Monday, June 30, 2008

Vintage Find Sunday



Did you have a good weekend? My weekend was busy and too short. I'm always a little sad coming back to work on Monday, but at least the July 4th weekend is coming up, which means vacation!

Ok, let's get to the good stuff. I purchased this 1893 leaded glass window from a window dealer at last year's Liberty Antique Show. The dealer said it was retrieved from a Chicago urban building before it was demolished for a high-rise. Who could destroy such a beauty?!

I was immediately attracted to the geometric circles, which the dealer said was rare and required great skill to achieve. I also love the color and paired it with a vase of pink flowers and my stack of trusty books (if you haven't noticed, I love decorating with books). I picture this window above a glorious fireplace in future awesome house. My friend suggested putting a mirror behind it, but I'm a bit torn. Thoughts?

48 comments:

Krissy said...

right there with ya on a monday. we only have 3.5 days this week! Love the window! It could really go lots of different ways, the mirror would be interesting, but it'd be just as pretty without.

please sir said...

Thanks - I agree, which is why I haven't messed with it. Yay for short weeks!

M.Kate said...

A mirror will be fine :)

Again, we dont appreciate vintage much here. Don't even have garage sales, anything that is old is well..tossed out most of the times:P

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simplesong said...

what a GREAT find! love the color.

Pigtown-Design said...

We had a great piece of stained glass that we took out of our old house. We ended up hanging it in front of another window using light chains and hooks. It looked really interesting and still had the light shining through.

JanelleGrace said...

I love it and I actually say no mirror, it's so perfect on its own.

(Couldn't stand my typo.)

Jan said...

What another great find. I am really starting to enjoy these vintage finds of yours.

I say leave it. I have a mirrored window and one that isn't. I enjoy the one that isn't more for its beauty. That one you found is a beauty naturally.

Thanks Pleasie and have a great week of finds.

mary said...

I love this. Decorating with salvaged finds like this is so different and always has a great story to go with it. The color is perfection!

Personally, I wouldn't put a mirror behind it. I think it would distract from the great shapes.

That Girl Designs said...

this is a wonderful window. never seen one like it. i think either way (mirror or not) you have a great piece here.

jae said...

I agree with no mirror. However, I would hang it in front of a window like pig-town design suggested. My childhood home had several lead glass windows going up a stairway. There were always rainbows on the floor and walls because of it. Which is why I would try for a small room...like maybe a bathroom. I can't tell if this has the bevels to do that, but it is a great find with a great color!

design for mankind. said...

THat is a FANTASTIC find, Diana! I love it! :)

thelaundryisneverfinished said...

I adore your window! Mirror or no. :) And I've spent a good portion of the morning "catching up" on your blog; you truly are so inspiring. This blog makes me happy!

blazedanielle said...

Very pretty! It looks great any way! ;) Great find!

please sir said...

Thanks so much - great ideas too!

Dianna said...

lovely find! you always have such beautiful things & know just how to use them in your home. i love flea markets, but can't always visualize how to make finds look fabulous once i get them home.

jess gonacha said...

oooh, NICE! What about some cool wallpaper behind it?

Laura said...

very lovely. & i agree with everyone who has said no mirrow...
it is too gorgeous as it is!

A Print A Day said...

i really like it as is :)

man, you have the best luck vintage shopping.

Jessie Cacciola said...

beautiful, diana! i think it would look great either way. :)

jozette said...

Wow - I love it!!! Don't ever invite me to your house, because I may try to sneak it out in my purse. :)

I don't think I'd put a mirror in it - I like it the way it is. You could hang it, too. But I like the way you have it displayed with the books and flowers. It's so perfect.

Uncle Beefy said...

Since it's old, I would just throw it in the trash and get something really nice at, say, the Home Depot or someplace elegant like that. ;)

Well, it would appear that the consensus is no mirror and that's what I was going to say...my 2 cents :)

The color of the frame is SO great!!! Love it! Great, great find :)

Megan Coyle said...

ooh, I love the way it looks with the vase of flowers and books. nice touch.

karey m. said...

oh! i had one of these guys {not with circles, though. perfection!} with blue and red stained glass.

so gorgeous. and clean. my vote's as is for now. but i can change with the wind!

picciolo said...

I agree that weekends are too short! I love this window, its an unusual design

Laura @ Shorehouse Chic. said...

Two enthusiastic thumbs up on this Vintage Find! I love, love, love it! Definitely something I would have scooped up, too. My vote is no mirror. I think it would compete too much with the lovely leaded design. I know others have said it, but it’s such an unusual and striking design.

Courtney said...

LOVEEE!!!! And I like it just the way it is. Interesting and original. Gorgeous!

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littlebyRD said...

I love this window! The color is just fabulous and the design is uniques. If I had it I would leave it as it is - no mirror.

Karen said...

AH! I love that window...what a great find! My two cents: no mirror.

Annapurna said...

I saw this this morning and immediately made a mental note to recreate in paper. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lovely piece and lovely flowers.

Jules said...

fantastic find! i like the mirror idea but i think this piece is perfect all on it's own.

l.m. glam said...

My mother hangs vintage windows above her kitchen sink in front of the real (boring) window. That way, sun shines through it and makes it even more beautiful. Just use hooks and chain! You will love it!

Jude said...

Yep, no mirror. I think adding one would give it a little bit of what you can buy in a lot of stores, and take away from its original character. It's really beautiful. Great find!

quaint handmade said...

i love it the way it is. great find!

Paul Pincus said...

luv it!

i want it ; )

SimplyGrove said...

I like it how it is Diana!! Great find!

Wendy said...

That is one fantastic window!

Absolutely Fabulous said...

i would leave it as it is! love the blue and the circles pattern. maybe you can put this up on an interior window / opening between two rooms?

Neutral Dwelling said...

How beautiful! I would leave it as is because it allows the geometric shapes to be the center of attention.

Hooked on Houses said...

I have to agree with the others who said it's perfect and gorgeous just as it is! No mirror necessary. Love the color of the frame, too. -Julia

Mrs.French said...

no mirror please...perfect just as it is. the only improvement I could see would be displaying it in my abode...kidding! I really just love it so much!

Fifi Flowers said...

I love your grouping of the window, (no mirror) books and flowers... VERY nice!
You find FUN things! I need to go flea shopping!

Robin said...

I agree, no mirror. If you put a mirror behind it then it is as if it never was a window, and you'll never get to tell that great story to guests in your future awesome house.

The Lil Bee said...

Personally, I like it just the way you have it. It's gorgeous, and you have fantastic taste!

Jennifer Ramos said...

This piece is so lovely!

Jen Ramos
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Victoria said...

The circle design is fantastic.
And I also have the vintage Betty Crocker children's party plan book! My mother used it to plan all of our birthday parties, and I use to refer to it as well when planning my own kids parties!

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