|Megan Winters Design|
Oh. And I’m not talking about a person. This is much more serious. I’m talking about that perfect, so you, once-in-a-lifetime find that you let slip right out of your fingers. It would have absolutely made your decor, and you just didn’t jump fast enough.
I am an auction queen. Hubby reminds me that it isn’t technically winning if you pay for it. But he kind of likes to see me there in my element all the same. Now, I’m picky about my auctions. I’m not going to sit through a bunch of junk to get to a good piece. Fortunately, a couple of places around here specialize in just the good stuff.
One fateful auction afternoon, we were in search of a large chest and a secretary to flank a window in our living room. I had already “won” a third piece — a bleached mahogany chest that graces little boy’s room and is so perfect you wouldn’t have been able to let it go either — when this stunning, pristine, fabulous black and gold French desk appeared at the front.
|Jamie Herzlinger Interiors|
Now, I had to talk myself down a bit. When I tell you that the furniture for my office had just been moved in, there were still pieces of felt underneath the legs. And I had decided to go crisp, clean, modern and minimalist for my office, a total departure from the rest of the house. So I basically sat on my paddle the entire time, telling myself that it was an absurd purchase and I had absolutely nowhere for it. Hubby had gone outside to stretch his legs, and, as he walked back in, the bidding was over.
“I didn’t bid on it,” I whispered.
“What?!” He leaned back. “Oh you’re kidding me. It looks just like you.”
“But I didn’t have a place for it.”
You see, I am not a practical buyer. I am a love buyer. I see something that I simply can’t live without, go for it, and find a place later. And, thus far, it has worked out for me.
“It looks just like Mary McDonald’s,” I whispered.
He tried to convince me to get the auctioneer to put it back up, which he probably would have done. But it was over. And I knew it.
|Chanel No. 5|
I found a walnut chest that day, a tall two over three with these incredible carved handles. And a secretary so large and stunning it needs an oversized chair to even be able to reach. And, of course, that precious chest in baby boy’s room. So, needless to say, the day was far from a loss.
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