When my friend Ceekay moved to a new home, I was reminded that it's really all of our stuff, or what I like to call treasures, that make a house feel like home. Since we just returned from our home in Arizona I thought I'd show just a few of my treasures.
This is my living room. On the left is a rocking chair I recovered from my parent's basement at Robards Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Hannibal, Missouri. We believe it is original to the home from the late 1800's. The bookcase next to it was purchased by my great-grandmother when she got married in 1900. The piano was purchased for me, by my husband, as a wedding present when we got married in 1975.
This table in the foyer is also original to Robards Mansion and was literally in pieces when I took it home, refinished it and put it back together.
This trunk, now residing in my family room has been in my mother's family since the 1800's.
My mother says she remembers an Union officer's uniform and sword was inside - but, evidently, some other family member got those treasures.
I'm not sure how old this chair is, but it used to belong to my grandmother so it is special to me.
My dad grew up with this buffet in his home. There used to be a matching table but no one knows where it is now.
This tiger oak coffee table was once a library table my grandmother cut down and white-washed. I stripped off her finish and found the beautiful wood underneath.
We have purchased some of my treasures, like my dining room table. I found it at an estate sale in Sun City and recovered the chairs. I love those estate sales!
In fact, most of my teacups were purchased for very little money at estate sales.
Of course, auctions are also a good source for treasures. I beat out several other bidders for this rocking chair at an auction in Missouri.
These lamp poles were probably my largest (but not most expensive) purchase. I found them at an auction held at an old movie studio in the Phoenix area, brought them home and painted them. Hubby had a time getting them set up but they work beautifully lighting up our back yard.
Here in Florida, I've been purchasing some new treasures. I'm still not sure where I'm going to put this one!
I don't know when I'll have time to blog again. On Monday, Ceekay is coming for a visit and we have planned all sorts of adventures, starting with a road trip to Fort Myers. I can't wait!