seen | Erie Basin Antiques & an announcement

Today I stumbled across a Tumblr feed that absolutely captured me. Add "antique dealer" to my list of career paths to pursue. No really, I may try to get into the antique business in New York City. Ah, yes, New York--we have not quite filled you all in regarding our move, but here is the announcement with all the details and information I know.

About a month ago Luke was contacted by the head coach of the men's soccer team at Nyack College in Nyack, New York (just north of New York City) asking if he was interested in a graduate assistantship with the team. This means that Luke would serve as an assistant coach to the team while attending grad school. After a several day process of applying, chatting with head coach Keith Davie, and generally thinking/scrutinizing/praying about our options Luke was offered the assistantship and accepted it, positioning us to leave the wonderful south at the end of July (insert sad face here, with a crooked frown though, because I can't quite be sad since I'm actually really excited too). They offered him half tuition for his Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and a monthly stipend for his coaching responsibilities. They are also providing us with housing--a 1br apartment on campus--which we are extremely thankful for, seeing as we could never afford living so close to NYC on our own. So this is a very exciting move for us and I really cannot wait to live closer to my family and so close to NYC. I've always felt that I wanted to live there temporarily. Although this isn't the big city at all (see how our new town is situated right on the Hudson in the photo above?) I've already mapped out the public transportation to take me directly to Grand Central Station and it appears very easy. Yes, I'm incredibly excited.

Now that you're filled in, I need to share some of this amazing old stuff with you. I'll say it now and I'll say it forever: I LOVE OLD STUFF. This shop seems to specialize in artwork and jewelry, but the pristine photography is what makes these old pieces absolutely shine.

 

All images by Erie Basin. That last one especially is so charming. It makes me like this shop owner quite a bit, that amongst the glitz and glam they would be drawn to this piece.

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Have a beautiful day!

relic | Blue kitchen chair makeover

When Luke and I got married, much of our furniture was given to us by his grandparents, Cliff & Anne. They found pieces at estate sales, contributed some items of their own, and Cliff even made two small tables for us. I love the character of the older pieces, but sometimes I enjoy giving them a new look. Our kitchen table, which they picked for us, is a gorgeous relic that we plan on completely refinishing one day so we can keep it forever. For now, I reupholstered the seat covers for a simple upgrade that adds a pop of color to our kitchen. Seriously, my new chairs make me smile every time I lay eyes on them--especially in the midst of a current obsession I have with blue.


 

 

Don't you love the curves? The covers that were on them are beautifully hand-embroidered, but heavily stained so they needed to go. Can you imagine how long it took to embroider all of them? Here are just a couple of my favorites...

 

 

We used a cordless drill to remove the cushions from the chair frames and removed all the tacks that the last person had used to reupholster the chairs. Underneath, I even found the original chair cushions. I can see why these got covered in the first place.

 

 

I used a staple gun to staple the fabric (my method was the same as if I were stretching a canvas for a painting, see here), using more staples along the curved edge to make sure it was tight. Then I simply used the drill to screw the seats back on. It took me about an hour and a half.

  

 

 All set for dinner.