There's nothing more wondrous than a trip to the salvage yard. The anticipation of spending an hour or so getting lost in a sea of junk really gets my creative juices flowing!
As I make my way past rows and rows of windows & doors, tubs & toilets, stacks of lumber, marble, tile & bricks I arrive at the entrance where I'm hoping to discover my next big find! Once inside, I begin my usual routine of taking a couple of laps around the place scanning for anything new and interesting.
My mom, my partner in crime.
It's La Dolfina!
Rudy, a fellow junker, scored Merv Griffin's old vest.
Wait! What's this?Upon closer inspection I discover a fabulous vintage drafting table. The base has a beautiful limed oak finish which glowed with the patina of age and killer black cast iron fittings.I was smitten!
I couldn't wait to get it home and clean it up. I waxed the mellowed oak base and scrubbed years of dirt off the desk top. I'm still not sure what material the top is made of but it has the look of vintage pigskin...again more great patina!I placed a few props on it and took these photos.
Voila... The most amazing vintage draftsman table I have ever seen!
A few days later while perusing the new, and greatly improved, Restoration Hardware catalog I came across this...
I am a passionate treasure huntress addicted to "the thrill of the hunt." I pride myself on finding unique items and have spent a lifetime collecting unusual and interesting "treasures" which I have used in decorating our home. I shop with an eye for design and look for pieces that I like to call the "jewelry" of the room. Those pieces that have been around accumulating energy thereby bringing life into a space by telling its story or evoking a memory. The allure is found in the details of its journey... condition, provenance and patina. Our collected "treasures" tell the story of who we are. Billy Baldwin said it best, "Decorating is never successful unless it is personal." My treasures are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and on my companion blog, Shop La Dolfina. The links can be accessed from my sidebar.
"All of life is about energy. It's about the energy that you're putting out; energy that you're drawing to yourself, every day, based on the way you think about your life & the actions that you take. Everybody is an energy field. And because of your attitude, your thinking, your actions; who you choose to be in the world, forms your own field. You are drawing into your field people who are like you... to remind you, to show you, to reflect back to you- who you are. Believe that or not, that is what is happening all the time... and it does not require your belief. It just is. It. Just. Is." -Oprah