You might remember the chair from a post I did last fall. Since late last summer, I have been looking for a mate at a reasonable price. I haven't ever found an exact match but I did find this fabulous lounge chair at the Edmonson Trading Post earlier this month for, wait for it, $10.
When I pulled up, it was sitting out front in all it's mid century glory. I couldn't get out of my truck fast enough to get to it to grab the tag. I almost didn't care how much it was priced - I knew I had to have it. I squealed with delight when I did see the price, though. Although the cushions are not the same pattern as the chair, I think they coordinate quite nicely and they are in near perfect condition. I don't know for sure who manufactured this but the back wheels say "The Bunting Co. Phila, Pa" on them. Good ole USA!
Between the two chairs, I put a vintage wire plant stand I picked up for $5 at Penn Street Square in St. Joseph last summer. On it, I have arranged my collection of amber gold Haeger pottery - I'm up to 14 pieces. Well, actually 15 but my duck planter is in two pieces and I haven't glued it back together yet. Most of these cost me $1 or less - garage sales, you gotta love them!
Another addition to the deck is this vintage wire plant stand/magazine rack. I bought it last fall for $10 at one of my favorite antique stores, The Big Brown Dog, which, sadly, is now closed. It coordinates with the other plant stand but I really wasn't thinking about what I was going to do with the two lower shelves as I don't generally leave magazines outside. It is sporting some newer planters and one vintage Haeger planter which is in front on top. I added a couple of more succulents to my collection, too. And, I discovered a new magazine, Atomic Ranch, on a blog last week (and for the life of me, I can't remember which) and promptly ordered all the back issues I could and a subscription, of course. Although my house was not built in the 50's, it is a ranch and I am absorbing all the cool information and photographs this magazine provides. Here's the latest issue:
This issue is of particular interest to me as it has an article about a neighborhood in the suburbs of St. Louis, Ladue Estates, that is true mid century ranch houses from the 50's. As an aside, I am certain I spent the weekend in one of these homes with my college friend in the 80's. I don't think I appreciated its aesthetic then as much as I would now - I would love to go through all those houses today! Anyway, if you haven't checked out Atomic Ranch, I definitely recommend it.
So, what are you doing to prepare for summer? Do you have any "new" vintage items you are using on your porch, patio, or deck? I am sure whatever you're doing, it is all decked out!