Yesterday was my birthday. It was one of those milestone birthdays -- I won't say what year:-)
It is a birthday I will remember, though, not because of the year, but because of the amazing gift I received.
Friday, three of my neighbors pulled up to the house in a truck with something covered in the back. I stood on the porch in a state of shock with my eyes closed wondering what in the world it could be as they unloaded it with the help of my husband and dad.
When I opened my eyes, there sat this gorgeous Arts and Crafts settle.
But this is no ordinary settle. It was originally in my great grandfather's house here.
My grandmother sold a lot of the furniture when they tore down the old house to build the new house my parents currently live in. This piece had gone to a neighbor and, amazingly, had remained in the neighborhood since the late 1950s.
I never imagined there would have been mission-style furniture in this Victorian farmhouse, so I looked through some recently discovered photos and found this one of my grandmother in 1956 sitting in an amazing arts and crafts rocker.
Then I noticed there is another mission style piece in the bottom left of this Christmas photo.
Most furniture in this style was originally covered with leather so I am puzzled by the tropical upholstery on these pieces. She also covered my great grandmother's chaise, that I now have, in the same fabric, so it must have been in style.
Here my great grandmother poses with the rocker.
What a link to my past this settle is. I originally thought it was a Gustav Stickley piece until I did more research and found it was actually made by the Harden Furniture Company, which is still operating today. How fitting that it came from an American company. Y'all know how I love and try to support American companies and "Made in America" products.
I am honestly still speechless to have received such an amazing gift. I was in tears, obviously. I spent Friday night just looking at it, sitting on it and thinking about my grandparents and the generosity and thoughtfulness of my neighbors. It's the kind of gift I will never forget and something money could never, ever buy.
My sweet neighbor, Barbara, said,
"I just thought it should come home."
It is home, and I could not be more humbled to have it.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Barbara, Regina and Mrs. Thompson.
What a special "milestone" gift this was:-)