When I am casting a piece or random object in the "The Ever-Changing Branstetter Barn" Show, I need to make sure it is charming, full of character and can play any role I may need it to play. It needs to be a real beauty, a piece that will steal the show and has many looks.
Yes, my friends, I did just use that ridiculous metaphor.
The hubs and I have been doing quite a bit of shopping lately and got this fantastic, Industrial-Period Vintage Cart, that came out of an Eastern German factory from the early 1900's. You see, we created our pallet table only to use as a stand-in until we found a REAL vintage cart (don't worry, we are still using the pallet table as an out-door day bed). This chippy, yellow, beauty from European Country Living is quite a show stopper. The best part is, it can go in ANY style home... Modern, Boho Chic, Shabby Chic, Contemporary, Industrial or Eclectic! Check out how awesome it looks with both a funky, colorful, modern style room and with a more Shabby Chic/Industrial Room! I will eventually get a glass top to put on it but love the exposed wood for now! I can picture it as a flower cart on a patio as well!
The reason that I am absolutely stoked to share this piece with you, is because my readers in both Europe and in The States can get an awesome piece like this, and other flea market finds from European Country Living, because they are located in both Germany and Alexandria, Virginia!! They can ship too! Matt, the owner, has traveled through flea markets around the world to collect gorgeous pieces and has reproductions for the people who want newer items that are still packed with charm. His site even has helpful hints on how to tell if a piece is new or old, what condition it's in, and how to care for your pieces.
For the same price as a reproduction piece or a junky particle board coffee table, you can get an authentic piece from Europe, with incredible history and story.
I got my mint dining chairs from them as well and use them all over my home for seating!
What look do you prefer, funky or shabby???
Head on over to European Country Living and find some goodies for your home and tell them The Poor Sophisticate said "Hallo"!