Wednesday wishes

Wednesday, kind of a blah day.  As usual, I’m crushing on a few things that I found at a shop near me that sells a lot of vintage furniture, home décor and jewelry.  I’d love to buy them.  But am not going to.  Unless they go WAY down in price….

#3 – Bright Blue Bench

It's the color of this one that gets me. Very refreshing + yummy!

#2 – Elegant Table (which I’ll use as a desk)

I've decided that I want a tripod pedestal table for my desk, like this one.

#1 – Chinoiserie Gilt Mirror (if I can I use ‘Chinoiserie’ to describe a mirror!)

Yes, bad pic..but my favorite part are the bells hanging from the top. They make this piece for me.

I’m going over to the shop where I found these pieces last week to a) see if these pieces re still there and b) if I can talk down the price on any of them.  Especially the mirror.  LOVE that mirror.

I also thought I’d mention a great book I’m using to study up on the history of furniture, which I’m getting really into.  It’s called Furniture, World Styles from Classical to Contemporary, by Judith Miller.  It’s basically an encyclopedia of furniture from around the world, starting at 4000 B.C.E.  It’s very comprehensive, and the pictures make me drool!

Ok, I’m off to ‘visit’ today’s three wish list items….

…..tomorrow is a big annual occasional sale here in Minneapolis – yay!!

À bientôt,


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  1. Eric on June 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I recently inherited a mirror that’s very similar to the one in the picture (including wooden bells!). Did you ever determine its value?

    • katherine on June 26, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Hi Eric,

      As far as the value – it seems to depend upon where you find it. The one I photographed was in a shop in a suburb of Minneapolis and was selling for $450. (I didn’t buy it right away, and someone else did, unfortunately for me.)

      I then saw what looked like another mirror that looked exactly the same, only it had been whitewashed. (I didn’t think it looked at all handsome in white.) This mirror was in a shop on Magazine Street in New Orleans. The tag indicated that it was a 1940s mirror – and it was $2150!

      So that’s two data points for you in terms of the value of the mirror.

      One thing – the bells on the mirrors I saw weren’t wood – they were gilded (or whitewashed) just as the rest of the mirror was.

      Thanks for your comment!


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