(Rich got home and after careful consideration we found a spot to bury Millie here in Florida. It’s in a place where I will be planting things that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.The children are sad but okay about it; we all know that we got a lot of mileage out that sweet pig.Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. I’m with Mary- whatever else, our pets get to go to Heaven.And now, back to our regularly scheduled posting.)
I could put up pictures of the yard but right now it’s mostly dirt and some pots of stuff waiting to be planted. Maybe in a couple weeks.
In the mean while, I was talking about tables and architects and I want to get back to that (just to show that I really can stay focused on one thing for more than a fleeting post). We really like our builder and that’s saying a lot because I’m very particular and sometimes a builder wears out his welcome by the time a project is done. I handled this project myself while Rich handled the transition of his work life- we each complained about how hard we were working while it appeared the other was just having fun. Both were true for each.
I did the initial design and drawings for our addition, met with the builder and the city planner several times and then, once the permits were pulled I left him to it. I came down 3 times to weigh in, make decisions and keep Lowes in business but he was extremely conscientious and trustworthy. The last month he was my morning wakeup call with a discussion of the day ahead on the house.
In the end, this became sort of a labor of love for Dave. He wanted a house in the historic district for his portfolio and he’s already gotten more business than he can handle from it. The porch is the thing. I’ll put up pictures of that this week, since it’s where I now live (with my own legitimate wifi).
One day Dave called me in Chicago and said he had a dining room set he was going to give me. It was one he had gotten during his first marriage from some estate sale and his current wife didn’t want any part of it. She prefers modern and didn’t like the history. Dave said he was pretty sure it fit the period of the bungalow but it needed some restoration, especially two of the chairs.
When I got down here after Christmas it was sitting in the former spare bedroom, sort of in pieces. I knew right away that this was SOME table; further investigation revealed a signature on the bottom of the table. This is a table designed and signed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Despite his extraordinary talent, impact and reputation,Frank wasn’t all that financially successful during his lifetime. In a last ditch effort to make his pile, for a very brief period of time between 1955 and ’56, he designed a line of furniture for Heritage Henredon. This dining set is from the Taliesin series, based on the design of Wright’s Taliesin estate in Spring Green, Wisconsin. It has a beautiful copper band around the edge of the table (and two large leafs) and matching carved dentil molding around the backs of the chairs and down the legs. The wood is Honduran mahogany.
This gift posed sort of a dilemma. I called Dave and told him what I knew about the furniture and said it was too large a gift to accept. He said he knew what it was and he wanted me to have it because he thought I would appreciate it enough to restore it and use it here.
I asked around about restoration and one name came up repeatedly- a third generation business- and I had the owner come out and take a look. He was pretty darn excited to get his hands on it and he had all the right answers to my questions and concerns about preservation/restoration versus “refinishing.”
And yet. This is not going to be an inexpensive proposition. So, more dilemma.
I typically “find” furniture I like along the way and I don’t usually pay a lot for it.
A good sofa might be an exception, but Craig’s list has served me well in Ann Arbor and Chicago for most things.
Anyway, in for a penny, in for a pound. This is too good an opportunity to pass up. So now, I need to choose upholstery material. Do you have any idea how much 5 yards of upholstery material can cost? It’s terrifying.