I have been scouring "local" Craigslist ads for a few weeks now, looking for the right sort of bed frame and then a couple of nights ago, found one. It was in Erie, about 2 hours away, and it was still available. Today was a lovely, sunny day with not one flake of snow in the air, so I hopped in the car with Daniel, my British-accented GPS.
It turns out, this little treasure was at a small antique furniture shop called The Blue Cupboard. It's like stepping into the brain of Rachel Ashwell, but better. It is small, definitely comfortable, and the owner/interior designer/decorator, Stacy, couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. Seriously, I wanted to move in. I inquired about a pastry stand that was in the workroom, but was in the process of waiting for a coat of paint. Stacy had it painted while I shopped, and it dried completely on my way home.
Stacy also creates custom furniture, and the pieces I saw recycled gorgeous antique bits and just made them wonderful in all the right ways. There is also high-end furniture for sale at really great prices (like an armchair that I really want, marked from $1198 to about $600 and some change).
Of course, I took pictures. I couldn't go on a proper field trip without sharing it with all of you. So, without further ado, The Blue Cupboard:
|I love, love, love this dresser.|
|There's the armchair. See the white iron headboard leaning against the post? That is mine.|
|I also picked up this industrial stool for a song. Isn't it gorgeous?|
|I want this table, too.|
|I love this cabinet. LOVE it. See that round thing on the lower shelf? I bought that.|
There is a better photo of its twin, which is for sale on EBay at present.
|This is the twin that is floating around on EBay. It is actually a light fixture, but I love it as-is.|
|A custom island that Stacy made. She also made the tin bookend that is on top of it.|
Said pair of bookends would easily make a great set of corner shelves. I wanted them, but had to economize.
|The chair with the buffalo plaid pillow on it is a new chair. It was definitely gorgeous.|
|I would love to have this full-size bed frame|
|One of the islands Stacy remade. The top is distressed, and will be epoxied. There are antique corbels on the other side that are lovely.|
|I love the Hazel Atlas mason jars on the fireplace mantle.|
|Here is a close up of those tin bookends|
|This is a nearly 8-foot long bench with a custom cushion. It used to be in a church somewhere,|
but, I think it'd look much better in my living room.
|I want this table in my dining room.|
|A little table that would be great in a small entry to catch keys, or to put|
plants and photos on
|A tin ceiling tile, framed|
|This was really sweet, and would look perfect in my entry. The glass knobs really made it sparkle.|
|Isn't it sweet? It still needs to be roughed up a bit.|
I'm definitely going back. It is simply too awesome not to.