I really was minding my own business, just headed over to a client’s home to help her decide where to put some furniture, and so forth and so on. I was a hour from home, but near a favorite shop, so I thought I might as well stop in. Besides, I just happened to know they were having one of their famous tent sales.
Can you believe I found a few bargains? I wasn’t surprised either. This French bench was more than half off, and so it came home with me. It had a little defect, that I have already fixed. (Well, it looks okay, not perfect.) So here is my bedroom the way it looked when I left that morning. (The bed might not have been made, see BLOGGERS DONT MAKE THEIR BEDS.)
And here is what it looked like when I returned, with the new French bench.
I might have scratched the wall on the way up the stairs but hey, a little collateral damage is to be expected. I usually have to do this stuff myself, since my family isn’t interested in carrying furniture up and down the stairs like I am. Oh wait, I banded the wall hauling my desk (DESK IN THE CLOSET) up the stairs, not this bench. (It’s all coming back to me now.)
I’m pretty excited about it, especially getting such a great deal on it.
I mean it’s already good to go, no paint or fabric changes required. It’s a nice place to sit while someone is putting on shoes, or changing clothes. It even works great to hold the bedding and extra pillows during the night.
For a bargain shopper who is used to buying things that need work, this was a great find. After I took these photos the long bar on the bottom came out of one end. I can see it’s loose in the photo below. No worries though, I popped it back in with the mallet. Seriously, what would I do without that thing?
In case you are wondering the bench is made by Aidan Gray. I have several pieces by them, and I love all of them! (Not a sponsored post.)
Love the detail, the bench looks like it was meant for this room.
Beautiful bench! it looks wonderful at the end of the bed…
Rita C says
Nice score! It’s always better when a piece serves dual purposes.
It was meant to be in your room! What a perfect fit Anita. Beautiful.
A lovely addition to a seriously gorgeous room! And, I haul stuff around myself too 🙂
Eleanor Hill says
I love it! I love that bedroom….What kind of wood is on the floor because I love that floor?
Eleanor, it is reclaimed oak.
Pam hook says
Love it!!! I have to know where you got your bedding!!! I must have it!!!
I made it myself Pam!
Love the Bench-I like to fix things too, but sometimes it’s nice to not have to do the work!
It is perfect! And on sale! Yay!
Michelle B says
Would love to know where you found the bench. It is super cute. Also, if you aren’t familiar with it, there is an amazing store in Tomball called Laurie’s Home Furnishings that is just fantastic.
That’s where I got it Michelle.
Very cute!! I got a new bench and had it at the foot of my bed… But now it’s serving as a bench at my desk because my desk chair was terrible. I’ll have to check out Aidan gray.
Michelle Mortensen says
That bench is a beauty! I would love to have that in my own bedroom. Great find!
This bench is gorgeous!
Doré @ BurlapLuxe says
Oh Anita, it would havé Côme home with me as well, if not for my home perhaps the gated Estate Model Home I am working on now!
I love it’s French empire feel to its design, and the nail heads are great, as for the paint finish it looks like a good blend in the finish I give most of my furniture pieces.
Where is the basket trunk going to rest now! …my home please!!! 🙂
I am sure you will find another grand place for its placement.
You find the best pieces to design around, I am keeping it aged around here and simple until my move, then pieces will merge with all I have gathered.
Again you have added beauty to your home to love.
I had your same iron bed for my son? It was a co. Out of Texas.
I loved it and let him take it with him 🙂 So need to now find a French day bed.
Beautiful September to you and all it inspires.
Barb Hudson says
Anita, you have a great eye for a bargain and the bench is amazing. I personally like it at the end of the bed rather than the big basket which certainly can be re-purposed somewhere else. Happy Sunday and hugs from the southern west coast of Canada. Beautiful morning – I am taking the Sunday papers and my second cup of green tea and lemon out to the front porch to take in a bit of sun. 🙂
Deborah D says
I love this room and now the bench is perfect.
What can I add, except. . .”It was meant to be!”, dear friend!!!
Perfection at the end of your bed!!!
Don’t you just l o v e finding a bargain amidst the unexpected shopping excursions???
Believe me when I say, “I, truly, understand about the stairs and furniture moving.”
I, too, have a few “named” marks on the stairway!!!
Have a wonderful week ahead!!!
Marlene Stephenson says
Wonderful find,lucky you.Have a great weekend.
The bench is really lovely, when I do up my bedroom (I am almost ready to start), I am looking for a bench seat to go at the bottom. I did one up that was my mums and it is French style but I think I am now going to do my bedroom more Hamptons style so it won’t quite suit. I think that they finish off a room and a good place to put your clothes at night. I did try a basket at the bottom as I have a lovely one but it was too high which was a shame as it was quite narrow and as I have a small room it didn’t take up too much space.
You have some great shops in the USA and good bargains, far better than we have in NZ.
Martha Hansen says
So pretty, and functional too! I liked the basket just fine, but love, love the bench.
Lory at Designthusiasm says
Love it! And now it makes sense since I’m a huge fan of Aidan Gray… 🙂 Laughed at the bit about scratching the wall because I *always* do that. I’m not usually particularly inclined to be hauling things around myself, but when it’s a new home purchase, can never wait for the help. Congrats on your great find!!
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
Beautiful Anita!!! What a wonderful find! What did you do with the basket?
it went to the guest quarters Yvonne.
Janelle@The Peaceful Haven says
Lovely bench! It is made even better because it was a deal! Congrats!
I finally had some time to drink coffee and look through your home tour and read your About Me page and what a great story. I could relate a little, I loved sewing and worked in a great Fabric Store in high school and wanted to be a fashion designer and my dad made me get a full time job. I feel like I’m finally on my way to doing what I love. Not the same at all as your daughter, but my daughter was born with Nf and although she is doing great now it was very scary when she was little. Anyway just wanted to say I enjoyed your story and love your home and will continue to follow. Have a great day, Lisa at Concord Cottage
Jenny Lynn says
Adding a bench to my wish list for my bedroom.
It’s perfect! I saw your FB post about which picture I like best, the basket or the bench . . . the bench.
The bedroom looks fabulous!
I, too, love the bench much better than the trunk. Every time I see that bedding, I wondering if you made it or bought it. Beautiful!
I made it Helen. Thanks.
YOU are an awesome designer!!!! Could you come to my house?
Where do you live Ellie?
Love the bench-having been wanting one at the end of my bed…