Tuesday January 13, 2004

Second Empire Garage Sale Modern

[ These questions are courtesy of the Saturday 8 for Saturday, Jan 10, 2004 ]
  1. When was the last time you purchased a piece of furniture for your home/apartment/room?
  2. What was it?
  3. In the past 8 years, i've not had to buy any furniture myself ... relatives have died or moved and i've acquired pieces for birthdays. do you have a lot of 'other people's furniture' at your place?
  4. When looking at furniture, do you go for the look, or for the deal?
  5. do you have a bad furniture shopping experience to relate? if not, do you have a good one?
  6. If money was no object, what decorating style would you put up?
  7. Are you naturally a decorator, or would you rather pay someone to come in and decide everything for you (given you have the cash on hand to hire them)?
  8. Do you watch any redecorating shows ... surprise by design, trading spaces/family, changing rooms, while you were out, clean sweep? why or why not?


  1. When was the last time you purchased a piece of furniture for your home/apartment/room?
    Gosh, it must be 8 or 10 years now...

  2. What was it?
    A La-Z-Boy recliner (specifically a swivel rocker recliner).

  3. Do you have a lot of 'other people's furniture' at your place?
    I have a cabinet that my mother built and finished from a kit before I was born. I have the gate-leg table that my mom and Dad had when they were first married. Our guest bed and Rich's desk and file cabinet were 'inherited" from a friend who, um, was no longer able to use them (yes, he's still alive). The recliner in the bedroom came to us from a friend of a friend, when she replaced it with a new one (it works; it's just shabby).

    We also have two dressers that were rescued from dumpsters and refinished (one in maple, one in some dark wood), a dresser from my grandmother (would you believe matched-grain mahogany veneer under the original nasty green paint?), a teak coffee table from Rich's parents (many years ago) which is now the headboard for our bed...

    Beyond that, we've got lots of stuff we bought used from individuals, or the Goodwill store, or used office furnture places, including two swivel rockers, several cabinets, four(!) desks, and tables of various sorts.

  4. When looking at furniture, do you go for the look, or for the deal?
    Both. First the look; if we don't like the look, it's no deal. After that, inexpensive is good. We have no problem with used furniture.

  5. Do you have a bad furniture shopping experience to relate? if not, do you have a good one?
    I recall that the purrchase of our recliner couch went very smoothly; the salesman wasn't pushy. When we went back later for a recliner rocker, the salesman helped us choose a style we could both use. Apparently men and women use different muscles to raise and lower the recliner. Men use their legs more; women their arms and backs. So women have a more difficult time getting out of a recliner chair that doesn't have a release handle!

  6. If money was no object, what decorating style would you put up?
    La-Z-Boy recliners and Danish modern (teak, rosewood or cherry).

  7. Are you naturally a decorator, or would you rather pay someone to come in and decide everything for you (given you have the cash on hand to hire them)?
    Neither. We have a comfortable "look" which we manage to maintain with little or no effort and which we both like.

  8. Do you watch any redecorating shows ... surprise by design, trading spaces/family, changing rooms, while you were out, clean sweep? why or why not?
    Nope. We don't watch television.

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