A victorian art colony in my bedroom...

After several unproductive swoops around my favorite junk store on Tuesday, I was feeling desperate. I normally find lots of neat old things and I was hoping to find something to inspire a project. On my final lap of the store I found this odd bundle of wooden pieces shoved in a corner.


Totally clueless as to what it was, I toted it up to the counter and bought it, as any curious and emotionally driven antique shopper would have done. It was made out of beautiful old wood and have sweet painted smudges, there was no way i wouldn't find a purpose for it (trying to justify....) I got the big bundle home and turns out it's an antique easel, I'm no painter but was excited none the less. It was a challenge to assemble, no instructions, no screws, nothing to go off of.
A few hours later and after a two trips the the hardware store, i did it! It's sturdy and wonderful, what a happy surprise. Now I have to find a spot for it, but i love how it adds a bit of summer time to my bedroom. The painting is of my family's summer house, Elmwood, and my aunt painted it. It's very dear to me and I am so thrilled to have found a big, statementy way to display it.
While I still had my power drill handy I also tackled the project of making my kitchen more user friendly. I finally installed hooks to hang my cast iron cookware, before they were stored up on the high shelf which made retrieval a dangerous proposition. A brilliant friend gave me the idea to put plants on my highest shelf, so it would look more like a greenhouse as they trailed down. What a genius.

This morning I put some little hooks on the underside of this shelf, too. I needed more space to organize all of my kitchen stuff, it's been monopolizing my very limited counterspace since i moved in last year.
Three cheers for getting things done.

7 comments:

  1. yeees. you are a genius. hooked up shelves for more storage, i am on it.

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  2. i love this!! what a beautiful, beautiful space.

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  3. i love how you are unafraid to try and undertake a project. i would never think to buy something that i didn't know what it was, and then assemble it sans instructions, sans parts! no way. you continue to amaze me.

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  4. i love your determination and drive. I also love everything on your shelf.

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  5. so, all of your gorgeous red enameled cookware....where'd you get it? is it the wonderful (but pricy) le creuset??

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  6. My cookware is so dear to me, i'm glad you like it, too. I almost feel to young to have it, like I haven't earned it through years of good cooking. It is all vintage copco from the 60's, a danish brand. It's relatively easy to find pieces on ebay, but the drool worthy kitchen store in Williamsburg called The Brooklyn Kitchen sells dead stock sets of it, too. Mine were a housewarming gift from a collector aunt.

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