Friday, June 8, 2012
I can't deny it, over the years I've bought a couple of pieces of cheap, trendy furniture from Ikea, Freedom and other mass producers. But as I've grown older I've realised that it's not cheap at all, as I would tire of it and pass it on or it would simply wear out. These days I buy pieces that are more expensive initially, but they last.
One of my best purchases was this manila cane suite that I bought for the beach house. It was expensive to buy (even though it was a bit derelict when I found it), to restore and to reupholster. But it's a one-off. And I love it. Over the years, I've had many people ask where they can buy the same thing. Unfortunately, the originals are virtually impossible to find now as the original manila cane plantations are no longer in existence. But for some serendipitous reason, I recently found another original. I thought I may be able to use both suites but the reality is, there will only be space for one.
So if you're interested in this exquisite piece, which is similar to the suite above but not the same, then let me know. I will probably put it up for sale on e-bay and in the on-line shop next week. Although, I should warn you that it will require new upholstery.
Now for sale on ebay.
(Photo by John Downs for Home Beautiful. There are see more photos of the beach house here.)
About Spots and Stripes
When I began my third renovation, I swapped the corporate ladder for the rusty paint ladder and began my website and blog, Spots and Stripes, which chronicles the restoration of our 'Queenslander' in Brisbane. I'm also an interior editor helping clients to create a customised home. Let me know if I assist you with the selection of lights, tiles, mirrors, wallpaper, paint, furniture and fabric.
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