As most of you already know
I am in love with pretty florals.
Fresh flowers in a vase
old crackled floral paintings
sweet floral fabrics
and painted furniture
To me, flowers are an essential part of decor in a home.
Whether it’s a bouquet of seasonal blooms on the table or nightstand
or a collection of vintage paintings stacked atop a sideboard
Those romantic blooms bring such charm and warmth to a room
Another certain something I love florals on is furniture.
Sometimes it’s in the fabric… but sometimes it’s in the original painted detail.
A commode or chest of drawers covered in swirly vines and blooms is such a treasure.
This cabinet is covered in old hand painted florals
and signed by the artist who painted it.
It was a craigslist find that almost got away
I swooned when I saw it.
I was in love with it’s charm and vintage painted colors.
It was a little more than I wanted to pay
and the guy selling it wouldn’t budge on price- there was someone else wanting to come see it
and he was sure they would pay full price.
I sighed and said I would think about it.
It haunted me.
Those florals. That drop down desk in the front drawer.
That brassy wire detailing on the doors.
I knew it needed to come home with me
so I called him a couple days later.
He said the lady said she would take it – at full price.
I was crushed. It was sold and it was my fault for not jumping on it
and getting over the price tag.
I kicked myself
and started scouring ebay and other sites to find one just like it.
Not likely and when I did find something similar
we were talking asking in the thousands not hundreds of dollars.
Apparently those signed, hand painted pieces were quite expensive back.in.the.day
and this one dates to around 1930-40 from the research.
Then out of the blue the seller called me.
He asked if I was interested in that old painted china cabinet
that the lady didn’t come get it like she said she would- so it was available
and he would take less for it if I wanted it rather than store it.
My pulse raced.
MY French inspired china cabinet was available
and at a price that agreed with me.
I wasn’t letting it get away again and so I happily brought it home
Even several years later
those curvy details
that little drop down desk
make me smile.
I adore it and haven’t tired of that ‘dated’ floral painted look.
It says ‘granny’ style to some.
But to me, it speaks perfect french country cottage charm.
Yep, I pretty much love it.