I am easing back to work after foot surgery and excited to share my recent skinny cabinet find for our unusual entry hallway. I wrote about our courtyard entry that features an odd long but wide hallway a few weeks ago. Since then I have had NO conscious intention of shopping for anything new. But, one day I woke up and realized my driving days were about to end for a few weeks. Off I went to my favorite stop near the High Point Furniture Market, Blue Ocean Traders.
I didn’t need one thing, so my intention was to get out of the house, get some steps in while I could, and just see what they had. Blue Ocean Traders’ Gypsy Marketplace is a large warehouse where interior designers and retail buyers can shop “cash and carry.” Between markets, it is open randomly to the trade for wholesale purchases.
Here’s my find, nestled between two crusty pieces. A super-narrow solid wooden cabinet with gilded lettering, in the style of an old store. It was made in India, so not authentic, but I really fell for it. It’s not often that I can find a piece that will fit in our long hallway that is functional, suits our style, and unusual.
So exciting! It is fitted with heavy-duty hardware to mount it on the wall, but I liked the option to style the top with some of my photos, and add a favorite artsy basket I bought at a local art gallery ages ago.
I have never been a fan of small decorative items, so I don’t have lots of treasures to put into the cabinet just now, except for a few African raku animals.
I added the tall snake plant from another room, liking the look of something bulky and green. By coincidence the other narrow, but crusty, cabinet to the right is also from Blue Ocean Traders.
It does not take a lot to keep this girl happy. I don’t need a garage, a basement, or a McMansion, but I do love a great find for a difficult-to-decorate space.
So, what have you discovered this summer for your home? It has been such a weird junking, barn sale, shopping-for-decorating COVID-19 year. Would love to hear of your favorite ways to find great pieces, and to see what they are!
By the way, stay tuned for a workshop I am developing on reverse-painted, or verre églamisé, glass!