All these "simplify" posts made me think I'd better show why I feel like we need to pare down. I'm thinking a little self-imposed homework/look book/workbook is sorely needed. You know, a little something like The Marion House Book did.

We (half-) jokingly call our style "Trash Americana". I think I first heard the phrase at a Wilco show, but maybe Mr. Tweedy described the band as Trash Electro-Americana? Whatever, living in a Wilco world isn't really my cup of whiskey; especially not since that last album. The style is also evidence as to why I think this Abe Lincoln needlepoint is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. (found on shopgoodwill.com)

I'm on a fairly strict self-imposed spending freeze, though, so I didn't bid on it. Someone else will have to give ol' honest Abe a good home.

A little bit about our stuff: Painting of creepy monkey face by Charlie--I love it so much I had it framed. The space between the painting and the boat are an in-process spot. I've got all sorts of little bits and pieces of art to put up, but I'm not sure what I want to put there. Big boat and display cabinet were both free--the boat from one of Charlie's freelance gigs, the display case from an architectural model we were getting rid of here at work.

Nautical float also a freebie that came home with C. Doily Skulls/assemblage art by C's friend Robert Childers. The wooden school-type clock was a new purchase--a gift for C for Christmas. Ship copper wire string art from Goodwill. The yellow fiberglass kids chair was from an attic sale. Vintage coffee table from eBay. I don't care for this grouping, but since it's behind the sofa I don't see it much and it's just going to stay there.

Plycraft Chair was a Craigslist purchase. The guy swore he took a Herman Miller tag off it, but it didn't take too much research to find out it's not an Eames chair. We're halfway through reupholstering it in tan leather.  The sofa was also a Craigslist find (though not a cheap score by any means) and was recently reupholstered in Alexander Girard for Herman Miller fabric. The best we can guess is that the frame and design are by Knoll.


Erin Lang Norris said...

hey, did you have your sofa professionally upholstered? i really want to get a set of 2 wingback chairs but i'm not sure if the customizing is worth the cost...especially if piping is involved!

Wolfie and the Sneak said...

Erin--actually we didn't have the couch upholstered, the people we bought it from did, but they gave us the receipt for the upholstering to show the material/details.
what sort of material would you use? Do you have the chairs? I think it depends on how much you'll love and use the piece. The bones of older furniture often make the cost of upholstering very worthwhile.

when skies are grey said...

This was a great post, got me thinkin'. And thanks for the link to the Marion House book. I hadn't heard of it, but I like it. Also, you collections are cute :)

jena said...

I don't think it looks trash americana, it looks cozy and homey! I love all the ship stuff, especially that wire string one- so cool!