Saturday, March 19, 2016

How to fill a wonky alcove

Do you know Shirley?

If you don't, you should.

Shirley lives not too far from here outside of Chapel Hill (the place where they play basketball). The other week she posted on Facebook that a friend of hers, an antique collector, was moving and had to sell some of her collection. 

Well, you know I jumped all over that!

I know that antiques aren't really popular...that kids (when I say 'kids', I mean folks in their 20s and 30s...the same age as my children) don't really want antiques. They'd much rather go to Ikea or somewhere like that and buy something that they keep 'til they move to the next place, leaving their "temporary" furniture on the sidewalk for someone to pick up.

But I love antiques. I love the stories they tell, and I love anything with a history. 

(This is why I am Queen of the DPS*)

So Shirley and I went back and forth with dimensions and prices and photos--she was awesome about helping me out--and I jumped in my car and drove off to a lovely neighborhood between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, and got to the lovely Martha's home. 

(This is what Shirley got at the sale...gorgeous, no? See what "first dibs" will get you?)

You know how you meet people and you feel as if you know them? 
I believe Martha and I are those people. She's from Philly and I could talk Pennsylvania antiques and Catholic school with her. Her husband is adorable. We chatted for awhile and I came away with a desk (now in the guest room), a cabinet (which doesn't have a home right now, but it will), and one of Martha's watercolors for the kitchen. (She is an artist, too...but her paintings are much better than mine!)

Then I went up the street to get a quick tour of Shirley's beautiful home. Holy Smokes! It's even lovelier in person. I don't think photos can truly convey the warmth of the house.
(You can take a tour here.)

I'm always scared when I measure something, that it won't fit exactly as I plan, but the desk fit the wonky alcove in the guest room PERFECTLY!! (This is until we get shelving in there, which should be in another 20 years or so. (Bliss has a wonky alcove and just finished her shelves, so...)

(If it was 1870 and you were like Emily Dickinson, you could sit in this little alcove and write your poetry all day, then you could hide it in a box under the bed, which is conveniently on your left just behind you. But you are NOT Emily Dickinson, so you would go out for a walk, instead.)

I came away that morning feeling that I had a banner day--I got three beautiful items for my house, made a new friend, and got to see Shirley's house in person (and meet her darling husband)!

*DPS - Dead People's Stuff


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

shirley is so awesome and i love her cart. and your desk could not be more perfect for your space!!! gorgeous!

Art and Sand said...

That desk was made for your little alcove.

Hope your spring break will arrive soon and you have a fun time.

Rita C. said...

So cool and so perfect, Kirby! Lucky you to live close enough to make a worthwhile adventure of that. I saw Shirley's great piece, too. I'm sure Martha is happy someone else will love her pieces as much as she has.

Kathleen George said...

Sure enough the desk is a good fit. I appreciate antiques very much and I love the bowls on Shirley's shelves.
Can't wait to see the cabinet!
Kathleen in Az

Pinky said...

I LOOOVE Shirley! She is the sweetest and I consider her a friend. She has been up this way to go antiquing and we also had lunch. I would LOVE to get to her house one day and see it in person. Now, I grew up in Philly too, and went to Catholic school; 12 years of nuns:) I will start following you too. We could have alot in common! Have a great rest of the weekend!!

Rose L said...

It looks like it is the perfect fit! I cannot imagine why someone would want IKEA furniture and not antiques!

Junkchiccottage said...

Kirby so glad you got that awesome desk. It is perfect. I love Shirley and had the wonderful pleasure of meeting her a while ago and seeing her beautiful home too. She is as lovely as her home makes you feel when you step inside. Her hubby and my hubby became instant friends on our trip to Chapel Hill. They are both such gracious people. So glad you got to go to Martha's for her wonderful sale. Happy Week End.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I find it highly questionable and just flat weird that you and bliss have identical wonky alcoves. And don't det all crazy thinking you CV an get Brawn because I get him next.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I find it highly questionable and just flat weird that you and bliss have identical wonky alcoves. And don't det all crazy thinking you CV an get Brawn because I get him next.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Sounds like a perfect day all around! You got to meet a perfect match in Martha, tour Shirley's perfectly appointed home and came home with a piece that's a perfect fit for that alcove.


Marie Blackburn said...

That writing desk found the perfect home - could ask for a better fit! If only these lovely antiques could tell us their stories - I'm sure there would be some interesting ones in the mix.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh Kirby...I am just seeing this...been out of town and trying to catch up!....That desk is perfect in the alcove...Martha so enjoyed seeing and meeting you!!!! hubby too!....thanks for the beautiful post on the desk...and thanks for the shout out on my wonderful baker's rack...yes, first dibs is a good thing!
Loved seeing you again Kirby....xoxoxo's

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

P.S. I cannot wait to see what you will do with your other purchases!!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Great little desk. Love the color of the wood, so warm.

Bliss said...

Was a big year for both of us, I too after 20 years had my wonky alcove filled. I think your alcove is a little bigger than mine, which is a little odd since I'm older.

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