I feel like all of my progress in my house is kind of a groundswell. It really doesn’t seem like much is happening for… well, years, but then all of a sudden things start to come together. I think by this time next year our house is going to look quite different, and it’s going to seem like we just did our house all in one swoop, although really we’ve been working on it for years, it’s just not much to show! Or maybe it’s just that I finally know what I like.
Either way, I think the fun stuff is going to start happening.
Long time readers may remember that I used to have a daybed in the family room, and it was a really cozy, snuggly place to read, look at the trees, or nap. Of course, nap! When we made the family room smaller (or considered doing it, anyway), we moved the daybed into Tiger’s room, but I always missed it. So when I shared the once-again-big family room, I knew that the spot under the window was going to have a daybed.
The big question, of course, is what kind? I didn’t want another one of the ones I had before, but something a little lighter, visually, if you know what I mean. Plus I also wanted something secondhand that was going to be, say, under $200.
And then I saw this photo:
I saw it on Pinterest, and eventually tracked it down to an amazing UK photographer, Rachel Whiting. This photo of the iron daybed with quilts draped over the end absolutely stopped me in my tracks. So, so gorgeous.
So then I knew. I wanted a white, iron daybed that had a vintage look about it, and was under $200. Preferably under $150.
And look what I found:
Thank you, Craigslist!!
It was listed for $140, and though we haggled, the price was firm. I was thrilled to get it. Unfortunately in our awkward, standing-in-someone-elses-house-after-asking-for-a-discount fluster, we accidentally gave the seller an extra $20, so we paid $160 for a bed listed for $140. Oooops.
I was a bit disappointed to realize later (and an hour away) that I had done that, but I decided to assume that it had worked out for a reason, that the the seller needed it more than I did.
At any rate, I now have an iron daybed in my family room. I am very excited. I am going to Rub-n-Buff the brass knobs to a darker color, and then of course I’m going to need quilts to drape over the end! Guess which quilt is going to be first? Oh yes, the Bohemian Squares!
Have you ever found anything amazing on Craigslist? Have you ever paid more than the asking price?