I love it when I receive photo's from customers, showing things they've bought in situ. This lovely customer bought an antique thresher from me and had it made into a coffee table. Doesn't it look fab?!! Swipe for before photos. @nadinecollington #antiquefurniture#antiquefinds#modernrustic#repurposing
It's been a busy decoupage week. The first time I worked on a fish chest, it was on a battered Georgian piece, ( excuse the pun) and a few years ago. My husband thought I was mad. It was on my stand in an Arundel antique centre. One day a woman and her grown up daughter came in. " Oh! Mummy do look. Isn't that lovely?" Mummy in a very haughty voice replied, "Dahling, I think its absolutely hideous!" Ha ha...But never ignored. A U.S. trade customer bought it and she kindly sent me the Architectural Digest a few months later. Every one is different. I love working on them. No antique suffers, rather they are given a new lease of life, as we only use chests that are down at heel. #arundel#antiquefurniture#interiordesign#englishantiques#decoupage#decorative#upcycled
Beds of Paradise. A pair of finely inlaid, revolutionary convertible beds / First Quarter, 20th century, Tayabas (now Quezon province). Narra with rattan cane, kamagong, narra & lanite inlays 219 x 214 x 142 cm (86 x 84 x 56 in) each. . Pull down beds, usually placed neatly against a wall during the day and pulled down to use during the night, were invented by American William Lawrence Murphy (1876 – 1957), and are thus popularly known as Murphy beds. In the early American colonial period, this well-thought and innovative space saver idea was adapted in the Philippines. It could be placed in the guest room or, if desired, in the main living room for extra seats or as a good size, comfortable bed because of the bigger windows there. A revolutionary piece of furniture at that time. Used as a bench, the narrower seat woven with solihiya provides a semi-formal and decidedly more dignified seating. The headboard is a half-canopy – the frieze is arched on the sides fitted with two rods for drapery and mosquito net and accentuated with turnip drop finials, then topped with molded cornice. It stands on four bulky, stunted cabriole feet carved with acanthus leaves. The backrest is the high back that gets hidden under the bed frame. To convert to a small double size bed, the separate arched panel is pulled down, then the seat is dropped to hang, and then the bed frame woven with solihiya as sleeping surface is pulled all the way. The arched footboard, shaped like a Roman pediment with two posts topped with turnip finials, is pulled up and locked in place. When converted again as a bench, the bed frame is tucked inside by a mechanism that ensures there’s no danger whatsoever that it can topple over accidentally. Such a simple but clever and effective safety feature. The bed is made entirely of narra wood, where almost every facing panel and corner is decorated with very fine twin border of kamagong and lanite inlays enclosing a wider narra inlay. Such painstaking work
Turn an aluminum can into beautiful pieces of jewelry...Laura will teach you how! Join us for a fun workshop and leave with new jewelry. If you like the colors of a particular can, bring it in and use it for your jewelry.