Reading Stylecourt's guest posts about Ruthie Sommers and Carla Lane and their vintage furniture rescuing on Design Sponge today made me even more depressed that there are not many vintage goods stores here. When I was in Melbourne one of my favorite pass times was checking out second hand, vintage and antique goods stores for pieces to rescue. Most of them have since found other homes - mostly because I've moved so many times (twice internationally) - but also because my tastes change so fast. That's the beauty of buying cheap and cheerful though, you don't need to spend a fortune, so it doesn't need to be a lifetime investment. One particular piece I've rescued has become a companion, travel and otherwise. The antique Sheraton-style loveseat that is now at the foot of my bed was picked up from a vintage furniture store on High Street in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. This was the condition it was in when we first saw it....
When I said I wanted it my husband first reaction was to call me crazy. Then, because he's learned to trust me on these things, he relented. And we bought it. It took a bit of deliberation to finally chose a fabric, but once we'd agreed and had the frame restored and the seating re-sprung we finally got it re-upholstered. Didn't she scrub up nice?
It might be a while before he lets me do that again, the cost of the fabric was more than the cost of the loveseat and the upholstery put togehter! Oh well, she'll always be with us, so I think it was a good investment. If anyone is interested, the fabric is from Zoffany - "Rossini" VEL01008.
As you can see these photos were taken two years ago now, just before we moved to Hong Kong, in the midst of renovating our little Victorian townhouse...for someone else to live in..*sigh*(hence the nasty looking floorboards and rubbish bags etc.)