I’ve been using my tips from the bakery to buy a few new pieces of furniture for the Heirloom Homestead. This weekend, I finally met the wonderful ladies behind Rescued Relics. It was Friday after work and they were greeting customers with margaritas and sangria. Dressed in party dresses and huge smiles, I felt immediately at home among their hard work. Their tiny shop holds a dozen or so pieces of antique furniture that they’ve repainted and replaced hardware.

Antique dresser

Antique dresser

Antique dresser

Antique dresser

The one I picked is weird, old, recycled and loved. It fits my room perfectly. It was a moment of serendipity when I was this old bureau. In my college dorm room, Emily and I arranged our meager possessions to create the nicest home we could. (To even describe that room as nice is such a stretch.) One of our techniques was to use my traveling chest as a coffee table, decorated with a few used magazines from Bookmans. (We were klassy.) The cover of one of those magazines — an issue of Martha Stewart Living — was a yellow bureau — quite similar to this one. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent on that couch studying, occasionally looking over at that dumb magazine and wishing I lived in a house with real furniture — not a plastic rubbermade box I’d turned into my “traveling chest.”

Well! Happy days!

~K