First off: Hi! I’m happy to be back blogging, I needed that break more than I knew. I wasn’t expecting it, but thank you to all those who showed such kind support, I appreciate it. It really made me feel like this little blog is turning into a bit of a community, which makes me happy in a totally dorky and nerdy sort of way.
So back to the big news. A few days after I posted about the Franco Albini ottoman, and how it was my latest and greatest obsession (I had been stalking it on the internet, had set up a craigslist RSS feed, and had an ebay saved search…I mean, we were almost on restraining order terms) and then Meg emailed me. She had spotted the ottoman at a vintage Saint Paul consignment store. Whoa! First of all, these bad boys are expensive. As in “I’ll never be able to justify spending $400 on a footstool” expensive. I was seriously toying with the idea of purchasing a white spray-painted one that was half-caved in on the bottom for $110 on ebay. I mean, I wasn’t really going to buy it, but I thought that maybe there was a way I could save it and bring it back to life and get it on the cheap.
So when Meg emails me about this ottoman, needless to say I was pretty excited. The big question was, how much was the store going to be asking for it? Well get this: it was on sale, originally $67 with an additional 20% off. Um, yeah. I ran over there first thing Saturday morning, picked it up and left feeling like a thief.
I gave it the once over and it looked like a quality, well built piece. I’m pretty sure it’s the real deal! I’m not even sure if they make knock offs. You tell me though, any experts out there? Did I buy a knock-off?
Either way, I don’t mind. I would obviously prefer it to be real, but what I really want is that texture in my room. I love the way it looks and the way it reflects light and the way it makes cool shapes. You get the idea. I’ll stop making out with my new ottoman now.
In other news, I just finished touching up the last bits of paint in my bedroom. Minus collecting a few accessories that I’ll have to save for, it’s done! Be expecting a thorough and detailed post about it in the coming days. Can’t wait to share it with you.
Oh, the ottoman also came with wooden knobs on the feet. I hadn’t seen that in others’ pictures online so maybe that’s the knock off giveaway. Or maybe it’s the sign of a one-of-a-kind gem. I’m happy either way.