Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Serendipity!

Ser.en.dip.i.ty - noun: the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for

Well, I had a "serendipity moment " last Friday and I just wanted to share it with my blog buddies. First of all, I am a little embarrassed to tell the story because I just do not run out and buy large pieces of furniture on a whim. But then again, it wasn't a whim...I wasn't even looking..I just ran into Stokes Antiques( http://stokeschicantiques.blogspot.com/) to say "hi" to the the sweet owner, Dalia. As I was looking around in her wonderful shop, I walked in the back room and saw a most amazing piece. A darling distressed hutch with tons of storage. As I measured and pondered, I realized it would provide me with some much needed storage (for dishes) if it would fit in my dining room. I have always wanted a hutch but was never able to find one that would work. What made this one so different was that it was only 22 inches deep on the lower part and the top half was app. 13 inches deep, so it did not seem so bulky. It is a little over 7 feet long and 7 feet tall! Dalia was sweet enough to drop by my house, measure and "make a plan " to bring it over after work to see if it would fit. Is that service or what??? However, we both knew it would be close, but would be fabulous if it worked. After her shop closed, she and her sweet children brought it over and they (along with Mark) unloaded and brought it in the house. Needless to say, it's wonderful and I am so thrilled. Mark bought it for me for my birthday and I can say I have never had a better present. I can now store my mom's, grandmother's, and Christmas dishes (along with other stuff) in a place where I can readily get to them.
The above picture shows what it looks like from my kitchen.
This is the view from the main entrance to my dining room.

So there you have it...my "serendipity moment". A treasure not sought after, but unexpectantly found. One I will use and enjoy for years to come. Thanks Dalia for your wonderful customer service and your willingness to bring this to my home that very evening! And...THANK YOU Mark for such a wonderful birthday present!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 comments:

Emily said...

oh wow mom! it's amazzzing! it totally transforms that room! great purchase dad!! LOVE IT!

K.Law said...

Love that piece. It's perfect and the room is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

First of all Happy Birthday!!! LOVE your new piece. Not a typical hutch much better. Your house always looks so pretty! Mark's gift was just perfect I love the way that works, don't you? Luann

Phyllis said...

What a wonderful piece! I really like it Jo Carol. I enjoy seeing pictures of your house since it seems like I will never get to Abilene to see you.

Big news here is that I am going to be a grandmother! Matt and his wife Kristin are expecting their first child. We are all so excited!

molly said...

I saw and coveted that piece also last week- it is wonderful!!! What a great birthday present!

Stokes Chic Antiques said...

I love it! I am glad you are enjoying it.

winstonbot said...

i have a birthday coming up...do you think mark will buy me a present??? it looks great and i am envious...

Roxanne said...

Woohoo, birthday girl!!! I so was hoping I would find a post on the new cabinet! It is awesome Jo Carol! I absolutely love it and am so happy for you. Way to go Mark! Miss you too! Big hug!!!

Janice said...

Jo Carol, that is absolutely the best cabinet. You always can find the best pieces. Mark is a catch too.

Flower said...

Beautiful!! I have been hibernating and had a few moments to stop in. It's so nice to see your new piece! wow...it's worth a wow!!
Ok...I have the green bowl that belonged to my mother! It is my treasure...perfect size and used so often...but I wonder where the others went? :))

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

That piece is absolutely stunning! It looks amazing in your home. What a wonderful birthday present. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Campbell Jane said...

Awesome find & what a special present! Happy Birthday!
Many Blessings
Campbelljane

Brenda's Blog said...

Found your blog through a friend, LuAnn Curtis, My name is Brenda Moore, hello! What a find, absolutely love your dining room hutch, what a piece! Congratulations on such a find and great birthday gift! I have some dishes that I would love to have a piece like that to store things in! Awesome! Love it! ;0) B

Brenda's Blog said...

What a wonderful find! Awesome B-day gift and looks like it was made for your dining room! Happy Birthday To You! ;0)