10 Pieces I’d Like to Get Rid Of

Some things are difficult to let go of.

My drafting table.
My drafting table.

I just sold for a song my drafting table from college and the early days of my career as a set designer.

Marble-Topped End Tables
Marble-Topped End Tables

I’d like to thin out a few more things. (I’ve already let go of my dining room table and my grandmother’s marble topped living room coffee and end tables.) Unfortunately they don’t all historically belong to me. Some are Charlie’s.

  1.  Cedar chest: Charlie refinished this a few years ago when his daughter was married with the intention of giving it to her since it belonged to his mother.  It takes up a lot of room. Hoping to pass it off soon to the next generation.

    Refinished cedar chest ready for the next generation.
    Refinished cedar chest ready for the next generation.
  2. Nested tables: A set of 3 nesting tables that belonged to Charlie’s grandparents.  They look like a product by the Bombay Company.  I would like to post these on Craigslist.

    Nested Tables
    Nested Tables
  3. Sewing machine:  I gave it a good try but my grandmother’s sewing machine is just too much machine for my soon-to-be tidy house.

    The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
    The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
  4.  3 Sleds: Hoping to pass these onto the grandchildren as they come along.

    Nothing says winter like sleds.
    Nothing says winter like sleds.
  5.  2 Handmade Cabinets: Our now-deceased friend made these two glass-front cabinets and gave them to us.  I have tried to work them into our décor but just can’t find the right place for them.  Maybe someone else will have a special spot for signature items.

    I can't find a good place for these cabinets at The Glade.
    I can’t find a good place for these cabinets at The Glade.

I know the list looks like 5 items but in terms of actual pieces there are 10.  I’d be happy to see them gone this year.

How do you pursue your dreams?

In Preparation

I cleared the way for our new bench to be delivered. (It was supposed to come on Monday but arrived yesterday after a lot of miscommunication with the freight company.)

Eventually the conservatory will be transformed.
Eventually the conservatory will be transformed.

I moved one of the loveseats out of the conservatory to make room for the bench.

This loveseat actually fits well in the dining room.
This loveseat actually fits well in the dining room.

The only free space was in the dining room in front of the wall adjacent to the kitchen.

This is a comfortable, well-lit spot to work on the computer or read.
This is a comfortable, well-lit spot to work on the computer or read.

Eventually I will get rid of one or two loveseats but I’ve been having my morning coffee in this one for a few days now.  It’s very convenient.

For now the bench is in the middle of the room.
For now the bench is in the middle of the room.

It’s going to stay in this position at least until after our party in early March. We can never have too much seating during a party, especially near the food table.

How happy would you be to clear out some old clutter?

Bye Bye Drafting Table

Remember when I said I didn’t want to part with my drafting table from college?

The drafting table has been cluttering up the porch among other bits of clutter.
The drafting table has been cluttering up the porch among other bits of clutter.

All of your good advice from the end of this post and the fact that I’m tired of seeing it sitting on the porch has given me the impetus to list it for a cheap price, $25, on Craigslist.

This table folds almost flat for travel and storage.
This table folds almost flat for travel and storage.

When a buyer texted and offered $20 I agreed to let it go.

Along with the table I included the parallel and green/cream Vyco which is worth at least $40.
Along with the table I included the parallel and green/cream Vyco which is worth at least $40.

An artist and her husband who had just arrived from Siberia picked it up after dark last night.

Sometimes our street is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale.
Sometimes our street is more like a nightmare than a fairy tale.

The artist described our dark, winding road as “like a fairy tale”.

How would you describe your street?

A Few Accessories for the Conservatory

I’m sure Charlie doesn’t understand my desire to lighten the conservatory.

We've been using a pair of facing loveseats in the conservatory.
We’ve been using a pair of facing loveseats in the conservatory.

When I told him I bought a rattan bench he looked bewildered.

The chair fit easily in my hatchback.
The chair fit easily in my hatchback.

Then I sent him a photo of a grey wicker chair and he said, “Ok!?” Later he asked where the chair is for.

The grey chair complements the grey door.
The grey chair complements the grey door.

I purchased the wicker chair from our local model home resale store.

This chair is sturdy and comfortable.
This chair is sturdy and comfortable.

I used a flat toile pillow from the living room for a seat cushion.

Some of these pillows will end up in the conservatory when the new bench arrives.
Some of these pillows will end up in the conservatory when the new bench arrives.

I also purchased 3 velvet pillows for $5 each.  I understand velvet is “in” now.

A large blue lacquer tray.
A large blue lacquer tray.

Finally, a blue enamel tray caught my eye.

I like how the colors are coming together.
I like how the colors are coming together.

For $8 I knew I’d find a spot for it.

Do you have a favorite shopping emporium?

Little Red Chair

The Cottage tenant decided she wanted an area for reading .

A comfortable red chair.
A comfortable red chair.

She had seen and tested a chair at Ikea the last time we were there which was comfortable and RED! (For $30 extra she also purchased a white slipcover.)

It was a tight fit in the car, so much so that she had to unbox it at the store and still maneuver it into the car.

The white cabinet will conveniently fit lots of places in the Cottage.
The white cabinet will conveniently fit lots of places in the Cottage.

The cabinet that had been purchased at Ikea which was on the front wall of the Cottage was moved nearer the bed to make space for the LRC (little red chair).

The chair fits in the corner between the front door and side-wall window.
The chair fits in the corner between the front door and side-wall window.

I received a text later with a photo of the chair all set up and the glass and red metal sofa table near it. (The table is very portable so it’s now across the room.)

The pet under the window is my air compressor which my friend is temporarily storing for me.
The pet under the window is my air compressor which my friend is temporarily storing for me.

Everything is really getting Cottage cozy.

Do you like to rearrange your furniture?

New Conservatory Furniture

I’ve had the loveseats in the conservatory since 1981.  Originally they were upholstered in cream colored wool.

The loveseat slip covers have held up well.
The loveseat slip covers have held up well.

In 1991 I made matching flowered slipcovers and they’ve been in those covers ever since.

Loveseats in the living room.
Loveseats in the living room.

When I moved into The Glade in 1997 the loveseats were in the living room.

The loveseats face each other in conservatory now.
The loveseats face each other in conservatory now.

When the conservatory was built in 2014 I moved both loveseats into the conservatory.

The scene outside the windows is woodsy.
The scene outside the windows is woodsy.

I really would like to change the style of the conservatory to a more outdoor style room.

Avalon daybed at Serena and Lily is $1300.
Avalon daybed at Serena and Lily is $1300.

I thought I would like a daybed but realized it would probably be a little too large for the space. I especially admired the rattan daybed at Melissa’s of The Inspired Room.

I'm hoping this bench is a perfect fit in the conservatory.
I’m hoping this bench is a perfect fit in the conservatory.

I was excited when a new Grandin Road catalog came to the house with an almost identical rattan bench, except that it is smaller than a daybed.  It is more the size of my loveseats.

The price is less than half of the full-sized model.
The price is less than half of the full-sized model.

I ordered one.

Have you found something you’ve been looking for?

Perfect Little Sofa Table

I spotted the Vittsjö laptop table on the Ikea website to be used in the Cottage.

The Vittsjo table is less than $30.
The Vittsjo table is less than $30.

The real selling point was that is comes in red. (Also comes in white and black-brown.)

Glass and metal table.
Glass and metal table.

We checked it out at the store and it looked as good as we thought it would.

The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.
The Vittsjo table is sturdy and useful.

We were home about half an hour when I got a text with the picture above.

A convenient place to put one's feet up and have a cup of coffee.
A convenient place to put up one’s feet and have a cup of coffee.

The Cottage tenant had already put it together and and put it to use.

Do you have a favorite nesting spot?