"Tartan Revisited . . . "
|from Rue Magazine, Holiday 2010|
(image by tinywater photography)
If by some odd chance you're just returning from a desert island . . . and you've missed the various reports . . . I'm having a sale over on One Kings Lane this weekend in celebration of National Tartan Day (April 6th). Whenever one is selling items that have been part of one's home, it's a struggle. Much like a favourite house guest that's stayed a bit too long - you're glad to see them go. But, you'll miss them. So, in memory of things past . . . I'd love to give you a little history on a few pieces that are for sale . . .
The Oval-Backed Chairs
|My little house, last year at Christmas.|
I feel like everyone knows and loves those little oval-backed chairs upholstered in Diamond and Baratta tartan. When we were getting ready to shoot the house for Rue Magazine in 2010 - two of the chairs that were supposed to be in my dining room were damaged in shipping . . . and these two little darlings were quickly upholstered and added to the mix of chairs.
Here they are on the far side of the table . . . from another dinner party that same holiday season. They're incredibly comfortable, even during long dinner parties . . . with a charming blue linen-velvet upholstered in the seat. Because of their smallish size, they could be adorable in a bedroom - or you could use them as I did in your dining room.
The Chartreuse Arm Chairs
I actually found these at an auction years and years ago and spent a small fortune having them restored. They've been in the house in some form or another ever since. In the early days, when I photographed my home for Ronda Carman . . . ta-da - there they are - still upholstered in foliage printed velvet with their original caned side panels.
But things rarely stay the same around my little house . . .
So here they are . . . half-way to being re-imaged in bright chartreuse silk.
And now ready for pick-up and delivery to the house from my upholstery shop.
The Tartan Tea Service
Like most everything else in my home . . . this one has great memories attached to it as well. You see, I was in England, Wales, and Scotland in the Spring of 2002 for a month-long vacation. It was one of those trips where I just began dog-earring pages in all my favourite travel books . . . and then figured out a route that would take me to each of them. London. Glouster. Chester. York. Edinburgh. Aberdeen. Inverness. And so on. But, the day I was supposed to leave York and head north to Scotland, there had been an over-night storm that had closed most of the train service - and one could only travel in case of emergencies. (well, my emergency was that a small antique store in Edinburgh had this tea service on hold for me - I had been speaking with them via phone for months) So, I kinda fibbed a little. And boarded a bus from York going north. Needless to say . . . this little tea service has served me well for many years. I bough several pieces that day - so don't fret - I still have plenty of reminders of that trip at the house.
The Framed Hunt Scenes
Another pile of fond memories. I found this charming collection of framed hunt scenes when I was with my mother . . . traveling through southern Alabama on one of our famous antiquing trips. Mom would sometimes pick me up from the airport in Jackson, Mississippi - and we wouldn't drive north towards our home . . . but, we'd head east to Alabama to antique shop for three of four days. The long drives in the car gave us a great chance to chat and catch-up . . . and our chatter would be punctuated with stops in Daphne or Foley, Alabama to search for antiques that neither of us needed - but, both of us found great pleasure in shopping for. As I've often said, I firmly believe there is a 'shopping gene' . . . and it runs on my Mom's side of the family.
The Tartan Arm Chairs
These are a little hard to part with too . . . but, I'd love to see them go to a new home . . . and be part of new celebrations each holiday season. Like my other two arm chairs, these used to be upholstered in a somber black leather with tweed backs. Until two years ago . . . when the house practically exploded with colour for the Rue Magazine shoot. I could see these as part of a beautiful entry way, maybe flanking an antique console . . .
There's my good friend William and me . . . from the Rue holiday shoot.
So . . . if you haven't had a chance to hop over and peruse through our little One Kings Lane sale . . . there are many things to chose from - and give a tartan chair a good home.
(all items were still available for sale at the time of this posting)