Though i'm having a daily love affair with our tiny studio in Manhattan, especially now that the sun is peeping about, the Mister and I have lots of fun dreaming about moving to the country, where we can have bazillions of animals, and live in a rickety old house that we can restore, which will also have a fully-functioning design and craft studio out back, housed in a giant barn.
Considering that we are both suffering from debilitating antiquing addictions, living in a space larger than 400 sq, ft. could prove to be quite dangerous, and we would most likely be living in a museum of oddities faster than you can say "pack rat", but whatev's . . . it would be awesome!
Here are a few recent eBay items that would be right at home, adorning our fantasy country estate (click images to view larger):
French Victorian walnut settee (sold on eBay for $995, which is cheaper than an IKEA couch, and look at the ornate details!), and a stainless owl thermos with cups, made in W. Germany ($9.99).
Tiffany Studios brass web lampshade circa early 1900s (which went for only $350, which is bubkus, considering it belongs in a museum), and Mid-century violin chairs ($399).
Swiss Rorschach tests, circa 1941 (perfect for framing, $82)
1960s sea shell appetizer trays (still available on eBay for $8.99!), and a Mid-Century Zebrawood desk by Herman Miller (about $1,200).
Turn-of-the-century cameo crazy quilt, and Anglo-Indian carved Rosewood curio-shelves, circa 1800-1849 (I bid $300 and lost them for $406 = heartbreaker).
P.S. If anyone has any tips of gorgeous towns we should visit in Upstate NY, CT, Mass, or Maine, let us know, because those are the places we're planning on exploring in seeking out our dream "art barn".
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