Saturday, January 19, 2013
Home Furniture shopping
Furniture shoppingToday we went out furniture shopping. So many rooms to fill up with stuff that the ol' apartment caliber stuff just won't do.
It's true, Elevation N has captured our hearts. I've become very infatuated with it so much I love taking tons of pictures with every visit. The cottage style, with hip roof, thick pilasters, country porch, tin roof, double gable is charming and will be a treat to roll home to any day of the week.
With my previous render stage, I feel I've really come to understand the transitional cottage style, and hope to capture it even more so as we get into the interior decorating stage.
Morning RoomWhile I can't afford to just drop cash on a just-add-water approach to filling up the Rome with furniture, I have been able to triage whats most important, namely the high traffic areas. In our home, in our lifestyle, the Morning Room will be heavily used. So we are starting there first.
Out & about, today we stopped by Virginia Wayside Furniture. We've toured a number of other places, like Ashley, Haynes, Rooms-to-Go, and others, and yes those places occasionally have some nice stuff, but today was a refreshing sight for soar eyes. This place was chock-full of quality furniture, with a plethora of options, custom order capabilities, and raw inspiration. Also, I'm normally turned off by sales people, and would rather shop alone. But today, we were met by Barbara, and we all had a ton of fun working with her as she helped us relate to what we were looking for.
We've come to accept that the morning room, being a center piece to our lifestyle, should deserve something durable, beefy, fun, lasting, and yet still fit within our country-cottage idea. With that, the distressed pedestal table felt like a perfect fit.
We've scoured the internet for pedestal tables, and while there were some good ones, they either seemed too spendy, or too cheap. One of the biggest concerns was getting a table we could really use, beat up over time, and know it would only look better with age.
Well today we found that table... a Nickols & Stone Antiguan 50" round, with 20" leaf.
Originally, when we assessed this table, we weren't thrilled how the base took up a large amount of floor space. But we loved the cherry-stained wood top, and thick, black, distressed, pedestal base, and chunky apron.
I honestly don't know one furniture manufacture from another, but I can tell a quality made product when I see it. Apparently Nickols & Stone has a great reputation, so I expect we are in for a life-long addition, good for many omelets, hash-browns, waffles, or whatever!
As for chairs? Well we didn't get any. Yes, the ones in the picture above are amazing. And for being solid wood, they were extremely contouring and comfortable. Sadly, they were over $400 a piece... currently too rich for my blood. Maybe later I'll splurge, or find something more reasonable.
PorchPerhaps strange to some, but the porch is next on our list for high traffic areas. In fact this was the primary reason we went with Elevation N and perhaps top of the list for house requirements. To that we are looking at this porch swing.
The red in the image above is nice, but fortunately PorchSwings.Com sells a variety of colors. I think the Sage Green color will tie perfectly to the black door, and green siding of our home.
Everywhere ElseYes, we still need practical stuff, like the refrigerator, and washer dryer, but that stuff isn't as fun to shop around for as the fun we had today.
Until next time...