ROCKING ALONE IN AN OLD ROCKING CHAIR

By: John Hogan

For charisma of country charm it's always pleasurable to start a focal point of decorating with a comfortable antique rocking chair.

VICTORIAN ANTIQUE MAPLE ROCKING CHAIR

VICTORIAN MAPLE ANTIQUE ROCKING CHAIR

With today's trends toward so called affordable ways of decorating we arrive with such terminologies as Shabby Chic, Cottage Chic or Cottage Style and even French Country. What this actually means is that people who want a fresh informal look that is comfortable, warm and inviting are reinventing vintage and antique items of furniture with a blend of various fabrics in attaining the whole look at an affordable price. This way they are not restricted to specific pieces with which to decorate. When decorating with this concept, people can be as eclectic as they wish. They can mix styles and periods easily where everything looks aesthetically pleasing. Fabric and paint can do wonders to vintage and antique furniture. When we talk about shabby chic, mostly everything goes. Pieces of furniture may not be original but married up. When we speak of Doctored Furniture, the actual terminology for such a marriage is Cobbler. This is when different furniture pieces are added together to invent an entirely different piece which was never made initially by the local community craftsman or factory manufacturer. Unfortunately many times such pieces are passed off as original to the novice buyer or to the person who likes shabby chic. Many times shabby chic is over-priced refurbished furniture or cobbler pieces that have been doctored up to look old with a rustic charm.

Trends like shabby chic that start off being affordable usually end up being over-priced in the long run. After all, many times the original piece of furniture in its original state and excellent condition meets a sad end and lessens in value when a paint brush, sand paper and an over zealous person comes into contact with it. Fine if the piece of furniture is almost beyond proper restoration! Such procedures will redeem it for usage and give it a new home in a new environment.

Fashion trends are great but don't get caught on the band wagon. Once a trend takes off, up goes the price. Knowing when to get in and when to get out is the trick to doing something at an affordable price. This is the thing about buying items which are classic and somewhat traditional. Such classical and traditional pieces have always stood up to the test of time and can always be implemented into one living environment as accent pieces. Quality will always be quality. Trends are only Fads that do go in and out of fashion. Don't get caught holding the bag.

So sit back and relax in this old rocking chair as you ponder your decorating skills and choices. A good book of poetry by Frost, Blake, Tennyson or Wordsworth will compliment your rocking chair as you release from the stresses of the average working day.


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