It was a cold, rainy, yucky Friday night and we'd bailed on a quick camping trip since I was packing in a lot of tasks before heading to D.C. with the Big Sky Honor Flight (more on that later).
Furniture shopping isn't my favorite thing to do, but practical use of time when it's cold and raining.
We found a few things we liked a little bit, but nothing jumped out at us. As we wandered the store, we realized we had no idea the style we wanted to have.
Mark had dragged me out to an auction a few weeks ago and we went to another one the next week (more on that coming!) and though it's like yard sales or thrift store shopping and can be hit or miss, I'm now so much less interested in buying new things from the store, and paying ridiculous amounts for things we could make or find elsewhere with a little bit of work. I've always liked old things, books, houses, places. As a kid, we took my mom's old dresses and turned them into dress up clothes and I've long had an obsession with old books. There's so much history, character and often actual workmanship in old things. Maybe I get this from my grandma, who works in a thrift shop these days and finds all kinds of things at yard sales and on the side of the road. I have a dresser right now that she found somewhere and my dad cleaned it up and painted it. I love it.
But, we did find this table. It was in the discount section because it had a crack on one side. The table was originally priced at $600. We got it for $200 since it was cracked. We're thinking we'll use it as a desk. It's big enough we can probably both use it and face each other, or I get the massive table all to myself. We'll see.
So we've been thinking a lot about our style. I claim Virginia as home so I have a love of colonial, country, rustic. I came home to my first issue of Dwell. The magazine is beautiful and highlights modern design. We also watched an episode of This Old House that focused on a historic house being remodeled inside with very modern style. Turns out I really don't care for modern style.
I'm definitely leaning more toward country farm house, rustic, Montana style. It suits me far more than modern or anything fancy. I definitely prefer simple and practical, but cozy rustic is so much more me.
As we get rid of wallpaper, popcorn ceilings, knock out some walls and make those kind of changes, we'll be figuring out our style, getting rid of some of our mismatched things and slowly acquiring those perfect pieces we find along the way.
Pinterest, of course, is helping get ideas and finding ways to use pieces I have and things to create! Here's a few things I found while poking around today.