Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Since Don hung this Chinese window screen for me, I have been looking for the perfect piece to go underneath it. I have searched the stores here and online, but could not find anything that struck my fancy. Because we were entertaining last weekend, I renewed my search. I had just about given up, when I made a stop at one last place. Walking through the extremely crowded furniture store, it is easy to miss something. So, I went through twice and, on my second pass, I spotted this chest...or rather, I spotted the corner of it. There were 2 chairs and another table in front of it, so it was hard to get a good look at it. It was originally $680...and marked down to $339. Good deal, but, I still wasn't sure. I had not planned to get anything with a design on it...I wanted just a plain chest. So, I left, and got in my car...then I got right back out and went in and bought it! To my surprise, the clerk told me, that there was a sale going on and it was reduced another $100! I had them wrap it up and put it in my car.

It is very heavy, even though it is small. I was so anxious to see it in the house, to see if I had made a good choice or not. I knew that I was going to have to call Adam or Ian to come and get it out for me. But, when I got home, the son of a dear friend of mine happened to be at my house picking up some box springs to deliver to my niece. Now, he is a strong young man...and one of the nicest guys you'll ever want to meet. He and Ian grew up together in church. Justin is married and has the cutest little girl. Anyway...I asked him to help, and he carried it in for me. I unwrapped it and I LOVED IT! It looks as if it was just made for this wall.
Things with designs on them puzzle me sometimes, because I do not want there to be too much going on. But, this looks perfect to me! Here is a close-up of the painting on the front.A small portion of the design is repeated on the sides also. I added a portion of my bird collection to the top to coordinate with the design.

Don't you just love it when you make a purchase and it turns out to be just exactly what you wanted...even if you weren't sure exactly what it was you wanted?
I had a painting that I bought to go on this wall that I really loved...and still do. My DH, however, did not share my appreciation of this fine piece of art. I began looking for something else to hang there, and this is a painting that I found. It is by Matthew Mertzer and is a layering process of colors upon colors. I really love it. And it has all the colors we are using in our home.It is hanging above an antique Chinese desk that came from the Mongolian area of China...appr.300 years old.

I FINALLY got the picture I brought back from Savannah last year hung in the foyer. is the one I carried on my head all the way home! Yes, I know you can see my lovely reflection in the full shot, but, I wanted you to see it over the Chinese butcher's table. You can get a better idea of the colors in the next pic.

This is a photograph on canvas Don and I purchased on our trip to Maui last October. We had it stretched onto canvas, and Don has it hanging in his office. Aren't the colors magnificent?

Nothing like a party to get little details finished up!


Sharon said...

I love thattttt, it's beautiful!
What a bargain too.
You have great taste!

Have a beautiful and blessed day!

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andi said...

I. LOVE. Them. ALL!
How do you stretch a photo on canvas?????????

Musicaljean said...

I just love everything!!! I also like looking out your windows. What a lovely, lovely home.

nancygrayce said...

All those things are fabulous! I love the chest and the wooden birds on top look like they came with it! You really are a great shopper!

racheld said...

I'm sending invitations THIS MINUTE!!! if that's what it takes. I have two sets of company coming in April, and the Spring Sprucing is bogged down. I usually look so forward to it, and I've been dragging my feet all through the cold and the snow.

Now---the past two days have been just glorious, but we've spent them OUTSIDE, so nothing got done then, either.

I DO have a lot of paintings that I've been meaning to slide out from under beds and get on walls. Maybe THAT will do it.

Yours is spectacular, as was that lovely party!! What a wonderful afternoon in such charming surroundings.

Lynne said...

Everything looks beautiful. The table you just bought is perfect for under the screen. And I love the painting with the different colors.

You have great taste!

Kellie said...

LOVE it all!

LivingTheLife said...

What a delightful piece of furniture you found to reside under the beautiful Chinese window screen. I think that chest was MADE to go exactly where it is...great find...great taste!

Love all the new pics, too...loving the one w/all the colors...I forget the name...but you know which one I mean...and the one you found in Hawaii...gorgeous...and the other one above that gorgeous table is perfect, the framing and matting that you picked, too. Why honey're just quite the decorator...I'm calling you when we move into the Cali home...I think you just might be what I need there...of course, then I would want to keep you and that could cause big problems at the homestead...;)