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It’s a Small World After All

11 Jul

The internet is a wild place.  At the same time it can connect us with people from afar and introduce you to people in your own backyard.  In my last post I lamented passing on a fabulous vintage sofa a few years back that was at a thrift store.  Here it is if you don’t recall:

Would you believe that the person who did buy this sofa stumbled across my blog?  Yep, Jamie wrote me to say:

“Hi Brooke! I was looking at mid-century modern sites for northwest Indiana and stumbled on your awesome blog. My husband and I live in Schererville and love all things mid-century as well. Funny thing though…as I read your recent post, I realized that we bought the exact sofa that you featured in your post.  I did a major double take and had to run out and look at our sofa again. We must have bought it right after your husband photographed it!”

Can you believe it?  Jamie was nice enough to send me some photos of the sofa in it’s new home:

And the front view:

I am so happy that this sofa went to someone that loves and appreciates it for all of it’s retro goodness.  That boomerang coffee table with the hairpin legs is pretty fantastic too!  Jamie also has a blog about the fabulousness of all things 1950’s.  Check out “Musings of a Mid-Century Mom.”  Thanks Jamie!

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“Regrets, I’ve Had a Few…”

4 Jun

I am kicking myself.  I was going through some old photos on the computer and came across some that The Boy took while out at the thrift stores.  When we first bought our house, he would send me pics of furniture/household items that he spotted to see if I liked them and if he should purchase them for the house (he still does this, but it seems like we find less and less good stuff lately).  Anyway, it seems like I was a bit out of my mind and passed up some really great stuff:

I am guessing that I told him to pass on this table and chairs because of the brassy/gold legs.  I was on a chrome kick at the time.  Since then we have incorporated both chrome and gold into the abode. Too bad.

This dining set really breaks my heart.  I know that if I saw this today, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat.  I probably nixed it at the time because I was worried about too much wood in the dining room with the wood paneling and wood credenza.

I am quite certain that I said no to this chair because there was only one and I was looking for a matching pair.  Notice the previous dining room set in the background…I think all of these pictures were taken THE SAME DAY.  I will again reiterate that it seems like I hardly ever find anything good at the thrift stores these days, let alone a bunch of great stuff at the same time.  I am glad I can’t see the price tags on these pieces – I am sure they were much more affordable 5 years ago.   Now, the final stab to the heart:

Let me take a moment of silence while a single tear runs down my cheek.  I have been on the hunt for a vintage sectional for about a year now.  I really want one that has the curved middle section, but I could have made this one work with a corner table between the two sections. Those lines!  That fabric!   Please excuse me while I go and bang my head against the wall.

It’s Here, It’s Here, It’s Here!

22 Feb

Every 3 months or so I start to get a little antsy.  I run to check the mailbox when the postman delivers.  Most days I am disappointed.  However, on 4 glorious days every year, my anticipation is rewarded.  Today was the day my friends.  The arrival of Spring 2012 Atomic Ranch:

Isn’t it glorious?  I have yet to crack the cover as the arrival is also met with the need to prepare for the reading of Atomic Ranch.  Conditions for reading Atomic Ranch are:

  1. The house must be perfectly quiet.  That means The Boy must either be asleep or out of the house.
  2. I must clear my schedule and set aside the time to read the magazine cover to cover, every line, every ad.
  3. A good bottle of wine is necessary.  This is an event after all, and one that only happens 4 times a year.

If you have somehow missed the deliciousness that is Atomic Ranch magazine,  you can check it out at: http://www.atomic-ranch.com/