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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Take a Swim in East Lake

Yesterday I spent a good chunk of time browsing eBay, narrowing my search only with the category Antique and the search term Eastlake. I found some really cool stuff.

On the beadboard is the outline of some kind of shelf that once hung at about head height (my head - 5'4"ish). Like this clock shelf. It's exactly the right shape for the space - long shelf on top, longer-than-usual, narrow brackets holding it up.

I debated buying it for a while, but it's kinda beat up, and that's the very spot I plan to put my vanity. A real vintage/antique vanity with a little stool I can spin around on to gesticulate to Darwin as he brushes his teeth at the sink.

Speaking of stools, I found this darling and lovely piano stool. Sadly, it's in Connecticut, and it looks like it wants to be more expensive than I want it to be. Oh well, I guess it's really too pretty to relegate to a bathroom anyway.

Then there's the shaving mirror with towel bar and the walnut towel rack. Somebody please come up with an excuse for me to buy at least one of these!

As for things I actually have bought, check out these sash lifts:

And these weird-but-neato glass sofa glides:

Also, a co-worker has offered me a pristine-condition 1955 cast iron wall sink. I'm going to take a look. Though a wall sink wasn't what I had in mind for our master bath, it could potentially work for the half bath when we get around to that.

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Chris said...

I have those sash lifts in my house on some of the windows, as well as the matching window locks.

If you buy the stool you can come to CT to pick it up and visit me :-)

4:25 PM  
Jennifer said...

Hi, I don't have a blog but my husband and I are restoring an 1890's house (we are on year 7) and I frequent the house blogs for tips and ideas. The reason I'm commenting is that I am currently watching the very same towel rack on e-bay! It is a very small world out there! Keep up the good work on your house! --Jenny.

6:23 PM  
Kristin said...

Ooh, competition on the towel rack! :0

Chris, can you also spot me the $400 to buy the stool? ;)

6:34 PM  
amanda said...

While the Nightmare has both Victorian and Arts and Crafts architecture, I usually defer to the Arts and Crafts period when choosing things for the house. Until I discovered Eastlake! I just love the patterns and designs, especially in the door and window hardware. Since there is nothing original to restore in the basement, I figure that I can do whatever I want down there, right??? Whatever, it's my house! So, thanks to your suggestion, I've got bids in on a few things Eastlake on ebay. Great tip!

8:06 PM  
Denny said...

Hands down - go for the walnut towel rack - it's really great!

7:48 AM  

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