I had the pleasure of having my new old patio furnishings featured on a truly inspiring web site. Katherine does some great work to get us all out to explore the second hand.
To recycle is devine. It benefits the planet and may bring items of great design to have another life. We didn’t have alleys in Portland, OR or Seattle. I was so amazed when I first noticed fantastic things discarded in the alleys of Chicago.
I have this weakness for chairs and coffee tables. I began to think of things I wanted or needed and they would appear in the alley. Not always exactly as I would envision but pretty close.
There was this tag sale at a local community center. I noticed a pair of chairs. Kind of Queen Anne, armless, elegant, golden brocade upholstery. They were marked $5 and set aside as sold. I notice that there were 3 more of them. The fabric in rougher condition, heck I would re-upholster any way. For $5. how could I go wrong? Well I didn’t have any cash. I was just walking Rose around the neighborhood, not shopping.
I told the woman I would be right back. I headed home, grabbed cash and the car. By the time I came around, not much time had passed but the sale was closed. I was so sad. I had stopped to chat with a neighbor, as I am prone to do. I pulled into the alley to turn around. The remnants of the sale were piled next to a dumpster. In this pile were the very chairs which had been marked sold. I didn’t care why they had been rejected. I would see to it that they would be loved in their new home. At this point, I have not chosen a fabric for their reinvention but I get closer all the time.
The reason I wanted to talk about dumpster diving, crusing alleys and generally looking to recycle stuff discarded by other perhaps more affluent lovers of beautiful furniture design is Katherine’s visit to my back yard.
She photographed this somewhat decadent purchase I made of a mid century patio furniture set. At the Mt. Sinai Thrift I was told with raised eyebrows that it is “Brown-Jordan.” We didn’t know why that should be signifigant. I knew I was getting a good deal, 9 pieces in all. I missed by just moments picking up two matching chaise lounges.
I am so very pleased with this acquistion. I want to share the link to Katherine’s photographs. Spend a little time at backgarage.com. If you are at all interested in things second hand or vintage furnishings Katherine does a lot of the work to get you to the right place at the right time. www.backgarage.com/?p=59
I am constantly challenged to love this city. There are so many strikes against it. The least of which is not the aldermanic system of city government.
I had some lovely people over to drink in the garden tonight. I have been drinking and my typing skills are suffering. I thin I will share this tale tomorrow, with photos - perhaps.
I am not sure how I wound up here, at tumblr.com. I just started clicking around from Aparment Therapy. I have always loved having a place I call home. Many of those close to me are rolling stones. Where ever they lay their hat…. I try to have the place they enjoy for a lay over.
Recently I have been working on the back yard. It is a lovely oasis in the city. I purchased a Brown and Jordan patio furniture set a Mt. Sinai Thrift recently. It inspired me to reclaim an area that had been neglected since the loss of two loved tenants in my building. It is a 100+ year old house which some time ago was made into three unique one bedroom flats.
We had enjoyed lounging about, entertaining and gardening together. It felt like we had intentionally created this group. One moved to D.C. He had finished his residency and it was time for bigger things. The other is one of those rolling stones. She is still around Chicago. She just likes a change of scene at regular intervals.
The acquisition of my lovely vintage outdoor furnishings has brought new life to this patio. I anticipate spontaneous entertaining, beautiful flowers and new friendships. Blogging in the yard about the yard. I am a huge fan of found items and they are in full effect. The wire dress form, a large convex security mirror and a mind mill are just some basics.
There is a front porch that is also in need of some love and care. The kids on my block are annoying enough that I had stopped having my coffee in my front garden. Now the landscape has become established. The Limelight Hydrangea is nicely large, providing a certain privacy to the entrance.
I have a wicker chair, found in the alley. I will move it to the front. I want to be certain that a coat of Granny Smith Green will not be an Antiques Roadshow “what a shame you painted it” nightmare. I dream of having a cocktail on a sunny afternoon. Listening to the kids playing way down the block or in their own back yards.
That is another thing I am passionate about, adult beverages.