Friday, May 21, 2010

New Additions

This week on Pine Street I welcomed a few new additions.  Our two new sofas finally arrived and I could not be more pleased with the result. These aren't the best photos as I was trying to strategically shoot to avoid photographing the clutter that seems to be taking over my house at this moment (mainly the plethora of wedding gifts and Scott's sports equipment!).  I love the traditional look of the tufting and nailheads but also the fresh linen upholstery and lines. As a pair they evoke a classically traditional feel without feeling heavy or outdated. I could have styled my coffee table for this impromptu photo shoot, but I wasn't quite ready for that. The coffee table is actually an antique cedar chest that some long ago relative constructed.  I actually saved this from my Aunt's garage sale circa 1993 (at the ripe old age of 9). To say that I have always had an interest in old things would be an understatement.

I also thought I would include a quick shot of the bookcases. I know all my "stuff" is centered, but for now it is the only way I felt I could make this massive unit not seem cluttered or messy. I still need something on that bottom right corner... I was thinking maybe a really cool piece of coral? Suggestions are welcomed.  All together this room is gaining the character and warmth of the "collected interior" that I had in mind.  Next step: draperies!

This is my find from this past Ann Arbor antiques show which I had the pleasure of attending with Nani and my mom last weekend. I am finding myself almost becoming obsessive about our 'in house' recycling program and the big blue bin from the city of Birmingham was not the best designer statement.  Functional? Yes. Good looking? No. My solution was to pick up this really cool bin that was used around the 1940's to store and transport tea. I felt lucky to find one in such great condition and the perfect size.  It solicits the general store nostalgia looks a heck of a lot better than the previously mentioned container. 


  1. Anne, the house looks great! Love the new salada bin - what a perfect fit. Coral is always a fabulous organic additional to any home :)

  2. I am dying! Your house is fabulous- even more so than I imagined! I am now going to lust for those gorgeous sofas, too :) Absolutely cannot wait to see it in person!!
    (By the way, your bookcase shot was exactly the help I needed... nestled in your very own home!!)