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A Little Bit of Elegance


Those of you who have read my blog for awhile might remember this armoire and the story behind it.
I shared this and the other pieces last year.


Several of these pieces have changed spots in the house so I'm sharing them again.
This armoire is part of a set of furniture that I purchased on craigslist
Right now- it is in our little sitting  room which is being painted and refreshed as we speak
but I snapped a few photos before it was moved.


A dresser with 6 drawers, 
2 mirrors reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, 
2 nightstands that are dainty and sweet
and this amazing armoire
 the set was $400
There was also a bed that I did not purchase.
 Don't yell at me- I know I should have just gotten it
 but it simply didn't talk to me like the other pieces did and I didn't want to bring home
a piece that I wasn't going to use.


The pieces are all hand painted and signed and are from Italy 
from around the 1950's.


The armoire stands over 8' tall - 
and is covered in beautiful floral sprays and detailed mouldings.


Molded shell handles,
covered in details 
swirls, carvings, gorgeous Frenchy paint and rococo stylings...


Can I just say that I was in love?

So just where would a beautiful elegant piece of furniture like this go 
in an old knotty pine paneled 1940 cottage? 
It belongs in a large elegant home with lots and lots of formal rooms 
and yards  of expensive drapery puddling around it on the polished marble floors.


Well I have never been one to follow rules especially when it comes to decorating. 
(yeah...a wee bit of a rebel over here)
  

The armoire found a home in my little sitting area and it fits
 in perfectly with the painted knotty pine walls, shabby white paint, 
 and old hardwood floors.

It brings a little regal elegance to our cottage- 
 the rustic with the refined...
a perfect mix.
 :)


The next couple weeks are crazy busy for me 
 I have company coming in from out of town at the end of the month
and a lot of projects  big & small just simply NEED to get wrapped up at this point.
The good news is that the projects will be future blog posts!
;)

I also have a couple room reveals coming up very soon... 
I just need to find the time to put the finishing touches on and take some photos.


Happy Monday!

54 comments

  1. Isn't being a rebel fabulous? That armoire could not be any more "you" if it tried. What an amazing, amazing deal. Those pieces surely found the right home =) Hope you have fun with your company. Don't work to hard before they arrive! You don't want to be tired to enjoy them =)

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  2. 400? {thud.} That is the score of lifetime for such a beautiful piece & co. I'm a rule breaker too and your armoire looks adorable in your knotty pine cottage.

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  3. Wowser! What an amazing piece at a great price. It's absolutely stunning and I think it looks great in your home!

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  4. Wow what a find. Fabulous. Enjoy your time with the company. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. wow, I'm drooling!! Lucky girl!!

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  6. Such a fabulous piece and the price is amazing. I could look at that all day.

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  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous pieces, Courtney! I don't blame you for falling in love with the set and for that price - wow! You live with what you love and that is important. Your week sounds like mine. My son just left and my sister-in-law is coming in Saturday. That gives me this week to clean, change sheets, go food shopping and do what needs doing. I'll get some projects in, too, I hope, but I refrained from most of the linky parties I usually join up with because I just won't have the time to visit {and that wouldn't be fair}. Enjoy your guests!

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  8. OMG you stole those pieces! The armoire is one of the prettiest I've seen & looks right at home in your knotty pine cottage! :) chris

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  9. STUNNING!! Can't believe the bargain you got...$400!! You scored perfect, beauty and price all in one. Your home look more elegant with it. Have a lovely week.
    FABBY

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  10. You definitely scored on buying that grouping! It's absolutely beautiful. ~ Maureen

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  11. What a wonderful find for you, we are jealous.It looks great where you have it and what a buy.

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  12. Totally beautiful. I would have bought it too. Your home in beautiful also. Keep on being a rebel!!!

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  13. What a steal for all those pieces. I love that armoire. Lucky you!

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  14. Holy cow how elegant is all of that?! Absolutely, stunningly beautiful furniture.

    Thank you for sharing it!

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  15. Wow. As timeless today as in the50's. What a find. I can't get over what people find on craigs lust.

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  16. Those pieces are just breathtaking. Thanks for sharing them again, because I must have missed them the first time. Looking forward to those projects you will be working on. Enjoy your company :) Isn't it funny that you have to have a life to make for interesting blogging but sometimes life gets in the way of blogging time?:)

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  17. That is a gorgeous, drool-worthy piece of furniture!

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  18. It is beyond beautiful. Maybe beautifisstical?

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  19. OH MY GOSH!!! It's GORGEOUS, Courtney! Only $400 for all that??? Looks like I'd better start stalking Craigslist in my search for a pretty armoire.....! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  20. NICE combo of rustic and refined in your adorable cottage. Pretty armoire!

    xo,
    RJ

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  21. Absolutely beautiful, and you got the set for $400! Now THAT's why I love Craigslist!

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  22. I think those AMAZING pieces were just waiting for you to find them and take them home!! They are so you. Such an exciting find, I can't believe it!

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  23. Courtney: You are such a silly girl!! That beautiful piece of furniture is exactly where it was meant to be. I've never seen anything so pretty. I didn't see your other posts, so this is my first time seeing it and I am bedazzled!..Happy Monday..Judy

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  24. Okay so my mouth dropped when I saw the pics but the price still has me stunned! What a great find. And as already said, this is so you. I think it looks lovely in your cottage and fits just perfect. Your plans sound like mine; company coming at the end of the month. I have so many projects to finish before. If you get time, hope you'll link to my Frugal Treasures party.

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  25. Wow! This makes me want to start looking at Craigslist - to think you bought this beautiful furniture for $400! Gorgeous!

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  26. That armoire is absolutely gorgeous.

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  27. Courtney,
    I can see why you could not pass those piece up.TOO gorgeous!They look amazing in your home.Especially against your white walls.
    Anne

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  28. This armoire is a stunner, it has my name written all over it I would love to have a piece like this.

    Cynthia

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  29. What an amazing buy Courtney! Unbelievable....beautiful room!

    Lou Cinda

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  30. Oh, you rebel you! ;-) That is such a gorgeous piece Courtney and I think it stands out much more in a cottage with knotty pine walls than it would in a more opulent setting. It is perfect there!
    Vanessa

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  31. Courtney, it's exquisite. It doesn't matter if you break the rules, because you know how to break them, and it always ends up being incredibly wonderful! laurie

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  32. Always love your fab finds Courtney and seeing you move them from space to space in your home. Still just gorgeous!

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  33. When I read the price that you had paid for it, I had to go back and read it again to make sure that there was not another zero at the end...Unbelievable price..The armoire is magnificent and such a high quality piece...this piece was obviously meant to be in your home.....

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous piece! I would have been a rebel and bought it too! It looks great in your space!!! :)

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  35. I'd say your home IS the perfect spot for this piece!

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  36. J'adore! And really? $400? Are you trying to make me pass out here??? :-)

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  37. That is positively stunning, Courtney!
    What an amazing find!
    XOXO,
    Anne

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  38. How lucky you are to find such a beautiful piece for that price. It looks perfect where to put it. Love it!


    Jody

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  39. that is the most beautiful pieces of painted furniture I have ever seen and you stole it for $400. you know that ?

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  40. I am totally drooling over your gorgeous armoire, Courtney! What a bargain! I think it looks perfect against your white painted paneling. I want one just like it!!:)

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  41. That is without a doubt, the prettiest armoire i have ever seen! Holy Moly... and it's wonderful in your house... man, you scored Big Time when you found that one!

    Cindy

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  42. I think your 1940's cottage must be enchanted! It is so pretty with anything you put in it. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  43. You got an amazing deal! I love all the yummy carved detail. It looks right at home in your painted cottage. Have a fabulous time with your company and a lovely weekend!

    Deborah

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  44. Very stylish home cottage. Its sleek and sophisticated.

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  45. What an incredible find that armoire was! Simply breath-taking. I think it looks entirely at home in your little cottage - much cozier than a formal home surrounded by yards of expensive drapery! The detailing on the armoire is just amazing; I can't get over it! :)

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  46. Gorgeous!! What a great find :)

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  47. What an incredible find Courtney. I have to feature this tonight at my Swing into Spring party...I can't resist.

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