7.06.2016

And One More Change

Ethan Allen, my favorite furniture store has a lovely curio that I purchased about ten years ago.  
It is such a gorgeous piece and I guarantee you will absolutely be smitten by it.

I first purchased it when we bought our home at the beach.    Here it is below in my dinning room.  
Below is my friend KC's home.  If you recall I blogged about her Charming and beautiful home in an earlier post.  http://leeshideaway.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-charming-country-home.html  You can read about her home in the link above.
Anyway, KC had a similar one from Ethan Allen in her home but used it as a book shelf.  I had not thought of using it like that until I saw hers.
Last week at the shore I kept dreaming of how the curio was really not being used the way I wanted to use it.  Although it looked lovely in my dinning room, I rarely entertain at the beach and I began to day dream about what I would place inside of it if I could bring it to our year round home and use it in my family room.
Well after much coercing, begging and pleading, my husband agreed to transport it back home.

Above:  my cabinet at home.  Please excuse the sheet on the sofa, it's for my doggies.
I am so in love with it, once again.

7.05.2016

A Search For Beds.

I am constantly looking at my home. room to room and I take inventory, or I make mental notes.  I remember Mary Carol Garrity once saying she did the same thing.  I will walk in a room and think "What's missing?"  Or "What's wrong with this room?"  I drive my husband crazy at times but it's something I do.

Recently I have had a problem with one of my now guest rooms.
I Was trying to find the Ethan Allen Country Farmhouse bed that had been discontinued many years ago.  I looked for months.  Ebay, etsy, on line dealers of discontinued EA furniture.  I had no luck.  Even one of my closest friends who works for EA tried to find it and was not successful.  So I found a substitute on Joss and Main.  It was a Paula Dean Bed.  In theory it was what I was looking for, at least it looked like it.  Until I got it home.

It was massive.  I got it in the only size it came in - Queen.  It took up most of the room.  The headboard was gigantic.

I know you will probably disagree because the photo makes the room look bigger than it was but the bed truly was the elephant in the room.  Large and overbearing.   And once again I had the feeling of regret.  Why did I get this?  Why did I get it and not wait?  This drove me crazy.  
And then I saw it. 

The Ethan Allen Cottage bed.
This was the photo I found on Ebay.    
My criteria for the perfect bed was:
Arched headboard
preferably a foot board
Spindles or planks
Pine or light wood
Full size (because I had a full size mattress in the barn that was my son's bed.  
Preferably and Ethan Allen bed  ( I love the company and their furniture.)
Here is the room now.
I brought home one of the dressers I had in the store.  It's a vintage style that was painted.  It was the size I wanted and thought it would look pretty giving the room a little color.



I am still waiting for a few prints from Ballards to hang above the bed but I can honestly say I am very pleased.
All my beds happen to be Ethan Allen and two of them are discontinued ones that I have been lucky enough to locate.
Here is a photo of the other guest room which was my oldest son's room.
I had done a post about his room before.  I found this EA discontinued bed on Ebay as well.  Thank God for Ebay and Ethan Allen.


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