I honestly fell in love with this furniture when I was about twelve years old. I have written before about other furniture - wicker, etc., that I wanted when I was a kid - but THIS is what I REALLY wanted. I think I probably dreamed about it. It was an impossible dream and I knew it. I wrote about it in my journal numerous times- and even mentioned it in my poem "Things I Like". I had never forgotten about it, nor will I ever - but when I came across one of the advertisements in an old Better Homes and Gardens Magazine a few years ago, I just about flipped! (Made by the Stanley Furniture Company. That's Ole - with an accent on the "e".)
I was so excited to see it again that I became a woman on a mission: MustHaveEveryPictureOfItThatICanFind!
Like a crazy person, I mean it. These that I'm showing you today are all I have found so far. Above, you see it in yellow. I'm still looking for an actual full page advertisement showing it in yellow. I saved black and white images, too:
This nice gentleman is painting a pretty turned leg or bedpost. See the little pictures of some of the Ole pieces at the bottom?
I blew it up for you! An orange armoire and the desk (or vanity) in yellow with the mirror:
I love it in all colors- but back then, I think orange was my favorite. What a lucky little girl to have a room like this:
The desk, the chair, the bed:
I even spotted a piece of it in the Tom Hanks movie "Big" last time I watched it. And I also saw a piece (which had been painted - bummer) in the show "Find and Design" that used to be on A&E - I miss that show!
And this orange desk was for sale at Golightly's Antiques in North Richland Hills, Texas last year. If I could have driven to Texas and brought it home, believe me, I would have! Still in love....
Here it is in white with blue and green flowers. I cannot express how much I love this furniture. Do you think it is odd that I STILL love it today as much as I did then? I would gladly put it in my house RIGHT NOW. Anybody out there - if you have any old BHG magazines (or other home decorating magazines) from the late 60's or early 70's- and you see another advertisement - I am BEGGING you - I want it. PLEASE.
This is a very sad story. Believe it or not, I actually found a dresser and mirror a few years ago in a local thrift shop. I could NOT believe my eyes. It wasn't perfect, but it was only $35. Tina took this picture for me with her phone. I couldn't leave it without at least having picture to remember it by:
$35 isn't very much, but I didn't have it. And we can honestly not fit another piece of furniture into our house. Get rid of something else to make room for it? I didn't think my husband would do it. I didn't even ask. And so where would I have put it if I HAD taken it home? Not to mention the fact that I couldn't have brought it home without his help anyway. To this day, I am kicking myself in the ASS for not having just bought it anyway.
I don't want to talk about it anymore.