Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sitting Room Side Table and A Few of My Favorite Old Things...

While I don't have a furniture makeover to share with you today, I do have an unexpected addition to our sitting room that I am smitten with!  I actually bought this lovely side table from a dear friend of mine with the intention of painting and selling it...

I had been on a hunt for a round or oval table for this spot, hoping to come across one before I did the big reveal post of this room makeover back in August.  Last week I had a drop cloth laid out, my paint and brush ready to go when I decided to set this little yellow table down in the sitting room area, just to see...  As it turns out, it wasn't a round or oval table I needed here, and this table wasn't meant to be repainted (at least not at this moment).  I love my little square table in it's shabby pale yellow paint, right here in this very spot!  It's just the perfect size for a board game or a book and a cup of tea!
People often ask me how I can possibly let go of some of the beautiful furniture I sell.  Let me tell you, it isn't always easy!  Every now and then I find a piece that just fits into our home so well that it becomes a permanent addition...and then it's not so difficult to part with the next beauty that comes along!  Most of the purchases I make these days at estate sales and such are made with the intention of reselling them.
When I came across this tea set at an estate sale a few years back, it was cast off in box, covered in dirt and I just figured that after a quick clean-up, I would stick a sale tag on it and set it out in my shop space later that week.  But when I started washing away that dirt and grime, I fell head over heels for the 19th Century ruffled, hand painted German porcelain beauties sitting in my kitchen sink!  Now, this tea set is one of my all time favorite finds!  When this happens, I look around the house and find something that I am willing to let go.  I try so hard not to acquire too much stuff!  I really need to implement the same kind of discipline with my children and their toys!  Easier said than done...
A more recent find that I've become attached to is this wonderful book, "Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare," circa 1907.  I love that each page has a pretty lavender frame around the text.  You really can't have too many wonderful books, can you?
A dear friend of my grandma's recently gave her this sweet little jewelry box and asked her to pass it on to me!  I will treasure it always!
Old pearls, vintage sheet music and antique lace collars are among my favorite things to collect and use in staging vignettes for home, for the shop and for my photos! 
 Thank you so much for stopping by to see the addition to our sitting room area and a few of my other favorite little things!  I am working on a storage project for my studio now that I hope to have ready to share soon!
Have a wonderful week!  Stay warm!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Sharing with...
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
 Furniture & Paint Party at Start at Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours


  1. Lovely! Your displays are charming and your home so cozy while being beautiful!


  2. Love the table and the tea set is just adorable.. I would keep it too! take care, maryann

  3. Beautiful!! I love the yellow.

    Amy Jo

  4. I don't think I could bear to sell that table. I love the style of it and it looks like it fits perfectly in your room. Have a great night- xo Diana

  5. Just beautiful! I always love seeing what you have to link up to THT. Thank you for partying at my place!

  6. Hi, Amanda! How are you? I love that table. It looks perfect in that spot. All of your treasures are just so pretty. I really like that book and the little jewelry box. I really like your tea set as well. I have a tea set and a few different tea pots that I love but don't have displayed in our house yet, I still have to figure out how to do that. You have a great weekend! P.S. Thanks for stopping by the old blog the other day. I'll hopefully get back to blogging sometime soon. Fall always makes me feel so inspired, Right now I'm just enjoying time with my baby girl Olivia. ~ Jamie

  7. It's so true that we have so many "finds" come and go...and a few just have to stay with us! Love the table and all the sweet items you have displayed on it - enjoy!!

  8. Amanda, you have so many beautiful pieces here. that tea table is perfect for this spot! I've had so much trouble with my blog list, and I haven't seen you for a while. I went to check on you and your blog wasn't listed anymore. I've lost track of so many people because of that silly blog gadget. Anyway, wanted to say Hi and see what you've been doing. Love all your wonderful creations!

  9. LOVE your table and all your other beauties as well!

  10. It was meant to be! Perfect shape, perfect color, perfect for your room! Such a beautiful design too! Love all of your other little doo-dads as well - lovely things just make us happy! Hugs, Leena

  11. ooooo I can see why those are a few of your favorite things!! So pretty!! Thank you for linking at up my Furniture and Paint Party! As ALWAYS I love your style

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