Follow your heart

Remember the peek I showed you the other day on a cool Craigslist find?

I wanted to show you more and challenge your way of thinking.

I contacted this buyer on CL regarding lamps she had for sell.

She and her husband were in their 70’s.

They were preparing to move to Arizona and their house, although rather modern, was peppered with gorgeous antiques and works of art.

When I purchased the lamps, I asked if she was selling anything else…….

She said, “I actually am and haven’t listed them yet”.

That is where this all began.

I fell in love with her sweet, warm, spirit. Her lovely, melodic, accent. Her precious way of educating me on each piece…..

Then I fell in love with what she was selling.

We talked and she began to gather a “lot” of goodies, that I eventually purchased.

On the right is an antique saddle bag, with pillows in it.

On the left, two antique pillows, covered with a persian rug for sitting.

These are great to leave in my living room for the kids to use when they plop on the floor.

I love their history!

They are true antiques!

Same thing with this rug. It now lives at my back door. The quality of a rug shows in the beauty of it’s back. See how pretty it looks on the back? That shows the quality of the stitching. It’s so pretty I want to lay this rug upside down……

For real.

But I won’t.


Every single piece, an antique.

This tapestry is about 8×11.

This is the explanation of this piece from the owner:

It is called Embroidery Chain Stitch.  The stitch itself is not difficult
but the creativity is in the design.  It was done by an Asian Indian who
couldn’t even read or write.
I’m glad you are enjoying it.  I offered it to you only because I thought
you would appreciate it. 

The CL seller was a retired history professor.

She and I share the same love for Persian rugs.

Except I only have one ; )…and I bought it from CL for $75.00.

She did her thesis on Persian Rugs and found in me……well………a sponge.

She loved that.

A few of her things were out of my budget…..this grouping was in my budget.

My challenge……….

Your deal is out there but you have to actively seek it.

I wouldn’t even cheapen the beauty of these pieces with the unreal price in which I obtained them.

I would have paid more….if I would have had the money.

I will cherish these pieces…..

Not because of their price but because of the fact that these were heritage pieces for this seller.

She lovingly acquired them and held onto them for years.

She wasn’t selling them because of needing the money. She was ready to let some of her pieces go.

I was just lucky enough to be there when she did.

I will let them live on for more generations with my family.

My challenge…look beyond getting the deal.

Look for pieces that you love.

My home is a blend of style. No matter what new design is in…..there are pieces that I will always “work around” when decorating.

These are those kind of pieces.

Don’t go to an auction or estate sale or antique store looking for the “score”.

Go with the intent of finding a “heritage” piece. A piece that grabs you by something other than price.

When you do….sometimes, you get lucky and get a piece with true dollar value………..but when your motivation is not “scoring”….. it will always hold sentimental value.

Follow your heart in making your house a home.

Don’t follow the blogs….

The crowd…..

The magazines……

Or me.

Those things pass.

Follow your heart.

And when you do… will find your “deal”.

I promise.

I can’t wait to see where your heart leads you.



0 thoughts on “Follow your heart

  • September 27, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    What a great story to go along with your great finds!

  • September 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Rebecca, I haven’t commented lately and thought I needed to on this one.
    This is exactly what I tell my clients!
    I love that you’re encouraging everyone to make it “THEIR HOME”
    not what Mrs. Jones is doing this week.

  • September 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Beautiful pieces, beautiful story!!

  • September 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    that is a great post …WOW  neat items…I really wish I had the personality to be able to do tis myself..but Im just too shy

  • September 28, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Love the huge rug.  I’ve always heard to buy what you love, too bad i can’t use everything that I have bought in my home.  There are so many things that I love.

  • September 28, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Your story is a beautiful testimony to respect and truly valuing people over things.  You made her feel that her beloved items would be in a good place and they are!!  

    Thank you, too, for the reminder to buy what you love!

  • September 29, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Wow, Talk about right place, right time.  I hope one day to be as fortunate as you were that day. The tapestry alone is to die for!

  • September 29, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I am in love with this tapestry. That whole buying experience was something to be treasured…lucky you AND lucky them!

  • October 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Exceptional pieces of “Real Art”, from one exceptional person to another…….I know you will cherish them. Thank you for the reminder!!! Hugs, VBg

  • July 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    when I saw that throw, I thought it kind of looks Indian. It’s beautiful.


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