Friday, May 4, 2012

Crespi on the brain...

Ever since I discovered Gabriella Crespi I have not been able to get her off my mind...

After posting about my new crush yesterday I went to one of my favorite haunts with BRASS on the brain.

(My brass shell birds remind me of her)

Ever heard the phrase, "your thoughts have power?"

(Just scored these vintage Italian slingbacks with brass detailing this week!)

Apparently, the title of my post, Channeling Gabriella Crespi, did just that!

When I arrived at my destination I immediately ran into my favorite gal who said, "I haven't seen you for a while, what have you been up to?"

(Love my large brass clam shell with it's serious verdigris patina!)

I hate that question because I seriously can't remember what I've done the previous day... it must be that menopausal brain of mine!

Anyway, I told her that I was obsessed with this fabulous Italian designer by the name of Gabriella Crespi and stopped in to see what I might find that was made of brass.

And then off I went for a look see...

Not twenty steps later did I notice a pair of round brass end tables.

Curious, I pulled them out for a closer look.
(I had just relocated a pair of end tables from my toile den to my living room and have been looking for replacements)

At first I thought they looked cheap and dated but upon closer inspection I noticed they had these cute little hooved feet and were made in Canada.

They also had a nice weight to them and a classic design.

 (After I cleaned them up with vinegar and water they looked fabulous!)

 Even though they were dirty and grungy, the size was perfect and I liked the price tag of $10 each so decided to give them a try. 

Earlier in the week, still channeling Gabriella Crespi, I found an amazing brass floor lamp by Rembrandt which looked incredible in my toile den and further fueled my brass obsession.

(I love the large dramatic brass finial)

But what I saw next literally took my breath away!

(I haven't cleaned them up yet)

I'm still incredulous...

These have to be the closest thing I'll ever get to Gabriella Crespi.

Still swooning...

They are so perfect on this dresser in front of the large Henredon mirror!

It sounds crazy but I truly think that I truly channeled Gabriella!!!


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

OMG ! I love your toile room! I have a toile office but I have not done the walls. This is beautiful!

Unknown said...

fabulous finds! and if you find a gabriella crespi magic cube table, let me know! ;-)

Tricia Rose said...

These are wonderful finds Terri, keep channelling! Don't stop!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

I love all these pictures Terri, you made some amazing finds! And your toile den just looks so chic
have a wonderful weekend

Anonymous said...

thanks Terri for the introduction to Gabriella Crespi. Such an interesting and gifted individual.If we all had two lives instead of one, I might pick hers as my second one! Fondly Redema

Anonymous said...

oops! forgot to mention how much I love the new brass lamps. Can't wait to see them all "tricked out" in their new shades. Redema

for the love of a house said...

l.o.v.e. the new lamps! and no, you're not crazy at all! I have that happen all the time... you focus your energy on something and poof it appears! it is powerful!
you are too cute, thank you for your comment;).. when I first looked at this post on my phone I went directly to the lamps and my first thought was they need black opaque true drums with gold liner (or maybe just "slightly" tapered) shades. Then today as I'm scrolling throught the post on the computer (i.e. big pictures) I see you have the exact shade on the floor lamp in the toile room! I usually try to mimic the predominate shape in the base in the shade, but in this case I don't think that would work. I think it needs a powerful shade that can hold its own to the base (hence the opaque) and a bold color: black, navy, red- and with the gold liner. Can't wait to see what you decide. They really are fabulous and I wasn't familiar with her either, so thank you for the intro. I, too, am having a new love affair with brass which totally makes me laugh as for years I literally banned ALL brass from my house (even poor antique brass felt the brunt of my disdain! Luckily I kept my good antique brass- just hid it in closets- and it is now coming back out;) I adore those little side tables and their feet! You did good!! Congrats!