Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Bombe Chest

In my house, nothing matches, but everything goes. It’s an eclectic mix of style, complementary colors and patterns where (I am told) people feel immediately welcome and comfortable – perhaps the most important thing to me. Considering my non-traditional style, it would come as no surprise that I like painted and unusual furniture, like this ruler chair, and have it scattered about my house.

One day way back in 2008, I was having a (very) rare bad day. I was heading to the market when I saw a sign for the Rose Tree Media Arts Festival. Well, thought she, should I make a right to the market (definitely dull) or a left to the festival (possibly pleasant)?

I turned left.

I’m so glad I did.

Immediately upon entering, my spirits lifted and I was drawn to a crafter whose tent was filled with fun, painted furniture and other pieces. After a brief chat, I bought this lovely cabinet from her. Knowing it would not fit in Tallulah, my Mini Cooper, the artist agreed to deliver it. We began to talk about commissioned pieces and I told her about an unpainted Bombe Chest that I bought many years ago still sitting (unassembled) in my mother’s basement. We chatted forever about it and several weeks ago, older daughter and I assembled the chest and the artist picked the piece up to begin her transformation magic. She asked me a few questions about my preferences, took a few photos of my house and after a few weeks, she delivered the metamorphic work of art (literally).

I am euphoric.

It includes many of my favorite things…a bumble bee, polka-dots, checkerboards, red, swirls, stripes, a little mouse house, and a fitting quote about rebellion from my historic idol, Thomas Jefferson! The knobs that I bought from Anthropologie replaced the traditional, brass pulls that came with the piece and I think they provide the perfect accent!

I placed this painted treasure in a spot immediately as you walk in my front door so visitors cannot miss it. It’s whimsical, colorful and quite lovely....exactly what I wanted! Now I have my mind set on transforming a mass-produced Queen Anne desk and chair.

You can follow the artist and see some of her other creative and fun pieces at Funky Furniture on facebook.

Some other photos:

I have linked this post to Metamorphosis Monday!


High Street Cottage said...

It's adorable! She's a fantastic artist, I bet it feel great to have something so unique, and customized just for you.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I love this unique piece. It is so fun looking!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Oh my it is so cute, I really love unique pieces too and even sometimes when I am feeling crafty paint my own furniture!

Elaine said...

WOW!!! What a fun and unique piece you have now! She certainly breathes new life into ordinary furniture!

Janie said...

Adorable chest. I found you on Cozy Little house and added you to my blog roll as well.

Love your recipes!

KnitOne, PearlOnion said...

Thank you all! I LOVE this chest. The artist is such a kind soul and lifted my spirits exactly when they needed lifting! --Joann

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is so fun! i love the colors and the shape!

Drama Mama Lori said...

Wow, really fun!! I just painted a similar chest! Found you at Primitive and Proper - new follower! ~Lori

KnitOne, PearlOnion said...

Thanks for reading! --Joann

Jessica H said...

Do you recall where you purchase the bombe chest? I'm looking for the same piece.