Monday 27 May 2013

Muse News

This past weekend we acquired a well taken care of collection of Maple and French Provincial style furniture. The pieces were treasured by their owner and we want to find appreciative homes for them.

There are quite a few pieces now lining the hallways of our house and we are trying to decide which pieces to start working on first. We are choosing color palletes, fabric swatches and browsing inspiration photos. 

But, before we go any further we wanted to show you the pieces and gather some input/opinions. 
We also wanted to give the opportunity to any collectors to purchase any of the pieces as they are currently. 
Please browse the photos below and if you would like to share your opinion we would be more than happy to hear what you think!
Should we paint every piece or just leave their original Canadian design? What color? Where might you use a particular piece in your home? 

This fabric is in like new condition, a stunning Egyptian blue. But do we paint the wood or leave as is???

A great storage piece with one divided drawer and one extra large drawer and louvered doors, perhaps painted a white for a baby's room with a changing pad on top? or maybe a charcoal or black and then re-purposed as a bar?

The three pieces above have been placed all together but can be separated. The piece in the middle is actually a room divider with doors on either side.

Both of the lamps above are in excellent working condition.

This rocker and ottoman is very comfy!

Western themed boys room perhaps?

Testing paint colors.
A suite of French Provincial bedroom furniture consisting of 5 pieces.

So please feel free to leave any input, and share this post with your family and friends.
If you would like any more info about any of the pieces, we would be happy to share what we know.

Thanks for reading and viewing!

-Amanda and Liz

Monday 13 May 2013

The Thrill of the Hunt

Most of the silver plate flatware that we use in our creations is hunted at thrift shops, garage sales, on Craigslist and on Ebay. We find pieces in varying conditions. Some pieces are absolutely stunning and appear to have never been used while others look like they have spent a lifetime outdoors.  We do not discriminate when collecting. We know that no matter what the condition we will be able to find a way to re-envision the piece into something that will bring joy to its future owner.

 The pieces in these photos were given to me by my friend Ian at Dunbar Disposal. All of these pieces were picked up by Ian during some junk removal jobs. He saved them from ending up in the landfill and passed them along for "...and then again" to re-purpose.

The details in some of these pieces are stunning. The large spoon with the shell motif is from 1896 by Rogers & Hamilton. It is a Berry Spoon in the Raphael pattern.  The souvenir spoon from 1909, is sterling and depicts the Church of St. Mary The Virgin at Oxford University.

This pile of flatware pictured above is a 4 piece dinner service plus a couple of extras. I polished one spoon in the middle to show how well some of the silver cleans up. This particular pattern is Arcadia aka Margate 1938 by Simeon L. & George H. Rogers Company.

Identifying the manufacturers and patterns of the silverware is part of the fun as well. I have a few websites that I refer to regularly as they have great photos, with full descriptions of origin and date. The character and sense of mystery that accompanies every piece we find really brings them to life. I often wonder who they belonged to, and how and when were they used? They certainly carry a timeless beauty.


Tuesday 7 May 2013

For Your Viewing Pleasure.

Here are some more photos of our booth and re-envisioned items for purchase from Re-Fresh Market on April 27th in Squamish, BC.

Again, we want to thank the event organizers, Shannon and Rachel. Job well done ladies.
We also want to thank all the market goers, the great vendors we met and our awesome helpers Bobbi, Jenna and Shawn.
See you at Déja Vu Vintage Market on July 6th at the Wellbrook Winery.