Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mount Dora Awesome-Fest 2010!

So I took a ride over to the semi-famous Renniger's Antique Extravaganza Weekend in Mt. Dora on Saturday with the lovely and fabulously talented decorating maven of ReNew ReDo! I won't offer any spoilers on her scores, but here's what I came away with:

Exhibit #1 - A great pair of carved wood chairs with tufted backs for $30! That's $15 a chair, folks. They've even got casters on the front legs. Nifty!

The upholstery is in fairly decent shape, but it's odd to say the least. Almost seems like the kind of stuff you'd find on patio furniture, and I don't mean the stylish Sunbrella type. I mean the slightly scratchy old-school woven stuff with a bit of a sheen to it. Not sure where these are going just yet, but I'm already dreaming about fabric possibilities.

Riviera in Flight in Citrine from the new IMAN Home Collection at Calico Corners

Dahlia in Dove, Calico Corners

Fabriano in Cocktail, Calico Corners

Silhouette in Kiwi, Calico Corners

Sultana Lattice in Citrine, also from the IMAN Home Collection, Calico Corners
(Yes lattice, I still love you.)

Exhibit #2 - A four-panel hand-painted Chinoiserie screen that's around 5' tall. Two of the panels are no longer attached, and this beauty came home with me to the tune of $35 (!). I know... holy crap, right?? You may commence with the jealousy. It's so pretty, my knees buckled a little when I saw it. It's like having my own mini de Gournay!

And here's the gratuitous close-up...

The fact that the third and fourth panels are detached was not a detractor to me at all. In fact, I might go ahead and separate the first and second as well and hang them on the wall with a half-inch or so of space in between. I'm pretty sure I'm going to put two panels on each side flanking the sideboard in my living room.

So there you have it! A thrifty and highly productive day! And we barely covered 1/3 of the place before we were weighed down with treasures and had to head for the car. We are SO going back soon!

Hope you had a fantastic nearly-Thanksgiving weekend!


  1. Dear Emily--
    What interesting chairs you found at Renniger's! I'm wondering if the covering is horsehair, as it was used quite a bit as a woven fabric in Victorian times--it wears like iron (obviously). These chairs may have come out of a funeral parlor!

    Love your fabric choices from Calico Corners--and please let me suggest that your chairs will be more more au courant if you take out the tufting from the back. You'll see much more of the pattern, uninterrupted, and they'll appear more streamlined.

    I like tufting, especially on large-scale chairs, sofas or ottomans...I just think it's a bit much on these small scale chairs. For what it's worth--and happy decorating!

  2. Jan — thanks for reading, and thanks also for your insights! Horsehair, eh? Yes, you could be right! I hadn't thought of that but it makes sense. Interesting that my chairs could have had a former life in a funeral parlor.

    I agree, I will probably forgo all or at least some of the back tufting. Besides, less work for me to recover. ;)

  3. My vote is for the Dahlia in Dove fabric! Love that one.~