Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What's in your junk pile...






I feel a change in the look of the antique market again. You know how Rachel Ashwell changed antiquing forever with her whimsical, romantic style of white, white, white furniture, well back in the day you could paint dirt white and it would sell, but today, I think we have a more sophisticated shopper. This new women is not afraid to take risks with architectural pieces, funky artsy pieces, metals mixed with woods, anything that adds focal point to a room. It's not all about having all golden oak or all walnut or all white. You're mixing all woods to create a palette all your own...a statement to who you are and where you are going.
I see it in the younger girls too, wanting to create their own look, to identify them from the masses. Retro mixed with Victorian, institution furniture, anatomy class pieces, anything out of the norm, taxidermy, even 'cracked baby doll heads'...aka Chippys and that wonderful Bohemian look of Magnolia Pearl. Sure it's not for everyone, especially if your're married to a traditional kind guy, but just go crazy with the look...if you dare.


But most of all, I think we are after that comfort zone, since more and more people are staying home, due to high gas and everything else for that fact, I think they want that zone where they can feel unfettered by the rat race on the outside...their comfort zone. Maybe they want that feeling of the olden days, when things were slower paced and gave you that close knit family feeling. I don't know for sure, but it just feels different to me...and frankly, I am just getting sick of painting white...gimme chippy old paint any day!


I sure hope so, cause that to me IS real comfort...my own lil' home to make me yearn to be inside, that 'can't wait to get home' kinda feelin', makes ya just feel all tingly inside...know what I mean.

13 comments:

trash talk said...

I know exactly what you mean. It's pleasing your self first and to heck with what others think. Yea! Finally, freedom to be me. I've never matched and now I'm finally in style! Great post!! I'll drink to that. Debbie

Jen r. said...

Those top two chairs are great!

vikki said...

do your own 'thang' that is fer sure me!! to me 'white' is not a color! love patina of ol' timey woods & chippy paints! my junk pile keeps agrowin'! pretty soon no room for hubby! awwww... just kiddin'~ ~ have a good one m'friend.~ hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Lisa B. said...

I do know what you mean! I myself have never gone for the latest decor "trend". I honesty never understood how the husband's of wives who've gone over the top with all whites and florals can live in their own homes!

I feel much more comfortable in the mix, so to speak. I love mixing colors, textures and decades. It's fun seeing just how many eras,styles and elements you can mix and match. I think that "style" lends itself to maximum comfort. Everyone seems to feel more at home when they are surrounded by things that remind them of "grandma", "mom","dad" "artsy auntie", "uncle Bob"...a little something to represent everyone!

I like to call it eclectic style.

Great post! And I love the photos :D

High Desert Diva said...

I would love to see a shift into a new direction. I am soooo tired of white!

Love those two chairs in the first photo!

Roses and Lilacs said...

I think the eclectic style using antique pieces has been around since the 80's maybe before. I remember getting my husband to wire an old parking meter for me to make a lamp. We had a clunky old pay phone in the kitchen and pieces of metal farm implements hanging on the walls. We wanted things that were different, interesting. On the other hand a lot of people don't like 'different';)
Marnie

LuluRedstar/Lauri Evans said...

Those who 'do' white do it veery well. I need, REQUIRE, color, variety and no parameters. I just wish folks would understand that just b/c we call it JUNK doesn't mean it comes too cheaply.
Those cascading silver teapots are KILLING ME!
ox lulu

Wish on a Whisker said...

I do know what you mean! ~Mandy

cconz said...

I hear you sweets, i've always felt that way. So, unlike how i grew up. My mom and dad went to china and bought a bunch of silk rugs. They plan on giving all the kids one. My mom told me "Oh, you can have yours when you get nice things" All her furniture came from ethan allen or nebraska furniture mart. You get it!!! Sorry mom, this is as good as it gets"! i love the two chairs , are they rattan?

willow said...

I'll take those two chairs and the portraits in them, too! I feel comfortable with a certain amount of my "stuff" about me. Like a nest. There's no place like home, right?

Steph said...

I have a little something for you on my latest post...

Colleen Blake said...

Oh I just love that little cabinet! And, yes, I love all things "chippy" - Mr. B thinks "hey, that'd look great once it's sanded and painted!' NO NO NO!
Oh well, he just doesn't "get it'! But I love 'em anyway!
Colleen

French Vanilla said...

Hey, to each his own. I don't think one style is better or worse than another. I like to mix pine w/white. Also love a cracked old brown leather chair. Whatever soothes our soul... Peg