean it up a bit and fix a few scratches.  It's just one of those things I saw and had to buy!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Recent Purchase: Kent Coffey dressers

I was making my usual Saturday resale shop circulation two weeks ago when I found these Kent Coffey Tableau dressers at a local thrift shop for basically nothing.  This shop doesn't typically carry ant furniture so I was extremely surprised to see them there.  The highboy is a good shape and only had a slight chip in the walnut veneer on one side.  The low dresser needs a bit more work but I think for the price, the work is completely doable. 

We are going to be putting these in our room for now replacing some oak dressers we currently have/dislike.  Hopefully the low dresser will clean up nice and in the future, they can be for child #2!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Momma's Dream


Back in September, my son Jonas was born. With him being our first child, we were overwhelmed by everything that was needed for him. We had bought an amazing modern style crib for him but, in order to try and get him accustomed to day versus night, I wanted to keep him downstairs with me during the day. This caused a problem because there was no where for him to take a nap. Enter my in-laws with a beautiful handmade oak cradle. Although it is not mid-century because it was made in 1980, it is of mid century styling. My husbands grandfather made it by hand for his grandchildren (we also have the kitchen table he made). It was truely a blessing to be able to have our son use the cradle and is a beautiful piece of workmanship.

Posted by PicasaMy son just after he was born