Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Good Loot Comes to Those Who Wait

I've been jonesing for some wheat sconces for a while (I want to say something like 9 months). Knowing that my fireplace mantel would one day be complete, I always had the thought of finding a great mirror and flanking it with some big sconces.

In deciding what these sconces should be like, I always turned to those jazzy coral sconces Ruthie Sommers used in her living room that we saw in domino:

Photo by Melanie Acevedo via domino

What I liked most about the sconces wasn't their coral-ness (although very nice) but actually how they projected from the wall. I liked that they were sculptural and quirky.

As I dove into a search for a pair of sconces to call my own, somewhere along the way, I fell in love with the wheat motif. I think the first time the wheat theme called to me was when I found an awesome pair of vintage white tole sconces on Etsy for a steal of $35. I debated and debated - still not fully confident that I could put large, sculptural sconces in our living room (perhaps too grand/traditional for the space). So as I thought and thought...someone else bought them. And of course, as soon as they did, I totally regretted my decision and doubled my efforts looking for wheat sconces.

A great example of these sconces via Lonny:


Photo by Patrick Cline via lonnymag.com

So, it's been months since my Etsy darlings passed me by and I've been scouring Etsy, eBay, flea markets, etc. to find a good vintage pair (within my budget - always key)...and finally, it was my day yesterday! And perfect timing since I'm making fireplace mirror decisions.

Behold my loot:


I found them on eBay for $35 (and a respectable shipping fee) - the seller had relisted them because the previous buyer hadn't paid up (and I had actually missed them the first go around). Woohoo! These are actually better than the Etsy pair because they are gold, which is what I originally wanted.

I think they might work well next to my free mirror, which I will paint gold to match. I think the traditional motif will work nicely against the geometrics and color of my living room.

Once again, patience wins. I need to remember that...

9 comments:

  1. they are beautiful!!

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  2. PERFECT! Can't wait to see them hung.

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  3. what a find and a bargain.

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  4. What an excellent find! And waiting certainly did pay off, didn't it!?

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  5. Gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you use to paint the mirror- I have a couple of mirrors/frames around here that would look better in gold (one of which used to be a pretty gold until I painted it a year ago- doh!) and I can't decide what to use.

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  6. ..timing is everything!!!!!

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  7. oooh i am totally office space of the day-ing this....gorgeous!!!!!! happy weekend hunny

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  8. LOVE these. Great find!!! Hmmm maybe wheat sconces are on my want list now...!

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