Firetable

Raise you hand if you spent time with friends outside around a fire-pit this winter. I think it was one of the only ways to stay safe and feel connected.

We had a heat lamp, but needed more fire. So, like a few other COVID projects, I challenged Dear Husband with making me a fire table JUST LIKE THIS ONE 🙂 Little did I know he could actually make it happen.

Restoration Hardware Toluca Linear Fire Table

The mountains in the background would have been amazing too, but I won’t get too selfish here.

Retail prices is about $9,000 for one of these babies from RH

Ah, the garage. Where all the magic happens. Don’t judge the background too harshly. We fixed that all up with Brent’s custom built-ins….post coming soon.

So, in a nutshell building an 800 lb cement fireplace means building a mold as seen below. Then one fills it with poured concrete (a very messy job) and then breaks the mold. And then one begs children to try to move cement fireable in through the house without getting hurt. That part took literally two hours.

It’s always a family affair and I love it that way!

Oh, and Brent knows how to do all the mechanical work to make sure so that helps.

We’ve gotten so much use out of it and it’s so pretty to look at.

Swivel Chairs

Swivel chairs are very exciting. I didn’t know I needed them until I needed them. I’ve been updating the family room and was really excited to add these. I think they can open a room and make the adjoining area part of the conversation.

I have a few cats that agree.

These are from Restoration Hardware in the perennial fabric collection. If you choose this type of fabric dirt and wine and stains wipe right off. And it’s been true. I even risked getting the white because I was convinced and so far so good.

I haven’t purchased the big items in about 10 years. I’m pleased with the change and the brightness of the space. editing down helps too!

For Sale: Vintage Toledo Drafting Stool

I was obsessed with this stool about ten years ago and found this beauty on eBay. I had it shipped here and it was loved. I now don’t have space for her and she is looking for a good home.

You have probably seen these pop up at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware and anywhere you find stools. They do a pretty good knock off, but this is original, which is always more special, I find 🙂

Here is a reproduction:

RH 1940S VINTAGE TOLEDO BAR CHAIR $315

Here are a few more images of the one I’m interested in selling.

They are going for $300 plus on ebay.

I am listing mine at $200 for pick up. If interested feel free to email: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Also, I wanted to let you all know that I’ve become a foster mom. I’ve been working with Homeward Trails, a local shelter, for about three years now and have fostered almost 40 kitties. It is a labor of love and I think I get more out of it than the kitties. I wanted to share a picture of sweet Daisy. She was found in a dumpster in West Virginia and came to me with pneumonia, unweight and refused to eat. She had to be hospitalized for a week, but then we rehabilitated her back to heath. She is now in a loving home with her brother. I have new kitties and cats all the time so if you are looking for more love in your life I think I’ll show you all a picture/s of my kitties in need at the end of a post. xo