Two things prompted the immediate action of rearranging our booth: the sale of a large china cabinet and Spring! Even though the temperature has dropped the last couple of days, I know it’s coming.

Because of the scarcity of storage space at our house, we originally instituted a no-sofa policy. Over time we relaxed the rule. Come to think of it, the weak leak seems to be our son. First he acquired a rattan Rumpus Room, then later a fabulous Heywood-Wakefield living room set.

After struggling valiantly to take back our house from an ever-growing furniture collection, and largely succeeding, the tide began to turn. A few Craigslist scores and couple estate sale finds had the rooms filling up once again. When Michael came to us with a photo of the sofa he found, we put our foot down. No more sofas!

We went to the sale anyway. This is what we brought home: a surprisingly handsome Mid-Century Modern yellow sofa. I set aside my personal feelings once we saw it in person. My mother introduced a MCM sofa very much like this one, only a deep turquoise. She switched  out a massive, beloved sofa that robbed my childhood of an improvised trampoline/bounce house.

This sofa’s in great shape considering its age. The strong lines catch the eye and the light airy color are ideal for pushing us into Spring:
MCM sofa

All the large pieces are now in place in our booth. After playing around with arrangements, we introduced the yellow sofa into the Heywood-Wakefield furniture living room vignette. This new configuration necessitated shifting every piece.
MCM living room

Check out the 3 pillows on the yellow sofa. That’s artwork by British artist Natalie Rymer. I carried them back from England last autumn. Her colors are so perfect for Florida. Here’s another view of the cosy scene:
Heywood-Wakefield living room furniture

We added our hand painted French Bombé next to the yellow sofa, even though it isn’t MCM. While both pieces are different styles, they work surprisingly well together.
Hand painted French Bombe

A pre-Columbian figure and a MCM cornucopia of fruit sit on the Heywood-Wakefield side table:
Heywood-Wakefield side table

On the other side of the room we’re attempting to create a dining experience with the White Furniture Co. of Mebane table and 6 chairs but it looks a bit jammed up right now. Since it’s been here a while, it might be time to rotate out. Close by is the Empire Revival library table that David refinished and I painted. It will make a beautiful homework table, television stand, or desk in a study.
White Furniture Co. dining room table
antique mall vendor space
We still have lots of smaller pieces to bring in. A couple that did make it are this elegant bowl made in Norway . . .
Norwegian Bowl
and a cylindrical pottery vase that’s more decorative than utilitarian — but I like its organic quality.
Cylindrical pottery vase
So, that’s where we are with rearranging our booth for now. Thanks for stopping by. If you enjoyed what you read, please share us with your friends.

Update: I posted this on a Friday and by Sunday one happy customer had purchased all the Heywood-Wakefield living room furniture and another, the yellow sofa. We’re all thrilled.

Ann Marie and David

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2 Comments on Rearranging Our Booth

  1. Diana
    March 2, 2016 at 7:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Your spring booth looks absolutely fantastic, but I understand (via Facebook?) that most of your inventory has sold!! Yay you 🙂 I have to say, that yellow couch is a stunner. Whoever took that home is very lucky indeed. Thanks for sharing with us at Vintage Charm!

    • irisabbey
      March 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm (6 years ago)

      It was a very heady weekend. I don’t want to sound greedy, but we could use more of those.


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