Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Gossip Bench

I love the idea of a gossip bench. A piece of furniture that was used in the past as a way to sit and communicate with friends and family on a rotary phone (gasp!). This type of thing speaks to me - pieces with a history, a story, a past that I can put my own spin on (mixing past and present is definitely part of my design philosophy).

I picked this up a few weeks ago at Phantastic Phinds, one of my favorite local furniture and home consignment shops in the area. I saw it and knew I wanted to take it home.

Off we went...

That's our stroller there on the right. It's always in the trunk (is that crazy?). We've found it to be quite convenient even though we don't use it much when we're out and about any more - just for long walks at a park or in the neighborhood. But I digress...

The top of the bench is a red corduroy that doesn't look so bad in this photo but needs to be changed, and there is a small bit of storage underneath which I was really excited about.

And here is a test run of where she might end up...as a nightstand on my side of the bed. I purchased a yard of a navy linen blend fabric to coordinate with the rest of our color scheme in our master (which you see there sitting on top of the seat just testing her out). I'm loving it and I'm debating about what to do for the painting/staining.

I've been enjoying having a place to throw my magazines, cell phone, or water when I'm ready to drift into dreamland. I had a storage bin here previously as a place holder. You know, just waiting for the right piece of furniture to come along. Do you have place holder furniture in your house? I think it's a practice in patience and it's a good thing. I knew at some point I'd find something and I think this is it.

I'm so glad I have this outlet to share my updates to my home that I get so excited about - I know all of you are on the same wavelength here as I am.

And now I'm off to dive into my latest House & Home issue. Do you read House & Home? It's one of my favorites.

Enjoy your day.


  1. Hi Holly, great find!! So cute & unique!! I kind of like the finish as is...but that is just me!! Enjoy your CH&H. I haven't looked at a shelter mag in six months and I can't wait to dive into them when we're back in the states!

  2. What a great find! And a rotary phone - that's too funny. We were just talking about them over the weekend with a house-full of guests. The kids, well, they couldn't see the humour in our amusement at stories of them pushing the numbers in the holes to dial the number!!! ...and House & Home is one of my favorites!

  3. Oh Holly, I love unconventional pieces used as a nightstand! I always think photos of chairs with a stack of books on them is so stylish, this will be perfect! Such a cool find! When my son saw a rotary phone he was totally baffled trying to figure out how to use it! :)

  4. That's so cool. I love when a piece from the past can be resurrected and used for something that it wasn't originally intended. It will give your room so much character.

  5. Love it Holly! Glad it found a good home (:

  6. I love your gossip bench! The name alone makes me smile. I've seen them from time to time on Craig's List and always thought one would make a great conversation piece. I can't wait to see how you refurbish it!

  7. How fun! I love history like that, too! So cool. I really love spending afternoons in local resale and antique shops.

  8. I like the design on the back of the seat...and yes, I love House and Home!

  9. You came up with a great use for this piece! You get a nightstand AND a place to sit and put on your shoes all at once. Looking forward to seeing it finished!

  10. This shop sounds wonderful! As you know I'm new to Philly and I'm looking for interesting vintage and antique shops. Do you know if there are any consignment shops in CC philly? I have a few pieces that just don't fit in the new house.

    Thank you for your thoughtful and helpful comments on my blog today! I'm so happy you reached out, and I look forward to following your home decor projects on your lovely blog.

  11. What a great find! And what a clever way to use it. I love repurposing pieces with character like that too and I think you have found just the right use for such a pretty piece. I also love the navy linen! Can't wait to see what you decide to do with the finish!


  12. Great find, Holly! It is a unique piece and yes, repurposing is always a neat idea.