Monday, November 30, 2009

treasure box

I am having a hard time figuring out how to organize all the photos I want to show you and things I want to tell you from our trip to Rick and Toni's, so please forgive me if these next few posts seem a bit random and rambling.

One of my favorite things to do at the farm is to snoop around the barn (although it can get quite dangerous because if you say you like something, Rick is likely to give it to you.)

Rick has the most amazing collection of stuff that he has scrounged and scavenged, discovered and saved.

He's got everything you can imagine, and some things you can't.

Gorgeous industrial lights and lamp parts of all sorts,

Saarinen and other mid century modern chairs in impeccable condition that Steven's architect friends would kill to have,

Industrial ladders worn in just the right places,

beautiful Pyrex lab equipment that fascinated me for hours,

the most amazing collection of lumber you have ever seen (Ryan is going to turn those pieces of walnut into a new dining room table.)

vintage mustard jars from when mustard jars were cool (many were designed to be turned into banks when the mustard was gone- mid century upcycling),
ceramic dishes made by Coors. (Yup, Coors, the same folks who make beer. The dishes are better.) Real slate chalkboards, all sorts of stools and chairs, doors, cabinets, the list goes on and on and just when you think you've seen it all, Rick pulls out something else.

I told him he should start and etsy shop, but I don't think he was convinced. It may be a good thing, for my wallet at least, because I'm pretty sure I'd be his number one customer.


Kris said...

that looks like a fun adventure!

rls said...

THANKS for the charitable portrayal . . . our most valued treasures "up and returned to ann arbor!" ;-)

alissa said...

omg what a great treasure chest! jealous of the chairs...

Joe Stucky said...

Looks beautiful. I'm sure you had a wonderful time and enjoyed being surrounded by beautiful nature.
Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Wow! So many goodies - I would love to have a wander through there.