Friday, May 21, 2010

My Chippy White Iron Langley Bed


I saw a Langley style iron bed in a magazine around 1995, and fell hopelessly in love.  
 For nearly ten years, I passed many a 19th century chippy iron bed in antique shops
and yard sales because they were so ‘square’.  
My apologies for the 'bare and spare' look in this room in my old house
when it was on the market. 

It wasn’t until 2002 when I visited Zaborski’s salvage warehouse in Kingston, NY
I found this and had to have it, even though they wouldn’t
come down in price from the $300 on the tag.  
That’s a lot of money, but I’ve never seen a good one for sale before or since.



A Langley’s sweeping curves are so much more feminine, don’t you agree?


It’s one of the few antiques I’ve bought that didn’t require repainting or shabbifying, too!


May you always find what you seek, gentle reader.

'Till next time, stay shabby!



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20 comments:

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Sandy...this bed is just perfect! Enjoy your weekend!

Crystal said...

Beautiful!!! I've always wanted and entire collection of iron beds!! One could never be enough!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

I love iron beds and have been on the hunt for the perfect one for awhile now ~
Yours is so pretty !
xoxo
Lori

Sharon~heartsongs said...

I got mine over 20 years ago and it was $300 too.
Your bed is beautiful! (Isn't it amazing how heavy it is.)

Ozma of Odds said...

...ahhhhh dreamy romance!!
I have a shabby iron bed too, mine has bunny paw feet!!!! Yes, they can be a weeeeee bit pricey ~ but there isn't a night that goes by that I don't simply adore it!
xo, Rosemary

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Love the bed... I have a old bed... I think you would call it a iron bed but it is from maybe the 30's and I found it on the curb as trash... I was desperatley in need of one after my divorce 20 years ago for my room and brought it home and painted it white and added a small embellishment.... I ended up loving the bed and I still sleep in it to this day.... Yours is just lovely and very old.... I love seeing your belongings and I so love your studio...

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Love white iron beds! That is a nice one!~Patti

Mimi said...

What a gorgeous bed!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Yeah, love the bed and the way it was photgraphed. Makes you feel like you could climb right into it!
Yummy! JQ

Victorian1885 said...

Love the new bed..it looks dreamy! Have a great weekend!

Wanda

Faded Charm said...

Such a beautiful be. I bet it was worth the wait and every single penny. Some things are just like that.

Hope you enjoy your weekend.

Kathleen

Claudia said...

It is beautiful. Perfectly shabby. And, I think, worth the money! When you know in your heart it is what you want and if you can - you have to go for it.

xo
Claudia

Linda said...

Beautiful simple lines...I love it!

Linda @ Painted Whyte said...

ooohh that bed is perfect!!! Have a good weekend!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

What a gorgeous piece! Perfect!!

Hugs, Sherry

Elyse said...

hi again, sandy!

i am browsing through your posts and am just enjoying every minute.

YOU ROCK!

xo
elyse

Vicky said...

It's really fabulous bed!its perfect,dreamy romantic indeed!!
You have an incredible blog.

maría cecilia said...

Love it!!! so simple, so white, so lovely!!!
cariños

Margery said...

I love iron beds too! Yours looks nice, Sandy. The Victorian design makes it feminine, but the simplicity balances that. It could use a paint job, though.

My husband is more meticulous when it comes to that. He only wants hand forged iron beds in our house. We're choosing now between an iron loft and a forest hill for the guest room. Wish us luck!

tibby said...

You wish us to always find what we seek and finding your blog was way more than I was seekink. I've fallen in love and I think I won't rest peacefullyntill I get something similar.
Thanks a buch for your lesson in living.
Cris

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