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Thursday, August 19, 2010

House Tour: Antique Icebox

 I remember the auction. It was in an old tobacco barn. I was no older than seven, and the chickens running through the yard were fascinating to me. My mother, however, was peering into stalls and dusting off pieces that were catching her eye, like spinning wheels and crockery. The woman had an knack for old bottles and milk glass, oxen yolks and tavern signs. She was 27, still a young bride, scuttering about decorating our Cape Cod style North Carolina cottage with things gleaned on the cheap. She tugged me along behind her.
Wonder where I get it?

This piece has had a lot of roles since it came home that day. It's served as a linen closet, a bar, and now as a laptop storage and charging station.
It's always nice when a piece you grew up with becomes a part of your home and your life.


Heather said...

Great story and really neat chest. Now, which paint did you choose? I like the one on the left (since you asked, not:).

You can definitely say you come by it honestly!

Brandy said...

Such a sweet story, I have similar memories of my mom. Love that!

Sherri B. said...

That is a very nice piece! What a sweet story about you and your mom...the apple really doesn't fall too far from the tree does it? That old fan is great! Have a good day.

Life in Rehab said...

Heather, ready for this? We're trying a third color today, Behr's Japanese Fern. We haven't found anything we really love yet. Vannah and I poured over chips yesterday; we also can't decide if we just want an accent wall or if we want to do the whole room. But we're getting close!

Sherri, would you believe the fan is brand new?

Ladies, thank you for the lovely comments and for stopping by!

lisbonlioness said...

Love the little story, I would like to read a lot more of them :)

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

That is super cool.
No pun intended. Really, I swear. Although now that I see the pun in it, I'm pretty impressed with myself. :)

Hey, on Facebook it says that Color Splash: Miami is having a casting call for homes in the Miami know, you should apply. Include your blog post about the fire, which was totally hilarious, and I bet that'd get you a good consideration for the show!

Mel said...

I love that ice box. I love that it has such a wonderful story to it.

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I LOVE IT. I had a heart attack when I read the first comment, thinking you were painting that piece. Then I got un-blonded and realized she was talking about the paint samples on the wall. WHEW!!!

Carol said...

This piece is to-die-for. It would go really well with my little china hutch... I just blogged about it for Favorite Things Friday tomorrow. Come join the party!

Unknown said...

That is just awesome. It makes me think of my parents. They had an icebox obsession for awhile...only 2 remain...I am taking one when they are done with it.

Life in Rehab said...

I promise, promise, promise never to paint anything if it will ruin the looks or the value!

Debbiedoos said...

Funny how as we get older we realize in so many ways we are like our Moms!!~ Those are fond memories you have. The icebox is great....I just met a friend who has an old one, and oh what an awesome piece to treasure. Thanks for joining in. Debbie

Rebecca said...

Great piece-you don't see many iceboxes out there -and a wonderful story to go with it!

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