Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trunks and Stained Glass

Both John and I love trunks, chests and boxes and we also love stained glass. Did I tell you we were born on the same day? That must be why we like similar items (except for choices in clothes, lol) The other weekend, we drove by our favorite antique shop downtown after going to church and saw so many cars parked outside. It was a one way street but John went around the block to go back to see what's going on. Once a month, they have extended hours downtown and it just happened to be that the band was playing in that particular store called Melancon. The owner who is a very good Cajun cook made some cajun pasta and they were serving that plus some drinks for everyone.

We have seen and liked this particular stained glass in the same store before but after telling the owner our intent to buy it, she said it was already reserved for someone else. When she saw us again, she told us the other buyer never came back for it, luckily for us,  so we bought it right there and then. I knew exactly where I wanted to hang it.

 I love the colors and the pattern, reminds me of a peacock tail and you know how much I love peacocks.

John and I have our own recliners. Mine is the one closer to the window. When I am watching TV in the early afternoon, the sun shines right on me and it bothers me. I considered getting a stand up screen to put there against the window but I did not want to block the hallway and I could not find what I really wanted. I did not want to hang drapes there because I do not like to block the view. Our backyard has a pool and has lots of trees around and behind them is a big creek so privacy is not an issue.

Do you see the stained glass? It is perfect there cause it obscures the sunshine so I am happy, and it is decorative as well. It also displays a beautiful play of colors when the sun shines on it.

 This is one of our guest rooms. I have designated it for my mom when she is staying with us because it has its own bathroom so it is convenient for her.

Do you see the trunk that I just added in front of the bed? It was a wedding present to my mom and dad from a politician in the Philippines in 1936. I had it sent directly from the Philippines and it arrived last December but it was all messed up when it got here. I had Mitch, our handyman fix it and I am happy with how it turned out.
 It is made out of camphor and believe it or not, after all these years, it still smells so good when you open it. I really treasure this because it is the only furniture left of my parents after we moved to the US. I still remember it so well when it used to sit in my parent's bedroom as I really grew up with it. Mama and papa also had 2 Venetian chandeliers which I would have loved to have that my mom bought when she went to Venice a long time ago, but I think they were stolen after we moved, because they were not with the house when we sold it.

I am storing extra pillows in this hand carved trunk now.

Below is a trunk I saw in a resale shop parking while driving through New Orleans. I wanted to repaint and sell it in my booth.

But after I was done painting it blue and distressing it, John and I both could not let it go. Did I tell you that we both love trunks? LOL!

So I brought it in, placed it by the window in the other guest room and store throw pillows in it now.

That armoire in between the windows is a computer desk with a concealed chair that pulls out. We have a laptop in there for guests to use.
 Since we are here, I might as well show you the rest of the room. Do you see the antique chair in front of the bed? We bought it also from Melancon a few years ago.
 Now, let me show you the floor lamp I just gave John on our birthday last month. Yes, it is a tiffany style stained glass lamp. I was finally able to replace John's old reading lamp which I hated.
 He loves it and I do too! He said he likes how it hangs and it is adjustable.
Back to another trunk, another one we bought from Melancon on our last visit.
The 6 sided antique oriental box on the right is where I store our uncooked rice. We eat rice a lot so I buy jazmine rice in 25 lb. bags. I bought it from Horchow about 4 years ago.
It is in the breakfast nook storing lots of cloth napkins and tablecloths, which I used to just store in a basket on the floor there. I think the trunk looks neater.
 I used to have a TV tray by the window too shown below, gone now and back to the rack where it belongs in the family room.
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Creations By Cindy said...

Everything is so beautiful! Love it all! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Terra said...

Your home is a beautiful refuge and looks very peaceful; the new stained glass piece and the trunk of your parents are nice touches.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I think you are so lucky to have that trunk of your parents, it must be so special to you. The stained glass piece is beautiful. I would think that with your artistic ability, you might be able to create your own stained glass.

bj said...

That is a beautiful olden trunk and I can see why your are so proud of it. The room is beautiful for your mom.
Love your stained glass, too. :)
Anxious to see the twins...know they are growing like little weeds...
xo bj

Beth said...

You have such a beautiful home, Christine, and you have decorated it lovingly and fashionably. Your guest rooms are both quite lovely. I really liked seeing your trunks and your stained glass piece too. The Tiffany lamp is very nice too.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I really like the stained glass piece. Sorry to hear the trunk was damaged, but glad someone could repair it also - a treasure to have. I am familiar with the camphor smell. I had a set of bronze ware with rosewood handles in a camphor case and I remember the smell ever time it was opened. I said "had", as I passed it on to my daughter. Sorry to read the chandeliers were taken. :(
Have an enjoyable time with your friends.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

The stained glass is beautiful and I love the chest in your mothers room. Your furniture throughout your house is gorgeous. The Armoire is lovely and the fact that it has a chair intrigues me.
Love the table setting too!

Lady Linda said...

I love all your trunks, but to have your parent's trunk is just wonderful. How lovely for you.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful stained-glass! Love all your trunks! Especially, the one from your parents. :-)

Linda said...

Christine, your home is lovely. What a pleasure to have these wonderful trunks. The one in front of your bed is gorgeous! Stained glass is so pretty. Enjoy this Memorial Day week-end. XO Linda

Marigene said...

You have a beautiful home, Christine. The stained glass piece is really pretty, I can just see the sun rays shining on it.

Dolores said...

I love trunks too. You have some beautiful trunks and stained glass..... your home is gorgeous!

Magnolia Blues said...

I also love trunks. Your house is so beautifully decorated. You truly do a wonderful job with everything, your home, cooking, and tablescapes. You're a talented woman.


Debbie said...

This post just couldn't have possibly held one more delight. I'm practically full to overflowing with them. I love everything from the stained glass to the antique chair to all of the wonderful trunks. I'm a trunk gal myself. I love all of your treasures, Christine.

My favorite is the wedding present trunk!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The stained glass is beautiful and I love the trunks. Thank you for linking to the OHP and have a great weekend.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh Christine, I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your stained glass AND all your trunks. You and I think alike, I too have stained glass hanging in my windows, AND My hubby and I agree "We Can NEVER have enough trunks"! LOVE your family one(that I have to say is my VERY VERY Favorite). I'm so happy you decided to keep the one you painted, "It's Perfect"!
Your home is a showcase of treasures. LOVE IT and LOVE your style!
Big Hugs,

Marlis said...

Christine, your family trunk is a wonderful piece of art. Sentimental and beautiful. your guest rooms are so beautiful, i am sure they feel especially pampered. Your new stained glass piece does truly reind me of a peacock. and is just as lovely. have a blessed weekend, xo marlis

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, that stained glass is gorgeous! How lucky that the other buyer never returned for it. Your home is so pretty. I bet your Mother loves that you put her old trunk in her room. laurie

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I love the stained glass and it looks perfect there!

That trunk is amazing. It's so special to have family heirlooms. I'm glad you got it.

Have a great weekend.

SmilingSally said...

You are so fortunate to have been able to obtain that perfect stained glass window! I like the pop of blue in it. It will give you many hours of beauty.

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

Cafe au lait said...

Everything is beautiful!

My Blue Monday.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Christine, that stained glass is exquisite - how wonderful you were able to get it. It is perfect for you and looks lovely in your home. You do have a very lovely home - I adore that you have this special trunk that was your Mothers and that it is in a room designed with her in mind - fabulous! All of your trunks are terrific - lovely job painting that one blue! My husband and I share the same birth date - he's just one year older than I! How special is that! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Traci said...

The stained glass is gorgeous Christine! I love the trunk too. How special it must be to have.

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