This weekend I just happened upon an estate sale. Of course I
u-turned only to hear a groan from my 11 year old in the back seat. (She was hoping I wouldn't see the sign) But I did and after wondering through the mostly empty house I came across this tucked away in a back bedroom...
(here she is once I got her safely back to the Coop... gorgeous, right?)
You know I am a bit of a geek so I had to do a little research. I knew campaign furniture had something to do with the military but that's about all I knew. Soooo.... campaign furniture dates waaay back like 18th century way back. It was first designed and used for the British Military. It was furniture that could easily be taken apart and put back together when the officers moved from camp to camp. By the 19th century (and I am assuming after realizing moving with a load of furniture tended to slow one down especially when facing enemies) the actual take apart furniture began to fade. However, the style has stayed around and made comebacks through out the years.
The piece I found is a vintage Henredon Officers Chest. We all know Henredon means exceptional quality as a high end furniture maker. Campaign pieces are often found in less then desirable condition and then lacquered in fun colors. This really makes the hardware pop and is a great look. However the piece I found is in insane in the membrane good shape and gorgeous as is!
(This little beauty is $1295 on Etsy... before shipping)
If you find them in good shape they are very sought after. You can buy this one now on Ebay for $1349.99 (before the $250 shipping)...
There was also the whole ikea hack where with a good coat of paint and some brass hardware you could create your own campaign piece from their inexpensive Rast line.
Not a bad look for a good on trend option just not a forever one...
So my little find is now in The Coop and at $750 for the dresser and another $175 for the mirror a steal! We also can price out having it lacquered for you in the color of your choice. (But come see the amazing finish as is first!)...-A
I warned you that I had become a little obsessed with bar carts.... Remember a few post ago when I found the Target bar cart that I had to have. Well....
This is how it went down: I gave my hubby a few subtle hints on the blog that he should get it for me and followed it up with this conversation:
Me: So, Jeff, did you read the blog today?
Jeff: You mean the one you forwarded me 3 times?
Me: Um..er... yeah, that one.
Jeff: Yes Ann, I skimmed over it.
Me: Did you skim over the part about that great bar cart I found?
Jeff: I saw it
(So this is annoying... Are you getting me the bar cart or what?!?!)
Jeff: Ann, if you want that bar cart just order it and have it shipped here.
Me: Why don't you just go to Target and get it for me?
Jeff: I don't do Target
(clearly the magic of Target is lost on this man)
Soooo... In the blink of an eye that bad boy was ordered and on it's way to mi casa! You may wonder why I just didn't drive to Target myself but between 4 kids, soccer, and blah blah blah it was easier to have Target come to me.
I didn't really need it for a bar. I just needed more horizontal surface area to accessorize and I had a little lonely corner begging for some love.
(excuse the pics...how are people professional iphone photographers?!?!)
I wanted to keep it on the earthy side...hmmm... wooden mushrooms do the trick- don't you think?
Bar carts are not just for decanters and pretty glassware. Use them as side tables, or filler pieces for those lonely corners. Now rush off to Target and grab this beauty for $129!...-A
We recently hosted a Focus on the Coast photo shoot at The Coop. One of the editors fell in love with our brass bamboo cart at our "Hen Night In" and asked if we would style one for the March "Celebrate" issue. We were thrilled to stock up on alcohol oblige because we love their magazine!
They asked for a feminine look -- something that would reflect a celebration with friends, a baby shower or a girl's night. We stocked it with pretty pieces from the Coop and vintage barware.
It made for such a beautiful vignette when we pulled in a Chinese silk screen as a backdrop and added some fab finds from the Coop -- yes, they are all for sale... style a spot in your home for entertaining -- fill with pretty barware, silver pieces, vases, dishes filled with snacks and of course, in this case, very pretty and functional champagne.
Be sure to check out this month's issue of Focus on the Coast! On stands now.... Cheers!
Is it just me or are bar carts popping up EVERYWHERE? I hope it's not one of those things when you start doing more of something you start noticing more things related to that something you are doing. Like say... drinking? Hmmm... Intervention anyone?
Anyhoo... No Hooper and I are not heavy drinkers other then a vat glass of wine here and there but we are noticing bar carts everywhere and LOVING them! Sooo... here are a few affordable and way cool options...
We just talked about this one a post ago and we just used it in a clients house. For $349 this Ballard Design cart is a WINNER!
So for a little more glam and still super cool, this West Elm option is perfection. Chrome and mirror? Say no more. This little beauty is the perfect cart to store sparkly things and all your cocktail needs. And... at $399 it's still a good price for what you get!
So... now we are speaking my language. Thank you Target for once more delivering on trend and on time. This simple brass cart is a great size and only $129! Woohoo! Everyone rush out and grab this bad boy! The faux wood shelves are vibing mid century but the clean design would work anywhere!
Jeff, if you are reading this, Wouldn't it be fun to pick up a little treat for your wonderful, hardworking, adoring wife. I mean can you just imagine how excited I she would be if you brought this home from Target? (furniture department...half way down on the right... press the buzzer at the end of the aisle and they will load it for you) I just think this would be a great addition to the beautiful home I she has worked so hard to create for you. Just sayin...
We recently styled this bad boy for a Focus on the Coast Shoot -- stay tuned for more on that, but do run out and pick up the March issue on stands now...and check out some fab cocktail recipes on the Focus on the Coast blog.
This small cart is perfect as a small bar or as a side table. Or double duty -- why can't a side table be stocked with alcohol. Is that weird?
Let us know if you have to have this one!
And in other news... stay tuned- We are gong to have to open our doors soon... The Coop is almost full with insane finds! Save your dough and we'll keep you posted!
Happy Friday! (I am off to clean and gather accesories for my new bar cart! Jeff?....)
Hooper and I just got in last night from sunny Florida! It was 80 degrees and gorgeous but we hardly noticed because we were there to decorate a clients house in 48 hours... The clients husband had done a little shopping on his own and bought a dining table, buffet, sofa and 3 living room chairs. All the pieces had great bones and were easy to work with.
So how do you decorate a house in 48 hours?
First: You thank your lucky stars that Jacksonville, Florida has a Ballard Design, West Elm, Pottery Barn and .... HOME GOODS!!!
Second: You drink lots of coffee, and take adderall stay posotive.
Lucky for us the stars alligned and we found amazing scores for the client....
(Everything you see here went to the clients house and then some!). We had a train of 13 carts at check out! 13 was our lucky number that day...
Two of these made it off the floor at ballard and into the clients living room flanking the fireplace. And... FYI, Ballards lightly distressed lacquered fininsh is INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE!
How do you you fill a 25' wall ...hmmm... You buy the worlds largest piece of art from Home Goods. Gorgeous and all the right colors.
And our top bar cart pick? (drumroll) ..... Ballard design's brass bamboo bar cart is huge and stunning AND only $349. Of course it would be perfect in a dining room but we love it as a side table too!
Do you see taht Pottery Barn rug? We do not go there much for rugs but could not pass this one or the dining room rug up...
You can not go wrong with a simple Ballard table to fill a space and offer horizontal surface area for accessories! (You know we love accessories!)
Another beautiful PB rug fills the dining room...
We created this centerpiece from containers and silk florals from HomeGoods. Not usually a big fan of silk flowers, but their orchids can't be beat. Plus, if you dig a little, you can find preserved boxwoods. So pretty on this reflective surface...
The trip was a huge success and the client is thrilled with her new space. Stay tuned for more on our road trip and fab finds.... bye bye birdie...