Wednesday, January 22, 2014

European Lavabo

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Do you like early 19th-century antiques? I’m a huge fan!  Come to find out I’m not alone!  The elegant basin seen below is a French lavabo.  These European beauties made of heavy cast iron,  are highly sought after.  They once hung in Roman Catholic churches for the ceremonial rinsing of the hands. This lavabo was styled and photographed by Melinda Reyes.  She has a lovely blog,  I just love her style.   She choose to style her lavabo with old books and soft linens,  rustic elements. Absolutely Stunning, isn’t it?  Each of these basins have their own identity, and different look to them.

This is how the lavabo looks inside.  There is a small cluster of holes that allow the water to drain out.

Here is another one with vibrant purple flowers,  used outside.  The possibilities are endless with these old basins.  For example,  you could repurpose into a charming fountain,  perhaps using a vintage spigot as your water source up top. I’ve also seen them hung on bathroom wall,  filled with white towels.

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What’s old reeeally can become new again.

There is a certain charm to this 19th century antique lavabo.  I purchased this one at the Rose Bowl while out on one of my antique hunting mornings.  I like the white chippy weathered paint and heavy iron look.  I love to style using unexpected elements,  I wrapped an antler around the front of the basin,  so that it looks as if its growing from behind. Then clustered three large pillar candles of different heights inside. Finished it off with “my fav” dried pussy willow. You like???

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This one is available in my Etsy shop,  What is your vision for this charming old French antique???

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Monday, January 13, 2014

19TH C French Chair

I was recently contacted by One Kings Lane to share my thoughts about a favorite statement chair from our home. It surprises me when I’m in conversation with friends and they haven’t heard of One Kings Lane? Wow!  If you haven’t stopped to visit their amazing site,  you can read about them here

I chose this old world 19thC French chair.  When I found the chair it was a torn and tattered mess.  You would think,   I would have thought to take a before picture, NOT!   The 19thC chair is now newly upholstered with a sand color Belgian Linen.   This gives me the versatility to accessorize with color and pattern,  if I chose to do so.

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I love the classic look of neutrals on our upholstered pieces.

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   I was especially attracted to its unique antique oak finish and oversized profile.

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A very dear friend of mine,  Jennifer gave me this lovely 1956 grain sack.  When she showed it to me I wasn’t really too sure about this antique sack with it’s worn fabric and weathered look?  However,  one day it opened me up to something that I didn’t realize.  These imported sacks have become highly coveted.   I washed it to give it that soft feeling,  and made it into a pillow.   Now It’s one of my favorite pillow in our living room.

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My husband and I love to repurpose antiques and vintage finds.  Some of our finds do look pretty battered,  I guess the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What’s old can become new again.

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This stylish old world chair reflects my personal style.  I feel the beauty of a room comes with being pared down.

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I selected larger sized antique nail heads,  spaced 1” apart. You like??

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