It all started when darling Bob insisted on buying a new giant TV. I’m not a fan of the big TV’s and thought the one we had was sufficiently tacky. I know, everyone in the world has a big TV now and I’m the last one to like them, but they just dominate the room . . . anyway, I lost.
As a consolation, Bob agreed we could find a cool looking console to go beneath so I could look at that instead of the TV. Where else would we go for unique and classy, sassy consoles, but down this beautiful country road to Charles Phillips Antiques and Architecturals in Theodore, AL? (click HERE to see my first story from several years ago on Charles Phillips).
C.P. Antiques imports all these gorgeous pieces from Europe several times a year. Some things they leave as they find them, others, they piece together to make new, interesting things for your home. Shutters, doors, bed swings, dressers, (“chester drawers” for us Southerners), chairs, windows, you name it . . . it’s like Disney World for furniture lovers!
I think there are seven different barns stacked FULL to the brim of beautiful items. The fun is in the hunt.
There are also small accessories that are completely unique.
“Mable Jean, this doesn’t look like it came from the Big Box store!”
“Are you out of your cotton picking mind? That’s an original from Eyuuurop, honey!” (Of all the nerve!).
And here’s my adorable console I found. Made from French shutters from the 1800’s and wood also from France during the same time period. This is before we dusted it off, but once I got it home and cleaned it up, it was perfect! The wood just glows!
See? You hardly notice the TV, which by the way, I love watching Mary Tyler Moore on. It makes her giant, like she and Rhoda and Phyllis are right here with me! I’m going to hide the last cord dangling down, to make it even more beautiful.
I haven’t quite decided on how to style the shelves, but I want to leave some of them empty to show the shutter details. I play with it just about every day, switching baskets and books around.
A trip to Charles Phillips is worth your time. They are close to Bellingrath Gardens, so you can make a day of it.
Here’s their web site for details (they are only open a few days a week, so check first). Charles Phillips Antiques and Architecturals .
And here’s my previous story and photos: HERE