I’m a sucker for antique furniture. So when I came across the wonderfully refinished pieces by a local artisan I was instantly smitten. Sarah Richardson (one of my favorite TV designers) once said that you should always incorporate at least one antique/vintage/old/weathered/aged piece in every room no matter the overall style of the room.
I couldn’t agree with her advice more. Couple that with my obsession with the Antique Road Show in the 90s and you, my friends, have found a lady that loves antique furniture but also thinks they shouldn’t be messed with — unless it’s done well. This crafts-person is a true artist with antiques. Below is one of her* current pieces that I’m crushing over.
This artisan only lists her pieces on Craig’s List, which blows my mind because they’re so amazing. I first saw her pieces last summer when she had a gorgeous secretary for sale. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy it and now I’m haunted by it. Alas, I don’t have a picture of the one that got away but it was a combination of the ones pictured above and below.
Still not convinced you should incorporate an antique piece of furniture in your home? Then let me try to convince you by appealing to your thrifty side. You can usually buy an antique/vintage piece that is well made for less than anything you’d get at Crate and Barrel, Room and Board or a similar store. Ikea will sell you something for much less but then you’ll be back there in a few years to buy a new one when the first one fell apart.
Please don’t misunderstand me: I will not be filling my entire home with antiques. I appreciate them but I don’t want a house full of them; that’s waaaayyy too much of a good thing.
Here are some more pieces from my artisan. CLICK HERE and you’ll get to the results of the search I did today where all of these pieces are listed for sale. If the link doesn’t work search Craig’s List SFBayArea/allbayarea/forsale/furniture/connoisseur and that will bring up her pieces.
*I have no idea the gender of the local artisan but I like imagining that she’s a “she” and that she took up refinishing furniture after retiring from her incredibly successful but demanding job that didn’t let her exercise her creative side. Or maybe it’s Norm from “The New Yankee Workshop” !? I would love that! Another obsession of mine in the 90’s…#wastedyouth.