I was minding my own business while at a book singing recently
when I bumped into something that had to come home with me.
It was one of those little treasures that I didn’t know I needed…
Which yes, that seems to be happening more and more these days.
This was a totally unexpected need though.
So I can’t really be blamed for my insane love of it instantly can I?
I am telling you
the silvered wood patina shouted to me
from across the room.
Not a whisper.
Not a sweet little ‘hey girl, come over here and take a look at me’
It was more like a
‘HELLO!! Yeah you!
Right here. Are you picking me up? ‘
And after looking around to see if anyone else heard that
I took a few steps and found myself replying…
to a step ladder.
It is a whole new level of crazy over here folks.
But just look at it.
Old paint.Split wood. Wonky not so level legs.
That little ladder back construction.
And the most ridiculously charming silvered patina.
So, I wasn’t just replying to a little old ladder or step stool- this was a special one.
Full of charm. Full of possibilities.
And yes, full of a little bit of an attitude too. 🙂
Well, as you can see.
I tried to argue with it.
I tried to explain that I just didn’t neeeeeed another little ladder or stool…
and I had nowhere to put it…
and as I mumbled I was like.
What am I even doing.
Of course it’s going in the bathroom.
It’s going to hold candles. Soap. A towel.
Or in the kitchen.
Or by a chair.
Or in the greenhouse.
So basically- it went in my car.
And so that is how I met the little step ladder I didn’t know I was missing.
I brought it home, put it in the bathroom and absolutely love it here.
Best part- it is from my friend Sandy’s shop Tumbleweed & Co.
And I know it talked to her before it talked to me.
It is a chatty little thing.
What do you think?
Would have brought this cutie home too?
Incidentally, we are getting ready to refresh this bathroom again. New paint and trim- and some repairs around the tub and ceiling again. All.The.Rain. we have had in California has brought
a few leaks that we need to fix.
Fun. Fun. haha. At least the step ladder is looking cute doing it’s thing.
Happy Monday everyone.
The stepladder definitely has a certain je ne sais quoi! It looks so pretty next to your tub! Have a great day!
I passed up three little guys the other day at a sale. I'm doing some serious downsizing before I move and I can tell you it was so tough. So adorable. I love these little guys.
Enchanting! It reminds me of my Granny's house. She could take anything and make it grand. Thanks for bringing her to mind. I miss her so!
I miss mine, too! :*( I have her all around me with things she embroidered and some of her vases and such.
You really make me think about stools and step ladders.. I'm looking now. Thanks for sharing
I recently discovered your blog. I love your decorating sense. Especially when you mix rustic with elegance!
I enjoy your style of writing so much not to mention your designing as well. You make me smile.
Fleur de Lys says
I like it!
Charming creative use of your inspiration:) Love your bathroom. Where did you purchase those floor tiles? They are exquisite. Thank you for sharing your beauty.
chris drago says
I have a little Step ladder that used to belong to my Grandmother. I have it in my kitchen, now I may have to move it into my bathroom.. Love this idea.
Thanks for such an adorable story, and the wonderful ideas for my little blue step ladder ~
Yes, he does have a little attitude! So cute! That baby would have followed me home too! I love how you mix rustic with elegant
One Shabby Chic says
I was so captivated by the charm of that little ladder sitting by your tub holding your candles and flowers, that I began searching for one myself. It's beautiful and I can't wait to find mine.
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
Oh that's so darling Courtney! I love that you found the perfect place for it – it's beautiful in the bathroom! ❤️
Hi Courtney. Looks like were now family, bc i have the twin to your new stEp stool. Mine haS lived with me for decades(i must be the ‘older sis). So happy my niece has found a good home. My girl can now come in from the garage as i have a new place for her to hang out. ☺️🥰🤩
I would have also bought this beauty home.I would have felt bad that no one had bought he, because her beauty was a bit worn. I love little ladders and stools.
Monique Marie says
Hi Courtney. Just what I’m looking for to place in my smaller bathroom. Inspiration should I see some look-alike in the near future. Thanks.
Diane M says
I love it!
Patricia Justice says
sometimes those little things do call out to us.
By the way, is that marble tiling/backsplash on your bathtub wall? I absolutely lovvvve it.
Yes- marble subway tile. 🙂
Like you, i cAme across aN old chippy step ladder aNd had to donthe same. It DEFINITELY came home with me too, and to this day i still love it. Mine has plants staggered on it and it looks so cute!
I just love everything you do. I’m paying careful attention to your bathroom. I’m getting a gold clawfoot with a standing gold tub pour. I’m having trouble finding faucets/shower faucets to match the tub filler in somewhat the same gold. Can they be different gold tones, do you think, Courtney? If I go with the same brand as the filler, it’s super expensive. I’m trying to find less costly faucets, but they don’t come in the same yellow gold as the filler, and they don’t have matching fillers in their brand.
Chere sterk says
Haha i love this story! I rea und bec i am full up at my hou in my french cou cot decor and when i see that antiQue peace from across the room i beg it to Not call out to me because i hav no room but recently remembered a huge attic ab our gara full of teenagers junk. They all have moved out so im tUrning it into a french country cottage loft . Thanks for the funny story and the step ladder is absolutely adorable!❤️
I PICKED UP ONE EXACTLY LIKE YOURS AT A CONSIGNMENT STORE RECENTLY AND WAS UNSURE WHAT TO DO WITH IT UNTIL SEEING YOUR POST. IT’S PERFECT, THANKS SO MUCH!!
Nancy Carr says
I completely understand.
Tumbleweed is a favorite hunting ground and I travel there from LOdi. some of my favorite thIngs are from Their shop Such as some of my ironstone And a very Thick vintage Dictionary. When you have cOllector’s instInct, you just know when it has to be yours!
The LITTLE ladder thAt could. ADORABLE and fits perfectly in your bathroom. Love it. Jean
Love the floOr and subway tIle. Would you share The name /manufacturer of the floor tiles and subway wall tiles please?
Thanks in advance🌞
We got the wall tile at Lowe’s – I believe it is by Allen & Roth. The floor tile was from a tile shop= I don’t remember the name but it is a basketweave marble mosaic tile.