While in Littleton, New Hampshire this weekend, I stopped by this huge artist and antiques marketplace called the Tannery. This place was overwhelming, especially since I was a bit worn out from the Garnet Hill outlet where I felt like I had spent years digging through linens, clothes, and Orla Keily bags marked down 50-75%. I know, poor me. But after the Garnet Hill splurge, I wasn’t in the mood to really dig into the Tannery, but wow do I ever regret it now.
I found a gorgeous chair that looked almost like a 19th century Heywood-Wakefield Victorian wicker chair, much like this one shown in the Trina Turk NY store (in red, near the mannequin). I loved it’s fancy scroll decoration and the stick and ball ornamentation that makes it so ornate and so charming.
The chair I found was teal with a cane seat and only $115; it looked exactly like this red one over on eBay going for $650- (above)st. I think thyle is chair would look fabulous in a bedroom with a crisp white Parsons desk, textiles from India and Turkey on the bed and for window treatments, and a two-tone geometric print rug. Why I walked from the $115 chair, I’ll never know. I found one here at Ruby Lane that is more affordable, but I’d immediately have to paint it teal or bright red, the white just isn’t doing it for me. But it’s only $150, so maybe I’ll snag it and store it if anything…
But that’s not all! I didn’t simply turn my back on a Heywood-Wakefield, I also rejected a pair of 1870 Chinese ceramic elephant bookends in teal, an early 19th century embroidered peacock on linen in vibrant colors (and it was beautifully framed), a hand-painted chinoiserie lamp with these huge birds in all my favorite colors, and a large cane folding screen with fabric panels in a flame stitch pattern just like all those yummy Missoni prints we love. It would have doubled perfectly as a headboard. Most of these items were right around $100- each. What was I thinking? Why did I walk? I guess we’ve all done it… But that doesn’t ease the pain or the shame.
(images from jonathan adler, ebay, and ruby lane)