Monday, April 26, 2010

Rock On!



Inspired by The Zhush's recent post, Rock On, I wanted to share this amazing "Bowl of Agates" that my good friend Ron Morgan of LOOT created.

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Recently while in Chinatown I came across these magnificent  mushrooms.















I had just had Dim Sum with my lovely neighbor, Helen, who I have dubbed, "The Queen of Chinatown."  She was giving me a tour of her favorite shops when I spied these organic beauties.  She was so surprised at how taken I was with them.  They use them in their cooking, but I saw them as organic art... my favorite kind.










I usually keep the bowl of agates on the nightstand in our bedroom...





but last week at The Goodwill I found this beautiful Asian art piece that complements it so well.





I found the dresser several years ago at The Salvation Army.  I added the hardware and raised it up with a toe kick upholstered in black leather.





While moving it my husband found an envelope behind one of the drawers that was filled with old letters written in the ancient Russian language, Cyrillic.




I love the naive quality and elegantly subdued colors of this piece.  It is handpainted on wood and signed by the artist.











25 comments:

ashlina said...

wow. i really love that work of art. and the bowl of gems is beautiful too. hope you had a great weekend my love. xo

lisa golightly said...

Wow ... love that bowl. Makes me wish I didn't throw my collection away back in high school ! Argh ! Happy Monday dear girl. Lisa

Cristin said...

What a great find! Love the agates too.

xo,
cristin

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Crazy about those agate pieces. You have quite the collection. And the rest of the post is incredible too... where do I start? Great finds, great pairings, great transformation, love letters??, wow! xoxo Erica

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Agate is so beautiful. I love the swirly lines and crystallized effect. Great score at goodwill, I should be so lucky! I just did a chair makeover post using a chinoiserie fabric similar to your art piece.!

Loui said...

love the pics..
and the posts..
but what about the letters..
written in Russian?
I know.. curiosity....
hugs and smiles,,
Loui♥

The Zhush said...

Wow...those snippets of your bedroom are so beautiful! All of it! That bowl, the art, need to see more! Can't believe the magic you worked with that dresser, and the letters you found...am in awe of you!

Stacy said...

I too am intrigued by the letters. Did you ever get them translated?

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh yes, I wish you could get the letters translated! How cool! Love those agates, I think it's really important to have some organic art in one's home. Good karma!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Beautiful, I just love all of it. You have such a keen eye and have arranged things so beautifully. Your home is stunning. Love the agates. Hugs, Marty

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Wow. To everything-
A stunning collection, bedroom, art + letters.. have you had them translated? How fun! xx

La Dolfina said...

About those letters... I was so enamored with them and tried several times to get them translated with no luck. My neighbor said she had a friend who could do it so I gave them to her. I never heard back so after several months I asked for them back and now I can't even remember where I've stored them or I'd take some photos to show you. It's funny but I haven't thought about them for some time and now my interest is renewed... I'm going to look for them. I remember there was a photo from the Mexican Embassy which really fueled the mystery!

Stacy said...

Even if you aren't able to get them translated (although I hope you do!), the idea of them is so fascinating and romantic!

The Buzz said...

Love Sue's blog and love how you carried the Rock On theme in yours! That bowl of agates is perfect against the backdrop of that screen - beautiful!

Kathysue said...

Terri, love each and every piece. So glad you pointed out the leather toe kick. You are brillant my friend. That art piece is wonderful. AT first I thought it was a snippet of your entry paper,my fav. Love it and it looks wonderful in your bedroom on your linen walls, Hugs Kathysue

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I didn't know much about agate until this post. It is quite beautiful. Also love that you raised the dress, clever girl as many of the older ones are too short.
Lovely post terri. Much love Xo

Privet and Holly said...

Terri ~ My daughter LOVES mushrooms, so I had to SMILE at your organic beauties. Your vignettes are BRILLIANT and I LOVE the Goodwill find ~ so peaceful and it compliments the dresser perfectly. Thank you for your very SWEET comments about my trip....Loved having you along for the ride. Back to reality tomorrow night!
xx P&H

Casa Bella said...

Love the agates. You sure know how to pair objects so they look fabulous.

lisaroy said...

wow - you've scored some great thrift store finds! the agate looks great on your nightstand and I totally agree with you about the mushrooms - too gorgeous to cook! : )

Cashon&Co said...

i don't know where to start! the asian art- great find. the bowl? fab... the mushrooms? i love the story of you finding them, am jealous that you are that close to SF Chinatown!! and i spy our little chinese boxes on your chair! That room is so sophisticated!!! ahhhhh....!!!

Angie said...

Looks gorgeous!! I LOVE finding hidden treasures!! If you haven't had the letters translated yet and would like to, let me know. My aunt and my step Grandmother are both Russian.

La Dolfina said...

Thanks Angie!! Now if I can just find them :)

Marcie said...

The bowl of agates is so cool. I love your blog. It is so unique! I am so glad I found it.

Best,
Marcie

Morning T said...

That painting is incredible and goodwill?! wow. Love the bowl of agates.

Punctuation Mark said...

what an amazing post!!! love the bowl with those amazing crystals and all the pieces in your bedroom... so elegant and classic...